Friday, April 29, 2016 Nisan 21, 5776
By:
Asaf Romirowsky
An Islamic group came to Temple University last spring with an offer to provide $1.5 million for an endowed chair in Islamic studies to honor religion professor Mahmoud Ayoub. After months of talks, the deal never got off the ground, once trustees and others raised concerns about the contributor, the International Institute of Islamic Thought, a nonprofit research group that...
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Making sense of Israelis who want the U.S. to pressure their own government
By:
Jonathan S. Tobin
George W. Bush makes his first presidential visit to Israel this week, but no one is expecting that his presence in Jerusalem and Ramallah will bring about a diplomatic miracle and accelerate progress toward Israeli-Palestinian peace. But there are some Israelis who are hoping that either Bush or Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will use these meetings or subsequent conclaves...
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By:
Barry Rubin
Much has been said about Benazir Bhutto's assassination; little will be understood about what it truly means. I'm not speaking about Pakistan, of course -- as important as that country is -- but rather the lesson for all of the Middle East. Back in 1946, an American diplomat asked an Iranian editor why his newspaper angrily criticized the United States,...
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By:
M.J. Rosenberg
A few hours after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, I happened to see an interview with a group of Pakistani university students who were part of a stunned mass of grieving people on the streets of Karachi. They had varying opinions, arguing among themselves and cutting each other off until one young woman brought up the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "Of course,"...
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It was Gen. Douglas MacArthur who supposedly said, "Old soldiers never die; they simply fade away." I began wondering recently if there were some commensurate phrase that might sum up the fate of old editors, since in the case of at least one, he's refusing, rather insistently, to fade away. These notions popped up while I was perusing Lapham's Quarterly,...
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