Mideast Antiques Roadshow

Upheaval in Egypt and Libya has led to widespread looting—and the plunder is being sold on the Israeli market

No Second Iraq

On Iran, the parallels are inexact, but the lessons remain instructive

Native Son

A Tunisia-born Jew and French officer who fought the Berbers in Algeria pioneered the counterinsurgency warfare still used in Iraq and Afghanistan

Blog Post Sparks Latest Furor, Won’t Be Last

Debating Israel in an election year

Grand Strategy

Contrary to Washington wisdom, Israel is a clear strategic asset to the United States, says a new study by a bipartisan pair of veteran diplomats

What’s ‘Saddam’ Spelled Backwards?

New files show Hussein’s paranoia regarding Israel

Blowback

Obama’s unsuccessful foreign policy in the Mideast is based not on idealism or realpolitik but anti-colonialism, a legacy of the collapse of the European empires

You Got a Lotta Nerve

Unofficial Dylan tablature site boycotts Israel, despite songwriter’s beliefs

In Plain Sight

The recent arrest of Pakistani nationals in the aftermath of Bin Laden’s death reveals that the operation was the result of internal Middle East politics—and no coup for U.S. spycraft

By the Numbers

Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress this week, filled with falsehoods and untruths, defies the spirit of this week’s parasha, which urges us to be diligent with numbers and facts

Committed

Western public intellectuals have a bad habit of supporting unsavory regimes like Muammar Qaddafi’s not for money or intellectual rigor but because of vanity

Certainty Principle

Donald Rumsfeld was discredited when he left the Bush Administration in 2006, but the recent Middle East uprisings might be vindication for both Bush’s Freedom Agenda and the man who helped shape it. The former Defense secretary talks to Tablet Magazine.

Daybreak: U.S. Applies Pressure to Syrian Point

Plus Iraqi church massacre, the Tea Party (Israeli), and more in the news

Asia Minority

The Turkish prime minister is losing control of his country’s Kurdish problem, even as rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan sits in prison

Premiership

A new book gives an insider’s assessment of four Israeli prime ministers—and Menachem Begin the voice he never had

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