Islamist Aggressors Are Really the Victims


Things are getting ugly and more surreal far more swiftly than anyone thought possible. Just today, roving male vigilante squads are menacing women in Chechnya for not wearing headscarves during Ramadan; they are attacking women verbally, punching them, spraying them with paintballs, and taunting them with automatic rifles. So much for those who insist that [...]

Only Cowards Stone People to Death: An Islamic Religious Ritual


Yesterday, I appeared on Fox News’ The Strategy Room to discuss a recent stoning in Afghanistan and the issue of stoning in general. Kimberly Guilfoyle interviewed me both skillfully and graciously. The subject is a very distressing and somewhat mysterious one for most westerners. What does it mean when a mob of men, numbering anywhere [...]

How to Keep the USA From Becoming the United States of Arabia


On August 9, the SPEECH Act became the law of our land. This Act protects American authors from having foreign libel judgments against them enforced in America—especially when they have criticized Islam or documented the funding sources for jihadic terrorism. The Act was a bipartisan Senate accomplishment, but one driven by the fearless and determined [...]

Murdered Christian Humanitarians Memorialized in Kabul: What Do Their Murders Really Tell Us?


When I fled Afghanistan at the end of 1961, I thought I was the only American who had ever been there or heard about the country—other than Herman Melville who opens Moby Dick with a reference to “Bloody Riots in Afghanistan.” Now, nearly 50 years later, (well, 48 years to be precise), Afghanistan seems to [...]

Israel At War: 586 BCE—1982—2010


Imperfect, tiny Israel is truly a “light unto the nations.” If only “the nations” would see it this way! Israel is attacked by Turkey — and Israel, not Turkey, launches an investigation into the role its military played in defending their country. Yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu took “overall responsibility” for what happened. He said that [...]

Summer in the City, Summer in the Middle East


For more than forty years, when summer came, I always left town, either for long weekends or for the entire summer. In other words, I simply took my work to another location—to New Hampshire,  Massachusetts, Vermont, or to East Hampton, Long Island, where once I had a place, a pre-revolutionary cottage: charming, low-ceilinged, uncomfortable, absolutely [...]

Hot Post: What Happens to Women if We Leave Afghanistan? Time Magazine Gets it Wrong.


Editors Note: This was the week’s top post in the Feminist Hawks’ Nest at NewsReal Blog. It was originally published on August 3, 2010. We take our freedoms for granted in America and assume that everyone is either like us or wants to be. We find it hard to believe that this is not so. [...]

What Happens to Women if We Leave Afghanistan? Time Magazine Gets it Wrong.


We take our freedoms for granted in America and assume that everyone is either like us or wants to be. We find it hard to believe that this is not so.
Of course, I am not talking about thee and me but about all those American journalists, academics, and politicians who actually believe that the Cordoba [...]

Hot Post in the Feminist Hawks’ Nest: “Normal” Domestic Violence in Morocco is a Crime in the United States


Editors Note: On Sundays we’re going to start a new feature where we republish some of the most popular and important posts of the week for those who might have missed them. This post by Phyllis Chesler was originally published on July 27, 2010.
So sayeth the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division.
On July 31, [...]

Three Americans Held Captive in Iran: One Year and Counting


One year ago, Shane Michael Bauer/Bower, Joshua Fattal (whose father is of Iraqi descent), and Sarah Emily Shourd, three young American hikers, were arrested by Iranian forces for having wandered too close to the Iranian border. Charged with “espionage,” they remain in the dreadful Evin Prison. Today, Amnesty International has [...]