Report’s depiction of Iran unrealistic

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Recommendation 16 of the Iraq Study Group’s report calls upon Syria to agree to a peace deal with Israel in return for the Golan Heights. It further suggests that Syria be persuaded to end its interference in Lebanon, cease aiding Hezbollah, convince Hamas to recognize Israel’s right to exist, and […]

Q&A: Clovis alumna studying Islam abroad

Editor’s note: Clovis High graduate Kayla Carruthers is studying the Islamic culture in Syria. Q What are you doing in Syria? A I applied for the Fulbright Program and was awarded to study in Egypt, but then encountered problems with the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt and eventually my grant was transferred to Syria. […]

Middle-East tide of democracy is encouraging

Freedom Newspapers It is fairly easy to see that something important is happening in Lebanon, a move in the direction of independence and the idea of a civil society with democratic underpinnings that is reflected elsewhere in the Middle East. It is more difficult to figure out why it is happening just now, what forces […]

Diplomats acting a little too fast condemning Syria

CNJ staff The apparent assassination by car bomb of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is tragic for Lebanon and could unleash a period of turmoil that could upset arrangements throughout the Middle East. That is why it is curious and perhaps dangerous that the United States has acted so swiftly and on the basis […]

Using economic embargo against Syria is risky

Editorial President Bush, operating under authority given to him by the “Syrian Accountability Act” passed in December, has begun an economic war, in the form of an economic embargo, against Syria. The act bans all exports to Syria except food and medicine, bans flights to and from Syria, restricts banking transactions and authorizes the freezing […]

Guantanamo spies should have been avoided

Mona Charen This ought to shut up our European detractors who’ve been screaming that we are torturing prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Not only do we provide the inmates there with medical care, surgery, dentistry, reading matter, familiar and religiously permitted foods, copies of the Koran and religious services — we’ve also provided spies. Two, at […]