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Obama Israel Speech

Obama Walks the High Wire, Eyes Closed

Ira Chernus | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Ira Chernus

Barack Obama came to Israel and Palestine, saw what he wanted to see, and conquered the mainstream media with his eloquent words. U.S. and Israeli journalists called it a dream trip: a charismatic world leader taking charge of the Mideast peace process.

Obama Israel Trip Destroyed Any Pretense U.S. Can Be 'Honest Broker'

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

In essence it was an unprecedented embrace of Israel by a United States president almost as if he was apologizing for not being pro-Israel enough in his first term, a myth propagated by the right.

Flotilla 3.0: Redeeming Obama's Palestine Speech With Gaza's Ark

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.24.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

Whether you see Obama's Israel speech as a great motivational speech or a white flag of surrender, the practical consequences for the public are largely the same: the initiative for justice is going to have to come from somewhere else.

This Week's World Photo Caption Contest

Posted 03.24.2013 | World

This week, U.S. President Barack Obama made his first trip to Israel while in office. Plenty happened. The president pledged eternal support for Israe...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, President Obama gave a well-received tough-love speech in Israel, Syria may or may not have used chemical weapons, and Cyprus was given until Monday to come up with a restructuring Plan B after its parliament rejected Plan A: a 10 percent "haircut" tax on bank deposits over $100,000. Even more suspect than the health of Cyprus' banks is the decision-making on how to save them. "Impressively stupid" is how Cyprus.com described the EU's ambush of newly-elected (and pro-EU) President Anastassiades with a plan that -- by grabbing insured deposits -- would damage bank confidence throughout the EU. How can leaders make decisions this "impressively stupid?" As Felix Salmon writes, it was a move "born of an unholy combination of procrastination, blackmail, and sleep-deprived gamesmanship." For proof that this kind of decision making isn't exclusive to Europe, this week was also the 10th anniversary of one of the most "impressively stupid" and profoundly tragic decisions in U.S. history: the invasion of Iraq.

Letter From the Arab World: The Speeches Revisited

James Zogby | Posted 08.04.2011 | World
James Zogby

While one could quibble with aspects of Obama's state department speech and his remarks before AIPAC, I was struck by some things he said that didn't register in the U.S. press or in the Arab World's media.