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A pope and an imam

March 14, 2018  •  The Washington Times

CAIRO — Pope Tawadros II had planned to spend last week on retreat in a monastery near Alexandria. But then Mohammed bin Salman, on a three-day visit to Egypt, asked to see him.

The Saudi crown prince and the Coptic Christian patriarch met at St. Mark's Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo. They reportedly discussed the bloodshed and destruction afflicting so much of the Middle East, and why promoting tolerance has become imperative.

The crown prince allowed his photograph to be taken with the pontiff. In it, the two men are chatting amicably in front of a painting of Jesus, a halo around his head, lambs at his feet. Egyptian media called the meeting "unprecedented."

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Black lives in Africa

March 1, 2018  •  The Washington Times

No nation in Africa is receiving more attention right now than Wakanda. And why not since, as Anthony Lane writes in The New Yorker, Wakanda is "a model of serenity," that also is "wisely ruled," in addition to being "an unplundered homeland, blooming from liberty rather than from bondage."

Of course, one answer to that question might be that Wakanda is a figment of the imagination, the fictional birthplace of the "Black Panther," superhero of the eponymous motion picture that reviewers in the mainstream media have been praising to the skies.

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Hopeless in Gaza

February 22, 2018  •  The Washington Times

Gaza has been an unhappy place for a long time but the situation is now reportedly growing desperate. Jobs are scarce, electricity is intermittent, drinking water is unsafe, and raw sewage released into the Mediterranean is washing up on Gaza's white sandy beaches.

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Why peace can't be processed now

February 14, 2018  •  The Washington Times

Decade after decade, one administration after another has set in motion what has been called a "peace process." None has come close to ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Over the past year, President Trump has been hoping he might succeed where others have failed. He tasked trusted advisers, unburdened by the errors of past peace processes, to work on this "ultimate deal." But the events of recent days should leave no doubt in his or anyone else's mind: A Palestinian leader shaking hands with an Israeli leader on the White House lawn is inconceivable for the foreseeable future.

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Russia's disinformation offensive

February 7, 2018  •  The Washington Times

Just so there's no confusion: This column is not about Americans conspiring or colluding or coordinating with Russians. That's a separate controversy about which I don't have a lot to say at this moment.

What this column is about: Dezinformatsiya, the Russian word that gave birth, in the 1980s, to the English neologism "disinformation." Understand that disinformation is not a synonym for misinformation. The later implies information that happens to be wrong. The former implies an attempt to deceive public opinion for strategic purposes.

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