permission granted

With Mubarak no longer in Egypt, the hand that kept Iran at bay near Israel * in that region is removed. Today – for the first time in their history – Egypt just granted 2 Iranian warships permission to travel through the Suez Canal, their destination is either Syria or Beirut. Israel has learned that […]


From The Week magazine 2/11/2011 edition Higher-wage jobs—paying $17.43 to $31 an hour—accounted for almost half the jobs lost during the recession, according to the National Employment Law Project. Of the jobs created during the first seven months of 2010, 76 percent paid $8.92 to $15 an hour. 2 cents: One of the key […]

Hizballah team breaks 22 members out of Egyptian jail

 full story here A joint Hizballah-Hamas unit used the havoc in Egypt to storm the Wadi Natrun prison north of Cairo Sunday, Jan. 30, and break out 22 members of the Hizballah’s spy-cum-terror network, tried and convicted in Egypt for plotting terrorist attacks in Cairo, the Suez Canal and Suez cities and on Israeli vacationers […]

example #2 of how to not treat an allie

The US secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain’s nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next […]

in a nutshell

Mr. Levy, the former Israeli peace negotiator, said: “The problem for America is, you can balance being the carrier for the Israeli agenda with Arab autocrats, but with Arab democracies, you can’t do that.” the full story here 2 cents: This circles Reagan’s words and rebuke about Carter’s administration and the Iran mess it created. […]

Unite around religion

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader has called the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia an “Islamic liberation movement”. In his address, during Friday prayers at Tehran University in Iran’s capital, he said that people are witnessing the reverberations of Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution. “The awakening of the Islamic Egyptian people is an Islamic liberation movement […]

Time for plain talk

From today’s Washington Post: “I don’t think America appeals to the younger generation,” she said. “I’m cautious not to present them with the American example because there’s a negative attitude to America, a disappointment.” No one yet knows what kind of Middle East will emerge from Cairo’s embattled streets: a newly democratic one, an increasingly […]