Analysis & Commentary

22nd May 2012 - Human Events

Five Grave National Security Threats That US Must Address Strategically

In spite of the shock of the Sept. 11th attacks, the United States hasn’t faced a conventional existential threat since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

21st May 2012 - Foreign Policy

UNRWA’s Status Update

Jonathan Schanzer

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) is trying to get a handle on the real number of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East -- a move that could result in a change of status for millions of Palestinians.

21st May 2012 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Suicide Bomber Kills Nearly 100 Yemeni Troops in Capital

Bill Roggio

An al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula suicide bomber killed more than 90 Yemeni troops as they practiced for a parade in the capital of Sana'a. The suicide bomber was dressed as a soldier and detonated his explosives-packed vest in the middle of a formation of troops.

21st May 2012 - The Jerusalem Post

Israel’s Gay Rights Record Touted in NY

Benjamin Weinthal

The alumni association of Birthright Israel placed a mural in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood last week, which juxtaposed the rights of gays in Israel with criminal penalties for gays in such countries as Syria and Iran.

21st May 2012 - Commentary

Alleged Iranian Spy Was Scapegoated

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last week, Iranian blogger Potkin Azarmehr questioned the authenticity of reports that Iran had executed Majid Jamali Fashi, the 24-year-old Iranian accused of carrying out the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Massoud-Ali Mohammadi.

21st May 2012 - Commentary

Iran Decided Long Ago on Nuclear Weapons

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Michael Rubin has referenced important statements, recent and past, made by senior Iranian officials on Iran’s nuclear program and its ambitions. To this important list, I would add the following.

21st May 2012 - Middle East Quarterly

Gaza: Morality, Law and Politics

Jonathan Schanzer

After years of indiscriminate rocket attacks, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip in late 2008 and early 2009. While Israel made its case for self-defense, the United Nations established a fact-finding mission in April 2009.

20th May 2012 - The Jerusalem Post

Arno Lustiger: Historian of Shoah Resistance Dies

Benjamin Weinthal

Arno Lustiger, an autodidactic historian and author who brilliantly and meticulously chronicled Jewish resistance to the Hitler movement, died on Tuesday in Frankfurt.

19th May 2012 - National Review Online

From Democracy to Sharia

A few weeks ago, amid the “Arab Spring” giddiness, a Shiite mosque opened in Cairo. This was big news. Among Egypt’s 80 million people, there are only a few thousand Shiites.

18th May 2012 - The Hill

Facebook Must Contend with Saudi Radicalism

Despite the clerics’ historical opposition to modern technology, they’re increasingly gravitating towards it. Here are five of the Saudi clerics’ most politically incorrect messages that you (probably) wouldn’t want your religious leaders repeating.

18th May 2012 - Gunpowder & Lead

Borum’s “Radicalization into Violent Extremism I”

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Journal of Strategic Security recently produced a special issue focusing on radicalization, which should be of immense interest for those of us studying the subject.

17th May 2012 - Foreign Policy

Sanctioning Iran’s Central Bank: An Important Step Too Long in Coming

John Hannah

Washington is abuzz with speculation about a possible interim deal that might help defuse the brewing crisis over Iran's nuclear program. Color me skeptical.

17th May 2012 - NOW Lebanon

US Not Thinking Syriously

Tony Badran

As the situation in Syria drags on, the international community remains opposed to intervention against the Assad regime. In the meantime, some in the US continue to pin hope on the emergence of a deus ex machina solution.

17th May 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

Missile Defense Is For Wimps

Clifford D. May

Last week, the major media focused on issues of global consequence – like whether Mitt Romney and his “prep school posse” engaged in forcible hair-cutting almost a half century ago.

17th May 2012 - Ordered Liberty

Tea Party Should Oppose Latest Terrorist Bill of Rights

Libertarian extremists, who purport to be the face of the tea party movement, and their pals on the Lawyer Left, whose obsession is more rights for mass-murderers, are again making common cause.

16th May 2012 - The Jerusalem Post

Conflicting Definitions of ‘Pro-Israel’ on Either Side of the Atlantic

Benjamin Weinthal

During a recent trip to Washington, I was introduced to an Israeli diplomat as the JPost's European Correspondent. The diplomat issued a tart reply laced with biting sarcasm: "My condolences."

16th May 2012 - The Long War Journal

Pakistani Jihadists Reported in Northern Mali

Bill Roggio

Over the past two months, Tuareg rebels, backed by Islamist terror groups such as Ansar al Dine, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, have seized control of northern Mali.

16th May 2012 - Tablet

Hezbollah’s Newest Threat

Lebanon’s Party of God is feeling heat from certain Shiites, who aren’t eager to serve as human shields again.

15th May 2012 - Ordered Liberty

Moderation Happens To Islam, Not In Islam

“If you want meaningful moderation in Islam, then turn for more lessons to the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, Indonesia.” I imagine my colleague Irshad Manji is having second thoughts about that line (brought to my attention by Andrew Bostom).

15th May 2012 - The Long War Journal

US Drone Strikes Kill 7 AQAP Fighters, 8 Civilians in Yemen

Bill Roggio

The US launched two drone strikes today in a city in southern Yemen that is currently under the control of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Seven AQAP fighters and eight civilians are reported to have been killed in the airstrikes.


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