Dear Israeli Tent Movement, You are not Tahrir Square

It has been said lately by Western media outlets that the tent movement going on in Israel is a ‘revolution‘ or ‘Israeli Arab Spring.’ This could not be any more disingenuous, incorrect, or belittling of the Arab Spring movements. Israelis are mostly protesting about prices, specifically for homes and necessary goods. This is the one and only … More Dear Israeli Tent Movement, You are not Tahrir Square

What Does a Successful Arab Revolution Look Like?

So far, the Arab Awakening has toppled two regimes, in Egypt and Tunisia. Obviously, both countries have fared far better than their bloodier counterparts in Syria and Libya, but serious problem remain. Both countries have postponed elections (both until October – though this is not necessarily a bad thing) and have experienced revolutionary flashbacks with … More What Does a Successful Arab Revolution Look Like?

Has Jordan Lost its Mind?

The news that Jordanian police beat and injured 17 people, including several clearly marked journalists was certainly shocking. The country has been relatively insulated from the Arab Spring – in part because of the national devotion to King Abdullah and in part because the government has (at least symbolically) moved forward on several reforms, placating … More Has Jordan Lost its Mind?

The Arab Spring and the Fall of Hezbollah, Con’t

Yesterday I argued, in response to Nicholas Noe and Thanassis Cambanis’ respective eulogies of Hezbollah, that the group’s (perhaps) unwise support of the Assad regime in the face of popular protests would not bring about the group’s destruction. The sectarian divisions in Lebanon (and the weaker, secular Shi’ite party Amal) means that Hezbollah will be able … More The Arab Spring and the Fall of Hezbollah, Con’t

Thomas Friedman Might Be the Most Unknowledgeable Editorialist in Popular American Print Media

I openly admit that I dislike Thomas Friedman. In America, since the spectrum is so skewed, he is considered center or left of center but to anyone who studies Political Science they know he is rather right wing. His book “From Beirut to Jerusalem” is always considered a hit among American Jews who study the … More Thomas Friedman Might Be the Most Unknowledgeable Editorialist in Popular American Print Media