Saturday, October 31, 2020

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...