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A man of peace? Not exactly. But still…

Was Shimon Peres a Man of Peace? Many of my political friends are skeptical about that, to say the least.

Shimon Peres

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Abu-Mazen's Balance Sheet

Mahmoud Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas was not present at my first meeting with Yasser Arafat during the siege of Beirut in the First Lebanon War. That was, it may be remembered, the first meeting ever between Arafat and an Israeli.

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Fighting for the Soul of Islam: A Battle of the Paymasters

A gathering of prominent Sunni Muslim leaders in the Chechen capital of Grozny that appeared to have effectively excommunicated Saudi-backed ultra-conservatism potentially opens not only a theological but also a geopolitical rift in the Muslim world. The conference, sponsored and attended by some of Saudi Arabia’s closest allies, suggests that Saudi funding of ultra-conservative worldviews may be meeting its match in more liberal interpretations of Islam backed by the United Arab Emirates and Russia.

Ramzan Kadyrov

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Shimon Peres - Obituary of a ‘Peace Politician’

Shimon Peres

"De mortuis nil nisi bene" is commonly translated in English with "Speak no ill of the dead". The headlines of German obituaries on Shimon Peres outbid themselves in adulation. President Obama, however, outbid even the Germans.

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A Trump primer- part 1

Donald Trump

The choice in this election is bad enough without the inevitable comparisons to Hitler that many, including the Forward, seem fond of making. This might be the appropriate time to heed Jon Stewart’s plea for an end to Hitler name-calling.

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