Archive: Jan 2011

The Egyptian multitudes on the streets of Cairo are a stunning sight. With their banners calling for freedom and an end to the reign of President Hosni Mubarak the story these images tell is a simple one as old as time. On the one hand we have the young, dispossessed and weak protesters. And on the other we have the old, corrupt and tyrannical Mubarak. Hans Christian Andersen taught us who to support when we were wee tots. But does his wisdom apply in this case?  Certainly it…
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This afternoon I was interviewed in the Michael Graham show in Boston about the tumult in Egypt and the US response to events there.  Here is the link to the podcast. After you've listened to my comments, I suggest you watch the clip below from CNN's reporter Nick Robertson in Cairo.   
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Today the Egyptian regime faces its gravest threat since Anwar Sadat's assassination 30 years ago. As protesters take to the street for the third day in a row demanding the overthrow of 82-year old President Hosni Mubarak, it is worth considering the possible alternatives to his regime.  On Thursday afternoon, Egyptian presidential hopeful Mohammed ElBaradei, the former head of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency returned to Egypt from Vienna to participate in anti-regime demonstra…
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This week on the Tribal Update, the television-on-internet satire show produced every week by Latma, the Hebrew-language media satire website I founded and edit, we feature Turkish Prime Minister Recip Erdogan in our studios explaining the nuances of Turkish hospitality and honor. We also have a discussion of Fatah leader Abu Mazen's fabulous concessions to Israel and the world. A bit of background on the commercial with the cheeks - this past week, another new leftist party was f…
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For Israelis, the American Left's assault on Sarah Palin and the conservative movement in the wake of Jared Loughner's murderous attack in Tucson, Arizona was disturbingly familiar. Just as the American leftist media and political leadership immediately sought to blame Palin, the Tea Party and conservative media personalities for Loughner's actions, so in 1995, their Israeli counterparts accused the Right - from then opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu, to rabbis to the two million Israeli…
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Two documents reported on this week shed a troubling light on the US government's attitude toward Israel. The first is a 27-page FBI search warrant affidavit from 2004 targeting then senior AIPAC lobbyist Steve Rosen, published Wednesday in The Washington Times.  The second is WikiLeaks leaked secret Sate Department cable from October 2008 signed by then secretary of state Condoleezza Rice directing US officials to spy on Israel.  Both indicate that in certain quarters of the…
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This week on the Tribal Update, the television-on-internet satire show produced every week by Latma, the Hebrew-language media satire website I founded and edit, we have a content rich extravaganza for our viewers. We bring you to Labor Party headquarters for a muscial discourse on the challenges facing the shrunken party and we bring you an exclusive interview with Defense Minister Ehud Barak who discusses his reasons for destroying his own party. We also interview our roving reporter…
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Thanks to our friend and volunteer translator Robert Rickler, I am happy to announce that we will now begin posting Latma's Tribal Updates with German subtitles on a regular basis.We will post the German versions a few days after the Hebrew and English ones. Here's last week's show.Enjoy!  
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If at the height of the anti-government protests in Tunisia last week, Israel and the Palestinians had signed a final peace deal, would the protesters have packed up their placards and gone home?  Of course not. So what does it tell us the nature of US Middle East policy that at the height of the anti-regime protests in Tunisia, the White House was consumed with the question of how to jump start the mordant peace process between the Palestinians and Israel?  According to…
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