From the day the first batch of WikiLeaks appeared in the international press, the Israelis were crowing "this is good for us." My first reaction was "how silly, yet predictable." My second was "how dangerous."
Because of globalization, many aspects of American culture are known world-wide. Despite this familiarity, there are myths believed by many Arabs that distort their understanding of America and the American people.
What has happened to the "Grand Old Party" of George H.W. Bush and James Baker? For one, the GOP has become captive of several groups that now dominate the party's base and have transformed its thinking.
How did we get into the situation in which we knew so little about a world where we had so much at stake? As I note in my new book, Arab Voices: What they Are Saying to Us and Why It Matters, it all begins with education -- or the lack of it.
Marty Peretz apologized for saying he wasn't sure whether Muslims deserve the same rights as other Americans, but refused to apologize for having said that "Muslim life is cheap, especially for Muslims."
At a time when hate has taken a hold in the public discourse, a quasi-liberal publisher has taken hatred and raised it to the level of advocating the denial of constitutional rights to millions of Americans because of their religion.
As we approach the latest incarnation of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, I'm finding it difficult to be hopeful, though I will continue to try to be supportive recognizing, as I do, the consequences of failure.
With no recourse from the Israeli state or its courts, the Bedouin villagers of Al-Arakib have no other option but to start over from scratch on their recently destroyed homes. And they have nowhere else to go.
A monumental geopolitical reversal that has not earned a thousandth of the media coverage devoted to Hillary Clinton's changing moods is the UAE's decision to inspect Iranian ships and freeze select bank accounts.
Obama has not yet mastered the matrix of interactions that tie causes to diverse effects in the complex Mideast system. We wish that the Harvard Law School taught courses in logic and military history.