Islam and scholarship: Religion and the crisis of authority

Consumers of Islamic religious knowledge and opinions are so illiterate in these matters that they lack the ability to distinguish between genuine scholarship and demagoguery – with tragic and even comic results. [Read more...]

Foreign Policy: It’s time for action, President Obama

Most analysts in the Muslim World are not giving President Obama due credit for the changes he has brought to American foreign policy, waiting instead to see if he acts differently. But very soon, Obama will have to start delivering results. [Read more...]

Mideast Politics: One step forward, two steps backward

Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinajad are ensuring through their recent actions that the peaceful and just solution to the Arab-Israeli problem inspired by President Obama is harder to reach. [Read more...]

Pope Benedict XVI: The Pope meddles in the East

It is hard to predict what the Pope has accomplished on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, which essentially used interfaith relations as a means to mediating international relations. But nevertheless, he spoke with sincerity and faith as he linked justice with peace. [Read more...]

Torture: Torture is evil, not a forensic technique

According to most experts of torture, barring a few like Dick Cheney, torture is ineffective. If we have to waterboard people hundreds of times, then either torture doesn’t work at all, or we have some really very sadistic and mean people working in our government. [Read more...]

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman: Flirting with fascism

For better or for worse, the US has been an incredible friend to Israel. Will Israel prove its friendship to the US or will its current flirtation with fascism undermine this long-standing alliance? [Read more...]