Latest Article from Judith Miller
Dropboxes. Disposable cell phones. Encryption technology. Is this what American journalism has come to?
James Goodale, the former New York Times general counsel who ran the Pentagon Papers case in 1971, says that the Justice Department's secret seizure of reporters' phone and email records and its use of official press passes to track reporters' movements in government buildings make President Obama's record on press freedom worse than President Richard Nixon's.
But we live in a very different, far more dangerous time than the America of Watergate. Protecting the nation post-9/11, when the world's worst people seek to obtain the world's worst weapons, means taking aggressive measures.
Latest Article from Clifford May
"Humans are great at self-delusion," the polymathic philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb has observed. I'm confident he'd agree that the humans who populate the foreign-policy community are no exception.
Two years ago this month, Osama bin Laden was killed on President Obama's orders — a very good thing. Before long, however, sophisticated analysts were declaring that this was not just a battle won — it was a war ended.
Latest Article from Jeff Stier
In May of last year, the New York Times did something extraordinary: On the front page, the paper not only ran a photo of a Massachusetts woman in flagrante delicto committing multiple federal and state felonies and civil torts, but also identified her and the scene of the crime. You would think an ensuing investigation and prosecution would be a slam-dunk, but federal regulators and law enforcement officials have been nowhere to be found.
The crimes? This woman and other activists were defacing food labels to "warn" consumers about alleged dangers of genetically modified foods.
Latest Article from Timothy Spangler
French intellectuals and politicians are coming to grips this week with an awkward fact: The English language is the de facto global standard in an increasing number of areas central to modern life. The French language, by contrast, is beginning to look a little provincial.
Latest Article from Soeren Kern
A controversial new report by the Swiss government claims that Muslim immigrants are so well integrated into Swiss society that no further federal policies or programs are needed to promote Muslim integration or to counter Islamic extremism.
Published by the Swiss Federal Council [Bundesrat] on May 8, the 102-page study -- known by the short title, "The Situation of Muslims in Switzerland" -- so completely downplays the countless problems associated with Muslim immigration in Switzerland that the report has been ridiculed as being worthy of a "case study in political correctness."
Latest Article from Michael Freund
This past Sunday, a press conference was held in Jerusalem which may yet come to signify the start of a revolutionary change in the provision of religious services in the Jewish state.
Speaking to reporters, Religious Services Minister Naftali Bennett and Deputy Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan announced a series of long-overdue reforms that will, for the first time, introduce elements such as competence and competition into the country's moribund system of religious councils.
Sure, no smell of gunpowder was evident, nor did anyone break out into a rendition of "I dreamed a dream" from Les Miserables, but the storming of the Bastille of Israel's religious bureaucracy is most assuredly underway.
Latest Article from Jonathan Schanzer
Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has arrived in Washington, D.C. for a much-anticipated summit with President Barack Obama. The timing of the visit -- amid reports of chemical weapons usage in Syria and an attack against a Turkish border town by alleged Syrian agents -- will make it hard to talk about anything other than the civil war in Syria.
Latest Article from M. Zuhdi Jasser
With the rise of Islamist regimes following the Arab Awakening, we are seeing an increase in religious repression across the Middle East. That repression was predictable had we only read the tea leaves of Islamist antisemitism.
Latest Article from Michael Rubin
Later today, President Barack Obama will sit down with Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Oval Office. It will be a friendly reunion. Obama has said Erdogan is one of the few foreign leaders with whom he has developed "friendships and the bonds of trust." Speaking to the Turkish parliament four years ago, on his first trip abroad as president, Obama declared, "Turkey is a critical ally. Turkey is an important part of Europe. And Turkey and the United States must stand together — and work together — to overcome the challenges of our time." These challenges are many — among them, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
Latest Article from Tevi Troy
There is no doubt that the American presidency is an imperfect institution and that it has been inhabited by imperfect people. Given these incontrovertible facts, political scientists have long sought ways to improve the presidency. Some want to make it more powerful, others less. Some want us to pursue a parliamentary-style system, while others have argued for allowing more to be done by executive fiat. Professor David Orentlicher of Indiana University has come up with an original but almost certainly unworkable approach: He wants to split the presidency in half.
Latest Article from Ilan Berman
This week, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in Washington for a much publicized state visit. The Turkish leader won't simply be making a courtesy call, however. His U.S. mission is largely aimed at achieving one purpose: goading the Obama administration into taking greater action on Syria.
That's something of a tall order. Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in March of 2011, the United States has steadfastly avoided joining the fray – or even crafting a coherent strategy toward the conflict taking place between Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and his own people. This inaction has made the White House the object of withering criticism at home and abroad, but to little avail (at least so far).
Latest Article from Asaf Romirowsky
Asia is Becoming Israel's New Frontier