Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Thu, 07/04/2013 - 18:48
As Egypt’s revolution lurches on, this week’s military takeover could wind up doing more to reverse the trend toward Islamization and set that country on the course of democracy than the continued rule of its first democratically elected president, the deposed Mohamed Morsi.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Thu, 07/04/2013 - 09:14
Congressional Republicans sometimes resemble a circular firing squad. That's on display these days as libertarians, tea partiers, religious conservatives, pro-business fiscal conservatives, old-guard GOP’ers, some lonely moderates, assorted wingnuts and a perplexed leadership try to deal with immigration reform.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sun, 06/30/2013 - 17:55
To no one's surprise -- except possibly his own – John Kerry couldn’t get Israeli and Palestinian leaders to sit down with one another this week. He and Jordanian King Abdullah II had worked hard to get them to meet in Amman.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sun, 06/30/2013 - 16:24
A year after his resounding victory in Egypt’s first democratic election, President Mohamed Morsi has fled the Presidential Palace and gone into hiding out of fear that the protesters in Tahrir Square want his head. Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians are holding demonstrations around the country this weekend, and once again the epicenter is Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the starting point of the revolution that drove out longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Mon, 06/24/2013 - 08:28
While the United States and its allies test the newly elected Iranian president for any change in that country’s nuclear ambitions, the Obama administration has rejected Tehran’s calls for easing sanctions as a down payment for negotiations.
The administration is hanging tough on that one and can count on more than full backing from the Congress. Friction may come, however, if Obama decides to delay implementation of new sanctions to test the government of Hassan Rowhani, who takes office in early August.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sun, 06/23/2013 - 10:53
UPDATE -- The Islamist radical President Morsi appointed governor of tourism-center Luxor, Adel el-Khayat, resigned in the wake of intense public criticism that he was unfit for the job. The ultra-conservative el-Khayat is a member of a terrorist group that murdered 58 tourists at the 3,400-year-old Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor in 1997. With a touch or irony that clearly went right past him, el-Khayat said he resigned to prevent "bloodshed."
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Sat, 06/22/2013 - 08:44
While many of the world's economies were tanking during the great recession that began during the Bush administration, Israel's seemed to be one of the strongest and grew when others were shrinking.
Much of the credit for that performance has been given to Stanley Fisher, the retiring Bank of Israel governor. He is being mentioned now as a possible success to his former MIT doctoral student Ben Bernanke, when his term as chairman of the Federal Reserve ends early next year.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 22:59
A day after Bill Clinton said staying out of Syria is a mistake and called for greater American intervention, the White House announced President Barack Obama has concluded that Bashar Assad has used chemical weapons, including sarin nerve gas, against his own people and it is time to begin arming the rebels.
But after more than a year of hesitation while his State Department, Pentagon and CIA have urged a more robust involvement, Obama’s decision could be too little too late.
Submitted by Douglas Bloomfield on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 13:11
There’s one weapon Israel wishes it didn’t have: all those loose cannons. The latest salvo was fired for all the world to see this week when the deputy defense minister essentially accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of bluffing on his commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.