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On Second Thought, Maybe Israel’s Apology to Turkey was a Good Idea

Now that Israelis humiliated themselves and Erdogan is rampaging ahead, some are awakening to the fact that this apology only made matters worse.

An Israeli Apology to Turkey

Erdogan's government has mastered the art of provocation and is being rewarded for it.

Reflections on the Invasion of Iraq, a Decade Later

Western powers enjoy overwhelming battlefield superiority but face great difficulty when trying to shape other countries.

No Disagreement Between Hamas and Fatah

Both Hamas and Fatah are playing the game of pretending to end violence.

Erdoğan’s Decade

Erdoğan can be seen as the anti-Atatürk, the leader who seeks to undo substantial parts of his predecessor's legacy, especially Atatürk's rejection of Shari'a, or Islamic law.

Palgrave Macmillan Participates in ‘Israel Apartheid Week’

Publishing house Palgrave Macmillan apologized for appearing to endorse "the Palestinian struggle."

Excluding Jews and Others From Juries

As ever, Muslims raise startling new issues and Islam drives the social and legal agenda in the West.

Islamist Media Digitally Cover Prominent Western Women

Even the modestly dressed and Islamist friendly Catherine Ashton did not escape being photoshopped.

50 Years of Syrian Misery

Before the "8 March Revolution," Syria had been exceptionally unstable. Then came the heavy hand of the Ba'athists.

Extra Thoughts: Hagelian Dialectic

Extra thoughts that could not make the main text of "When AIPAC Went AWOL."

Islamist Assassinations in the West

Assassination sends a specific signal to others not to follow in the victim's footsteps.

Muslim Killings in the US: Jihad or Criminality?

Both law enforcement, the media and elected officials are reluctant to give out information about the attackers' religion, much less their motives.

Open Letter to Sen. Charles Schumer on the Hagel Appointment

You expressed having had "genuine concerns" about Hagel prior to your White House meeting with him; now is the moment for you to follow the dictates of your conscience.

Futile Israeli Efforts to Win Ankara Back

The AWACS Israel is selling to Turkey will potentially be used against Israel in the Mediterranean Sea.

Innocents Abroad Build Foreign Armies

When will American politicians and military leaders eventually realize that training foreign soldiers does not allies make them?

Conspiracy Theories Triumphant in Turkey

The sort of reasoning going around in Turkey regarding the Israeli strike in Syria can quickly leave one with a sore head.

The State Department of What Planet?

What a launch for Kerry, whose mental vapidity promises to make Hillary Clinton actually look good in retrospect.

The Opposition (or Lack thereof) to Hagel

Odd that CUFI is out there swinging and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is silent.

Daniel Pipes: West Must Oppose Islamism (Video)

Middle East expert Daniel Pipes appeared on the 'Cross Talk' program to argue that the West should use its influence to oppose Islamism instead of supporting it.

Debating on Iranian TV – And More (Video)

The 25-minute show was the most hare-brained and loony of my 35 years going on television.

The Future of Conservatism After the 2012 Election

It will be a long, hard road to traverse, but there is no short cut and it can succeed.

Daniel Pipes: Reflections on Current Hamas-Israel Hostilities

If Hamas knows it cannot defeat the Israel Defense Forces and will get a bloody nose for its efforts, it obviously has motives other than victory in mind.

Daniel Pipes: Why I am Voting Republican

I vote Republican because I support the party's core message of individualism, patriotism, and respect for tradition, in contrast to the core Democratic message of dependence, self-criticism, and "progress." I am inspired by the original reading of the U.S. Constitution, by ideals of personal freedom and American exceptionalism. I vote for small government, for a return of power to the states, for a strong military, and an assertive pursuit of national interests.

Daniel Pipes: Superficiality Reigns Before the Election

It happens every four years, as U.S. presidential elections roll around: I feel like a stranger. That's because news reports blare out what's not of interest: trivial statistics (171,000 jobs added in October; jobless rate up 0.1 percent to 7.9 percent), biographical irrelevancies (claims that Romney outsourced jobs to other countries when at Bain Capital), and forgettable gaffes (Obama saying that "Voting is the best revenge"). This limited discussion misses the main points.

The Nation of Islam Discovers Scientology

The Nation of Islam's historic role as a bridge between American blacks and Islam ended in 1975 when W. Deen Mohammed followed his father, Elijah Muhammad, as leader of the Nation and immediately disavowed his father's folk religion, bringing his followers to normative Islam, the Islam of the Middle East. From then on, despite the theatrics of Louis Farrakhan, the Nation has been in a long downward trajectory. Now comes evidence, thanks to Tony Ortega in the Village Voice and Eliza Gray in The New Republic, of a jaw-dropping turn by Farrakhan, 79, to Scientology; as Gray's subtitle puts it, "America's two weirdest sects join forces."

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