The Middle East

Last Word: Crumbs of Grace

Worshipping with families of Antiochian Christians in Philadelphia, you are an interloper. At the coffee hour, they pile your plate with pastries—"you are new, yes?"

Risks Worth Taking

The Obama administration has not made grandiose claims about what a deal with Iran on its nuclear program can achieve. But there is reason for guarded optimism.

No Longer Docile

The emergence of the Islamic state; the tension with Iran; and the sinister turn events have taken in Israel are attributed in Europe to American irresponsibility.

An Ugly Business

Finding himself in a close race, Israel's prime minister resorted to scare-mongering and demagoguery on what one is tempted to call an almost biblical scale.

The High Cost of Netanyahu's Comeback

Benjamin Netanyahu’s gambits worked. But at what cost to the future? Israel was already divided, and the harshness of the campaign split it further.

The Senate's 47 Percent

The letter, spearheaded by Sen. Tom Cotton to "instruct" the Iranians about our Constitution, was a blatant effort to blow up the negotiations.

The Bibi-Boehner Coalition

Boehner’s inviting the leader of another nation to criticize our own president, and Netanyahu’s decision to accept, threaten to damage the U.S.-Israeli coalition.

'American Sniper'

Clint Eastwood's 'American Sniper' has provoked criticism from both right and left. It's awash in patriotic spirit, it glorifies war. It's also a pretty bad movie.

Soft Thinking, Hard Problems

The Obama administration's 2015 National Security Strategy is a revealing document, even if it reveals through inadvertence.

Boehner's Blunder

Whatever political advantage John Boehner hoped to gain by inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress, his decision is likely to backfire.

'Lawful but Awful'

In defending the use of drones, Obama has classical just-war tradition on his side. But just-war tradition has come to be read in a new and legalistic way.

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms

Ancient religions that have survived centuries are often the most persecuted: Mandaeans, Yazidis, Zoroastrians, Druze, Samaritans, Copts, and the Kalasha.
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