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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Kofi Annan, pictured, was jointly appointed by the UN and the Arab League this February as their envoy to Syria. (Photo credit: International Students’ Committee)Barack Obama’s response to the upheavals across the Arab world is bad news for Israel, which has endured Assad-sponsored terrorism and understandably fears the political chaos that is likely to sprout from a Syrian civil war.

The horrors currently unfolding in Syria offer further proof of what might reasonably be described as Kofi Annan’s law of international relations: Wherever Kofi Annan turns up, bloodshed is sure to follow.
During and after his scandal-ridden decade as UN secretary-general, Annan smoothed the ruffled feathers of brutal dictators like Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Kim Jong Il in North Korea.

In October 1995, Annan remained at the UN’s peacekeeping helm as Serb forces seized control of the Srebrenica enclave in Bosnia

This week marks the forty-fifth anniversary of the Six-Day War, the seismic event that has shaped the subsequent history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The war’s immediate results, Israel’s quick defeat of three Arab armies and its unplanned takeover of territories with large concentrations of Palestinian Arabs, raised issues that are still unresolved today.

Over the decades a widespread misconception has developed that an expansionist Israel “occupied” Palestine in 1967, and that an end to that

Asked whom they would vote for were the election held today, 61 percent answered Obama, 28 percent Romney, and the rest were undecided. Clearly, Jews are far more pro-Obama than the general population, among whom the two candidates are running neck-and-neck.The question returns every presidential election year: is the Jewish vote up for grabs?

For longer than anyone can remember most American Jews have supported Democratic candidates, and quadrennial Republican hopes to break the trend have remained unfulfilled. The best the Republicans have done in the postwar era was in 1980, when Ronald Reagan captured 39 percent of the Jewish vote. Despite all the talk about his relations with Reverend Wright and his alleged coolness toward Israel, Barack

The rise to power of Islamists in Egypt skewers myths about peace.

As Egyptian voters recently went to the polls in what was their first-ever opportunity to choose a president in a free election, one element was missing from most of the media coverage. There was no gloss of optimism about the way embracing freedom could transform the country or the region.

The reason is obvious. More than a year after the “Arab Spring” protests brought down the regime of Hosni Mubarak as well as dictators in

Fewer (much fewer) than 1% of the Arab prisoners hunger-striking in Israeli prisons are administrative detainees. Almost all were charged, tried and convicted for the most serious offences you can think of.

The media are filled with reports about a protest strike by Palestinian Arab prisoners and their friends. What’s it about?

Two terms keep coming up in almost every report: the strikers are “unjustly imprisoned” and it’s a “battle for freedom and dignity.” But this is not about justice or