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Danziger: Indelible Stains

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven […]

March 25, 2018
Trump

Excerpt: It’s Even Worse Than You Think

As the 2016 presidential campaign began, Pulitzer-winning journalist David Cay Johnston wrote “21 Questions For Donald Trump” — a penetrating examination of the casino mogul’s shady past that became one of the most popular articles ever published by National Memo. In his new book It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What The Trump Administration Is […]

February 4, 2018
Trump Organization

New Report: Trump Organization Minting Money On Ethically Dubious Deals

When not desperately auctioning off access to the president’s family, the Trump Organization is still finding other ethically questionable ways to cash in on Donald Trump’s presidency. A new report by Public Citizen shows evidence of an “alarming … array of interest groups trying to cozy up to Trump by spending money at his properties.” While several of Trump’s […]

January 18, 2018
Danziger

Danziger: A Well-Oiled System

September 19, 2017
Yemen

World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis Largely Ignored By Western Media

A day ago, a Saudi jet fired on a convoy of cars in Mawzaa district, Yemen. The strike is reported to have killed at least twenty civilians, many from the same family. These cars carried families who were fleeing renewed fighting near the city of Taiz in southwest Yemen. “Nowhere in Yemen is safe for civilians,” said Shabia Mantoo of the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR). This incident, like others before it, says the UNHCR, “demonstrates the extreme dangers facing civilians in Yemen, particularly those attempting to flee violence, as they disproportionately bear the brunt of conflict.”

July 25, 2017
Saudi

#EndorseThis: Colbert Trolls Trump’s Saudi Weekend

Noting that “Trump gave Obama a ton of grief for bowing to the Saudi king,” Colbert said, “no way was he going to bow.” But the tape tells a different story: “Wait, there he is, going from the knees, and a bow — and a curtsey! He did a little curtsey at the end there, very nice.”

May 23, 2017
islam

In Speech To Saudi King And Muslim Leaders, Trump Discards Harsh Language About Islam

In the first major foreign policy speech of his presidency, Trump’s tone was notably softer than the harsh rhetoric about Islam that characterized his election campaign. Reading from prepared remarks, he spoke of the “peace and tolerance of all faiths” and praised the Middle East’s beauty and culture.

May 21, 2017
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Danziger: The Open Sesame Policy

Watching Jared Kushner grease a $100 billion arms deal for Saudi princes, Danziger wonders about an ulterior motive (like that influence-peddling pitch to Chinese investors by Kushner’s sister).

May 21, 2017
Kurdish forces prepare assault against ISIS in Mosul

Why ISIS, Al Qaeda, And Iran’s Mullahs All Love Donald Trump

This entire exercise in folly has nothing to do with resisting ISIS, a stateless band of murdering psychopaths that nevertheless poses no existential threat to Americans. Instead, it’s about atavistic fears, racial contempt and misplaced zeal for our preposterous comic-opera president.

February 8, 2017
Saudi Arabia

Danziger: Sheikh Your Booty

In the palaces and coffeehouses of Riyadh, Saudi princes wonder how they escaped the list of banned Muslim countries on Trump’s executive order, despite their country’s connection to 9/11. To Danziger, it is no mystery.

January 31, 2017
Saudi kingdom's financial power protects terrorism

The Saudi Hypocrisy Behind Trump’s Muslim Ban

The list of Wall Street banks, private equity firms, and hedge funds with extensive fundraising operations in Saudi Arabia reads like a “Who’s Who” of American business, including major firms from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to Blackstone and BlackRock. All these corporations are unwittingly helping to fund Saudi Arabia’s expansion of extremism.
Not surprisingly, Trump is continuing this awful partnership with the Saudis. But this time, it’s for an even more self-centered reason—they help keep him rich.

January 31, 2017
Cartoon: Rudy Giuliani in his own swamp of foreign money

Cartoon: Mr. Giuliani On “Draining The Swamp”

Rudy Giuliani prances around in the muck of foreign interests that hired him — with no reason to “drain the swamp” as Donald Trump admonished.

November 18, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement after the Supreme Court left in place a lower court ruling blocking his plan to spare millions of illegal immigrants from deportation and give them work permits, at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama Vetoes Sept. 11 Saudi Bill, Sets Up Showdown With Congress

President Obama on Friday vetoed legislation allowing families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, setting up Congrss for what be his first veto override.

September 23, 2016
An Abrams battle tank during a tour of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, Lima Army Tank Plant, in Lima, Ohio, April 23, 2012. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan

Senate Clears Way For $1.15 Billion Arms Sale To Saudi Arabia

The overwhelming vote stopped an effort led by Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy to block the deal over concerns including Saudi Arabia’s role in the 18-month-long war in Yemen and worries that it might fuel an ongoing regional arms race.

September 22, 2016
REUTERS/Peter Morgan

U.S. House Votes To Allow Sept. 11 Families To Sue Saudi Arabia

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Friday that would allow the families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia’s government for damages, despite the White House’s threat to veto the measure. The bill’s passage in the House by voice vote was greeted with cheers and applause in the chamber.

September 10, 2016
The Tribute in Light is illuminated during events marking the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York

Questions Remain on Saudi Role in Sept. 11

Formerly classified, 28 pages of a probe into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks are a mystery no longer. Their release 14 years after Congress made the rest of its report public was supposed to end suspicions of an official Saudi role in the horror. It did not.

July 19, 2016

Cartoon: The UN Gives In

As long as they keep paying their dues, Saudi Arabia can keep bombing Yemeni children.

June 12, 2016
Lebanon

Yemen Peace Talks Set To Begin In Kuwait After Delay

Peace talks between Yemen’s Houthi rebels and government are set to begin in Kuwait after the Houthis agreed to participate following assurances that pro-government forces would respect a ceasefire, the United Nations has said. A delegation of Houthi representatives and their allies flew out of Sanaa on Wednesday to join the talks, saying the UN […]

April 21, 2016
Saudi Arabia's King Salman is seen during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Erga Palace in Riyadh January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Saudi Arabia Isn’t Untouchable Anymore

In their long marriage of economic and military necessity, things haven’t been this icy between the United States and Saudi Arabia since 2001.

April 20, 2016
A Houthi follower rises a weapon as he attends a rally marking one year of Saudi-led air strikes, in Yemen's capital Sanaa, March 26, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Yemeni Truce Begins Amid Reports Of Clashes

The conflict between the Yemeni army and Houthi rebel rivals has killed more than 6,200 people and triggered a humanitarian crisis in one of the Arab world’s poorest countries.

April 11, 2016

New Amnesty Report: Increase In Executions Worldwide, Decrease In Countries With Death Penalty

The report singled out United States for being the only country in the Americas to continue to use the death penalty over the past seven years.

April 6, 2016
Saudi Arabia Russia Oil Agreement Production

3 Reasons The Russia-Saudi Oil Deal Is Probably Doomed From The Start

It’s been described as a “step in the right direction,” but an agreement between Saudi Arabia and Russia to freeze crude oil production could be doomed from the start.

February 17, 2016

Saudi Arabia Alarmed, In Private, At Iran’s Sanctions Relief

Saudi Arabia fears the end of sanctions on Iran could boost what they see as subversive activities, also enrich a major competitor.

January 18, 2016
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves after he registered for February's election of the Assembly of Experts, the clerical body that chooses the supreme leader, at the Interior Ministry in Tehran

Iran Says Saudi Arabia Cannot Cover Up ‘Crime’ By Cutting Ties

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Sudan broke all ties with Iran and the United Arab Emirates downgraded its relations on Monday after the Saudi embassy in Tehran was stormed by protesters.

January 5, 2016

Saudi Arabia To Halt Flights, Trade With Iran: Minister

Saudi Arabia widened its rift with Iran on Monday, saying it would end air traffic and trade links with the Islamic republic and demanding that Tehran must “act like a normal country” before it would restore severed diplomatic relations.

January 4, 2016