May 13, 2016
By Dan Sullivan When the president is in open disagreement with the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on one of the most critical issues our nation faces - whether to send our sons and daughters into combat - it should be cause for significant national concern. President Obama has repeatedly told the American people that U.S. troops are not in combat in the Middle East. In 2010, he announced that "our combat mission is ending" in Iraq. He used the same words in 2014 regarding Afghanistan.
April 25, 2016
Elliott Abrams served on the staffs of Sens. Henry Jackson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan and in the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations Since my days working for Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson (D., Wash.), events in the Middle East and especially concerning the security of Israel have been at the center of my attention. And if Israel's security and its relationship with the United States are a key concern, Ted Cruz should get your vote. More broadly, if your concern is America's position in the Middle East, your vote should go to Cruz.
January 29, 2016 |
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will help VPS Healthcare, a health system based in the United Arab Emirates, establish "standard of excellence for pediatric care, the two organizations announced Wednesday. CHOP is the second Philadelphia health system to form an alliance with VPS, which was founded in 2007 by a radiologist, Shamsheer Vayalil. He remains the owner. In November, the University of Pennsylvania Health System has agreed to help VPS improve the care of patients with lifestyle-related disease, such as diabetes, and cancer.
January 4, 2016 |
Will Mideast's grim picture change this year? Trudy Rubin, C1.
January 4, 2016 |
After the grim foreign-policy news from the Mideast in 2015, can we hope for anything better in the new year? That would be a relief, after a year in which ISIS thrived amid the Mideast chaos and civil wars that flooded Europe with one million refugees, half of them from Syria. So is there any reason to expect things to improve in 2016? After all, in December the world's major powers agreed on a framework plan for ending the Syrian civil war, right? And the Iraqi army (retrained, yet again, by U.S. officers)
October 26, 2015
ISSUE | MIDDLE EAST Teach peace The recent string of terrorist attacks in Israel has shocked the world with images of senseless violence. Even more surprising has been the age of the attackers: Most have turned out to be Palestinians who are 16 to 25 years old. When Israel is subjected to terrorism, many of us try to understand the attackers' motivation based on our own moral codes, experiences, or mind-sets. However, the most important factor is overlooked: the persistent cycle of young Palestinians being educated about the glories of terrorism and dehumanization of Jews.
September 30, 2015 |
Brett Brown and Jay Wright were sitting in the front seat of the bus as it crossed back from the West Bank and into Israeli territory in late July. They had just given a basketball clinic in Ramallah and were returning to do the same in Jerusalem as part of an outreach program sponsored by a group called PeacePlayers International. At the checkpoint, two young Israeli soldiers boarded the bus and this part was not about games. "People come through and they're checking passports and there's two 18-year-olds with AK-47's.
August 6, 2015 |
Asserting that Christians are more persecuted today than at "any time since their early history," the Knights of Columbus announced here Tuesday a major expansion of its humanitarian aid efforts for Christian refugees in the Middle East, especially Syria and Iraq. "Christians in the Middle East are facing a dire situation - even extinction," Carl Anderson, chief executive of the Catholic fraternal organization, told a news conference at the Convention Center. "In Syria, 700,000 Christians have been internally displaced" since ISIS began a brutal campaign last year to establish military and political control of the region, he said.
April 12, 2015 |
The visit of Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar Abadi to Washington this week will test whether the White House has any Mideast strategy beyond a nuclear deal with Iran. Even administration optimists have revised naive hopes that an accord would stabilize the region. "We can do two things at the same time," Secretary of State John Kerry told the PBS Newshour , meaning negotiate while standing up to Iranian interference in Yemen. The bigger question is whether the White House has a strategy to offset Iran's drive to dominate its neighbors, a drive that is fueling sectarian war throughout the region.