Recently, the Boston Globe (owned by the New York Times) published an op-ed by Juliette Kayyem advocating that more American cable companies carry Al Jazeera
What could go wrong? What harm could more inflammatory misinformation cause? Al Jazeera is filled with Muslim speakers promoting anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism and calling for violence.
But what is of interest is the background of Juliette Kayyem: President Obama appointed her to serve as the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. One would think that a key official at the Department of Homeland Security would see the danger of Al Jazeera being broadcast all over America.
Furthermore, she hails from Harvard's Belfer Center. This was the congenial home for none other than Stephen Walt who wrote (along with John Mearsheimer) a screed against Israel's supporters in America (Christian and Jewish ). He also advocates a weakening of ties between America and Israel and rapprochement with the Muslim world.
Netanyahu lets Egypt build up its Sinai army
Without serious aforethought, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak have waved through another 3,000 Egyptian troops into North Sinai, topping their number up to 4,000 and virtually scrapping the key demilitarization clause of the 1979 peace treaty.
Senior Israeli military officers report that Israel posed no conditions for its permission then or now – not even demanding a timeline for their withdrawal so that Sinai might revert to the military-free buffer status which buttressed the peace for 32 years.
There is little doubt in the IDF's high command that the Egyptian troops are in Sinai to stay, whereas Israel's forces on the their side of the border are seriously undermanned for dealing with an unforeseen cross-border flare-up.
We can just add this to the list of things worth watching closely.
Ubrest in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen not quelled by crackdowns
Protests continued in Lybia, Bahrain and Yemen on Friday, where government attempts to stop Egypt-style pro-democracy demonstrations with violence have thus far failed.
In Libya on Friday, thousands took to the streets in the city of Benghazi, the BBC reported.
Human Rights Watch said that 24 people were killed in clashes between protesters and Libyan security forces on Thursday.
Witnesses in Yemen's southern port city of Aden said angry protesters set fire to the municipal building and a third demonstrator has been killed as protests stretch into an eighth day.
Protests in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain
The mass protests sweeping the Arab world continued Friday with demonstrations in Yemen, Libya and Bahrain. In the latter two countries thousands took to the streets to mourn protesters killed in clashes with police earlier in the week.
Revolutions in Bahrain and Yemen could strike a serious blow to the international war on terrorism. Bahrain has been the Gulf state that most cooperates with the West, while Saleh has cooperated with the United States in the war on Al-Qaeda.
Three Terrorists Killed in Gaza
Three bomb-planting terrorists planning to ambush Israeli soldiers were killed overnight by combined IDF forces in Gaza.
Terrorists from Gaza have fired Kassam rockets at Israel on at least two occasions in recent days. A week ago, Israeli aircraft attacked a tunnel used to smuggle arms into northern Gaza. In two of the tree targets, explosions followed the Israeli attacks – indicating the presence of explosives and the like.