Turkey and Iran: Theater of Make Believe

The (neo-) Ottoman-Persian theater looks exceptional at deception, self-deception, counter-deception, attempted deception and failed deception.

Lovely! In half a decade, the two brotherly countries had progressed spectacularly from “We need to establish peace in the region” to “We have to put an end to this bloodshed.”

Erdogan, who hand-in-hand with Rouhani smiled to the cameras in Tehran, only the week before had said that Turkey would not tolerate Iran dominating the Middle East (read: only the Sunnis can dominate the Middle East, preferably the Turks).


Top British Universities Flunk Free Speech

The universities were ranked using a traffic-light system: red for universities that ban and actively censor certain ideas on campus; amber for universities that chill free speech, and green for universities that have a hands-off approach to free speech.

The results of the Free Speech University Rankings were staggering. Forty-seven universities were marked red, including Oxford and the London School of Economics; 45 were marked amber, including Cambridge, and a mere 25 were marked green. Results indicate that 80% of British universities censor free speech.


Was the South Carolina Shooting a Reflection of Racism, Police Subculture or Both?

As more evidence emerges — in addition to the cell phone video showing a South Carolina policeman, who is white, shooting a black man in the back — it certainly shows that serious abuse of power and a likely homicide occurred. But does it also show a racially motivated interaction?

The officer’s words were not recorded, so motive must be circumstantially inferred from the actions that were captured on the short but dramatic cell phone video, and from what we know occurred before and after what we have all seen on television.


Israel reportedly hits Hezbollah, Assad targets in Syria

Israel reportedly hit several targets belonging to Hezbollah and the Syrian army in a series of air attacks Saturday morning in the Kalamun area on the border between Syria and Lebanon.

According to a report in the Saudi-owned al-Arabiya, a first Israeli Air Force strike took place Wednesday, allegedly targeting two sites believed to have been Syrian army missile depots.


Ignoring the Armenian genocide by the last Islamic caliphate

As the world continues to look on in dismay at the barbaric atrocities committed against Christian minorities by the Islamic State — the self-proclaimed new “caliphate” — today, April 24, marks the genocide of Armenian and other Christian minorities by Turkey’s Islamic Ottoman Empire, the last caliphate.

Most American historians who have examined the question agree that what the Armenians experienced was a deliberate, calculated genocide:


Nuclear Iran’s “Spillover Effects”

As President Obama tries to sell the world his mysterious nuclear “framework agreement,” India’s defense establishment is just not buying it. The U.S. and Western commentators might be expecting “peace dividends” from Iran, but India cannot afford to harbor such illusions.


The Iran Bill to Nowhere

Sen. Bob Corker is to be commended for a masterful job of obtaining a consensus to support a bill giving Congress a say in the terms of a final deal with Iran and authority to determine whether U.S. sanctions should be lifted. Unfortunately, the bill is counterproductive and will not accomplish the seminal goal of American diplomacy, which is the curtailing of the Iranian nuclear program.