Analysis & Commentary


11th November 2010 - Scripps Howard News Service

Angry America? Tea Partiers with Pitchforks?

Clifford D. May

The USA Today headline the day after the elections: “Voters Send Angry Message.” Time’s two-word explanation for the electoral tsunami: “voter rage.” The Economist’s cover: “Angry America.” This is now the dominant narrative, the new conventional wisdom. It’s a bum rap....

10th November 2010 - National Review Online

Obama Gets It Wrong on Israel, and Canada’s Harper Gets It Right

Benjamin Weinthal

Berlin - It has been about six months since the Obama's administration's verbal tirade against Israel's decision to construct 1,600 apartments in an east Jerusalem neighborhood, and now President Obama has opened Act II.

9th November 2010 - The Weekly Standard

Lady Al Qaeda in Anti-American Propaganda

Thomas Joscelyn

In a propaganda tape released last week, entitled, “Who Will Avenge the Scientist Aafia Siddiqui,” Ayman al Zawahiri called on Pakistanis to “take the only available path, that of jihad ... which will liberate Aafia Siddiqui.” The woman lionized by Zawahiri is not a real person, but...

9th November 2010 - The Long War Journal

Haqqani Network Facilitator Arrested on Plane Bound for Saudi Arabia

Coalition and Afghan forces arrested a Haqqani Network weapons facilitator who was on an airplane destined for Saudi Arabia today.

8th November 2010 - The Weekly Standard

Saudi Arabia’s Iraq Policy

Tony Badran

Last week, the Saudi monarch King Abdullah extended a public invitation to Iraq’s president and all its parliamentary coalitions to come to Saudi Arabia in order to hold talks and reach an agreement over the formation of Iraq’s government. The timing of this surprising move suggests that...

8th November 2010 - The Jerusalem Post

NGO Monitor Slams UN for Iran Election to Women’s Agency

Benjamin Weinthal

The slated United Nations (UN) election of Iran and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to a new UN agency devoted to women’s rights (UN Women) prompted sharp criticism last week from Anne Herzberg, a legal adviser to the Jerusalem-based NGO Monitor.

8th November 2010 - The Jerusalem Post

Diplomat Knocks Frankfurt Mayor for Honoring Anti-Zionist

Benjamin Weinthal

The city of Frankfurt’s decision to honor French academic Alfred Grosser “casts an unfortunate and unnecessary shadow on the event” to commemorate the persecution of Jews in Germany because his views “regarding the State of Israel are illegitimate and immoral,” Emmanuel Nahshon,...

8th November 2010 - Wall Street Journal

Prosecute Hezbollah

If the U.N. pins Hezbollah down on Hariri, the verdicts won't stop there. It would criminalize Hezbollah's so-called "political" and "military" wings alike, resulting in further investigations for the murders of Lebanese politicians and political dissenters. The organization would be...

8th November 2010 - Pajamas Media

You Know Burma’s “Elections” Are a Sham When…

Claudia Rosett

... a delegation of "election observers" is led by the ambassador of North Korea.

I'm not kidding. Burma held "elections" this past Sunday, and tucked near the end of a news story on this process, in a piece carried by the Washington Post, is this priceless bit of informaton:

"A group of...

6th November 2010 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Claims Responsibility for Cargo Planes Plot

Thomas Joscelyn

In a message released to jihadist websites on Friday, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for two explosive packages found aboard cargo planes in late October. The Long War Journal has obtained a translation of the statement.

5th November 2010 - The Washington Times

The Ashburn Jihadist Signals A Greater Danger

The FBI’s arrest of Farooque Ahmed of Ashburn, Va., for allegedly assisting al Qaeda in planning multiple bombings around the nation’s capital paints a sobering picture of the threat we still face from jihadists.

5th November 2010 - The New Republic

Is Yemen the New Pakistan?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Is Yemen the new Pakistan, which was the new Afghanistan, which was the new Saudi Arabia, which was the new Egypt for jihadists seeking to strike the West? The recent attempted cargo-plane bombing certainly gives credence to those who fear that Yemen is the Al Qaeda hub most likely to kill...

5th November 2010 - National Review Online

Terrorism’s Victims

Giulio Meotti, who is neither an Israeli nor a Jew but a concerned and compassionate Italian journalist and author (his work has appeared in Il Foglio in Rome, the Wall Street Journal, and Commentary), has written A New Shoah, a necessary book on the “unsung dead of Israel.” As Uri...

5th November 2010 - The Long War Journal

Algeria Acquits Ex-Gitmo Detainee of Terrorism Charges

Thomas Joscelyn

Algeria announced on Friday that a former Guantanamo detainee named Sofiane Hadarbache has been acquitted of terrorism charges. Hadarbache was captured by US forces in late 2001 near Kabul, transferred to Guantanamo in 2002, and held until July 2, 2008, when he was transferred to his native...

4th November 2010 - The Jerusalem Post

Dershowitz: Goldstone Follow-Up Commission Head a ‘Bigot’

Benjamin Weinthal

Legal experts in the United States and a Geneva-based nongovernmental organization are criticizing and questioning the credentials of the German law professor appointed to implement the findings of the UN’s Goldstone Report.

4th November 2010 - The Long War Journal

Reflections on Osama bin Laden, and his Continuing Relevance

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Earlier today, I did a rather lengthy written interview with a journalist from an online Romanian newspaper. In light of the new tapes Osama bin Laden released last month, he put a number of questions to me about the al Qaeda leader. I thought the following, adapted from the interview but...

4th November 2010 - Scripps Howard News Service

An Alternative Road to A ‘Two-State Solution’

Clifford D. May

Last week, not for the first time, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was considering declaring a Palestinian state and asking the United Nations to recognize it. In the past, it went without saying that the United States, which holds a permanent seat on the U.N. Security...

4th November 2010 - The Weekly Standard

Yusuf Islam’s Appearance at Jon Stewart’s Rally

Thomas Joscelyn

The appearance of Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) at Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" has sparked controversy. At Hot Air, Allahpundit explains why. You can also read these twoarticles by Nick Cohen in Standpoint magazine (UK) for background on the matter. The gist of the...

3rd November 2010 - Foreign Policy

Attitude Correction

Jonathan Schanzer

Writing for Foreign Policy's Middle East Channel, Jonathan Guyer recently panned "P@lestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn from Palestinian Social Media," a study I co-authored with Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Guyer's review is wrong on several...

3rd November 2010 - National Review Online

The Election and DOJ Oversight

Obviously, there are many things that can be stuffed into the “First Order of Business” file, but one of them ought to be oversight of the Obama Justice Department — there hasn’t been any, and the current DOJ is the most willfully political . . . ever. Senator Leahy is incorrigible...

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