1) The Obama administration's failure Jackson Diehl asks Is the Obama administration to blame for the Arab spring failures? Taken together, these disparate comments actually add up to a coherent critique. Obama’s biggest failing in the Arab Spring is not that he chose the wrong side; it is that he has waffled back and forth. […]
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Muhammad al-Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, has become president of Egypt. But what does it mean to be president of Egypt? That’s the current question. Let me divide the discussion into two parts: What does this tell about “us” and what does this tell about Egypt and its future? First, what does it tell about […]
Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood has won the Egyptian Presidential election with 52% of the vote, against former Prime Minister Ahmed Shawfiq. The elections commission announced that Muhammad Morsi received 13,230,131 votes and Ahmed Shafiq 12,347,380. GLORIA will publish an up-to-date analysis later on this evening.
1) The Bogeyman A New York Times editorial tells us What Sheldon Adelson wants: One man cannot spend enough to ensure the election of an unpopular candidate, as Mr. Gingrich’s collapse showed, but he can buy enough ads to help push a candidate over the top in a close race like this year’s. Given that […]
This week, the Hamas rulers of Gaza chose to abruptly shatter the fragile framework of assumptions which have governed relations between Israel and Gaza since the conclusion of Operation Cast Lead in early 2009. By taking responsibility for the launch of a barrage of Kassam rockets into the Negev, Hamas essentially announced the birth of a new phase in its long war of attrition with […]
1) The anatomy of coverage of Israel There were recently two articles in the New York Times. One was in an opinion section called "Latitudes." The other was in the news section. Despite the different editorial locations, comparing the two articles can serve as an exercise to see how a newspaper's reporting can distort perceptions. […]