Middle East articles


Thanks to Hamas, and Hamas alone, the kids are not all right

GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel July 28, 2014 — Any of the thousands of councilors currently spread across the summer camps of America can tell you just how fragile a child is. In the modern western world, where very few issues are unanimously agreed upon (because pluralism is always the answer), the wellbeing of children has never

UN Secretary General meets with Grand Ayatollah Sistani (Source: UN)

United Nations Secretary General meets with Grand Ayatollah Sistani

In an unprecedented move, Grand Ayatollah Sistani met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon today, regarding the crisis in Iraq. The Grand Ayatollah has traditionally refused to meet with representatives from the United States or Europe. For that reason, a meeting with the United Nations signals a major decision on the part of Sistani.

Independent election commission of Afghanistan

Two cheers for John Kerry and the Afghanistan Presidential standoff deal

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, July 22, 2014—Afghanistan’s election officials say that they will complete a nationwide ballot audit within a few weeks. Don’t hold your breath. Today marks the day that the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan was supposed to have certified the winner of the runoff election and declared a winner. Things didn’t go as planned,


Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

LOS ANGELES, July 21, 2014 — The murder of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinians was the spark that ignited the latest round of missile and air strikes between Israel and Hamas. That led to the latest Israeli Defense Forces incursion into the Gaza Strip. The phrase “cycle of violence” is often used to describe the


The ‘Dr. Phil’ argument for Israel taking back Gaza

GIVAT SHMUEL, Israel July 20, 2014 — In case you have been living under a rock lately, Israel, reacting after the kidnapping and murder of three young boys by Hamas terrorists on their way home from school and subsequent continuous rocket barrage from the Gaza Strip from both Hamas and Fatah affiliated terrorist networks, has