October 9, 2013 |
September 26, 2013 |
UNITED NATIONS — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday endorsed European restrictions on assistance to Israeli organizations in the occupied Palestinian territories, saying in a United Nations address that the European Union approach is a model for others to follow. Abbas welcomed the resumption of peace talks with Israel and pledged to negotiate in good faith, but also roundly criticized Israel for...
September 20, 2013 |
Here's some unsolicited advice for the Prince George's public schools c hief executive, Kevin Maxwell : Let those who work for you in central administration know that misleading parents is bad policy. These days, parents with children at Judith Hoyer Montessori think that deception is school policy. (For transparency: I have a child at the school.) Why? In late 2011 and early 2012, the school district held public meetings to discuss new school boundaries. The plan included moving Judith...
September 8, 2013 |
A microphone reverberated with the deep and sonorous Muslim call to prayer shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday. "Allaaaaaah — uh — Akbar!" An entire congregation bowed its head in prayer — a Jewish synagogue filled with Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs, Hare Krishnas, Mormons, Pentecostals, Greek Orthodox, Baha'i and others. Just think, one woman sitting in the mauve seats at the Washington Hebrew Congregation marveled, in another country, they all could be shot for such blasphemy.
September 5, 2013 |
RNS () — "The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers. " This was the Islamist poem quoted by the mayor of Istanbul, Turkey, in December 1997. Charged with using inflammatory speech, he was ejected from office and sentenced to jail by the Ankara High Court. Today, that mayor, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is prime minister of Turkey. During a decade in office, he has slowly but inexorably pushed secular Turkey, a member of NATO, toward an...
August 31, 2013 |
THROUGHOUT THE post-World War II history of the United States, a tension has existed between the demands of an open society and the need for intelligence to protect the country from danger. As a democracy we thrive on open debate, but also depend on spies who can work only in the deepest secrecy. At various times, the pendulum has swung from surprising openness and self-examination to intelligence operations that were locked up in the vaults for decades. The disclosure in The Post on Friday of ...