Israel: convergence of domestic and foreign policy crisis?

DOMESTIC PROBLEMS: During the summer of 2011, Israel, which promotes itself as a ‘democratic’ nation surrounded by authoritarian regimes, faced massive popular protests against the economic policies of the conservative coalition government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu. One explanation is that the Arab Spring has infected the ‘Israeli Summer’ civil disobedience protests. Another explanation is that [...]

Lieberman blasts Obama’s politically correct war on terrorists

The Obama administration’s politically-correct orthodoxy regarding the fight against terrorists is hurting the U.S. war effort, according to Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT), chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. Obama and many lawmakers in both houses of the U.S. Congress are often at odds with other politicians over the language [...]

Obama-Netanyahu speak about Israeli counterterrorism measures

President Barack Obama and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday spoke in order to “consult on regional issues and efforts to achieve Middle East peace,” according to a the White House press statement. Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook Tip on Hyves Share on Linkedin Share on technorati Tweet about it Print [...]

Chinese foreign minister visits Sudan

China’s foreign minister Yang Jiechi is in Sudan on a visit. China is a strong supporter of Sudan and its President Omar al-Bashir, despite allegations of Sudanese war crimes in Darfur. The visit comes after Sudan released a cargo of South Sudanese oil it had blocked in a row over custom duties. Blog this! Bookmark [...]

Foreign aid & foreign influence

Upon discovering that Hosni Mubarak is worth $70 billion, or one-third of his country’s GDP, some American citizens may be wondering if their tax dollars in the form of foreign aid wound up in the Egyptian dictator’s personal Swiss bank accounts. I realize this may be upsetting to many hardworking Americans who pay their taxes [...]

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