European elections loom

In a little over two weeks, in a vast exercise spread over four days and 28 countries, as many as 350 million Europeans will go to the polls to vote in elections to the European Parliament, the EU’s only directly elected body.   As celebrations of democracy go, it approaches the United States, Brazil or […]

The Smart Revolution

In just a few decades, the way we live has been completely transformed, thanks to Internet technology. We now shop, date, work, play, and learn — all online. In an even briefer period, mobile technology has allowed us to perform these activities not only at home but also while on the go. This transformation has […]

Israel Shows That Palestinians Planned To Blow Up Peace Talks

In his letter dated April 22, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s national security adviser, Yossi Cohen, included a policy paper written by chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in preparation for a Palestinian rejection of American mediation efforts and Israeli overtures.  The paper was written in March, nearly a month before Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made […]

68% of Israeli Jews Support End to Peace Talks

A large majority of the Jewish public in Israel (68%) support the government’s decision to halt peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA) following its unity pact with Hamas, a poll revealed Wednesday.   The Guttman Center and Evens Program for Conflict Resolution at Tel Aviv University (TAU) conducted the poll, a monthly “Peace Index” […]

Only two-state solution can bring peace

Not reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran is preferable to signing a bad accord, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday, soon after meeting with visiting US National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Rice arrived in the country earlier in the day as part of a high-level US delegation.   Members of the delegation came to consult with […]

Fingers Point at Israel as Blame Game

Now that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have screeched to a halt, U.S. officials are apportioning blame, and a big share is going to Israel.   In an interview with Nahum Barnea, a veteran diplomatic affairs writer for the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot, anonymous members of the U.S. negotiating team said Israel’s settlement activity was a principal cause […]

EU prepares more sanctions against Russia

The decision should make it easier for the EU to target Russian companies – something it has not done yet, unlike the United States – but needs formal backing during a meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday.   “We have political approval, and it will have to be rubber-stamped,” one diplomat said, speaking on […]

Vladimir Putin ‘withdraws troops’ from border

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Moscow had pulled back its forces from the Ukrainian border amid Western fears of an imminent military invasion of Russia’s crisis-hit Western neighbour.   “We were told constantly about concerns over our troops near the Ukrainian border. We have pulled them back. Today they are not at the […]

UN, Iranian officers secure Syrian rebels

A joint team of UN observers and Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers in civilian dress began evacuating some 2,000 Syrian rebels and their families from the Old City of Homs on Wednesday, May 7, so ending a cruel two-year siege. The rebels’ exodus from their last remaining stronghold represented another major victory for Syrian President Bashar […]

South China Sea tensions rise

Vietnam said on Wednesday a Chinese vessel intentionally rammed two of its ships in a part of the disputed South China Sea where Beijing has deployed a giant oil rig, sending tensions spiraling in the region.   The Foreign Ministry in Hanoi said the collisions took place on Sunday and caused considerable damage to the […]