Middle East & North Africa

Rhodes
Rhodes to Ruin: Obama’s Foreign Policy Hatchet Man

Last week’s startling confession by White House operative Ben Rhodes—that the Obama administration lied to the American people about its dealings with Iran to secure a nuclear agreement—not only confirms the perception of a mendacious and arrogant presidency. It exposes a feverish and even delusional frame of mind: an uncompromising revulsion for war that has undermined American security and invited a cascade of extremism, violence, and human suffering.

Sykes-Picot & the End of Nations

Whatever the defects of Sykes-Picot, the century since the agreement proves the problems of the Middle East are not simply cartographical

Irony of Israel
The Irony of Israel

Everything about Israel was, and is, draped in layers of irony and paradox. Israel is a Jewish state. It is also a secular democracy. Israel is the resurrected form of an ancient polity that disappeared two millennia ago; it is also a modern, economically-vibrant society that embraces progress in astonishing ways.

Israel Independence Day Yom Ha’atzmaut
America and Israel’s Independence

Yom Ha’atzmaut marks the return of the Jewish people to national sovereignty after 2,000 years in exile. It’s a way of expressing solidarity with, and a Jewish connection to, the land and the State of Israel.

Waterboarding and the Platinum Rule

From the Winter, 2016 Print Edition

Oman Sultan Qaboos Peacemaker
Oman, the Peacemaker

In the chaotic and often violent aftermath of the Arab Spring, the Sultanate of Oman has moved to a different beat, distinguishing itself as a peacemaker and mediator in comparison to its neighboring Arab states.

Yom HaShoah

Today we remember the Shoah, the lost, and those who said “No”

Saigon’s Fall & Father Berrigan’s Death

Yesterday April 30 the controversial Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan died at age 94 after 70 years of intense political activism,…

THE STRENGTH THAT YIELDS & THE STRENGTH THAT BREAKS

60 years ago Moshe Dayan eulogized murdered Israeli kibbutz leader, Roi Rotberg