Posts by David Gerstman  (Page 20)
 

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With the Syrian civil war moving closer to Israel, Austria has withdrawn its contingent of peacekeepers from the UNDOF.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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Mideast Media Sampler – 06/04/2013 – Songs in the Keys of Right

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 4:24pm 6/4/2013 at 4:24pm

1) Music lives in Israel

Arsen Ostrovsky interviewed Zubin Mehta
about performing Israel:

According to Mehta, “it’s hard to find an emblem of cultural, national pride that burns as bright as Israel’s success in classical music.” He adds “the amount of culture going on in a small country like Israel...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 06/02/2013 – Hating Hezbollah

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Posted by    Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 5:00pm 6/2/2013 at 5:00pm

1) Remember when they used to talk about Israel like this?

I’m not used to Arabs talking this way about Arabs:

Brigadier General Salim Idris, the current chief of Staff of the Supreme Military Council of the FSA, said: “If the attacks of Hezbollah [on] Syrian territory do not stop within 24 hours,...

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Obama: From Decline to Dorothy

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Posted by    Friday, May 31, 2013 at 3:30pm 5/31/2013 at 3:30pm

In October 2009, Charles Krauthammer critiqued President Obama’s foreign policy in a Weekly Standard article Decline is a choice:

Indeed, as he made his hajj from Strasbourg to Prague to Ankara to Istanbul to Cairo and finally to the U.N. General Assembly, Obama drew the picture of an America quite exceptional–exceptional in...

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Did Syria Receive Russian Missiles?

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Posted by    Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:00pm 5/30/2013 at 4:00pm

In an interview today, President Bashar Assad of Syria claims that Russia has delivered some of the S-300 missiles he bought.The Lebanse paper, Al Akhbar, quoted from an exclusive interview Assad gave to Hezbollah’s Al Manar television channel.

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Obamacare innovation: who does it benefit?

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Posted by    Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 8:10am 5/30/2013 at 8:10am

The other day, when I was researching my post about Thomas Friedman and Obamacare, I contacted an old blogging buddy of mine – I was on the Watcher’s Council with him a few years ago – Scott Kirwin (aka The Razor).

Scott views Obamacare through the prism of his wife’s medical practice...

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Electric car company “A Better Place” has gone to a better place

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 8:15am 5/28/2013 at 8:15am

A Better Place, the Israeli electric car company, filed for bankruptcy after burning through over $800 million.

Unlike other electrical vehicle makers, A Better Place was based on a concept of battery...

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Mideast Media Sampler – 05/27/2013 – Why Mr. Passive-Aggressive rejected Olmert’s offer

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Posted by    Monday, May 27, 2013 at 12:30pm 5/27/2013 at 12:30pm

1) Why didn’t Abbas answer Olmert?

Last week Avi Issacharoff reported on a recent interview he had with Ehud Olmert in The Tower. Much of...

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Thomas Friedman on Obamacare: It’s gonna be a bright bright bright bright sun shiny day

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Posted by    Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:30am 5/26/2013 at 11:30am

I can see clearly now the rain is gone …

How often does a cabinet secretary endorse an op-ed column?

Thomas Friedman must feel really good right now, Secretary Sebelius endorsed...

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