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Feb 1, 2013 0 Comments

What to do to promote relief in Egypt Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

As Egypt continues its tumultuous transition to democracy two years after the Arab Spring swept strongman President Hosni Mubarak from power, Washington must weigh its next moves carefully.

For decades, U.S. policy in the region has been picking the least bad option in supporting partner governments, leading to autocrats such as Mr. Mubarak, who maintained an unpopular peace with Israel and ensured the free flow of oil in exchange for military aid and other support.

Bad options became worse when simmering resentment from the Arab Spring toward the status quo exploded, toppling long-term allies in TunisiaEgypt and Yemen, causing disaster in Libya and threatening more than a dozen other nations…. Continue Reading »

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Jan 18, 2013 0 Comments

The Terrorist Threat Canada Needs to Take Seriously Articles / Opinion Editorials


When Canada pre-emptively expelled Iran’s diplomats from Ottawa and closed its embassy in Tehran last September, some felt this was a hasty move inspired by an overzealous government at best or by pro-Israeli zealots at worst.

As critics will say, there may have been alternative methods for dealing with concern over Iran’s activity in Canada, such as downsizing their presence as opposed to prohibiting it. But perhaps Canadian officials could see the writing on the wall, as they corroborated their own experience with the Islamic Republic to reports of similar subversive activity throughout the Hemisphere.

In the midst of the holiday season, on December 28, 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law the “Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act of 2012,” (H.R. 3783) a bill originally sponsored by Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) that quietly and smoothly swept through both houses before the end of the legislative session. This Act seeks to initiate a whole-of-government approach to what looks to be an increasing threat to the United States, and by extension to Canada as well.

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Nov 29, 2012 0 Comments

Egypt will set course for Middle East Articles / Opinion Editorials

Authors: J.D. GORDON

With the ebb and flow of major clashes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square since the Arab Spring began nearly two years ago, it’s easy to get bogged down in the details of who’s doing what to whom on any given day. Americans must take a step above the fray and look at Egypt and beyond from a broader, strategic level.

What we’re seeing unfold in Egypt — similar to what took place in LibyaTunisia and Yemen with leaders toppled by the “Arab Street” — represents the most significant geopolitical shake-up since the Russian Revolution of 1917 ushered in the Soviet Union and Iran’s Revolution of 1979 gave us the Islamic Republic of Iran.

In all three scenarios, popular uprisings overthrew dictators — a czar, a shah and plenty of Arab autocrats. Although those revolutions were launched by a variety of groups wanting change, the best organized movements always have pushed aside rivals…. Continue Reading »