What Planet Will Our Children and Grandchildren Inherit?

Jun 07, 2021

Let me start with my friend and the boat. Admittedly, they might not seem to have anything to do with each other. The boat, a guided-missile destroyer named the USS Curtis Wilbur, reportedly passed through the Straits of Taiwan and into the South China Sea, skirting the Paracel...

Democracy Is Down but Not Out
Jun 04, 2021

Democracy Is Down but Not Out

Antony Blinken’s Sales Pitch
Jun 03, 2021

Antony Blinken’s Sales Pitch

Is Israel’s Bite as Strong as Its Bark?
Jun 02, 2021

Is Israel’s Bite as Strong as Its Bark?

US, NATO and the Question of Russia

US, NATO and the Question of Russia

May 31, 2021

If the question of a rising China and its possible collision with the United States is a central issue in world affairs today, then the rivalry between Russia and the US is the most pressing security challenge in the European theater. From the second half of the Obama administration, through...

Rebalancing the Power Asymmetry Between Israel and Palestine

Rebalancing the Power Asymmetry Between Israel and Palestine

May 28, 2021

Shortly after the International Criminal Court announced its decision to investigate Israel for war crimes committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Tel Aviv continued its annexation of East Jerusalem through forced expulsions in the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. The residents protesting...

Can the US Really Rally Other Nations?

Can the US Really Rally Other Nations?

May 27, 2021

On May 25, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an effusive demonstration of love and mutual admiration. The show the two men put on in the aftermath of a shaky ceasefire looked like a private celebration of a threefold victory for...

Is Israel an Apartheid State?

Is Israel an Apartheid State?

May 26, 2021

For the news media in the US, ideas have no importance. Only words count. They function as badges of identity. In the 20th century, nutritionists bandied the slogan, “You are what you eat.” Despite the warning, obesity and diabetes have continued to spread. In today’s “woke” society, you...

For the US, Rules Don’t Exist

For the US, Rules Don’t Exist

May 26, 2021

The world is reeling in horror at the latest Israeli bombardment of Gaza. Much of the world is also shocked by the role of the United States in the crisis, as it keeps providing Israel with weapons to kill Palestinians, including women and children, in violation of US and international law. The US...

Biden Invests His Capital in Israel

Biden Invests His Capital in Israel

May 24, 2021

Though the stale expression “political capital” has become a handy item in every pundit’s vocabulary, there was a time when the financial metaphor would have seemed jarring and paradoxical in the context of democracy. Its popularity today reflects a disturbing trend in the reasoning that...

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Nine Political Lives

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Nine Political Lives

May 21, 2021

When Benjamin Netanyahu became prime minister for the second time in March 2009, it was not long after Israel had conducted three weeks of sustained air attacks on the enclave of Gaza. More than 1,100 Palestinians died in that campaign. About a dozen Israelis also perished, four from friendly...

Biden Changes the Russia Equation

Biden Changes the Russia Equation

May 18, 2021

The Biden administration is posing some stark choices for its European allies. It is not only challenging them to stand more firmly against the Kremlin, but is expanding America’s expectations of what democracy should be inside their own countries. President Joe Biden’s tough position on...

America Is Confused Over What It Means to Be Exceptional

America Is Confused Over What It Means to Be Exceptional

May 18, 2021

The deepening Israeli-Palestinian conflict is quickly becoming a game of identifying which acts committed by either side in the course of the most recent fighting are war crimes and which are crimes against humanity. The failure on the part of both international institutions and powerful nations...

Biden Washes His Hands of the Israel-Palestine Affair

Biden Washes His Hands of the Israel-Palestine Affair

May 17, 2021

Faced with a serious clash in Jerusalem between two communities divided on the subject of religion, the Roman Empire’s man of the hour, its colonial governor Pontius Pilate made the bold decision to suppress his own opinion and not to intervene in the debate. As a patriotic polytheist, he had no...

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