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Human Element Moves to the Fore As Philip Mends

And Harry laments the royal life

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
March 4, 2021

Who among us cannot sympathize with Elizabeth II’s concern for her ailing husband, Prince Philip? “The Duke of Edinburgh yesterday underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s Hospital,” the London Sun quotes…

Brexit Britain Besting Europe On Covid Vaxes

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
March 3, 2021

Anyone wondering about the wisdom of Britain’s exit from the European Union might find an answer by checking out the Covid-19 vaccination statistics available at OurWorldinData.org. The site reports that as of the beginning of March, the United…

‘Bon Jour’ It Is, As the UN Welcomes Biden’s Envoy

By BENNY AVNI, Second Edition
March 1, 2021

“Bon jour,” was how an eager, cheerful reporter greeted Linda Thomas Greenfield shortly after the new American ambassador presented her credentials to the United Nations Secretary General. It was an apt welcome to a building at the heart of midtown…

Biden’s Courting Trouble With Policy on Saudis

Humiliating Prince Could Bring Unintended Consequences

By KAREN ELLIOTT HOUSE, Special to the Sun
March 1, 2021

President Biden is seeking to burnish his human rights credentials — and once again distinguish himself from Donald Trump — by putting a bullseye on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Playing politics with an ally in such a dangerous part of the…

Brexit Diary: As BoJo Waffles, Tory ‘Dinosaurs’ Turn on His Fiancée

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
February 24, 2021

Not since the days of Benjamin Disraeli has a prime minister’s wife been cause for such conversation as has Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancée. “Is Carrie Symonds really a Downing Street manipulator — or a shrewd supportive partner?” asks the…

Biden Is Tested By Attack at Erbil That Injured a GI

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
February 16, 2021

Monday’s injury of an American GI and the death of one of our military contractors working with American forces at the heart of Iraqi Kurdistan should be seen as an early Iranian test of President Biden. The American president’s first, and cautious…

France Might Yet Lead the West Against Wokeism

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
February 15, 2021

President Macron of France has now warned his countrymen of the menace of American academic and media “woke” thinking and of identity politics as a formula for social oppression and disunity. France is officially focused entirely on the integration of…

A Canadian View: Biden Stiffs a Key International Ally

By CONRAD BLACK, Special to the Sun
February 6, 2021

Canada absolutely has to retaliate for the outrageous and cavalier cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline. The millions of Canadians who celebrated President Donald Trump’s departure from the White House may start to wonder if the new era is quite…

Eye-Popping Letter Calls for Change In Iran Regime

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
February 5, 2021

Could the next Muslim majority country to make peace with Israel turn out to be — wait for it — Iran? “I believe it will happen, and soon,” says Abdol Hamid Maasoumi Tehrani. It sounds farfetched, and even Mr. Tehrani acknowledges that it would be…

Johnson’s Days Look Numbered Unless He Can End Lockdowns

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
January 18, 2021

Is it time to be canvassing for the next leader to take up the conservative banner? Americans are already maneuvering over who will carry the GOP banner in the next presidential contest in 2024. The query is no less pertinent to members of the…

Palestinians Greet A New President With an Old Trick

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
January 26, 2021

Eying the new administration in Washington, Ramallah is promising full democracy in Palestine. The Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, has declared parliamentary and presidential election in June and July respectively. It’s an old trick…

Trump UN Envoy Cancels Visit To Free China

Bows To Impending Transition to Biden Administration

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
January 12, 2021

The State Department announced today the cancelation of international travel to all diplomats, citing the ongoing transition to the incoming Biden administration. Too bad, at least for friends of Free China. Hours earlier America’s ambassador to the…

Can Nigel Farage Reform the Tories After Brexit?

By STEPHEN MacLEAN, Special to the Sun
January 11, 2021

No one will accuse Nigel Farage of letting the grass grow under his feet. Now that the United Kingdom is free from subservience to the European Union, a fact of independence largely due to Mr. Farage, the leader of the Brexit movement is taking the…

In Fear of Iran, Arabs Bring Qatar In From the Cold

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
January 6, 2021

How can America top its success helping Arab countries make peace with Israel? Well, witness Tuesday’s Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh. Although details are murky, a new pact opens sea, land, and air borders between Saudi Arabia and Qatar…

Why Does Israel Pace the Globe on Covid Vaccines?

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun
January 4, 2021

Why is Israel, of all countries, so far ahead of the rest in terms of getting its population vaccinated against Covid-19? As I write the University of Oxford’s “Our World in Data” chart shows Israel with a pace-setting 14 doses administered for each…

Israel’s Election Could Well Be Different for Bibi

A Challenge Gathers From Former Netanyahu Allies

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
December 24, 2020

This time it’ll be different. Like the last time. And the time before that. Like it or not, Israel is headed for yet another national election in March 2021, the fourth round in less than two years. Will this time end Benjamin Netanyahu’s reign as the…

Biden Embracing Obama’s Failure In Foreign Policy

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

As sane Americans reluctantly resign themselves to the approach of an unimaginable Joe Biden presidency, the unrelenting blitzkrieg of media Trump-hate is occasionally, but each week more frequently, punctured by glimmers of recognition of what the…

Moroccan Envoy Marks Hanukkah With Israel

A Bitter James Baker, Who Failed on the Western Sahara, Urges Biden To Rescind the Deal

By BENNY AVNI, Special to the Sun
December 18, 2020

As the Moroccan ambassador to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, lit candles Thursday alongside his Israeli counterpart, Gilad Erdan, some in Washington tsk-tsk’d about the Western Sahara. Like the Israeli-Palestinian territorial disputes, the fight…