Tuesday Feb 04, 2014
Barry Rubin was one of a few thinkers who could intuitively connect the dots of a variety of political and social events both in the West and in the Middle East and arrive at an insightful and fascinating theory. But theorizing aside, more often than not, he was right. Rubin's vast knowledge of the Middle East coupled with razor-sharp incisiveness was a potent combination, unmatched by most of his contemporaries.
Thursday Dec 19, 2013
Israel is a diverse country with a wide array of opinions on a given topic, but when it comes to Moshe Feiglin, the gushing is universal: the ultra-orthodox oppose him for his opposition to religious parties, the left oppose him for his capitalism and centrality of Judaism in nation-forming and the political center find his views too radical altogether.
With his calm and eloquent demeanor, it is not obvious why Moshe Feiglin is one of the...
Tuesday Apr 09, 2013
Anjem Choudary a British-born spokesman for Islam4UK visited Finland recently where he spoke at an undisclosed location. As the name of the organization suggests, Choudary advocates for the implementation of Sharia law in the UK.
The coverage of Choudary's visit in the Finnish media was predictable. Mikael Pentikainen, the editor-in-chief of the largest Finnish daily simply tweeted that Choudary is a clown. By...
Monday Oct 15, 2012
The Swedish-Israeli activist, Dror Feiler is the man behind the company that financed the ongoing attempt by the Finnish ship, Estelle, to break Israel’s Gaza blockade.
His company Northern Breeze is registered in Turku and according to a Finnish financial website which provides details of all the companies registered in Finland, Feiler is the chairman and CEO of the company. It seems that Northern Breeze is a new venture for...
Sunday Oct 14, 2012
Despite warnings by Israeli officials, Estelle, a ship sailing under the Finnish flag, is determined to break Israel's sea blockade and reach Gaza.
The ship carrying 700 footballs, cement and hospital equipment is currently somewhere near Crete and is expected to reach Gaza within one week.
Helsingin Sanomat, the largest Finnish daily interviewed Wellu Koivisto, the Finnish bos'n of the Gaza-bound ship.
“We are acutely...