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MUST READ: HOW SHOULD WE READ THE AMERICAN PRESS? IN ARABIC, by Lee Smith (Tablet)

By   /  November 1, 2018  /  International, media bias, Mid. East news, Must Read  /  No Comments

Oct. 31, 2018 News of the News: Like in the Middle East, U.S. political operatives and intelligence officials are increasingly using the cloak of journalism as a tool for their aims Click here for full article

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Recent electronic subterfuge against Iran…summaries of 2 articles by Daily Alert, with links

By   /  November 1, 2018  /  Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Nov. 1, 2018 Report: Iran Infrastructure Hit by Computer Virus(Times of Israel) Iranian infrastructure and strategic networks have come under attack in the last few days by a computer virus similar to Stuxnet but “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated,” Israel’s Hadashot TV reported Wednesday. See also Iran Says President Rouhani’s Cellphone Was Tapped (Al Jazeera) Gen. Gholam […]

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After Netanyahu’s Visit to Oman – Abdulrahman al-Rashed (Al Arabiya via Daily Alert)

By   /  October 29, 2018  /  friends/enemies, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 29, 2018 After Netanyahu’s Visit to Oman – Abdulrahman al-Rashed (Al Arabiya) The nonchalant reactions of the Arab public and media over the Omani announcement that they received Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Muscat, Oman’s port capital, illustrates how much the region has changed from the past. The non-pragmatic way of dealing with the […]

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Interview with Daniel Pipes: Still Skeptical [of Trump’s Israel Policy] (L’Informale via Daniel Pipes)

By   /  October 21, 2018  /  friends/enemies, International, Mid. East news, Terrorism  /  No Comments

Oct. 19, 2018 This is the English version of an article that appeared originally in Italian as “Con sguardo lucido e disincantato.” The interview was conducted by Niram Ferretti. Question: The Trump administration seems to be following the logic of MEF’s Israel Victory Project launched in January 2017: it recognized Jerusalem as the capital of […]

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Take a Deep Breath on Saudi Arabia – Sohrab Ahmari (Commentary via Daily Alert)

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  friends/enemies, Human Rights, International, Islamic fundamentalism, Mid. East news, Terrorism  /  No Comments

Oct. 19, 2018 Take a Deep Breath on Saudi Arabia – Sohrab Ahmari When it comes to Saudi Arabia and the Jamal Khashoggi affair, everyone needs to take a deep breath. That’s an almost impossible task given the heinousness of the crime and the Saudi regime’s feckless efforts to dodge responsibility for it. An alliance that […]

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Children of Iranian Leaders Study in U.S. – Tzvi Kahn (Washington Times via Daily Alert)

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  hypocricy, International, Islamic fundamentalism, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 19, 2018 Children of Iranian Leaders Study in U.S. – Tzvi Kahn (Washington Times) Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament, has described the U.S. as a “threat to the entire world.” But his daughter, Fatemeh Ardeshir-Larijani, is safe in Ohio where she recently completed the first year of her residency in internal medicine. She […]

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Don’t Ditch Riyadh in a Fit of Righteousness – Walter Russell Mead (WSJ via Daily Alert)

By   /  October 16, 2018  /  friends/enemies, International, Islamic fundamentalism, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 16, 2018 Don’t Ditch Riyadh in a Fit of Righteousness – Walter Russell Mead The murder of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, was a horror. But the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey’s President Erdogan, and the ayatollahs of Iran are huddled over the corpse, hoping to turn a political profit from the death […]

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Iran’s Growing Influence in Syria Sparks Concern – Nisan Ahmado (VOA News via Daily Alert)

By   /  October 16, 2018  /  friends/enemies, Human Rights, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 16, 2018 Iran’s Growing Influence in Syria Sparks Concern – Nisan Ahmado Iran’s involvement and military footprints in Syria have some experts concerned that Tehran might establish a long-term presence in the country in an effort to project regional power. “Iran is solidifying its presence in Syria in three different approaches: militarily, economically and politically. […]

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Turkey’s Revolution Looks like Iran’s – but in Slow Motion by A.J. Caschetta (Gatestone Inst. via M.E. Forum)

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  friends/enemies, Human Rights, International, Islamic fundamentalism, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 10, 2018 Watching Turkey’s transformation into an authoritarian Islamist nation over the last 16 years has been eerily like watching Iran’s rapid fall in 1979 — but in slow motion. Whereas Iran went from a secularist American ally to an implacable Islamist foe in a matter of months, Turkey has been on a similar […]

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Israel’s War with Iran Is Inevitable by Efraim Inbar (J. Post via M.E. Forum)

By   /  October 12, 2018  /  friends/enemies, International, Islamic fundamentalism, Israel, Mid. East news  /  No Comments

Oct. 4, 2018 Iran is a formidable enemy. A large country of more than 80 million people, endowed with energy riches, it has always been a regional power. Having an imperial past and revolutionary zeal (since the 1979 Iranian Revolution), Iran nourishes ambitions to rule over the Middle East and beyond. Furthermore, theologically there is […]

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