A former student remembers the influential scholar and expert in Arab history, who died this week at age 68
Plus Hosni Mubarak’s encyclopedia of ailments
The film ‘Innocence of Muslims’ and the dangerous failing of the media
Plus secret pre-peace talks, and more in the news
Lebanon’s Maronites, threatened by Sunni power, will be the bellwether of the Mideast’s Christians. Could they face the same fate as the region’s Jews?
Newt Gingrich says the Palestinians are an “invented people.” They are, like many others in the Middle East. It’s a useful myth the U.S. must support.
Boosters insisted the Egyptian revolution would yield a liberal democracy. Islamists’ electoral success vindicates the pessimists.
Plus P.A. FM admits they don’t have the votes, and more in the news
The deadly crackdown on protesting Egyptian Copts marks a turning point in the military’s post-Mubarak rule. Is this what democracy looks like?
Sectarian strife, remilitarized Sinai point to uncertain future
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By establishing a Jewish majority in Palestine, Israel distinguished itself from other Middle East minority groups, which suffer physical fear and intellectual confusion, even if they hold power
Plus, Abbas vows no Hamas in West Bank, Egyptian violence, and more in the news
Plus Obama’s new ambassador, and more in the news
Plus a few minor things that happened, and more
Plus Iran talks fizzle, an end to U.S. engagement, and more in the news
Plus an Upper West Side bomb threat, and more in the news
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