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Letters to the Editor: Sept. 2013

Re: [House Editorial “Out of Golan in 30 Days”, TVR July/August 2013]   What political irresponsibility or unexplainable fears can possibly have forced the Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann (Chairman of the SPÖ) and Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger (head of the liberal-conservative ÖVP, who additionally acts as Minister of Foreign Affairs) to abandon within 48 hours […]

Middle East Awakening

When the democratic revolt in Tunisia successfully ousted the old regime, the world reacted with amazement. Democracy from below in the Arab world? After the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year-old regime in Egypt, the heartland of the Middle East, amazement has turned into certainty. The Middle East has awakened and begun to enter the […]

Jihadi Swan Song

Democratic mass movements are spreading like brush fire across the Middle East and North Africa, and one thing is becoming clear – al-Qaeda is being left in the dust. The Arab revolutions are a decidedly populist affair, demanding equality, pluralism, freedom and social justice. They are liberal and secular, anti-authoritarian, made up of Muslims and […]

Book Review: Alice Rothchild’s Broken Promises, Broken Dreams

Refusing to Be an Enemy In his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela makes a little known and seldom quoted observation. South Africa’s iconic liberation hero pays tribute to Bram Fischer, a white Afrikaner lawyer who defended Mandela and his ANC comrades in court against charges of terrorism, sabotage and high treason. The grandson […]

The Voice for a Just Peace: Seeing the Human Face

Not long after Arafat took his final breaths in a hospital in France, his arch rival, Sharon, briefly sputtered and then sank into unconsciousness. Angry Jewish settlers were dragged from their homes in Gaza while the total Jewish settler population in West Bank continues to explode. Hamas won a democratic election to the Legislative Council, […]

Window of Opportunity

Window of Opportunity

April 2008 brought a new round of sensational statements about the Middle East peace processes. A line of new promises was made both by Israeli and the Arab states, another group of intermediaries representing many countries got involved, and new attempts were made to restart negotiations. Why now? Today it feels like another train is […]

The Annapolis Summit: Misunderstanding, Mistrust & Mispronunciation

Struggling with his speech, George W. Bush reaches for his left suit pocket to take out his glasses, and puts them on slowly. With Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to his right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to his left, he waves his hands about uncoordinatedly. Slouching behind the grey podium adorned with the Annapolis […]

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