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Troubling questions of loyalty in Washington

While the civil war in Syria intensifies, a flap has broken out in Washington revealing the inside-the-beltway politics in the U.S. capital. It is over Huma Abedin, deputy chief of staff in the office of the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and concerns raised by a few Republican members of the House led by Congresswoman […]


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Hillary’s message likely will be unheeded

The news from Egypt that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on visiting Alexandria recently, was greeted by a crowd chanting “Monica” while throwing tomatoes and shoes at her motorcade did not come as a surprise. There is nothing outrageous, atrocious, vulgar and violent done on a regular basis in the name of Islam across the […]


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When things change but remain the same

ALGIERS – To be in North Africa, especially Algeria on its 50th anniversary of independence from France, is to have an opportunity to see how Frantz Fanon’s “wretched of the earth” have done on their own. For those who may not know Fanon, he hailed from the French-administered island of Martinique in the Caribbean. He was born […]


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Empty church discloses a harsh reality

  ALGIERS, ALGERIA  – Notre Dame d’Afrique sits on top of a cliff overlooking Algiers. It was completed in 1872 and since then has been one of the landmarks of the Algerian capital, its neo-Byzantine style architecture with an impressive dome standing imperially over a city that still reflects, despite its present shabbiness, the legacy of […]


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The military’s shrewd gambit in Egypt

JIZEL, Algeria — The landscape around Jizel, east of Algeria’s capital Algiers on the Barbary Coast, appears like an artist’s hidden paradise in some remote corner of the world. The view of the Mediterranean framed by the mountains is spectacular, and it tells me why the French fought so long and hard to remain here. […]


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View from Algeria of North Africa tumult

ORAN, ALGERIA – A cool evening breeze brings relief over the faded glory of the city I am visiting. This was once the prized French metropolitan on the Mediterranean that Albert Camus made the setting of his novel, The Plague. The crowd is gone and the street is about empty. But inside the cafe where […]


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Video lifts veil on Arab-Muslim societies

A young man is pinned to the ground, his head is twisted and a knife held against his throat. In a few minutes the head is severed and held up for display to the public chanting loudly, “Allahu Akbar” (God is great). The video of this gruesome public execution of an apostate — the victim […]


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West must resist urge to act in Syria

Syria is caught once again in the long history of sectarian conflicts in the region and, as the killings escalate, the West recoils in horror. The urge to do something, anything, that might end this insanity is natural. And so France’s new president, Francois Hollande, ventures forth declaring, “It is not possible to allow Bashar […]


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Military key to a balanced Egypt

As Egyptians voted in the first round of their presidential election, there is anticipation that a new era of popularly elected government for the country is in the making. But the odds are stacked against Egypt and, ironically, this is for the better. Sixty years of authoritarian rule inaugurated in the July 1952 military coup […]


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Women stand to lose most in Arab Spring

The monthly journal Foreign Policy recently published an essay by Mona Eltahawy titled “Why Do They Hate Us?” Eltahawy is an American of Egyptian origin, a graduate from the American University in Cairo with a master’s degree in journalism, who publishes views on politics and culture inside the Arab world. In the large amount of […]


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Prosperous Israel in perilous times

As Israelis mark the 64th independence day of their country, Jews in Israel and outside also watch with apprehension the increasingly volatile situation in the region. Jews as a people are instinctively cognizant of history. Indeed of Jews, it might be said, they are a nation which has survived through history bearing witness to the […]


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Avoiding Arab-Muslim heart of darkness

The bloodletting in Syria should end any further romanticizing of the so-called “Arab Spring.” There is more ugly reality yet to see as Egypt’s experiment with the Islamist version of democracy unfolds. I do not speak lightly of the Arab-Muslim world’s heart of darkness. I have seen it in the all-male crowded streets of Peshawar, […]


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Lesson from Iraq for Syria

In a recent Wall Street Journal column, Fouad Ajami laments America’s abdication of Syria as the country slides ever deeper into the morass of a bloody civil war. Ajami is the pre-eminent Arab-American academic and public intellectual writing about the contemporary Middle East. His realism, honesty, insight of the Arab world and elegant style, make […]


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The obscene chutzpah of Gunter Grass

There are people who thrive upon the noxious fumes of their infamy. In 2006, Gunter Grass published his memoir, Peeling the Onion, and informed the world he served in the Waffen SS of Hitler’s army in the late months of the Second World War. This confession came seven years after Grass was awarded the 1999 […]


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Pakistan practically an enemy state

Last week I wrote Pakistan is the centre of the global-jihad complex and, in effect, is practically an enemy state at war with the West and its democratic allies, India and Israel. For reasons of diplomacy western officials are loathe to characterize Pakistan as an adversary. The big question, and no one in the western […]


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