Southern Sudanese to be deported from Israel by month’s end; activists seek reprieve for Christian Zionist community

March 14, 2012


Israel’s Ministry of the Interior has notified the employers of South Sudanese refugees who reside in Israel that they must no longer be employed by month’s end, according to a leading advocate for the rights of South...

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Trial of pro-democracy workers set to begin tomorrow in Egypt

February 25, 2012


Tomorrow the trial of 43 civil society workers–including 16 Americans–is set to begin in Egypt.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “[t]he 43 employees will be tried on charges of illegally operating ...

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Egyptian dissident Cynthia Farahat: America, be the strong horse

February 15, 2012


Today Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood announced it backs the country’s military government in its fight against the work of pro-democracy groups there.

Presumably the Brotherhood also supports the dictatorship’s detention and planned...

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Syrians defy Assad, the rebellion through the eyes of one Syrian-American

May 14, 2011

Recently I interviewed a Syrian-American acquaintance, a restaurateur in his mid-thirties, Ahmad (name has been changed for security reasons) about what it was like to grow up in Syria (he immigrated to the U.S. as a young adult) under the...

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Shall We Consider Mitt?

April 12, 2011


The Republican Jewish Coalition’s Winter Meeting took place in Las Vegas April 1-3. While visiting my good friend Esmeralda Whitechurch, I stopped to check it out. Since Mitt Romney announced formation of his 2012 Presidential...

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Iraqis Take to Street in Protest: “It Will Start Again Next Friday,” Obama Took “Great Action” in Snubbing Maliki, Says Alusi

February 28, 2011

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Former Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al-Alusi contacted...

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Who Knows What Will Happen in the Middle East? Omar Sharif Knows as Much as the Pundits Do

February 3, 2011


What the H&^% is going to happen to the middle east? Darned if this middle east commentator knows. I’ve avoided writing about the uprising in Egypt as long as I possibly could because this one’s got me stumped. I have...

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Tunisians Overthrow Dictator; World Watches and Waits

January 23, 2011


Last week’s street demonstrations and overthrow of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali were fascinating and inspiring to behold.

As a believer in democracy who cheers people everywhere who show the courage to demonstrate –...

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Revolutionary Guard in Charge of Puppet A-jad; Alusi Prescient (Again) & Christians Emancipate Themselves

January 3, 2011


Wikileaks has reported that an officer in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard slapped Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad across the face recently when Ahmadinejad suggested Tehran ease up on the brutal repression of the press...

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Marcus Hellwig and Jens Koch Identified as German Journalists Held by Tehran

December 28, 2010


On Tuesday The New York Times printed the names of Marcus Alfred Rudolf Hellwig, a reporter, and Jens Andreas Koch, a photographer. They have been detained in Iran since October, when they traveled there to cover the story of a woman...

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