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Another Voice Predicting Islamism's Doom

June 23, 2016

Moncef Marzouki, the president of Tunisia from 2011 to 2014, has penned an analysis predicting, as I have, the demise of Islamism. I quote from a MiddleEastEye.net abridgement and translation of the original Arabic version that appeared at Aljazeera.net.

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"The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act"

May 28, 2016

[Correction: I relied in my original version of this weblog entry on an article by Paul Sperry, "Schumer upends 9/11 Saudi suit bill at 11th hour," New York Post, May 24, 2016 – a known writer in a trustworthy publication.

In it, Sperry argued that the senior senator from New York had gutted the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act by adding a section titled "Stay of Actions Pending State Negotiations" that allowed the Executive Branch to stop lawsuits at will.

The New York Post a day later published a second article on the topic, "The Truth About the 9/11 Victims' Bill," written by 9/11 families and their counsel. It focuses on two errors in Sperry's analysis concerning that section:

  • "The stay provision was not offered by Sen. Schumer, but rather by Republican members who had raised objections to the bill.
  • "The stay provision included in JASTA does not de-fang the bill."

I was further informed by a member of the Senate staff that the 9/11 families themselves who first offered the stay provision to compromise with the Obama administration and win over reluctant senators. From the families' point of view, it adds to bill, and is a marked improvement over a proposal by the administration that the Executive Branch have unilateral power to cancel lawsuits. Instead, JASTA puts this power into the hands of an independent judge.

Accordingly, I have changed the title of this weblog entry from "Cruel Hoax: The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act" to "The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.".]


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Finally Getting Serious about Identifying Islamists?

May 23, 2016

After the jihadi attacks in Paris in January and November 2015, the French intelligence agency Direction générale de la sécurité intérieure (DGSI, General Directorate for Internal Security) began to scrutinize personnel at the city's airports.

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Erdoğan's Self-Indulgence

May 20, 2016

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Republic of Turkey's brilliant if evil president, so dominates his country's political scene that he can afford a bit of self-indulgence. And so he does just that. Consider the two dominant themes of Turkish public life at present:

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Ted Cruz for President

May 2, 2016

As a conservative who believes in individual responsibility, limited government, free markets, caution in making social changes, and a robust foreign policy, all my adult life I have been a Republican and (with the single exception of an eccentric race for attorney general in Philadelphia, when the Democrat was tougher than the Republican) I always vote Republican.

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MEF's Surprising Straw Poll on Trump

April 10, 2016

The Middle East Forum sent out a questionnaire over my name on April 5 to its mailing lists asking a single question: "How do you see Donald Trump as the Republican Party's presidential candidate?" We then offered four replies:

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2015's Hits at DanielPipes.org

January 10, 2016

Which articles, blog posts, speeches, and interviews on my web site, DanielPipes.org, fared best in the year recently concluded? In ascending order, here are 2015's ten most widely read, listened-to, and watched pages:

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Paris' Eerily Familiar 1930s Immigrant Problem

January 4, 2016

The world's most prolific author, the Belgian writer Georges Simenon, published a mock-memoir in 1951, Les Mémoires de Maigret (Paris: Les Presses de la Cité; English: Maigret's Memoirs, London: Heinemann, 1978), which featured the ostensible recollections of his fictional character, Inspector Maigret. The sixth chapter, titled in the English translation "One Staircase after Another!" (and brought to my attention by C. Paul Barreira) describes the pro-fascist uprising in Paris on Feb. 6, 1934. It reminds one eerily of today's North African immigration and Islamist alienation.

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ISIS' Imminent Demise

December 5, 2015

U.N. Security Council Resolution 2249, passed unanimously on Nov. 20, sums up the consensus that the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL Daesh), poses a mortal danger to civilization by calling it an "unprecedented threat to international peace and security." There's also a widespread sense that ISIS will be around for a long time; for example, Barack Obama has predicted that the fight against it will be "a long-term campaign." Permit me to disagree strenuously on both counts.

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Will Turks Accept the Election Results?

November 3, 2015

[N.B.: NRO titled this analysis "Turkey's Election Results Stink of Fraud"]

Like other observers of Turkish politics, I was stunned on Nov. 1 when the ruling Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, or AKP) was reported to have increased its share of the national vote since the last round of elections in June 2015 by 9 percent and its share of parliamentary seats by 11 percent.

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