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EgyptAir
Egypt and the Agony of Ongoing Tragedy

After EgyptAir flight 804 fell out of the sky, I exhaled deeply with many Egyptians, sighing in familiar resignation, “Oh no, not again.”

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

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.

Harry Wu
Harry Wu, a Friend of Freedom, Heads Home

Harry Wu fought the good fight and finished his leg of the race. The rest of us who believe in human freedom need to take the baton he carried.

Churchill
Winston Churchill and the Crisis of American Leadership

Throughout his presidency, Obama has appeared profoundly uncomfortable with the qualities most often associated with Churchill: martial resolve, moral clarity, and supreme confidence in the transcendent ideals of Western Civilization.

Obama, Cromwell & Royal Bows

The pics of the Obamas meeting little Prince George, British royal heir, in his bathrobe were very cute. More distressing…

Obama Doctrine Moral Courage
Moral Courage, Obama-Style

As the Obama White House sees it, much of the D.C. foreign policy “establishment” is “doing the bidding of their Arab and pro-Israel funders.” Translation: foreign policy experts who disagree with the president do not have the best interests of the United States in mind. This week some members of the so-called foreign policy establishment fired back.

Zuma Nkandla Homestead
Chopping Ugly Heads off Stiffened Necks

“Constitutionalism, accountability, and the rule of law constitute the sharp and mighty sword that stands ready to chop the ugly head of impunity off its stiffened neck.” Thus the Constitutional Court of South Africa wrote in what is known as The Nkandla Case.

Obama, Kissinger & Argentine Tango

President Obama danced the Tango literally and figuratively while in Argentina.  The figurative dance was his “apology” as some described…