Posts by David Gerstman  (Page 20)
 

Why Morsi fell

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Posted by    Sunday, July 7, 2013 at 1:00pm 7/7/2013 at 1:00pm

The Misadventures of Morsi

Commenting on Reuel Marc Gerecht’s thesis that having Islamists take power was probably a necessary step for political liberalization in the Arab world, Ross Douthat writes:

As I said two years ago, I have serious doubts about whether Gerecht’s thesis — which sees Islamist rule in Middle E...

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Debating the Egyptian “Coup”

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Posted by    Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 12:19pm 7/6/2013 at 12:19pm

1) Debating the coup at the New York Times

Much of the editorial opinion and some of the reporting in the mainstream media has opposed the Egyptian military’s forcible removal of Mohammed Morsi as President of Egypt. Actually, surprisingly, there’s a debate about it on the opinion pages of the New York...

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WaPo treats delay of ObamaCare employer mandate as equivalent of flesh wound

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Posted by    Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10:55am 7/5/2013 at 10:55am

As Mandy Nagy previously noted here, the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare, will now be delayed until 2015.

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The Folly of the Peace Processors

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Posted by    Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 7:30am 7/4/2013 at 7:30am

1) When all else fails focus on Israel

I’m not sure that the editors of the New York Times realized how absurd the title of this recent article on the Middle East sounded, Chaos in Middle East Grows as...

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If NY Times treated Mohammed Morsi the way it treated Hosni Mubarak

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Posted by    Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 7:45am 7/3/2013 at 7:45am

Not recognizing the Muslim Brotherhood’s nature

Two and a half years ago, the New York Times ran an editorial, Mr. Mubarak is put on notice, in which it hailed the opposition to Mubarak’s rule and scolded him for failing to heed the public’s will.

What if, inspired by the massive outpouring of popular...

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The New York Times swings, misses at history in Egypt

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Posted by    Monday, July 1, 2013 at 1:00pm 7/1/2013 at 1:00pm

Taken by Surprise

Perhaps the biggest protest in the Arab world took place yesterday in Cairo (and elsewhere in Egypt.) The group, Tamarod (“rebel” in Arabic), claimed to have gathered 22 million signatures, calling for the resignation of President Morsi, on the anniversary of his election. The goal of Tamarod was to...

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The Durable al-Dura Case

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Posted by    Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:35am 6/27/2013 at 10:35am

Karsenty, Accountability lose

A few weeks ago Israel’s government released a critique of the Al Dura case. During the so-called “Aqsa intifada,” Mohammed al-Dura was allegedly killed by the IDF during a shootout at the Netzarim Junction in Gaza. Or so it was reported by France’s Channel 2 and its reporter Charles...

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Kerry jumps into the Peace Process with Two Strikes against him

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 8:13am 6/26/2013 at 8:13am

1) Kerry to make his mark?

Michael Gordon profiles the new Secretary of State, in Following a Star, Kerry applies a Personal touch

Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Moscow early last month, determined to involve Russia in a new push to try to end the carnage in Syria. After a two-and-a-half-hour...

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World Government Of the People’s Money, By the People’s Money, For the People’s Money

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Posted by    Friday, June 21, 2013 at 8:13am 6/21/2013 at 8:13am

G-8 Communique: We don’t want no John Galts

At the recently concluded G-8 summit in Northern Ireland, the leaders of the world’s biggest powers couldn’t even come up with a statement openly condemning Syria or Hezbollah.

“We very much share the view that it is important for us to build on the G-8...

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s “Moderation” by Association

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Posted by    Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 8:45am 6/20/2013 at 8:45am

1) Asserting Moderation

Having read many articles about Iran’s new President, Hassan Rouhani, I’m struck by how little evidence is presented that he is a moderate or reformer, even though those words are regularly used to describe him. He’s described as a reformer because he’s supported by previous presidents Khatami and Rafsanjani...

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Is Hassan Rouhani Really a Reformer?

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Posted by    Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 8:17pm 6/16/2013 at 8:17pm

Long Live Rouhani the Reformer

To read the New York Times, the election of Hassan Rowhani was a victory for the people of Iran. Thomas Erdbrink reported in Iran Moderate Wins Presidency by a Large Margin:

The cleric, Hassan Rowhani, 64, won a commanding 50.7 percent of the vote in the six-way race,...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 06/14/2013 – The Palestinian Islamic Jihad Merit Badge of Terror

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Posted by    Friday, June 14, 2013 at 6:10pm 6/14/2013 at 6:10pm

1) Earning merit badges in terror

Following recent revelations that Hamas plans to train thousands of children soldiers a number of media outlets are reporting that Palestinian Islamic Jihad is running summer camps training youngsters in...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 06/13/2013 – Fiji bails out UN

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Posted by    Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 5:15pm 6/13/2013 at 5:15pm

1) Fiji rescues UNDOF

With the Syrian civil war moving closer to Israel, Austria has withdrawn its contingent of peacekeepers from the UNDOF.

Not to worry, Fiji is slated to pick up...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 06/12/2013 – Richard Falk running the UNHRC Asylum

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:30am 6/12/2013 at 10:30am

1) How can you tell the difference between a terrorist organization and a liberal democracy?

The title is a trick question. In international fora, the terrorist organization gets a lot more respect.

Last week the Ireland led the way to prevent the European Union from designating Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

Ireland is reportedly...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 06/09/2013 – The Palestinian do-over mentality

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Posted by    Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 1:30pm 6/9/2013 at 1:30pm

Erekat’s Latrun gambit

In commemoration of the 46th anniversary of the start of the Six Day War, the New York Times published a press release for the Palestinian Authority, On Anniversary of Arab-Israeli War, a...

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From Warren Christopher to John Kerry — Slow learners about weak horses in the Middle East

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Posted by    Friday, June 7, 2013 at 4:00pm 6/7/2013 at 4:00pm

Seventeen years ago, Charles Lane wrote A Man of Good Intentions about then Secretary of State Warren Christopher being kept waiting by Hafez al-Assad, father of the current Syrian President:

And Assad went out of his w...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 06/05/2013 – Erdogan’s straits

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 5:45pm 6/5/2013 at 5:45pm

1) Talkin’ Turkey

Claire Berlinski provides the recent background for the foment going on in Turkey:

Of late, almost every sector of the electorate has felt unease about one part or another of Erdoğan’s agenda. Restrictive new alcohol legislation, rammed through parliament, as usual, with contempt for...

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