As the Trump administration deploys unmarked police on the streets of Portland, its Secretary of State, eyeing a presidential run in 2024, gave a ‘pro-human rights’ speech that was actually a defense of the violation of human rights
David Rothkopf is a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His most recent book is Great Questions of Tomorrow (Simon & Schuster/ TED, 2017). Twitter: @djrothkopf
Smart sycophant Pompeo is visiting Israel this week mid-pandemic in a transparent attempt to avert the End Times for a desperate Trump. From the Palestinians to Iran, the Middle East will pay the price
By barring Omar and Tlaib, the wannabe authoritarian tag-team has committed a reckless, racist, contemptible act driven by stunningly short-sighted political calculations - but with fateful repercussions
Trump helped Netanyahu get re-elected. Now it’s Netanyahu’s turn to help Trump's 2020 re-election campaign - by playing along with the Kushner 'peace plan' and by ramping up tension with Iran
Rep. Ilhan Omar has apologized for her inexcusably insensitive tweet. But the core issue behind her comment - whether the U.S. should continue to reflexively embrace the views of the Israeli government - won’t go away
Middle East states have leverage on Jared Kushner, Trump's most incompetent, greedy princeling and key 'architect' of his Mideast strategy. How badly compromised is he? And what danger does he pose to U.S. national interests?
ISIS, Erdogan, Iran, Putin and Assad. What's wrong with the list of big winners from Trump's immoral, incompetent retreat from Syria? How much worse can the president's Mideast 'policymaking' get?
The massacre in a Pittsburgh synagogue is the result of Trump’s constant endorsement of hate against the other, a hate-and-fear-mongering which has brought America to a very dark place
Netanyahu's zealous dissolution of democratic norms is a critical moral and political mistake. It's leading U.S. Jews to question even attenuated support for the Jewish state, while framing Israel as an unreliable, undesirable ally for America
Opinion Trump and Putin Lead the League of Nationalists, but Netanyahu Is Their Disturbingly Enthusiastic Enabler
Last week, Israel made a profoundly perverse choice: A nation founded by the victims of ethnic identity politics adopted that same institutionalized hatred as its constitution, proving its leader's affinity to the world's leading illiberal nationalists
Opinion Mideast 'Friends' Beware: With North Korea, Trump Just Proved How Easily He’ll Sell Out America’s Allies
Long-standing alliances? Disposable. The entire international security order? Expendable. The lesson for Netanyahu and U.S. allies in the Gulf is that the only Trump foreign policy doctrine is: 'What’s in it for me?'
Trump got his name in big letters on the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The violence triggered by his unbalanced and intemperate foreign policy towards Israel and the Palestinians may one day carry his brand as well
The campaign against the Iran nuclear deal is a fraud led by two men who feel they must lie to lead. But they're playing with millions of lives
We’ll always have Jerusalem? North Korea would remain, even under any deal, a far greater imminent threat than Iran to the U.S. That's bad news for Netanyahu, and for U.S. - Israel relations
From Moscow, Ankara and Warsaw to D.C. and New Delhi, leaders wrap their nationalism in racism and intolerance, pitting their base against their neighbors. But for the Jewish state to scapegoat minorities is beyond ironic
It's not just the BDS blacklist. In Israel, the basic rights and values underlying democracy itself are being repealed