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Daniel Pipes

  • The Demon in Liberalism
    "Why has Sweden become the North Korea of Europe?" That's what a Dane semi-facetiously asked Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks at a conference I attended in 2014. Vilks unconvincingly muttered about Swedes' partiality for consensus. Now, along comes Ryszard ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-07-14
  • Telephone Books and My Family’s Polish History
    Paper telephone books have virtually disappeared from our lives, but they recorded essential information during the twentieth century. Thanks to a recent visit to my father's hometown of Cieszyn, Poland, plus the discovery of an unpublished Warsaw ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-07-04
  • Polish Telephone Books Reveal My Family’s History
    Paper telephone books have virtually disappeared from our lives, but they recorded essential information during the twentieth century. Thanks to a recent visit to my father's hometown of Cieszyn, Poland, plus the discovery of an unpublished Warsaw ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-07-04
  • Istanbul’s Election Puzzle
    The Middle East rightly has a reputation for inscrutability, with seemingly illogical actions part of its routine business. The Saudi crown prince kidnapped Lebanon's visiting prime minister, forced him to resign, only to watch him return to his position ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-06-25
  • Italy at the Crossroads
    ROME – Italy is in the news these days for two main developments. First, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has – against massive opposition from the media, the judiciary, and the church – shut the country's ports to illegal migrants and thereby reduced ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-06-18
  • Making Sense of Palestinian Logic
    Palestinians do weird things: A few days ago, the Palestinian Authority (PA), which rules most of the West Bank, refused to accept the tax revenues it is owed by the Israeli government. Today, Hamas, which rules all of Gaza, launched more than 200 ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-05-04
  • The Cowardice of Middle East Studies
    It's been ten years exactly since Ryan Gingeras published an extraordinary preface to his book, Sorrowful Shores: Violence, Ethnicity, and the End of the Ottoman Empire 1912-1923 (Oxford University Press). I therefore quote it at length:If the truth be ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-05-01
  • Going Out on a Trump Plan Limb
    The Trump plan for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has prompted enormous speculation – when revealed, what specifics, who gains? – speculation that I confess to having contributed to in a series of articles: "The US-Israel Honeymoon May Not Last." ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-04-26
  • Academic Malfeasance: Do Moderate Muslims Exist?
    Did you know that that the War on Terror actually "is a war for natural resources – and that terrorism has little to do with it"? So argues John Maszka in his book, Washington's Dark Secret: The Real Truth About Terrorism and Islamic Extremism (Potomac, ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-04-22
  • Anticipating Trump’s “Deal of the Century”
    President Trump's peace plan for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict surfaced two years ago and to this day – remarkably – only he and a handful of aides know its precise details. A stream of leaks, however, contains enough internal consistency that their ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-04-09
  • Harvard’s Communist Uprising, 50 Years Later
    Today marks 50 years of my political education. The events of April 9, 1969, helped make me who I am today and the university what it is. I was a sophomore in college when my fellow students at Harvard University decided that politics, especially the war ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-04-08
  • Repairing America’s Broken Universities
    When the FBI informs us that parents are ready to spend up to $6.5 million in bribes to get their children into prestige colleges, it seemingly implies that all is very, very well in the American university. But Warren Treadgold tells us that's an ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-03-20
  • Europe’s Anti-Immigration Left
    With very few exceptions, liberals in the United States favor high levels of immigration; and the American Left goes further, calling to "Abolish ICE" (a reference to Immigration Customs and Enforcement, America's border security agency). But ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-03-07
  • Morton Klein’s Statement on Qatar
    During the Middle East Forum's conference on Qatar today, Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, wrote me a brief note asking, at 10:17 am asking "Why. I really don't understand. What's going on. We were good friends for decades ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-02-10
  • Qatar’s Influence
    Already in the mid-1990s, a playful riddle circulated among foreign-policy types: In the aftermath of the Soviet collapse, which are the world's two great powers? Answer: The United States and Qatar. In other words, the outsized ambitions of a country ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-01-29
  • Europe’s Jews vs. Israel
    Note the contrast: when Matteo Salvini, Italy's interior minister recently visited Jerusalem, which he hailed as the capital of Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called him a "great friend of Israel." Back home, however, Italy's liberal Jews ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-01-27
  • Trump’s Mideast ‘Deal of the Century’ May Be a Raw One for Israel
    President Trump has spoken repeatedly about his desire to find the "deal of the century" to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While the president's specific plan remains a tightly held secret, he and several aides occasionally drop hints about it ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-01-23
  • The Middle East Forum at 25
    Today marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Middle East Forum. I'll take this opportunity candidly to review our ability to influence U.S. policy over the quarter century and assess where we stand today. Opening our doors in early 1994 with ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2019-01-23
  • My Biggest Hits of 2018 – and Why
    Looking at statistics at DanielPipes.org finds that these ten are my most read writings of 2018, in ascending order: 10. Melbourne's Petite, Shy, Honors-Student Jihadi9. German and Austrian Media Outrage Me8. Conservatism's Hidden History7. Venezuela's ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-12-30
  • Tectonic Shifts in Attitudes toward Israel
    As Arabs and Muslims warm to Israel, the Left grows colder. These shifts imply one great imperative for the Jewish state. On the first shift: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently pointed out "a great change" in the Arab world which has a ..... READ MORE
    Source: Daniel PipesPublished on 2018-12-26