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Analysis & Commentary - Jonathan Kay

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19th June 2013 – National Post

Heads Held High in Afghanistan

Jonathan Kay

Of all the books that have come out of the Afghanistan war since 9/11, one of the finest is The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, Jake Tapper’s... more...

3rd June 2013 – National Post

Pakistan’s Toxic Obsession with Kashmir is Still Generating Fresh Victims

Jonathan Kay

Pakistan is beset by such a bewildering array of militant political and religious movements that it is sometimes difficult to keep them straight. The most spectacular events... more...

2nd June 2013 – Foreign Affairs

Build, Baby, Build

Jonathan Kay

For those of us old enough to remember the 1973 oil crisis, the current North American oil-and-gas boom has a slightly surreal quality: The familiar problem of high energy demand... more...

9th May 2013 – National Post

Stephen Hawking Should Go to Israel — and Gaza

Jonathan Kay

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel has done nothing to cripple the Jewish state’s economy. But it has scored a few big symbolic victories. more...

29th April 2013 – National Post

China’s Ruthless Foreign Policy is Changing the World in Dangerous Ways

Jonathan Kay

Are we witnessing the end of the “American age”? It depends whom you ask. But one thing is certain: Thanks to the near-bankruptcy of the American welfare state... more...

25th April 2013 – National Post

The Right to a Fair Trial Trumps the Right to the Niqab

Jonathan Kay

If human beings were truth-telling robots, we would not be discussing the issue of whether a niqab-covered Muslim woman should be permitted to testify in Canadian court... more...

4th April 2013 – National Post

The BDS Movement Against Israel has Accomplished Less Than Nothing

Jonathan Kay

The student union at York University in Toronto has voted, by a margin of 18-2, to endorse the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS) movement against Israel — a gesture that follows on BDS votes by several... more...

25th March 2013 – National Post

What Pakistan Needs is a South Asian Anwar Sadat

Jonathan Kay

Power is an addictive drug. And like all addictions, it can drive men to reckless, even suicidal risks. Of this, there is no better example than Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s President from 2001 to 2008... more...

28th February 2013 – National Post

A Look Inside the Monstrous North Korean Gulag System that Dennis Rodman Will Never See

Jonathan Kay

Dennis Rodman — former basketball player, pro wrestler, cross-dresser, boyfriend to Madonna, B-movie performer and reality-show star — is man who will play to any audience. That apparently includes... more...

25th February 2013 – National Post

Can a Scarred Muslim Nation Ever Get ‘Truth and Reconciliation’?

Jonathan Kay

No one knows when or how Syria’s civil war will end. Nor Afghanistan’s fight against the Taliban. Nor Pakistan’s struggle against jihadis in its northwestern border region. Iran seems set for bloody domestic... more...

21st February 2013 – National Post

Ahmadi Muslims, Killed in Pakistan but Welcomed Here, Perfectly Symbolize Our Canadian Values

Jonathan Kay

Last week, when Canadians learned that the federal government was set to announce the creation of a new “Office of Religious Freedom,” CBC reported the news with this headline: “Harper to unveil religious... more...

7th December 2012 – National Post

Jeane Kirkpatrick Goes to Tahrir Square — Two starkly Different Visions of the Arab Spring

Jonathan Kay

Thirty-three years ago, Commentary magazine published an article by Jeane J. Kirkpatrick that stands as one of the most influential essays in the history of American foreign policy. more...

28th November 2012 – National Post

Exhuming Yasser Arafat

Jonathan Kay

Khaled Mashal is known to the world as the leader of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. What is less well known is that Israel once saved the man’s life — after trying to kill him. more...

20th November 2012 – National Post

How Israel’s Iron Dome Won the War

Jonathan Kay

Egypt, the United States, the UN and various other international actors have been pushing hard for a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu is looking for a way to avoid a ground... more...

19th November 2012 – National Post

Israel’s Just War

Jonathan Kay

This is the third time the world has seen this tragedy performed. Act I was in 2006, during Israel’s Lebanon War with Hezbollah. Act II played out in 2008 and early 2009, with the first Gaza War. more...

14th November 2012 – National Post

In Gaza, Hamas Military Leader Ahmed Jabari Got What He Deserved

Jonathan Kay

It’s a rhetorical question that’s been asked many times before. But given Wednesday’s events in Gaza, it’s worth asking again: Can anyone name a country on the face of the planet that would regard recurrent rocket attacks on its territory as anything but an act of war? more...

24th October 2012 – National Post

Canada’s Boat for Gaza Movement Still Lives in an Anti-Israel Svend Robinson-Era Time Warp

Jonathan Kay

In 2010, militant activists on board a flotilla to Gaza provoked a violent confrontation with Israeli commandos. In the confusion, the Israelis shot and killed nine of the activists... more...

9th October 2012 – National Post

Canadian Native Stooges Then and Now — South Africa, 1987 v. Iran, 2012

Jonathan Kay

Today’s National Post front page carries a story about the “exploratory mission” to Iran being organized by Terrance Nelson, former chief of Manitoba’s Roseau River First Nation, and a... more...

11th September 2012 – National Post

How the Tragedy of 9/11 Made Canada a Better, More Sensible Country

Jonathan Kay

How much has Canada changed in the last eleven years? Consider this: As the World Trade Center rubble was still smoldering, the then-leader of Canada’s left-wing NDP party, Alexa McDonough... more...

29th August 2012 – National Post

The Arafat Probe is Fuel for Anti-Israel Conspiracy Theorists

Jonathan Kay

On Tuesday, French prosecutors announced that they had opened an inquiry into the 2004 death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Specifically, they will investigate the suspicions of Suha Arafat... more...