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Israel, UAE Deal Leaves the Left a Bit Flummoxed

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
August 13, 2020

To facilitate Thursday’s dramatic announcement of an agreement to normalize ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump played — whether intentionally or not — the old Jewish gambit of the rabbi…

Trump Begins at United Nations a Course Correction On Iran Regime

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
August 11, 2020

This week marks the first stage of President Trump’s attempt at dealing a final, fatal blow to President Obama’s Iran deal. America’s United Nations team expects a Security Council vote on a draft resolution mandating an indefinite extension o…

Lebanon Leaders May Have Quit — Not Hezbollah

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
August 10, 2020

To comprehend today’s resignation of the Lebanese government, amid country-wide unrest, it helps to think of the Who’s old line — meet the new boss, same as the old boss. In the case of Lebanon the boss’s name is Hezbollah. President Macron vis…

Beirut in the Dark As Lebanon Lurches Toward New War

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
August 4, 2020

The Pyongyang-Seoul gap is often depicted in night-time pictures: the darkened, Communistic North versus the well-lit, free South. Something similar can now be said of the light gap, illustrated above, between Tel Aviv (above) and Beirut (below)…

Brexit Diary: What BoJo Can Learn From Disraeli

Victorian England was not adverse to the aiding state, but with limits.

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
July 30, 2020

“Circumstances are beyond the control of man,” Benjamin Disraeli wrote, and he should know. He will be linked forever with the idea of One Nation Toryism, even though Stanley Baldwin coined the phrase in 1924 as a political ploy to limit Labo…

Hopes Are Rising For No-Deal Brexit As Europe Dithers

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
July 22, 2020

With weeks before the United Kingdom meets its self-imposed deadline to reach a midsummer trade deal with the European Union, Britain is on course for a “clean break” Brexit. “UK Close to Abandoning Brexit-EU Deal, Will Likely Leave Bloc Fully…

Covert Strikes on Iran See Success Where Diplomacy Found Failure

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
July 21, 2020

“Israel’s attack on Osirak was a major mistake,” the former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Hans Blix, told me a while back. Mr. Blix, a Swede, had then just ended his stint as top United Nations arms inspector in Iraq. Wh…

Can Tories Today Find A Leader Like Benjamin Disraeli?

Britons are more attached to conservative principles than Boris Johnson seems to appreciate

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
July 20, 2020

“Conservatism,” wrote Disraeli in his novel Coningsby, “assumes in theory that everything established should be maintained; but adopts in practice that everything that is established is indefensible.” Much like the Conservative Party in Britain to…

At U.N. Parley Pompeo Blinks on Iran Snapback

Security Council Seems To Reckon End of Trump Presidency Is Nigh

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
June 30, 2020

For the Trump presidency, the end is nigh. Or at least that’s what America’s “partners” believe as they consider the question of Iran. On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council convened to contemplate that question, but rather than Iran it…

In Clangorous Era Press Is Ignoring Overseas Story

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
June 19, 2020

In the clangorous pre-electoral atmosphere created by the Covid 19 crisis and its economic consequences and the disorders that have followed the apparent murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, some important foreign policy developments have been…

70 Years Later History Beckons From Korea War

By PAUL ATKINSON, Special to the Sun
June 17, 2020

What a tumler, that Kim Jong Un, or, as President Trump once called him, “Rocketman.” The North Korean dictator is threatening to send troops into the demilitarized zone that separates communist tyranny from the free Korean republic to the sout…

‘Snapback’ Time On Iran Sanctions Is Already Here

United Nations Is Asleep at the Switch

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
June 12, 2020

America’s diplomacy aimed at globalizing its “maximum pressure” Iran policy appears increasingly likely to flounder in the United Nations. Better strike a decisive blow to the nuclear deal instead. That’s the outlook in the wake of a new report by…

Plot Against Flynn Aimed To Cripple Trump’s Moves In The Middle East

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
May 27, 2020

As Attorney General Barr and General Michael Flynn battle in court to rescind the general's guilty plea, a deeper look deserves to be taken at the phone conversations that underlay the controversy. The calls were, in part, meant to protect the…

Role of China In Corona Crisis Invites Response

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
May 22, 2020

In the immense and multifaceted controversy over the coronavirus pandemic, and in the midst of tumultuous pre-electoral events in the United States, the role of the Chinese government in inflicting this economic and public health disaster on the world…

Foes of Israel Misread Outlook For Annexing Judea, Samaria

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
May 15, 2020

Relax everyone. It turns out that Israel’s annexation of Judea and Samaria isn’t around the corner. Even as Jerusalem edges toward concluding the two-year political crisis that deprived the country of an elected government, the entire world is agha…

Houseparty Soars Even as U.S. Gets Set To Decouple From China

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
May 11, 2020

For all the attention paid to the boom in use of the videoconferencing app Zoom, the big winner of the coronavirus lockdown so far may be a less work-oriented, more social Zoom competitor called Houseparty. Bloomberg News reports that Houseparty has…

Germany’s Course Could Signal End Of Clamor Over Climate Change

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
May 8, 2020

The coronavirus has had, at least, the unanticipated benefit of obscuring and diminishing the tedious public clamoring about climate change. It is a slightly redeeming virtue of crises that they tend to supersede and diminish previous crises; if a…

Deadline Looms On Iran Deal Just Before Election

Snapback of Sanctions Is Being Eyed

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
April 28, 2020

It’s time to end the awkward legal endorsement of the Iran nuclear deal. That’s because the first so-called sunset clause built into the Obama-era Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action kicks in this Fall. That’s per the United Nations Security Coun…