MOSHAV HANIEL, Israel — On a Friday night in Israel, somewhere along the portion of the country that measures just eight miles across between the West Bank and the sea, an Israeli family gathered to celebrate. In a home a few hundred yards from the Palestinian town of Tulkarm — from where many suicide bombers have made their way into the heart of Israel — three generations sat under the stars, toasting a 12-year-old girl’s coming of age, her Bat Mitzvah. As the girl’s relatives reminisced of her transformation into a sweet, wise teenager, one of her aunts leaned into [...]
A simmering conflict is threatening to start another war in Sudan. This time, it is as much about oil as it is ethnicity. Unequal distribution of oil revenues, bungled oil contracts, and differences in ethnic power sharing are creating new fault lines in an already divided country. The South Sudan Defense Front (SSDF), a former ally of the Khartoum government in its battle against the rebel Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), has threatened to attack SPLA positions once again. The group, formed by Riek Marchar, now vice president of the Government of South Sudan, or GOSS, complains that its people [...]
Expanding Coverage of Defense and National Security
For our readers who are interested in the military, defense and national security, I wanted to take the opportunity to point out recent articles you might be interested in, as well as highlight our expanding coverage of this area. If you select “defense and military” on the issues pull-down menu on our front page, the results list will give you a pretty good sampling of our national security-related coverage so far. You can see we have exclusive news and commentary articles about everything from unmanned aircraft to military justice to NATO operations in Afghanistan. And of course in coming weeks [...]
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