No wonder so many Arabs feel their leaders are out of touch

TO ALGERIANS, Abdelaziz Bouteflika is like Schrodinger’s cat: simultaneously alive and dead until his actual state has been observed. Occasionally Mr Bouteflika, the 81-year-old president of Algeria, who has suffered at least one bad stroke, is rolled out in his wheelchair for an appearance. In October, for example, he met Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime […]

Make Wine Not War

James Dorsey When Miguel Torres, scion of an iconic Spanish winemaking dynasty, described the impact of the Catalan quest for independence on his more than a century-old business in a letter to wine writer Andrew Jefford, little did he realize that he had put his finger on one of the current world’s most fundamental battles: […]

Saudi Arabia’s heir to the throne Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talks to 60 Minutes

In an interview on 60 minutes  with CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell,  the 32 years old, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who is embarking  on a cross-country American tour talked about several issues . Here are some highlights: About women’s attire “Abaya” : It is up to women to decide what decent and respectable attire she should choose  to […]

How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

by Ramzy Baroud When I was a child growing up in a Gaza refugee camp, I looked forward to November 2. On that day, every year, thousands of students and camp residents would descend upon the main square of the camp, carrying Palestinian flags and placards, to denounce the Balfour Declaration. Truthfully, my giddiness then […]

Jared Kushner Flames Out

Bad advice, shady deals and incompetence define the presidential son-in-law’s tenure at the White House. By THE EDITORIAL BOARD of New York Times For a Middle East negotiator, President Trump could have chosen a seasoned envoy trusted by all stakeholders and fluent in the region’s nuance. Instead, he appointed the heir to an opaque Manhattan real estate […]

History experts: Trump worst president ever, Obama in top 10

By Bob Jordan Donald Trump is America’s worst president, says a New York Times opinion piece that’s based on a survey of 170 members of the American Political Science Association’s Presidents and Executive Politics section. The survey was conducted by Brandon Rottinghaus, a professor of political science at the University of Houston, and Justin S. Vaughn, an associate professor of political […]

America Is under attack and its president doesn’t give a damn

By DAVID FRUM As the rest of America mourns the victims of the Parkland, Florida, massacre, President Trump took to Twitter. Not for him the rituals of grief. He is too consumed by rage and resentment. He interrupted his holidaying schedule at Mar-a-Lago only briefly, for a visit to a hospital where some of the […]

Iran Clearly Shows Its Imperial Ambitions in Syria

By Elliott Abrams In May, 2017 Major General Qassem Soleimani, chief of the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps’ foreign operations branch known as the Qods Force, visited the Iraq/Syria border in the company of an Iran-backed Shia militia. A spokesman for the militia, called the Popular Mobilization Forces, was quoted in Newsweek : “This will be […]

How Christian Zionists got their man into the White House

Christian Zionists managed, through the positioning of Mike Pence and fellow believers in the White House, an incredible measure of influence over the most powerful nation on earth. by Morgan Strong On 18 July, US Vice President Mike Pence delivered the keynote speech at the annual summit of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). Founded in […]