‘In the News’, Politics and Beyond

By |July 17th, 2011|

"In the News" is now its own blog, since our upgrade. You can tweet or FB any post there, too. Anyone can post or cross-post from his or her blog. It's getting quite a lot of reader traffic. Give it a try! Post a news blurb about anything, including items non-political. I was pretty surprised [...]

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Knesset Outlaws Anti-Israel Boycotts, Threatens Democratic Status

By |July 12th, 2011|

Israel has just hoisted on itself the equivalence of a McCarthy-like witch hunt for those it feels might be traitors to the Greater Israel cause. These kinds of loyalty oath stunts and such government brittleness undermine democracy and narrow national debate during times when its smarter to keep the gates of ideas as widely open [...]

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Let’s Play ‘Who’s More Pro-Israel?’

By |July 3rd, 2011|

Let's see, Gaza or gossip, which shall it be? For almost every news outlet this week it was the latter, while the former is where the action is. From James Zogby writing over at Huffington Post: When it comes to issues involving Israel, politicians in Washington can become quite hysterical, making the dumbest remarks or [...]

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Tim Pawlenty’s Neoconservative Spring

By |June 28th, 2011|

It's like the ghost of George W. Bush, but with smoother segues. ...and so it begins: Now is not the time to retreat from freedom's rise. [...] Yet at the same time, we know these revolutions can bring to power forces that are neither democratic nor forward-looking. Just as the people of Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, [...]

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Israel Drops Threats Against Journalists Covering Gaza Flotilla

By |June 27th, 2011|

If there was anything dumber for the Israeli government to do I don't know what it could have been. Threatening journalists who are covering the Gaza flotilla backfired, as it should. Netanyahu said in a statement that the policy for journalists covering the flotilla should not be the same as against infiltrators and those who [...]

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Hillary Clinton & McConnell Illustrate the Worst Side of Foreign Policy Politics

By |June 24th, 2011|

When Sec. Clinton was first chosen for her job at State some were skeptical she'd have Pres. Obama's back when it was needed. There was never a doubt in my mind, however, that she would not only be a team player, but one of Pres. Obama's strongest advocates. It's who she is, because she knows [...]

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‘I’m Jon Huntsman and I’m humbled.’

By |June 21st, 2011|

**UPDATED** jon2012 on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free ...and he's in. "We are about to pass down to the next generation a country that is less powerful, less compassionate, less competitive and less confident than the one we got. This is totally unacceptable and totally un-American," Huntsman is expected to say in his speech. ... "He [...]

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The Gentleman Candidate

By |June 9th, 2011|

From Jonathan Martin today: For now, though, the Republican is seeking the mantle of the civility candidate, and one of his top aides said the velvet hammer policy applies to not only Obama but the other GOP presidential hopefuls. "He's not one to tear anyone down by name, whether that person is Gov. Tim Pawlenty, [...]

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Daniel Levy on Assad Brutality, Israel and Preferred Devils

By |June 8th, 2011|

Daniel Levy wrote a very important post for Foreign Policy yesterday, After Golan clashes, is Israel rethinking the Assad (or Palestine) file? Here's a snippet: [...] And Israel is none-too-enamored of the alternatives in Damascus. One alternative to the Assad regime -- a democratic Syria with greater soft power diplomatic heft and perhaps with Islamists [...]

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Yemen’s Saleh Reportedly Seriously Wounded

By |June 7th, 2011|

From the Washington Post: A U.S. government official said Saleh, who left Yemen on Sunday to seek medical care in Saudi Arabia, "sustained significant burn injuries and shrapnel wounds." "His condition is serious, and it's likely that it will take him a while to recover fully," the official said. Saleh has burns covering about 40 [...]

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