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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds a press availability with Israeli Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 13, 2021. Credit: State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha.

Israel invited by Biden administration to participate in summit on democracy

The U.S. State Department published a list of countries invited to participate in its virtual Summit for Democracy next month with Israel listed alongside more than 100 other countries. Israel and Iraq were the only Middle...
A billboard in Zambia, 2005. Credit: Lars Plougmann from London, United Kingdom via Wikimedia Commons.

Global freedom on the decline

Passover is a celebration of freedom, but its underlying story is a salutary reminder that freedom is a fragile thing and that achieving it often requires extraordinary sacrifices. So it seems fitting at a...
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) appearing on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." Credit: Screenshot.

The threats American Jewry refuses to face

After being forced by COVID-19 restrictions to celebrate Passover alone last year, like their Israeli brethren, American Jews were by and large able to celebrate the Passover seder with their friends and families this...
Reza Pahlavi. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Wikipedia.

The ayatollah-led regime will soon fall, says Iran’s exiled crown prince

Israel and Iran are archenemies; that is a simple fact of the modern Middle East. So much so that is it easy to forget that this was not always the case. In fact, Iran...
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden meets with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on March 9, 2016. Photo by Flash90.

Biden urges democracy abroad, but will it apply to Palestinians?

In a stirring speech last week, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke eloquently of America’s commitment to fostering democracy and civil rights around the world. I wonder if any leaders of the Palestinian Authority were...
Democracy by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images

A wake-up call for democracy

Accusations of voter suppression in the lead-up to the U.S. elections and of voter fraud since then have led some Americans to express concern about the nature of their democracy. Yet the instability that the...
November 3, 2020: People waiting for elections's results in Washington D.C., USA. Photo by Ted Eytan

GOP Has Become a Danger to U.S. Democracy

While I cheer Biden’s victory in the presidential election, I lament the state of the union Trump is leaving behind. Sadly, Biden’s victory has not been a repudiation of Trump, as he received more...

Life, liberty and the pursuit of victimhood

With so many crises and news events swirling around us, it’s not easy to notice an underlying cultural shift that may threaten the very essence of America. The COVID-19 pandemic, tribal political warfare, racial unrest...

The only way to stop socialism is to decentralize the internet

The internet was born out of efforts to build a decentralized network that could survive a nuclear war. What made the internet so liberating in its early years of mass adoption was the very...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a Likud Party event in Lod, on Feb. 11, 2020. Photo by Flash90.

Why Netanyahu must not step down

“ … indictment is not evidence of guilt and does not detract from the presumption that the accused is innocent.” — Nathan Lewin, a leading U.S. attorney with more than 55 years of experience in trial and appellate...