Democracy Is Still the Answer: Authoritarianism is not the cure for illiberalism

Even as a staunch supporter of democracy for all, I will concede this point I say anything else: democracy has some troublesome flaws. And currently some of those flaws have contributed to a disturbing trend in some Middle Eastern states—the trend of growing illiberal, Islamist political parties, organizations, and ideologies.

In Egypt the Muslim Brotherhood now holds substantial power, with the even more extreme Salafist party holding an unnerving amount of government positions as well.… [Read more]

Zionism In America

Let’s start with defining Zionism; Zionism is a nationalist call to establish a Jewish state, which is defined by a nation of mostly individuals of Jewish descent. But, you may ask, isn’t that what Israel is? And you would be correct. Zionism was founded due to Jewish disbursement under Roman rule in 70 AD. It was given its name and officially recognized as a movement in 1897 by Theodor Herzl.… [Read more]

“Extremist”…? Define That

We’ve all heard time and time again, mostly from the folks on the fringe right, that all Muslims are bloodthirsty barbarian extremists who eat American babies for breakfast and want to impose Sharia Law on all of us and force us to bow to Mecca four times a day. Frankly, I’m tired of it. In fact, I’m seeing a parallel.… [Read more]

Middle Eastern Currency: Peace or Occupation

On Tuesday, October 18, 2011 the entire Israeli public shouted at the top of their lungs: Hallelujah as Israel’s lone, kidnapped soldier crossed the border from the Gaza Strip after five years and four months (1940 days) in captivity.  He returned to the land of milk and honey (but no oil, unfortunately) and to his family.… [Read more]