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 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 24, 2017 

North Korea, king of the rogues

The prospect of all-out conflict between the U.S. and the North Korean regime has loomed large over the last fortnight, as a consequence of the latest round of provocations from Pyongyang.  It’s always a competition between the world’s rogue...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    March 10, 2017

A UN task for President Trump

For those of us who spent much of 2016, based upon then-candidate Donald Trump’s own bombastic declarations, worrying about the thrust of the foreign policy of a future Trump administration, President Trump’s address to Congress Feb. 28 provided...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    February 17, 2017

At last, a real threat

I will admit that this sounds perverse, but Iran’s recent ballistic missile test was welcome in one important sense. Let me explain. Just more than a fortnight into President Donald Trump’s administration, America and the world have been...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    February 10, 2017

The promise of Ahmed Hussen

He came to Canada as a 16-year-old refugee from Somalia. He’s highly regarded across the Canadian political spectrum. He was just appointed as immigration minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Now 40 years old, Ahmed Hussen has...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 27, 2017

Why the Palestinian question won't disappear

It’s been clear for a long time that there is little difference between the character of terrorist attacks in Israel and those in the West more broadly. Trucks ram into crowds—as they did in Nice, Berlin and Jerusalem. Terrorists blow up or shoot...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 20, 2017

The tide slowly turns against Iranian terror

A glimmer of hope in the fight against Iranian-backed terrorism shone forth from Argentina during the final days of 2016. A federal appeals court ruled that former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will face a new investigation over allegatio...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    January 6, 2017

'We are all Hezbollah': the mark of shame

In July 2006, Israel fought a bitter defensive war against the Lebanese Islamist organization Hezbollah. The hostilities, which saw thousands of rockets fired at Israel by Hezbollah terrorists, as well as the displacement of nearly 500,000 Israelis...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    December 30, 2016

Wielding the Holocaust stick

In late November, radical protesters in London attacked a Jewish communal building. As they wrestled with police at the gates, they screamed abuse about “baby killers!” and cried out, “It’s a Holocaust!” According to local media outlets,...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    December 23, 2016

You can't make peace with bad leaders

On one of my first assignments abroad as a rookie journalist back in the early 1990s, I found myself in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, just as the violent disintegration of Yugoslavia was getting underway in earnest.  One afternoon, sitting with a...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    December 2, 2016

The illiberal world of Stephen Bannon

In considering the furor around President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Stephen Bannon, the CEO of the hard-right news website Breitbart, as his chief strategist, let’s start with the perspective of those who have defended him. On one...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    November 18, 2016

The decisions facing Donald Trump

Donald Trump is now America’s master.  As improbable as that outcome might seem to metropolitan Americans, it is actually quite consistent with the pattern of politics during the last decade. Many of Trump’s fundamental beliefs—his aversion to...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    November 11, 2016

Meet the Austrian politician fawning over Iran

You probably haven’t heard of Karlheinz Kopf. He’s one of three Austrian politicians currently sharing that country’s presidency following the departure of the previous incumbent in July. Kopf just returned to Vienna from Iran, where he...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    November 4, 2016

Aleppo brings Hezbollah back into the frame

After months of dithering, the Obama administration has finally taken some action against the Lebanese Islamist terror organization Hezbollah. The U.S. Treasury Department has applied sanctions on four Hezbollah operatives reportedly planning terror...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    October 28, 2016

Securing a future for religious minorities in the Middle East

You have to wonder if the barbarians fighting under the flag of the Islamic State still believe that 72 virgins will be waiting for them in paradise once they become “martyrs.” I say this not because the leaders and foot soldiers of ISIS have...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    September 23, 2016

Europe's 'most notorious Jew-baiter,' it's a tie

Jew-baiting these days is a globally competitive field. The Middle East, Latin America and Asia could all put up credible candidates for the title of most notorious Jew-baiter. But if you ask me, it’s in Europe, the continent where modern...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    September 9, 2016

Iran isn't giving up on Latin America

Recently, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif embarked on a five-nation tour of Latin America to spread the message that Tehran’s global influence is on the up. Zarif is one of those Iranian leaders eagerly embraced as a “moderate” by the...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    September 2, 2016

Jill Stein's big lies

The far left U.S. Green Party marked a significant milestone in the current campaign cycle when CNN broadcast a town hall debate with its presidential candidate, Jill Stein, and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka. It was a chance for the largely obscure...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    August 12, 2016

Mahmoud Abbas's desperate gesture

It’s been a long time since I saw a gesture this desperate. At the recent Arab Summit in Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, the Palestinian Authority (PA) foreign minister, Riyad al-Maliki, announced that his boss, PA President Mahmoud Abbas,...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    August 5, 2016

Turkey: after the failed coup, fascism

We live in an era of resurgent, strongman leaders. Some of them, like Russian President Vladimir Putin, carry an aura of invincibility, a sense that they effortlessly control the levers of power at every level of state activity, from parliament to...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 29, 2016

Higher stakes in Lebanon

A decade after fighting the Second Lebanon War against the Islamist terror militia Hezbollah, Israel is once again facing a build-up on its northern border, with the prospect of fresh hostilities looming The 2006 conflict, waged over a month during...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 15, 2016

Netanyahu's Russian realism

These are the days that Vladimir Putin has been aching for since the end of the Cold War. On Dec. 5, 1989, three weeks after the Berlin Wall was torn down, angry crowds stormed the Dresden Headquarters of the Stasi, the brutal secret police of the So...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    July 1, 2016

Orlando atrocity highlights America's divisions

In the days since the massacre of 49 people and the wounding of hundreds more by an Islamist gunman at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, America’s political leadership has sounded more discordant than ever. Never mind the absence of a bipartisan...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 17, 2016

The difficult and important task of commemorating Iraqi Jewry's Farhud

Every Iraqi Jew has a tale to tell about the Farhud, the two-day pogrom that befell the Jews of Baghdad 75 years ago in June 1941. In the case of my own family, it was a matter of heeding the advice of a Muslim business colleague of my grandfather,...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    June 10, 2016

A message to Donald Trump's Jewish supporters

“He’s not Hitler. He wants to help America.” Melania Trump’s comment about her husband, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, will go down as one of the more memorable quotes in an election cycle that has had its fair share of gaffes,...

 
 By Ben Cohen    Opinions    May 27, 2016

Don't give Japan a free pass on its wartime record

Despite leaving the world an unsafer place than when he found it, President Barack Obama isn’t shying away from busting those foreign policy taboos. The president who brought us a nuclear deal with the Iranian mullahs, and who gave Cuba’s...

 

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