Opinion

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The Remaking of the Middle East

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This week, while all eyes have been on the Democratic National Convention taking place via Zoom, truly historic events have occurred in the Middle East: a long-awaited peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, including full normalization of relations; presumed peace deals to follow between Israel and Sudan, Oman and Bahrain; the possibility on the horizon of a similar deal with Saudi Arabia. These are not only historic events; they are unmitigated goods: the recognition of a Jewish state in the Middle East is the precondition to any peace in the Middle East. And the formation of a durable coalition to stave off the aggressive Islamism of Iran provides more stability and greater deterrence in the region.
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: My direct manager recently deleted me on the networking website LinkedIn. I have repeatedly asked him, in person and through email, why he deleted me, but I receive nothing but vague responses from him. I feel a lack of respect over his deleting me and even more so when he refuses to tell me why he made this decision. We’re both adults here; let’s be mature. I was shocked that he removed me from his connections. Should I be concerned about my position at the company? Am I at risk of being fired? -- Linked Out
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: I am a single mom with two kids, who are now adults. My husband is also divorced. He and his ex-wife, “Tricia,” have a 12-year-old son. The reason they divorced is that Tricia was caught cheating. But by my mother-in-law’s telling, Tricia only cheated because of my husband’s own wrongdoings. My mother-in-law always protects Tricia like that: shows her sympathy and insists that she is still part of the family since she’s the mother of her first grandson. His other family members don’t like Tricia because of what she did.
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: I’m 52 and have dated “Bob” for six years. We both have grown children. Last week, he said one of his two daughters “didn’t think much of me.” I like and socialize with them at family dinners.
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It’s Bigot Time: Rattled by Kamala Harris, Trump & Friends Go Full White Power

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Joe Biden’s selection of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate last week placed two facts on graphic display. The first is that President Donald Trump, who is rattled by accomplished women generally, is deeply rattled by Harris, a former prosecutor who, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, drilled holes in experienced dissemblers like Attorney General William Barr and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The second is that Trump’s reelection chances hinge on two tactics: discouraging citizens of color from voting in November or preventing them from doing so altogether, and ginning up the largest possible turnout of white voters disposed to think that nonwhites threaten their way of life, if not their existence.
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: We’re a group of about 10 over-60 high school friends who get together for brunch or dinner annually around Christmastime. “Ronnie” will always make the reservations, send out the details and grab the check. She’ll simply divide for the number and ask everyone for that amount.