Alex Safian, PhD

Is there a deal with Iran on Stuxnet too?

The nuclear deal with Iran is meant to ensure that the country will, for at least 10 years, be unable to produce enough fissile material to complete a bomb. But what assurances did the Iranians demand regarding attacks – including malware like Stuxnet – against their nuclear program, and what assurances were provided?

Robert Malley and US Policy on Israel

Robert MalleyRobert Malley was just named Special Assistant to President Obama with responsibility for the Middle East, and will be the lead person in the NSC handling US policy towards Israel. The very controversial Malley – and his family – have rather interesting ties to Yasir Arafat, among others.

Rudoren Does It – Again and Again and Again

Jodi Rudoren of the New York Times, seems to make so many extremely serious errors it makes you wonder how she can presume to intelligently report on what she apparently doesn't really understand. This time she confuses the relation between Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Rudoren Misreports by Ignoring Palestinian Polls

By ignoring Palestinian public opinion polls, the Times Jodi Rudoren paints the Palestinians as far more moderate, and therefore the Israelis as far less moderate, than they really are.

How Dumb are NY Times Headline Writers?

The NY Times headlined a report on Gaza rockets being fired at Israel, breaking the latest cease-fire, this way:  Rockets From Gaza and Israeli Response Break Cease-Fire. So if only Israel hadn't responded, the cease-fire would still be alive? Really NY Times?

Jodi Rudoren Muddies the Waters Regarding a Hamas Port

Jodi Rudoren does her best to muddy the waters about a Hamas port in Gaza, neglecting to tell readers that the same agreement that would allow a port in Gaza also outlaws Hamas and all other armed Palestinian militias.

Why Almost No Photos or Videos of Hamas?

Journalists, like Anne Barnard of the New York Times reject charges they failed to provide video or photos of Hamas fighters, claiming the fighters were hidden, and that this was also true in previous conflicts, such as Iraq. Do they have a point?

Al Jazeera’s Hamas Rocket Launch Video Disappears

An Al Jazeera America video report by Nick Schrifin describing a Hamas rocket launching site in the middle of a residential Gaza neighborhood, and also showing an Israeli attack near that site, has apparently disappeared from the Al Jazeera site.