Victor Shikhman

42 Added | 4 Magazines | 1 Following | 3 Followers | @VictorShikhman | An American Jew, of Soviet descent, studying to join a profession made obsolete by a messiah. I learn to keep the living late for games that always end in mate. Other interests include Jews and Judaism, US foreign policy, Israel and the Middle East, technology and innovation, and books which set us free of corporeal limits.

Dore Gold: "You Can't Try and Railroad Israel"

A week before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to deliver his controversial 2015 speech to a joint session of Congress, Dore Gold …

Should America Power Down? - The American Interest

Ian Bremmer argues that America should tender its resignation as the world’s superpower. But becoming Clark Kent, permanently, is not sound strategy.

Clark Kent

John Kerry on the Risk of Congress ‘Screwing’ the Ayatollah

In an interview, the U.S. secretary of state argues that rejecting the nuclear pact will confirm the Iranian leader's anti-American suspicions, deal a devastating blow to a diplomatic breakthrough, and increase the likelihood of war.<p>When I met with Secretary of State John Kerry in his office this …

South Asia

What Information Collected by Israeli Intelligence Reveals About the Iran-Talks

On Nov. 26, 2013, three days after the signing of the interim agreement (JPOA) between the powers and Iran, the Iranian delegation returned home to …

The Iran Deal and the Rut of History

Has the Obama administration’s pursuit of new beginnings blinded it to enduring enmities?<p>“The president said many times he’s willing to step out of the rut of history.” In this way Ben Rhodes of the White House, who over the years has broken new ground in the grandiosity of presidential …

South Asia

The New Special Relationship: The British Conservative Party and Israel

<i>In recent years, a once ambivalent relationship between the world’s oldest political party and one of its younger countries has been comprehensively</i> …

Michael Oren sees a US alliance in tatters, and Israel ‘on our own’

Asked whether people might look back on this period as the last days before Israel was wiped out, the MK-diplomat-historian responds: ‘It’s happened …

Israel

How Obama Abandoned Israel

Netanyahu and the president both made mistakes, but only one purposely damaged U.S.-Israel relations.<p>By<p>Michael B. Oren<p>‘Nobody has a monopoly on making mistakes.” When I was Israel’s ambassador to the United States from 2009 to the end of 2013, that was my standard response to reporters asking who …

Israel
South Asia

Nano-bullet tech shoots down brain cancer in Tel Aviv U study

The worst form of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is considered largely incurable by doctors. Victims generally die within a year and a …

Cancer

Medical leap as Israeli researchers regrow heart cells

Israeli and Australian researchers have taken a step toward repairing and regenerating heart tissue, in a medical breakthrough that could have wider …

Iran's Charmer in Chief Wins Again

Now is the time to praise Javad Zarif. Whatever you might think of Iran's foreign minister, he knows how to bargain.<p>With a final announcement due any …

South Asia

Deal or No, Iran Will Remain a Nuclear Threat

We are now asking the bare minimum: a one-year breakout period we can verify.<p>Even if much remains to be thrashed out, the tentative framework understanding that the P5+1 is trying to conclude with Iran would represent progress toward constraining the Iranian nuclear program. The claim of the Obama …

South Asia

Unrest grows in Iran’s Khuzestan

Albin Szakola<p>March 31, 2015<p>Unrest grows in Iran’s Khuzestan<p>Ethnic Arabs in southwestern Iran have protested against ruling authorities.<p>BEIRUT – …

Medieval potion made from onions, garlic, wine and bile from a cow's stomach 'can kill hospital superbugs'

• <b>Bald's eyesalve is a 10th century brew used by Anglo Saxons to treat styes</b>• <b><br>Scientists found it killed 90% of bacteria on scraps of MRSA-infected</b> …

Operation Charlie Foxtrot

Just because the Middle East’s descent into chaos is hardly the fault of the Obama administration, that doesn’t mean its policies in the region are …

Why the chaos in Yemen could force Obama to take a harder line with Iran

President Obama has for years stuck to a strategy aimed at keeping the United States from getting pulled into a big regional war between Iran and America’s traditional Arab allies.<p>The net result was a tailored, country-by-country approach to the region’s turmoil that put a priority on nuclear …

Middle East

Lessons from the battlefield are transforming emergency medicine in huge ways

The drill allows high-speed insertion of a needle directly into a bone's marrow to give a patient intravenous fluids when life-saving seconds count, said Elliott, a lieutenant with the Montgomery County, Maryland, Fire and Rescue Service.<p>"The needle sits on there and you basically drill it right …

Medicine

A group of Chicago hospitals have found a groundbreaking new way to battle a deadly 'superbug'

The White House on Friday told the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slash rates of infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 2020 as part of a plan to prevent patient deaths and curb overuse of antibiotics administered to humans and animals.<p>The CDC is pointing to the …

Microbiology

The Iran time bomb

<i>Michael Hayden led the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 to 2009 and the National Security Agency from 1999 to 2005. Olli Heinonen is a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and a former deputy director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency.</i> …

South Asia

The deepening rift between Fatah, Hamas

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Fatah-Hamas ties slid down a slippery slope late last week following mutual accusations of treason. This has weighed down the …

Petraeus: The Islamic State isn’t our biggest problem in Iraq

Gen. David H. Petraeus, who commanded U.S. troops in Iraq during the 2007-2008 surge, was back in that country last week for the first time in more than three years. He was attending the annual Sulaimani Forum, a get-together of Iraqi leaders, thinkers and academics, at the American University of …

Middle East

The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

How Terrorist Groups Use Jerusalem<p>Mohamed Mokhtar Qandil<p>“I have a few words for America and its people: I swear by God Almighty, who has raised the …

After electoral trouncing, what future for the Israeli left?

A lot of groups are licking their wounds after Likud’s trouncing of the Labor-led Zionist Union on Tuesday.<p>The Israeli left, to be sure, did better …

International pressure to grow after election, but sky won’t fall

It was no secret that the international community was keeping its fingers crossed, praying for a change to a more dovish government in Israel. Now …

Bibi Is Back: The Consequences for U.S.-Israeli Relations - The American Interest

It is, of course, Netanyahu’s right to reject the two-state solution. But given how Americans tend to see the world, doing so will have consequences …