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  • Barry Rubin, Middle East scholar, dies at 64

    02/03/2014 3:34:10 PM PST · by mojito · 4 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 2/3/2014 | Stuart Winner
    Professor Barry Rubin, columnist and well-known expert on terrorism and Middle East affairs, passed away on Monday morning after a long bout with cancer at the age of 64. The US-born Rubin, who was director of the Global Research for International Affairs (GLORIA) Center at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center, also served as editor of both the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal and the Turkish Studies journal.
  • Al Gore Contemplates the Inconceivable. ... Mark Steyn

    02/03/2014 9:31:54 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 5 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 3 Feb 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Barry Rubin, a great strategic thinker and cartographer of the emerging post-American world, died today in Tel Aviv. I read him regularly and cited him in After America re the collectively insane urge of almost everyone Nidal Hasan encountered as he wafted upwards through the US Army to look the other way and not see what was staring them in the face: As the writer Barry Rubin pointed out, Major Hasan was the first mass murderer in US history to give a PowerPoint presentation outlining the rationale for the crime he was about to commit. And he gave it to...
  • Betrayal Glorified: The Bizarre Jewish Movement to Destroy Israel by Pretending to Save It

    04/03/2012 3:59:42 PM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 30, 2012 | Barry Rubin
    Betrayal Glorified: The Bizarre Jewish Movement to Destroy Israel by Pretending to Save It March 30, 2012 - 7:01 am - by Barry Rubin Also read my article Being an Israeli and a Jew in 2012: Let’s Face Reality Without Illusion, Shrug, and Move Forward I can only laugh at the idea of dilettante Peter Beinart and J Street as leader of the anti-Israel (oops, I meant save-Israel-from-itself) movement. After all, imagine people parading as self-defined heroes while peddling ideas that have absolutely nothing to do with reality. But behind the stupid ideas is a very poisonous hidden agenda. We...
  • Egypt: Forget Denial, The Totalitarians Won, Get Used to It

    12/07/2011 12:21:47 PM PST · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/07/2011 | Barry Rubin
    “Why such inaction in the Senate? Why do the Senators sit and pass no laws? “Because the barbarians are to arrive today. What laws can the Senators pass any more? When the barbarians come they will make the laws…. Why don’t the worthy orators come as always to make their speeches, to have their say? “Because the barbarians are to arrive today; and they get bored with eloquence and orations.” – -Constantine P. Cavafy, “Waiting for the Barbarians.” (1904) Who better to sum up the situation than the great Greek poet of Egypt who wrote of the Christian decline there....
  • The Majdalani Effect, The Zawahiri Strategy and the Curse on the Middle East

    12/05/2011 4:29:49 PM PST · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Rubin Reports | 01/06/2012 | Barry Rubin
    In a rare glimpse behind the curtain, a Palestinian scandal sheds a lot of light on the Palestinian Authority, Arab politics, and Western illusions. Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Labor Ahmed Majdalani was being interviewed by a radio station when, not realizing that his microphone was on, he referred to Palestinian workers as “brothers of whores.” Hundreds of callers complained. Majdalani’s answer? He claimed he was talking about Israelis, not Palestinians! What does this tell us? First, that Arab and Muslim-majority society ie still, in 2011, extremely traditional. Despite all the rhetoric of popular struggle, leftism, anti-imperialism, and so on,...
  • Obama’s Middle East Policy: A Unified Field Theory

    12/04/2011 8:22:30 PM PST · by goldstategop · 9 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/05/2011 | Barry Rubin
    In the history of physics, the “unified field theory” was an attempt to bring together an understanding of all forms of energy in a single explanation. Albert Einstein tried and failed to discover this. I don’t know much about physics but I know about Middle East policy. So here’s an effort to bring together all of Obama’s regional policy into a single analysis and explaining everything in 1100 words. The first point is that the Obama Administration’s behavior must be divided into two phases. They overlap and feature the same kind of thinking but they are also quite separate. Phase...
  • Secretary of Defense Panetta shows how the Obama Administration is Selling Out Israel...and US

    12/03/2011 3:38:16 PM PST · by goldstategop · 10 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/03/2011 | Barry Rubin
    Charlie:: “You coulda been another Billy Conn, and that skunk we got you for a manager, he brought you along too fast.” Terry: “It wasn’t him, Charley, it was you. Remember that night in the Garden you came down to my dressing room and you said, `Kid, this ain’t your night. We’re going for the price on Wilson.’….I coulda taken Wilson apart! So what happens? He gets the title shot outdoors on the ballpark and what do I get? A one-way ticket to Palooka-ville! You was my brother, Charley, you shoulda looked out for me a little bit. You shoulda...
  • The Middle East Policy Twilight Zone (Barry Rubin On US ME Policy Unrealism Alert)

    12/02/2011 4:46:07 PM PST · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/02/2011 | Barry Rubin
    The Middle East Policy Twilight Zone: Four Examples You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead — your next stop, the Twilight Zone. —Rod Serling By Barry Rubin Ah, the gap between Middle East reality and official U.S. government-approved reality. Here are four examples: –“Here is the next challenge for the citizen movements that are advancing from Tunisia to Syria — and eventually, surely, to repressive non-Arab states such as Iran and China. Once they...
  • Hope and Change in Egypt... (Western Mass Media Apologists For Islamist Totalitarianism Alert)

    12/01/2011 5:20:45 PM PST · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/02/2011 | Barry Rubin
    Much of the mass media seems to be saying, to paraphrase John Lennon and Yoko Ono, “All we are saying is give the Muslim Brotherhood a chance.” There are three arguments supporting this policy that are worth discussing in large part because the Muslim Brotherhood’s advocates don’t have any others. The first, which one hears everywhere, is that the Muslim Brotherhood is full of factions that are moderate and hip young people who want real democracy. If this were true it should be easy to prove. Here are some of the ways to do that: Who are the leaders of...
  • Flash: What, Me Pessimistic? Egyptian Election Outcome is Worse... (Barry Rubin The Prophet)

    11/30/2011 7:06:33 PM PST · by goldstategop · 9 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 12/01/2011 | Barry Rubin
    Since last February I have predicted that the Muslim Brotherhood would win elections in Egypt. People have thought me very pessimistic. Now the votes are starting to come in and…it’s much worse than I thought. But my prediction that the Brotherhood and the other Islamists would gain a slight majority seems to have been fulfilled and then some. According to most reports the Brotherhood is scoring at just below 40 percent all by itself. Why worse? For two reasons: First, the votes we now have come from the most urban areas of the country. If there are Facebook sophisticates they’re...
  • When Romanticism Trumps Reason, You Get Radical Chic Catastrophes (Radicalism Is Chic Alert)

    11/29/2011 3:51:21 AM PST · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    Rubin Reports | 11/29/2011 | Barry Rubin
    The radical is always the more glamorous. People wear Che Guevara tee-shirts. They don’t wear Samuel Gompers, A. Phillip Randolph, Edouard Bernstein, Karl Kautsky, or Jean Jaures tee-shirts, yet those largely forgotten social democratic and labor heroes achieved far more benefit for reform and workers without murdering a lot of people. Rosa Luxembourg, the nastiest rich spoiled brat in Zamosc, is fondly remembered though her career was a disaster and helped create the conditions that eventually brought about Nazism. Who knows about Frances Perkins, who did far more to help workers and was the first woman ever to be in...
  • How To Tell Who Is A "Moderate" Islamist? An Exam (Dr. Rubin Will Grade You Today!

    11/26/2011 2:18:41 PM PST · by goldstategop · 61 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 11/26/2011 | Barry Rubin
    The Muslim Brotherhood held a rally at Cairo’s most important mosque. Demonstrators chanted, “One day we shall kill all Jews.” Question 1: How can you tell they are “moderate Islamists?” Answer: They said “one day,” in other words, they aren’t going to do it this week. Question 2: At the rally someone said: “In order to build Egypt, we must be one. Politics is insufficient. Faith in Allah is the basis for everything. The al-Aqsa Mosque is currently under an offensive by the Jews.” Who was it? Answer: Ahmed al-Tayeb, the “moderate” president of al-Azhar University and arguably the most...
  • Karl Marx Visits Occupy Wall Street (Karl Marx Joins The Tea Party)

    11/21/2011 9:31:43 PM PST · by goldstategop · 15 replies
    Rubin Reports ^ | 11/22/2011 | Barry Rubin
    November 1989, Moscow During the Polish anti-Communist revolt, spearheaded by the workers, a joke swept through Poland. According to the story, the Communist dictator couldn’t figure out what to do in order to put down the uprising. So he went to Moscow to visit Lenin’s tomb for inspiration and the Soviet authorities closed it down to let him meditate there. “Oh Lenin,” said President Wojciech Jaruzelski, the situation is terrible. Thecountry is in turmoil; the economy is collapsing; counterrevolutionaries are everywhere, the imperialists are subverting Poland, and the church is backing the revolt. What should I do? Suddenly, Lenin, mummified...
  • Distorting the truth in the Middle East

    10/23/2011 7:02:08 PM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/23/2011 | BARRY RUBIN
    Every day in the Middle East, terrible things happen. The lies and distortions of truth help ensure things don’t get better. Every day in the Middle East, terrible things happen. The worst are the acts of violence and oppression. The second worst are the lies and distortions of truth that help ensure things don’t get better. Every day in the West, the lies are echoed and amplified, and new ones invented. This not only helps ensure things don’t get better in the Middle East, it guarantees they will get worse in the West. There is an ancient Navaho proverb that...
  • "Outsmarting" The Terrorists By Being Incredibly Stupid? (Barry Rubin Alert)

    01/06/2010 12:01:49 PM PST · by goldstategop · 13 replies · 1,312+ views
    Rubin Reports | 01/06/2010 | Barry Rubin
    Here’s my usual disclaimer: I would love to be able to stop criticizing the Obama Administration but it keeps saying and doing things that shock and surprise me or—if you want to put it this way—live up to my worst expectations. I’m sitting on a U.S. army base briefing officers along with a high-ranking State Department official who works on the Middle East. At one point, he gets a quaver in his voice and starts talking about the Arab-Israeli conflict making quite clear which side he’s on. Sounding scared he says: “While a lot of problems in the world can...
  • Why I Murdered 13 People At Fort Hood: Nidal Hassan Explains It All To You (Barry Rubin Alert)

    11/14/2009 10:43:13 AM PST · by goldstategop · 40 replies · 1,967+ views
    Rubin Reports | 11/14/2009 | Barry Rubin
    How do we know that the attack at Fort Hood was an act of Islamist terrorism? Simple, Major Nidal Hassan told us so. You’ve seen reports of a long list of things he did and said along these lines. But what’s most amazing of all is this: Hassan is the first terrorist in history to give an academic lecture explaining why he was about to attack. Yet that still isn’t enough for too many people—including the president of the United States--to understand that the murderous assault at Fort Hood was a Jihad attack. It was reported that the audience was...
  • Great Moments In "Psychologically Disturbed" Gunmen Committing Mass Murder (SATIRE ALERT)

    11/07/2009 4:22:23 PM PST · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 708+ views
    Rubin Reports | 11/07/2009 | Barry Rubin
    Note: This is satire designed to show the ludicrous nature of the media coverage on the Ft. Hood issue. It is not designed to trivialize a terrible event but to make people understand better what happened and how the event is being dangerously distorted.] By Barry Rubin When John Wilkes Booth opened fire on President Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theatre in April 1865, the media was puzzled. “True, the actor was outspoken in his Confederate sympathies and viewed himself as a Southerner,” said someone who knew him, “but that was no reason he might want Lincoln to be dead.” The...
  • Herman Melville Explains Contemporary US Foreign Policy To Us (Barry Rubin Satire Alert)

    10/31/2009 3:47:27 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 372+ views
    Rubin Reports | 10/31/2009 | Barry Rubin
    And so the captain ordered the entire ship’s company was assembled. Suddenly, Ahab cried out to them, “What do ye do when ye see a Middle East conflict, men?" "We negotiate!" was the rejoinder from a score of the sailors. "Good!" cried the captain, "And what do ye next, men?" “We offer unilateral concessions!” "And what tune is it ye sing as ye give them, men?" "The Peace Process Chanty!" More and more strangely and fiercely glad and approving, grew the countenance of the captain at every shout; while the mariners themselves began to get excited, especially the Conflicts’ Management...
  • A Tale For Our Time (Barry Rubin Adapts Classic Hans Christian Anderson Tale Alert)

    10/10/2009 7:18:40 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 556+ views
    Rubin Reports | 10/10/2009 | Barry Rubin
    Adapted by Barry Rubin from Jean Hersholt's translation of Hans Christian Andersen's story, "Keiserens nye Klæder" Many years ago there was a man who wanted to be Emperor, for according to the peculiar customs of that country of which I speak, the Emperor was elected. Fortunately for him, and unfortunately for many others, the man met a couple of political consultants who saw him as the ideal client. Together they would ride to the heights of power. To become Emperor, they explained, required a good image, a fine manner of speaking, and a handsome appearance. But in those days before...
  • Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize - What More Do You Need To Know To Understand Today's World?

    10/09/2009 9:23:33 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 26 replies · 1,274+ views
    Rubin Reports | 10/09/2009 | Barry Rubin
    The news that President Barack Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize seems like a prize bit of satire, like Chicago getting the Olympics. “Are you laughing or crying,” wrote a reader to me. “Neither. I’m thinking about what this tells us about the world today,” I responded. Then I checked over and over and over again on the Internet and called up several people just to make sure that this wasn’t a satire, that some new type of computer virus hadn’t infiltrated my software that would make fools of anyone credulous enough to believe this hoax. And then I...
  • Where's America? Where Are The Americans? (Good Read From The Sagacious Barry Rubin)

    09/25/2009 12:29:58 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies · 940+ views
    Rubin Reports ^ | 09/25/2009 | Barry Rubin
    My son who is 10 years old is going to the Montgomery County school system in Maryland this year to give him some wider experience after having all of his previous education in either Israeli or Jewish community schools. It certainly is an experience! In some ways, it seems like a parody of multiculturalism. My children are tough, well-informed and have strong characters, largely informed by an Israeli world view. But they also have a very American persona, though one that may be becoming increasingly rare among upper middle class elite counterparts. Here are some highlights of fourth-grade life in...
  • Meet the next Palestinian leader

    09/22/2009 5:46:09 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies · 484+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9-22-09 | BARRY RUBIN
    Few subjects get written about more often - and inaccurately - than the Palestinians, yet there is curiously little interest in the politics and ideology governing their behavior. The same situation applies to the man slated to become their next leader, only the third to hold that post in 50 years, after Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas. The fact that an issue that is supposedly the most important, high-priority question in the world is studied so little has a simple explanation. The contemporary narrative is that the Palestinian leaders yearn for a state, an end to the conflict, and peace,...
  • Let's Pretend We're Making Arab-Israeli Peace

    09/03/2009 5:46:38 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies · 472+ views
    Global Politician ^ | 9/2/2009 | Prof. Barry Rubin
    Here’s one of my favorite stories explaining how the Middle East works. It was told by Muhammad Hussanein Heikal, the famed Egyptian journalist. Like all Heikal’s stories, it may or may not be true, which is also part of the lesson being taught. When Muammar Qadhafi first became Libya’s dictator, Heikal was dispatched to meet and evaluate him by Egypt’s ruler, Gamal Abdel Nasser. After returning to Cairo, Heikal was quickly ushered into the president’s office. “Well,” said Egypt’s president, “what do you think of Qadhafi?” “He’s a disaster! A catastrophe!” “Why,” asked the president, “is he against us?” “Oh...
  • Parts left on the runway-not going with pilots who think like those who misdiagnose Middle East

    10/20/2008 5:57:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies · 905+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10-20-08 | BARRY RUBIN
    Once I was in India all set to take a local flight. But when everyone had sat on the plane for a while in the sweltering sun, an engine wasn't working right so we all got off again. Then I stood in front of the windowed wall watching the technicians take apart the motor. When they put it back again, there were still extra parts sitting on the runway. That's when I knew it was a good idea to travel by car instead. It was one of the most amazing hours I've ever spent, in the backseat of an Indian-made...
  • The Region: Redefine 'collective punishment' (Why The West Needs Sanctions As A War On Terror Tool A

    02/24/2008 11:35:52 AM PST · by goldstategop · 1 replies · 194+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/24/2008 | Barry Rubin
    Ironic, isn't it, that radical forces threaten violence, sanctions and other actions against democratic states while insisting - along with their Western apologists - that any attempt by their victims to put pressure on them is useless. Think about it. Every time someone proposes, say, economic sanctions (on Iran or Syria), an international tribunal investigating its involvement in terrorism (Syria), military operations or killing terrorist leaders (Hamas, Hizbullah, Iraqi insurgents, al-Qaida, the Kurdish PKK, or the Taliban), diplomatic isolation, or even not giving financial aid (Hamas), a chorus of voices says: It won't work. The extremists, you see, are tough....
  • The West's Long Tradition of Exalting Non-Western Cultures

    02/13/2008 3:06:18 PM PST · by Sherman Logan · 7 replies · 226+ views
    Pajamas's Media ^ | February 13, 2008 | Barry Rubin
    Sometimes to understand one’s own era you have to immerse yourself in another. I pick up my copy of Paul Edmonds’ Peacocks and Pagodas as an example. This — though you’ve probably never heard of it — seems the best-regarded book ever written on the people and society of Burma. You may know it as Myanmar. What could be more esoteric, and yet profoundly revealing, about much broader issues? My copy is a first edition from 1924 and in its long life and travels it once belonged to T.N. Jayavelu, Antiquarian Bookseller of Choolai, Madras, India. But now it resides...
  • The Region: Abbas Is Trapped (Barry Rubin Looks At The Weak PA Leader Alert)

    01/20/2008 11:31:05 AM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 221+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/20/2008 | Barry Rubin
    T.S. Eliot wrote memorably in The Hollow Men: Between the idea / And the reality / Between the motion / And the act / Falls the shadow. In the case of the peace process and all the great ideas for fixing everything in Arab-Israel relations, the shadow has been Palestinian leaders' unwillingness - and now also inability - to make a compromise agreement ending the conflict. Close examination of the movement's ideology, organization and structure shows why this is true. Many, or most, of the young guard prefer a deal with Hamas to one with Israel, and a return to...
  • The Profession Of Death (How Islamofascism Wrecks Muslim Societies Alert)

    12/30/2007 3:54:38 PM PST · by goldstategop · 37 replies · 866+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/31/2007 | Barry Rubin
    Much will be said about Benazir Bhutto's assassination; little will be understood about what it truly means. I'm not speaking here about Pakistan, of course, as important as that country is, but rather the lesson - as if we needed any more - for that broad Middle East which begins in Pakistan and ends on the Atlantic Ocean coast. The following is a true story. Back in 1946, an American diplomat asked an Iranian editor why his newspaper angrily criticized the United States but never the Soviet Union. The Iranian said it was obvious. "The Russians," he said, "they kill...
  • It's time the West tried tough diplomacy--'Let him who desires peace, prepare for war.'

    02/27/2007 4:59:00 AM PST · by SJackson · 8 replies · 721+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2-27-07 | BARRY RUBIN
    Vegetius wrote wisely, 'Let him who desires peace, prepare for war.' Shortly before the Iraq war began in 2003, I made a proposal which unfortunately went unheeded by both sides in the Western debate over that crisis. The idea was that President George W. Bush should tell the Europeans that he really wanted to invade Iraq, but could be dissuaded by tougher sanctions and a real effort to counter that regime's threat. Those Europeans and others who wanted to avoid a war would agree to be strong and consistent in pressuring Saddam Hussein to keep his commitments. Iraq could have...
  • National Islamism: The new front

    12/25/2006 10:36:30 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies · 887+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-25-06 | Barry Rubin
    After three years of intensive diplomacy involving the "best minds" of the Western countries, the Iranian government has literally run rings around its adversaries. The elephant has gone into labor and brought forth a mouse. That's the most apt remark about the end-game in the international effort to stop Iran getting nuclear weapons. After three years of intensive diplomacy involving the highest-ranking policy-makers and "best minds" of the Western countries, the Iranian government has literally run rings around its adversaries. Teheran has repeatedly lied and misled its interlocutors, rejected good offers and broken its own promises. And, at the end,...
  • The hijacking of political 'realism'-Historically, realism has been the core of diplomatic practice.

    11/22/2006 4:42:56 AM PST · by SJackson · 1 replies · 278+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 11-22-06 | BARRY RUBIN
    The time has come to speak of what "Realism" means in international affairs. Historically, realism has been the core of diplomatic practice. This concept says that countries rationally formulate their national interests and pursue them. These interests are defined in material, not sentimental, terms - obtaining or holding security, territory and economic assets. As an explicit doctrine this arose in Europe. America has always had some trouble accepting this approach. It often seeks to inject ideas and values into its foreign policy. If George W. Bush is only the latest example of this (promoting democracy), it is a concept central...
  • Appeasement redux

    02/13/2006 5:19:48 PM PST · by Sabramerican · 8 replies · 673+ views
    JERUSALEM POST ^ | Feb. 13, 2006 | Barry Rubin
    The Region: Appeasement redux Barry Rubin, THE JERUSALEM POST Feb. 13, 2006 We have come full circle. Here is how the last great historical era began, the one we seem to be starting over afresh. It's January 30, 1933, and here's what the Cleveland Press reports from Washington under the headline, "US Unruffled by Hitler Rise." "High authorities here regard with complacence Adolf Hitler's rise to power in Germany... They [express] faith that Hitler would act with moderation... Experts based this belief on past events showing that so-called radical groups usually moderated, once in power." The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin stated...
  • Terrorists for occupation-Why don't Arabs care about terrorism against Arabs?

    07/26/2005 5:17:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies · 371+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July, 2005 | BARRY RUBIN
    If anyone doubts that permissiveness toward terrorism is spreading – and building up tremendous political problems for the future – let them look at Iraq. Every day horrendous attacks take place directed at civilians, and yet there is no serious diplomatic action to fight this problem. Indeed, we take it for granted that the great majority of the Arab media will applaud the attacks, that Arab states will look the other way as money is raised and terrorists recruited, while Syria has become a base from which terrorist war is waged. We have become used to much of the world's...
  • Nebraska Democrat Leader Won't Apologize for Racial Slur Against Latino Leader

    06/09/2005 6:08:23 PM PDT · by JJSOmaha · 9 replies · 655+ views
    KETV ^ | June 9th, 2005 | Tom Elser
    OMAHA, Neb. -- A Nebraska Democrat is under fire. Barry Rubin is executive director of the state party and is accused of using a racial slur. Rubin used a Spanish phrase meaning "Uncle Tom" when he wrote about Douglas County Election Commissioner Carlos Castillo in a blog on the Nebraska Democrats Web site. The comment has been removed from the site, but the war of words is not over. "I just kind of stumbled upon it," Castillo said. "(It) was on their Web site last night." Castillo, a Republican, said he was perusing the Democrats' site when he noticed a...
  • Mideast fantasies

    05/25/2005 4:53:08 AM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies · 182+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 5-25--05 | BARRY RUBIN
    The Middle East poses the biggest threat to world peace and stability. One element that makes matters worse is the inability of so many politicians, diplomats, academics and journalists to understand the region. The layers of misunderstanding begin with the failure to consider the Middle East a real place with its own characteristics. The failure to recognize differences is not specific to this region, but part of a general modern intellectual reluctance to admit cultural differences even as it purports to celebrate them. According to this mind-set, diverse foods and colorful traditional dress can be celebrated as quaint customs, while...
  • Barry Rubin: Understanding Palestinian Politics (The key players in a post-Arafat Middle East)

    11/05/2004 9:26:33 AM PST · by Tolik · 3 replies · 280+ views
    Who will be the key players and factions in post-Arafat Palestinian politics?  There are unfortunately far too many of them.  Arafat's legacy will be fought over by at least five major factions, three separate institutions, and fourteen different security agencies in his own group Fatah alone. That leaves aside the Islamist organizations and smaller PLO groups, and individual rivalries or ambitions within all these groups. "Factions" is probably too precise a word. No real parties exist: there are no disciplined groupings or generally recognized charismatic leaders. The structure is loose and rapidly shifting.  Ideology is virtually non-existent; there is no...