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The Phone Call That Saved Israel
The key lessons are
1) facts are better than "concepts", so we had better get all the facts we can. With out facts all one has is opinions, and we know how accurate those are.
2) facts can be igno...
espionage  Egypt  facts  humint  Israel  lessons_learned  letters_to_the_editor  pretense_of_knowledge  security_&_intelligence  Yom_Kippur_War 
august 2016 by jerryking
Yossi Klein Halevi: A Lesson From the Yom Kippur War for a Perilous Time -
October 3, 2013 | WSJ | By YOSSI KLEIN HALEVI.
A Lesson From the Yom Kippur War for a Perilous Time
Golda Meir didn't strike pre-emptively in 1973 because she was 'scared' of angering the White House.
security_&_intelligence  Yom_Kippur_War  pre-emption  Israel  lessons_learned  Iran  diplomacy  Mideast_Peace  IDF  Egypt  Syria  war  militaries 
october 2013 by jerryking
What Does Morsi Mean for Israel? -
Published: July 3, 2012

First, let’s dispense with some nonsense. There is a mantra you hear from Benjamin Netanyahu’s government in Israel and various right-wing analysts: “We told you so.” It’s the idea that somehow President Obama could have intervened to “save” President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and he was just too naïve to do so, and the inevitable result is that the Muslim Brotherhood has taken power....“In their relations with power, Jews in exile have always preferred vertical alliances to horizontal ones,” notes Leon Wieseltier, the Jewish scholar and literary editor of The New Republic. “They always preferred to have a relationship with the king or the bishop so as not to have to engage with the general population, of which they were deeply distrustful — and they often had reason to be distrustful. Israel, as a sovereign state, reproduced the old Jewish tradition of the vertical alliance, only this time with the Arab states. They thought that if they had a relationship with Mubarak or the king of Jordan, they had all they needed. But the model of the vertical alliance only makes sense with authoritarian political systems. As soon as authoritarianism breaks down, and a process of democratization begins, the vertical model is over and you enter a period of horizontality in which the opinions of the people — in this instance, ordinary Arabs — will matter.” ..And what are Morsi’s obligations? Have no illusions: the Muslim Brotherhood at its core holds deeply illiberal, anti-pluralistic, anti-feminist views. It aspires to lock itself into power and exploit a revolution it did not initiate. I just don’t think it is going to be so easy. Iran is political Islam in power with oil — to buy off all the pressures and contradictions. Saudi Arabia is political Islam in power with oil. Egypt will be political Islam in power without oil.
Mideast_Peace  Egypt  Israel  Mohamed_Morsi  Muslim_Brotherhood  Tom_Friedman 
july 2012 by jerryking
Stephens: Who Lost Egypt? -
June 25, 2012 |WSJ| By BRET STEPHENS

Who Lost Egypt?
Egyptians, obviously. Obama and Bush, too. And a superficial idea of 'freedom.'
Egypt  Bret_Stephens 
june 2012 by jerryking
No more illusions about Egypt after Mubarak - The Globe and Mail
Yossi Klein Halevi

Jerusalem — The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Jun. 26 2012
Egypt  Muslim_Brotherhood  Israel  Hosni_Mubarak 
june 2012 by jerryking
Controversy underscores first day for Egypt’s Morsi - The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Jun. 26 2012
june 2012 by jerryking
Investing in Africa Can Be a Challenge -- But Good Deals Are on the Horizon - Knowledge@Wharton
March 09, 2005 in Knowledge@Wharton

Private-equity investors haven't fared much better than money managers who buy shares in public companies, according to Runa Alam, chief executive of Zephyr Management Africa, the South Africa-based subsidiary of a New York investment company. Like Oyeleke, she stressed that African companies have few venues for raising public money: "You have Johannesburg and London." Unlike Oyeleke, she argued that investors have plenty of deals to choose from. Her firm looked at more than 50 last year alone. But she pointed out that these deals tend to be concentrated in a few countries -- Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa -- and a few sectors, such as telecom, financial institutions and resource extraction.
Africa  challenges  economic_development  investing  investors  Kenya  Nigeria  resource_extraction  private_equity  funding  Egypt  South_Africa  telecom  financial_institutions 
june 2012 by jerryking FEEDBACK

Eric Reguly's column criticizing Bill Gates's recent advocacy of high-tech, genetically modified crops to combat food shortages generated much discussion among readers. One who's worked as a food and nutrition consultant with UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the World Bank said: On one of my trips to the wheat growing areas of Egypt, I found that the farmers use growing and storage practices which can best be described as medieval (JCK: archaic). A local official has estimated that between 30%-50% of the wheat and maize crops are wasted because of poor harvesting and storage techniques. If Egypt were able to have decent post-harvest handling systems, they would reduce their imports of wheat by about 30%. Another suggested that Bill Gates needs to talk to the small farmers who practise cheap, low-tech approaches to farming and not just the big agro-chemical multinationals.
agriculture  archaic  billgates  Egypt  Eric_Reguly  farming  genetically_modified  multinationals  smallholders 
may 2012 by jerryking
Egypt's Christians Face Marginalization in Election -
December 13, 2011 | WSJ | By MATT BRADLEY.

Christians Face Murky Future After Egypt Polls
Coptic_Christians  Egypt 
april 2012 by jerryking
Why Nations Fail -
Published: March 31, 2012

“Why Nations Fail.” The more you read it, the more you appreciate what a fool’s errand we’re on in Afghanistan and how much we need to totally revamp our whole foreign aid strategy. But most intriguing are the warning flares the authors put up about both America and China.

Co-authored by the M.I.T. economist Daron Acemoglu and the Harvard political scientist James A. Robinson, “Why Nations Fail” argues that the key differentiator between countries is “institutions.” Nations thrive when they develop “inclusive” political and economic institutions, and they fail when those institutions become “extractive” and concentrate power and opportunity in the hands of only a few.
book_reviews  Tom_Friedman  China  U.S.  Afghanistan  Non-Integrating_Gap  Egypt  foreign_policy  institutions  foreign_aid  failed_states  institutional_integrity 
april 2012 by jerryking
Stephens: Egypt—The Hangover -
MARCH 29, 2011 WSJ By BRET STEPHENS. Cairo's liberals tell a different story than Team Obama.
Egypt  Bret_Stephens  intolerance  religious_freedom  religious_intolerance 
april 2011 by jerryking
Is the Middle East the new land of opportunity? - Fortune Finance
February 16, 2011 9:05 am

Before the uprising in Tahrir Square, young entrepreneurs had been
creating their own opportunities throughout the Middle East and North
Africa. For investors brave enough to overcome the existing political
strife, the pay-offs could be huge.

By Christopher M. Schroeder
angels  investing  Middle_East  Egypt  start_ups  investors  uprisings 
february 2011 by jerryking
Doing Good for the World Versus Doing Good for the Bottom Line -
February 10, 2011

The uprising in Egypt has provoked the familiar
“realism-versus-idealism” foreign policy debate in many Western
capitals, as diplomats and politicians struggle to balance their
ideological sympathy for the protesters with fears of chaos and the
threat of a future anti-Western and anti-Israel policy from Cairo.

What we have paid less attention to is that the demonstrations have
forced some of the world’s hottest technology companies to engage in a
very similar debate.
Chrystia_Freeland  Google  Egypt  uprisings  Facebook  Twitter 
february 2011 by jerryking
How to Handle Employee Activism: Google Tiptoes Around Cairo's Hero -
FEBRUARY 11, 2011| WSJ | John Bussey. the remarkable story of
Wael Ghonim, the Google manager who helped organize a popular rebellion
in Egypt...A lot of U.S. companies, which now manage millions of
employees abroad, watched with trepidation. Many of them now earn more
abroad than they do in America. And much of that income comes from the
sale of big-ticket items—power systems, infrastructure equipment,
aircraft, telecommunications—that only governments can afford to buy.
Companies may not want to be lapdogs to dictators. But they also don't
want to tick off their chief customer. It's a balancing act, one that
inevitably leads to a policy of corporate discretion: Best to stay off
the radar screen.
Egypt  employee_engagement  Google  activism 
february 2011 by jerryking
China, Twitter and 20-Year-Olds vs. the Pyramids -
February 5, 2011
The forces that were upholding the status quo in the Arab world for so
long — oil, autocracy, the distraction of Israel, and a fear of the
chaos that could come with change — have finally met an engine of change
that is even more powerful: China, Twitter and 20-year-olds. ...Egypt’s
government has wasted the last 30 years — i.e., their whole lives —
plying them with the soft bigotry of low expectations: “Be patient.
Egypt moves at its own pace, like the Nile.” Well, great. Singapore also
moves at its own pace, like the Internet. ....The Arab world has 100
million young people today between the ages of 15 and 29, many of them
males who do not have the education to get a good job, buy an apartment
and get married. That is trouble. Add in rising food prices, and the
diffusion of Twitter, Facebook and texting, which finally gives them a
voice to talk back to their leaders and directly to each other, and you
have a very powerful change engine.
Singapore  China  Middle_East  Arab-Muslim_world  Egypt  Tom_Friedman  competitiveness_of_nations  Arab_Spring  sclerotic  young_people 
february 2011 by jerryking
A New Era in Mideast History -
* FEBRUARY 1, 2011

Now Dawning: The Next Era of Middle East History

Middle_East  Egypt  Gerald_Seib 
february 2011 by jerryking
Review & Outlook: Islam's Christians -
DECEMBER 14, 2010 | WSJ | Editorial. Persecution of Iraq's
Christian minorities...raises questions about contemporary Islam's
ability to coexist with non-Islamic peoples—in Iraq and elsewhere...A
spate of anti-Christian bombings and assassinations in Iraq culminated
recently in the siege of a church, Our Lady of Salvation, which resulted
in the death of 51 worshipers and two priests. Afterward, Prime
Minister Nouri al-Maliki spoke with force and eloquence about the
deaths: "The Christian is an Iraqi. He is the son of Iraq and from the
depths of a civilization that we are proud of."

This is an important and accurate description of the Iraqi past. Some of
these Christian minorities have coexisted with Islam in Iraq and
elsewhere in the Middle East since the time of Jesus. Some still speak
Aramaic, the ancient language of Christ....With the rise of radical
Islam, this tradition of peaceful and productive coexistence has been
displaced by a practice of religious cleansing.
christianity  persecution  intolerance  anti-Christian  Iraq  Egypt  coexistence  islam  religious_intolerance  religious_freedom  pluralism  editorials 
december 2010 by jerryking - In Gaza, tunnel vision staves off starvation
Dec. 12. , 2008 G&M column by Patrick Martin looking at the political economy of Gaza's tunnels
Gaza  tunnels  Israel  Egypt 
january 2009 by jerryking

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