The late erudite Israeli foreign minister, Abba Eban, was quoted widely for once having said "the Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity" for peace. The same could apply recently to the Americans.
Fact: ISIS kills mostly Muslims. Terrorists overall kill mostly Muslims. Yet fatalities due to terrorism in Muslim countries hardly draw any attention from the media, while isolated attacks in the Western world lead to great outpourings of sorrow. One can't help but wonder if the only factor for the seeming apathy toward Turkey's and Iraq's victims is Islam.
In a shot across Israel's bow illustrative of the split in the American Jewish community and for what surely is a first in U.S. politics, Israel's marginalization of the Palestinians has been challenged publicly by no less than a popular U.S. presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Jew.
As Easter dawns Sunday, Catholic Relief Services and other humanitarian relief agencies in Baltimore and across the U.S. are reaching out to Christians and other religious minorities facing persecution in the Middle East. This month Secretary of State John Kerry declared that Islamic State attacks on Christians and other minorities constitute genocide.
Two Maryland men who were convicted of violating the U.S. trade embargo with Iran -- one of whom helped the Islamic Republic launch its first satellite into space -- are reportedly among those to be released from federal prison in the United States as part of a deal to free four Americans held in Iran.
By Ian Duncan, Ramin Mostaghim, Tracy Wilkinson and Patrick J. McDonnell
Maryland Rep. John Delaney on Thursday became the latest Democrat to call for tougher U.S. sanctions on Iran in response to Tehran's recent ballistic missile tests -- and the second-term lawmaker wants to press the issue through legislation.
Recent events in Jerusalem have shown that the Israeli government's strategic calculations are incorrect. They apparently believe that the current status quo is sustainable, and that pursuing any serious changes would only make the situation worse. But it's now become clear that the status quo is dangerous and cannot be maintained, and that Israel's political and security situation is slowly getting worse.
Cal Thomas: Western governments must remove their blinders and support Israel's attempt to curtail an anti-Israel virus, not only for Israel's sake, but out of self-interest, because a strain of it is already spreading to Europe and America.
We face a difficult choice: If we let in more refugees from Syria inevitably some terrorists will seek to hide in their number. But if we slam the door in the face of these thousands, most of whom are innocent of any crime other then being born in the wrong country, we turn the Statue of Liberty around. For those of us who profess any religion, we violate those teachings. Religious or not we violate the morality of our nation.
In this episode, Patrick McDonnell, Middle East correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, talks about the investigation into the ISIS connection to the Paris attacks; Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, comments on the U.S. reaction to the Paris attacks and the Syrian refugee crisis; Culture commentator Sheri Parks talks about America's role in accepting -- or not -- refugees fleeing strife in their homelands; Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik sizes up the breaking news coverage of the Paris attacks and the hunt for the suspected terrorists; Paula Gallagher, Baltimore County librarian, reviews, "Becoming Nicole," about a transgender child and her identical twin; Film critic Christopher Llewellyn Reed reviews "Spotlight," "Brooklyn," and "Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part II."