Day: December 21, 2014

Senseless strategies

The Daily Star Judging by the White House’s policy on battling ISIS militants, one might conclude that U.S. officials believe that the Middle East has been afflicted with mass amnesia. If one can remember as far back as World War II, one of the world’s mightiest armies, belonging to Nazi Germany, was defeated by […]

What Will Israel Become?

JERUSALEM — Uneasiness inhabits Israel, a shadow beneath the polished surface. In a violent Middle Eastern neighborhood of fracturing states, that is perhaps inevitable, but Israelis are questioning their nation and its future with a particular insistence. As the campaign for March elections begins, this disquiet looks like the precursor […]

Inside Isis: The first Western journalist ever given access to the ‘Islamic State’ has just returned – and this is what he discovered

The first Western journalist in the world to be allowed extensive access to Isis territories in Syria and Iraq has returned from the region with a warning: the group is “much stronger and much more dangerous” than anyone in the West realises. Jürgen Todenhöfer, 74, is a renowned German journalist […]

Pakistan’s Old Curse

NY times: LONDON — Only a week ago, the Red Mosque seemed a nearly untouchable bastion of Islamist extremism in Pakistan, a notorious seminary in central Islamabad known for producing radicalized, and sometimes heavily armed, graduates. On Friday evening, though, the tables were turned when hundreds of angry protesters stood at […]