Sunday, June 13, 2010

Barry Rubin Articles

  • The Big Lie About the Israel "Delegitimization" Threat

    By Barry Rubin
    June 13, 2010
    Golda Meir, Israel's prime minister, once memorably said, "Better a bad press than a good epitaph." In the Western world, where a cushioned elite increasingly mistakes headlines or academic studies for the real world, the difference between the material world and words is often lost...

  • New York Times Needs My Help to Find Flotilla Planners' Terrorist Ties: OK! Here's A Start for Their Research

    By Barry Rubin
    June 12, 2010
    The New York Times is a vast and wealthy organization with highly paid reporters and news bureaus around the world. Unfortunately, however, it seems to need a little help in gathering the news. In an editorial, the newspaper has held forth with the following sentence...

  • Anticlimax: Sanctions on Iran, (Slightly) Increased at Last

    By Barry Rubin
    June 10, 2010
    After more than 16 months in office, the Obama Administration has gotten through the UN a new set of sanctions on Iran. In theory, this should be a moment of great triumph for the U.S. government and yet there is something curiously anticlimactic about it...

  • Flash: Major New Development in Flotilla Story? Evidence Emerges of Government-Flotilla Link; Brave Turkish Nationalists Try to Calm Things Down

    By Barry Rubin
    June 9, 2010
    I've written about how the Gaza flotilla issue and stirring up a hysterical hatred of Israel is playing a role in internal Turkish politics as the government tries to use this demagoguery to continue eroding Turkish democracy and to win the next election...

  • What Motivates Israeli Policy and Actions

    By Barry Rubin
    June 8, 2010
    Vice-President Joe Biden has visited Cairo. Do you think his summit with President Husni Mubarak could be useful for solving the Gaza crisis? Is Egypt a strong voice inside Palestinian world? No, in fact the Egyptians have given up in disgust as they have failed...

  • Clash of Perceptions: A Picture is Worth 10,000 Academic Theories

    By Barry Rubin
    June 7, 2010
    What if two groups are in conflict and have a completely different way of looking at the world, thus often misperceiving each other? Many Westerners say nowadays that their societies misunderstand the Middle East...

  • Turkish Regime Changes Sides, West Averts Eyes

    By Barry Rubin
    June 6, 2010
    Why have Israel-Turkey relations gone from alliance to what seems to be the verge of war? The foolish think that the breakdown is due to the recent Gaza flotilla crisis. The merely naive attribute the collapse to the December 2008-January 2009 Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip...

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