Analysis & Commentary


1st June 2011 - The Rosett Report

Durban III: The Good News and the Bad News

In the United Nations cosmos of Orwellian ventures, one of the prominent features has become the series of conferences named for an initial 2001 conclave in Durban, South Africa. That gathering was supposed to be about fighting racism. Instead, it became a debauch of anti-Semitic...

31st May 2011 - The Weekly Standard Blog

A Brave Journalist

Thomas Joscelyn

Syed Saleem Shahzad was a rare journalist. His reporting on the Taliban, al Qaeda, and other heads of the jihadist hydra based in Pakistan was always essential reading. He never wavered, as far as I can tell, in giving readers as complete a picture as he could. Oftentimes, that meant Shahzad...

31st May 2011 - The Wall Street Journal

The Case for an Iranian-Oil-Free Zone

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

If we buy oil from despotic states, are we somehow complicit in their crimes? Even after the Arab Spring has highlighted tyranny in the Middle East, Americans and Europeans still generally remove oil and natural gas from their moral calculations.

30th May 2011 - The Rosett Report

Where They Really Need a Freedom Flotilla — Try Syria

As if there weren’t enough trouble in the world, it’s “Freedom Flotilla” season again in the Middle East. Self-declared “freedom activists” are again maneuvering to score big propaganda points by trying to break the Israeli naval blockade meant to stop the flow of weapons into...

29th May 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

The Palestinians’ U.N. Gambit

Jonathan Schanzer

“So far,” Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told me, “Obama’s not winning the day.” Britain appears adamant about supporting the Palestinians’ U.N. effort while the French have made clear that they, too, would support a Palestinian effort, Schanzer...

28th May 2011 - Los Angeles Times

Iran’s Victims

Benjamin Weinthal, Mark Dubowitz

On May 28, 1961, British lawyer Peter Benenson penned a passionate article in the London Observer, drawing attention to the plight of two Portuguese students who had delivered a toast calling for democratic reform in their country and were promptly carted off to prison for defying dictator...

27th May 2011 - Quoted by Zeina Karam, Bassem Mroue, and Don Melvin, AP

Syria Uses Mafia-Style Gunmen to Crush Protests

Tony Badran

The origin of the word shabiha is murky, although some have speculated it comes from "shabah," the Arabic word for ghost. But Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for defence of Democracies in Washington, said it signifies someone with a "long reach" - or, someone who can...

26th May 2011 - NOW Lebanon

A New Reality for Syria

Tony Badran

On Monday, a virulent Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Mouallem went on Syrian TV and railed and made threats against the European Union following its sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Mouallem’s frustration was, in a way, understandable, as the ground under the regime he...

26th May 2011 - The Weekly Standard Blog

Germany Snubs America’s Intelligence Agencies over Targeted Killings?

Benjamin Weinthal

Berlin—Since President Obama ordered the special forces strike that killed mass murderer Osama Bin Laden earlier this month, the German government has grown increasingly reluctant to help Washington find terrorists who are fighting U.S. and allied troops in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

25th May 2011

FDD Congratulates Bipartisan Group of Senators for Iran Sanctions Bill

Washington, D.C. (May 25, 2011) - FDD congratulates a bipartisan group of Senators for sponsoring dramatic new sanctions in response to Iran's ongoing nuclear activities. The Iran, North Korea and Syria Sanctions Consolidation Act of 2011 was introduced by Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Joseph...

24th May 2011 - Quoted by Gregory McGowan, Foreign Policy

The Dark Places of the Mideast, or Why There is Little We Can Do About Syria

John Hannah

There could not have been a more appropriate time for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) to host its event "Unrest in Syria: How Will the U.S. Respond?" than the morning of President Obama's address on the Middle East. Here are the takeaways:

24th May 2011 - New York Post

Feeding North Korea’s Madness

Here we go again. Amid warnings of an impending "food crisis" in North Korea, the Obama administration is working to send yet more big subsidies, in the form of free food, to the totalitarian regime of Kim Jong-il. Apparently, President Obama's lofty promises about America's making freedom a...

24th May 2011 - The Arena, Politico

Obama’s Undue Pressure On Israel?

Jonathan Schanzer

Does President Barack Obama have the right to suggest certain steps that Israel could take to help pave the way for peace with the Palestinians? Absolutely. Was it wise for Obama to spring them on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu some three hours before his major policy speech at the State...

23rd May 2011 - Commentary Magazine

Five Predictable Consequences from Obama’s Mideast Speech

Emanuele Ottolenghi

President Obama’s speech on the Middle East last Thursday has already had five predictable consequences: First, the President’s closing remarks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict ensured that everything else he said on the Middle East would largely go unnoticed. Everybody is discussing...

20th May 2011 - Pajamas Media

In Libya, Gaddafi Sounds Scared

“We need to create a problem for the world,” Libyan tyrant Muammar Gaddafi declared on Libyan state TV Sunday, in what Reuters describes as his first major speech since a popular uprising toppled Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak last Friday. The problem Gaddafi would like to create, as he...

19th May 2011 - Threat Matrix, The Long War Journal

The Gitmo Files: Al Qaeda’s Emir of Zahedan, Iran Commits Suicide

Thomas Joscelyn

An Afghan Guantanamo detainee named Inayatullah (Internment Serial Number 10028) committed suicide yesterday morning, according to the Department of Defense. I have been waiting for some time to see what the Gitmo files have to say about Inayatullah. His story, or at least the little we know...

19th May 2011 - The Jewish Chronicle

Obama Not Well Prepared For Test

Emanuele Ottolenghi

President Barack Obama appointed former senator George Mitchell as his special envoy for Middle East peace within days of taking office, in January 2009. The appointment of a high-profile American statesman with Northern Ireland peace under his belt as the first foreign policy decision of...

19th May 2011 - The Washington Post

Obama’s Middle East Gambit Abandoned?

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

Obama nevertheless will face skepticism on the right, aside from the cost. Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies expressed concern that we are just going to be shoveling money at unstable states: “Rather than blindly providing aid to Middle East countries...

19th May 2011 - The Jewish Chronicle

Germany Now Rivals UK for Israel-Bashing

Benjamin Weinthal

Britain has been the main European hub for groups advocating a boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) strategy against the Jewish state. Germany, however, has enacted policies which now make it a stark rival for the UK's hardcore anti-Israel movement.

19th May 2011 - National Review Online

What Obama Did Not Say

Clifford D. May

I’m not as distressed by Obama’s speech as some analysts. Yes, it would have been better if Obama had not talked about a settlement based on the 1967 lines — or had at least mentioned that those lines were breached by Iranian-backed mobs over the weekend. But he didn’t say that those...

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