You can count on the mainstream media to misreport, misunderstand or just ignore disturbing trends and events that remind us just how dangerous a world we live in. In case you missed them on the website this week, here are a few Gatestone analyses that offer a reality check.
Whatever you think about the efficacy of sanctions in keeping the Iranian mullahs from getting their hands on nuclear weapons, Shoshana Bryen shows how Iran wins lawsuits in Europe that eviscerate sanctions. "Iran's lawyers," she notes, "reveled in the wonders of courts in free countries." We in the West are the terrorists' enablers.
In the EU's "perpetual rush to find new double-standards to enforce" against Israel, as Douglas Murray writes, the recent ban on European relationships with Israeli institutions operating in "the occupied territories" fits the bill. Israel, Murray points out, is hardly the only country with a border dispute. How about Cyprus, he asks, the island whose northern half has been illegally annexed by Turkey for 40 years? As Cyprus is a member of the EU, why isn't its zeal against "occupation" also extended Turkey?
Raymond Ibrahim continues his series on the systematic, violent oppression of Christians in Muslim countries around the world, especially in Egypt. This week, Ibrahim reports that "The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has again declared that it is 'necessary to destroy all the churches in the region.'"