Charles Glass

Charles Glass

Charles Glass was ABC News Chief Middle East Correspondent from 1983 to 1993. His books include Tribes with Flags (Atlantic Monthly Press,1990) and Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation (Penguin Press, 2010).


Barack Obama

Obama: The Great Self-Compromiser

Aug 10 2011

I should have sent President Obama a present for his fiftieth birthday last week, but I didn’t. A lot of things should be but aren’t.

Middle East

The Two-State Solution

Jul 19 2011

Try to see it from the other guy’s point of view. He may be wrong. He may be, at least partly, right. Today, I am

Middle East

Syed Saleem Shahzad

Another Dead Journalist

Jul 11 2011

The first email came on May 31 from London’s Pluto Press, saying that one of their authors was missing and believed to be imprisoned. The


Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Strauss-Kahn: From Accused Rapist to Headline Thief

Jul 04 2011

They say no money was paid and no prisoners were exchanged. I’m not talking about Dominique Strauss-Kahn, but about the two French hostages released in


Barack Obama

Slowly We Turn

Jun 27 2011

Obama is pulling American troops out of Afghanistan. Or at least he says he is. He also said that American forces in Iraq are no


Barack Obama

Obama: Transparently Opaque

Jun 19 2011

What’s going on with Barack “Open Government” Obama? His Justice Department has prosecuted more people for exposing government secrets than all the presidents from George

Cultural Caviar

Reading, Writing, and Rupert

Jun 12 2011

The Briterati, as I call Britain’s media pontificators on matters spiritual and temporal, are in a spin over reports that parents no longer read to


Mitt Romney

Lame Horses and Crooked Jockeys: The Republican Nomination Derby

Jun 06 2011

Mitt Romney declared his intention last week to seek the Republican Party’s nomination for president in 2012. Between now and next summer’s convention, he’ll trip


Hang the Cyber-Pirates

May 30 2011

The other night at the Hotel George V, the American Library in Paris held a fundraising dinner of the city’s American grandees. Dotted among the

Middle East Conflict


May 23 2011

You have to love Likud, Israel's governing party. Its politicians may not be as smooth as Labor's grandees, but they are usually more honest. An


Operation Enduring Operation

May 16 2011

Most versions of the Saint George legend tell us that when the great Christian slew the dragon, he went home. Task accomplished, deed done, dragon's

Cultural Caviar

An Expat Named Superman

May 09 2011

There were two huge stories last week in American mythmaking: The United States has slain Public Enemy Number One, and Superman is renouncing his American

Middle East

T.E. Lawrence

Leave Syria to the Syrians

May 02 2011

This is not a good time to be running the Middle East desk at the State Department. If you happen to be him or her,


Tim Hetherington

Photographers: The First Casualties of War

Apr 25 2011

When journalists die in some foreign field, they die for you. Without them, your knowledge of the world in which you live would come from


War: Still a Racket

Apr 18 2011

Barack Obama campaigned for president on a promise to end the war in Iraq and "€œfinish the job against al Qaeda in Afghanistan."€ More than



Goldstone’s Guide to Gaza

Apr 11 2011

It takes courage to confront Israel on the battlefield. Egypt, Syria, and Jordan's puffed-up armies learned that lesson in June 1967, when six days of


Noam Chomsky

Let Us Now Praise Old Men

Mar 28 2011

(with apologies to James Agee, author of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, 1941) In Paris at the Shakespeare and Company bookshop the other night,

Human Rights

Bradley Manning

An Open Letter to the US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Mar 21 2011

Dear Dr. Gates, Your cautious appraisal of a proposed American military intervention in Libya is an important warning from a public servant unafraid to speak


Murdoch the Media Monopolist

Mar 15 2011

Evidence is mounting that Rupert Murdoch's British media empire conspired illegally with private investigators to tap telephones and hack into computers. A recent murder trial

Cultural Caviar

Women and Democracy in the Middle East

Mar 07 2011

One of Israel's finest journalists, Gideon Levy, wrote in the daily Haaretz, "€œJust as there is no such thing as a partial pregnancy, there is


Ex-Politicians Shouldn”€™t Talk

Feb 28 2011

Politicians, especially those who climbed to the top, should disappear when they leave office. Deprived of spokesmen and advisors, they are bound to reveal character

Cultural Caviar

Spirit of 1848

Feb 21 2011

It began when Mohamed Bouazizi, a twenty-six-year-old fruit seller, set himself alight last December 17th in provincial Tunisia. Bouazizi was not demanding fair elections, free


Politicians and Freebies

Feb 14 2011

First it was Tunisia's Zein El Abidine Ben Ali. Then it was Egypt's Hosni Mubarak. Ousted by their own people? Yes, but here in France,


I Wish I Were in Cairo

Feb 07 2011

It is hard for an old hack like me to sit still when a big story is unfolding. Not so long ago, the sound of

International Affairs

Egypt Surprises the West Again

Jan 31 2011

My old political philosophy teacher Professor Yusuf Ibish outlined the conditions he thought would lead inevitably to revolution. They included the population's impoverishment, denial of

Cultural Caviar

Aging More Gracefully Than England

Jan 24 2011

As I write these words and watch them grow into sentences, I am living the final hours of my fifties. By the time you read