On International Affairs Romney Has Not Yet Even Begun to Fight

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has written an op-ed piece about what’s wrong with President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy and what he would do if he is elected president. There aren’t many surprises but it reminds us how far Romney has to go before he can be said to have articulated a clear foreign policy of his own.

Understanding Real Israeli Politics

To a remarkable extent—and this has nothing to do with his views or policies—Bibi Netanyahu is the only functioning politician in Israel today. No wonder he is prime minister, will finish his current term, and will almost certainly be reelected in 2013. Consider the alternatives.

The Breakneck Speed of Islamist Transformation in Egypt

What happens, then, if the regime doesn’t give in and the army doesn’t stop the demonstrations?

Rubin Reports: Western Civilization Faces the Big Test – Citizens! Heal Your Societies or...

People don’t want to be told to sacrifice, especially because they suspect that the elite isn’t doing so and that this same elite is responsible for the mess. So they can be—easily?—manipulated into voting for those who tell them to eat, drink and be merry, with a minimal tax on billionaires and millionaires paying off the caterer.

Egypt’s Crisis Could Be Heading Towards Us

A country of 85 million people and which is heavily armed is burning with anarchy and violence is threatening genocide against a neighbor. Might this be a matter of concern?

Democrat Convention Plan Shows Obama will Lose the Election

The information released about the Democratic convention seems to show it is designed to prove how radical the party is, to play to the most limited possible sector of the population.

Where are all the Anti-Islamist Muslims?

Muslim communities in Europe and America hardly ever renounce terrorism or fight the Islamists. Why? Because those radical forces are in power, often with collaboration from Western leftists.

How to Turn a Campus Into an Indoctrination Center

Georgetown was getting Arab money for teaching about the Middle East, but none of it could be used to teach about Israel.

With an Anti-Semitic Holland, Where Is It Safe for Jews?

Even in the Dutch mass media there are shocking things written on a regular basis about Jews and Israel.

Romney’s Structural Handicaps and Third Debate Strategy

A full analysis of the foreign policy aspects of the third debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Remember that the idea that someone “won” the debate in terms of an outside observer’s standpoint or even based on a poll is misleading. The only important thing is whether either candidate swayed additional voters to his side.

Syria: Is the Proposed Cure Worse than the Status Quo?

The Obama Administration is backing (Islamist) Turkey as the distributor of weapons supplied by (opportunistically pro-Islamist) Qatar.

Israel’s Election: A Preliminary Analysis

Attention now turns to the question of how Netanyahu can put together a coalition that will hold 61 seats, a majority needed to form a government.

Was the ‘Ground Zero’ Mosque a Con Game?

This may be a cautionary lesson about how the fear of seeming to be a 'racist' or 'Islamophobe' can be manipulated to fool people into forgetting law and logic.

Obama is a Disaster, but Israel Must Applaud Him

Despite Obama's disastrous Middle East policy, in practice, there have been no real, material, or huge problems in direct U.S.-Israel relations.

Egypt: Out of the Frying Pan into the Frying Pan

The military-civilian governors of Egypt are the same people who have always run the country. They have not done a great job.

Syria: No Longer Revolution, It is A Civil War, A Guide to the Battle

After an eight-month-long battle in which more than 3500 people have been killed, there’s no telling who will be ruling Syria when the dust settles, or even when the dust will settle.

Murdered Diplomacy

How the Israel-Palestinian conflict has been totally transformed.

Egypt: There Goes the Free Media

Al-Destour, an independent Egyptian newspaper, has just had a full issue seized on charges of “fueling sedition” and “harming the president through phrases and wording punishable by law.”

US Mideast Paradox: My Friend who Acts Like an Enemy is my Enemy

A large part of the problem with Obama’s policy is that he not only treated enemies as friends and did not pressure supposed friends that acted like enemies, he joined them.

Revolutionary Islamism Is Not America’s Friend

Middle East expert, Barry Rubin discussed the region, prospects for peace and revolutionary Islamism.

Culture War Ruining Journalism, Academia, and Charity

This was the mainstream of democracy and democratic opinion: The "vital center."

Arab World War Two: Sunni versus Shia

A mob of up to 3000 regular people, the neighbors, marched on the house where the Shia were gathered.

Romney Lays It Out: Progress and Success Versus Name-Calling And Bragging About Being Victims

Since Palestinian Authority leaders want to discuss culture, here’s one out of thousands of examples. Recently, at a cultural performance whose audience included the PA minister of culture, the songs and poetry spoke of how the main priority of raising children is to make sure they were ready to use guns—not computers—against you-know-who.

Rubin Reports: Israel is in Good Shape Because So Many Others Decided Not to...

Israel’s has had dramatic success in terms of economic progress. The country has become a world leader in high-technology, medicine, science, computers, and other fields. It has opened up new links to Asia. The discovery of natural gas and oilfields promise a massive influx of funds in the coming years. And the idea that Israel is menaced by the failure to get official peace with the Palestinians is a staple of Western blather but has no big impact in reality.

Rubin Reports: Good News? Revolutionary Islamists Taking Power Produces Moderation and Ends Terrorism!

Here we are in the middle of 2012, and all of the events of the last eighteen months don’t seem to have taught the current administration’s policymakers or its supportive scribes anything. Can’t they even consider: “Hmm, perhaps this “Arab Spring” thing isn’t working out so well … “, or, “Maybe the rapid rise of revolutionary Islamist movements is just a little bit scary. Maybe we should be cautious about promoting it”? Can’t they?

Rubin Reports: Who Rules Egypt? The Battle Begins

Lenin once reportedly said that he would get the capitalists to sell him the rope with which to hang them. But Egypt is a far clearer case of such a situation. Will the dhimmis finance the consolidation of the Muslim Brotherhood’s power in Egypt? It sure looks like that will happen though they probably will be cheap about it.

New Moderates: Syrian Rebels, Iranian President, and the Taliban

American policymakers are likely to be carried away and to see rebel victory as the equivalent of a good and heroic victory for freedom.

The ‘Iran is Now Moderate’ Joke

The NY Times is lying. Netanyahu cannot "block" an initiative and if Obama wants talks he will have them.

Rubin Reports: A First Look at Egypt’s New Constitution Shows a Careful Ambiguity On...

If there is an Islamist president and parliament who pass laws that correspond only to Sharia and who appoint Islamist judges and al-Azhar shaykhs then Egypt will be a Sharia state. No doubt though the Constitution will be interpreted by many Western observers of proof that the Brotherhood and Salafists have moderated.

Rubin Reports: Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan – An Anti-Radical Liberal Who Saw the Unfortunate...

Moynihan was one of the first people to try to deal with the lurch leftward of the liberal and Democratic streams that is now so dangerously dominant in America.

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