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Firuz Kazemzadeh: A Life Well Lived

In 1982, when I was serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, a professor of history at Yale named Firuz Kazemzadeh came to talk with me about the persecution of the Baha’i religion. That was the start of a friendship that lasted until Firuz’s death yesterday, at age 92. He is a man who should be honored and remembered. Read More

May 15, 2017

The British Royal Boycott of Israel Continues

I’v written before, in 2014 and 2016, about the remarkable failure of any British royal to visit Israel except briefly for a funeral. Prince Philip attended Rabin’s funeral and Prince Charles attended that of Shimon Peres, but an official visit–to see and honor the country–appears to be beyond the pale. This indefensible practice should not, it seems, be blamed on the royal family, but instead on the Foreign Office. The FCO, as it is known, has just done it again.

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May 1, 2017

Teaching Palestinian Children to Value Terrorism

Peace between Israel and the Palestinians does not, fundamentally, depend on who is doing the negotiating, how skilled they are, and other such diplomatic matters. Fundamentally it depends on the desire for peace.

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Apr 28, 2017

Doubts About U.S. Assistance to Egypt

Over the last forty years the United States has given Egypt tens of billions of dollars in military and economic assistance. The aid process has been on automatic pilot, with the United States delivering $1.3 billion per year in military aid-- and Egypt viewing the aid as a kind of right to be delivered with few questions asked.

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