Lay of the Land Weekly Newsletter-22 August 2021

Unveiling the contours and contrasts of an ever-changing Middle East landscape

Reliable reportage and insightful commentary on the Middle East by seasoned journalists from the region and beyond


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Darkness Descends  

As we bear witness to fleeing Afghans, Lay Of The Land joins in the campaign in raising awareness of the plight of an entire captive population – particularly its most vulnerable women and girls –  as human rights are subjugated under the tyranny of terror.

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Kabul Falls, Jerusalem Beware

A cautionary tale of trust and mistrust

By David E. Kaplan

Countdown to Chaos. Biden speaks in April 2021 about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

As a US president that prides himself on his foreign policy experience, can Israel  – in the wake of the US Afghan debacle – henceforth trust President Biden’s stewardship in his obsessional pursuit of reviving the JCPOA  and removing the strategically-structured sanction regime imposed on Iran?

Kabul Falls, Jerusalem Beware

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A Cry for the Women of Afghanistan

Swift pullout leaves a human catastrophe in wake of Taliban takeover

By Rolene Marks

Faceless Future. Covered head-to-toe, women will again have to adjust to armed enforcement of their lives.

As an Israeli woman enjoying the freedoms of movement, right to vote, own property, pursue an education and a career and make decisions governing her body, the writer reflects of the restrictive future for Afghan women who have been silenced and are now voiceless.

A Cry for the Women of Afghanistan

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History Is A Cruel Teacher

Jews have had to learn to rely on themselves

By Justin Amler

Back to the Bad Old Days? The leadership that will determine the future of 38 million lives.

With the US leaving behind a terrified populace facing a frightening future, there is a sobering lesson in the  rapid fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban. For the nation state of the Jewish People, it’s a timely reminder that Jews can only rely on themselves.

History Is A Cruel Teacher

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LOTL Cofounders David E. Kaplan (Editor), Rolene Marks and Yair Chelouche

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