Cuba and the US

I have sometimes cited US-Cuban relations as an unusually pure illustration of the effects of the US presidential electoral college on policy.   Cuba had been a major locus of Cold War history: the site of the US’s most embarrassing Cold ...

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Torture and Its Apologists

A notably fatuous defense of the use of torture by the Bush administration’s CIA came unsurprisingly from ex-President Bush himself, before the Senate Intelligence Committee report came out: We’re fortunate to have men and women who work hard at the ...

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Israel: Some Corrections

In reviewing my 12/3 post on the Shavit and Blumenthal books, I discovered that in the process of pasting text from Word into my website I had accidentally omitted a key paragraph.  I’ve now inserted that paragraph, so if you’ve ...

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Outrageous

As a non-lawyer, I generally shy away from commenting on judicial proceedings, especially since all relevant evidence is usually not readily accessible. But I find it impossible to say nothing about the Staten Island grand jury verdict. The non-indictment of ...

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Israel: Triumph and Tragedy, Fear and Loathing

My recent trip to Israel prompted two reading self-assignments: Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, and Max Blumenthal’s Goliath: Fear and Loathing in Greater Israel. Both books, in truth, had been on my to-read list ...

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A Trip to Israel

A week ago yesterday my wife Celia and I got back from a week’s stay in Israel.  It was a great trip. Israel is a wondrous country: for the antiquities it holds, for its uniqueness as host to some of ...

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J Edgar Hoover RIP (Not)

We’ve known for a long time what a twisted, dangerous character J Edgar was, but this is incredible.  The FBI building by act of Congress bears his name.  A change in that name is long overdue.     Somebody needs ...

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Kristof on Our Broken Politics

It’s a long flight back from Tel Aviv, so I decided to use some of my time to react to Nicholas Kristof’s most recent NY Times column, since it nicely illustrates some of what I was saying in my last ...

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The Radicals’ Big Win

So, the midterm elections were about as completely disastrous as could be. Progressives will try to spin the outcome with various reasonable arguments. The Republicans enjoyed significant cyclical advantages–the older and whiter midterm electorate, the traditional vulnerability of the party ...

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The Puzzle of Obama’s Unpopularity

President Obama’s popularity, measured in opinion poll approval ratings, has been sagging badly lately, to the considerable benefit of the Republicans’ election prospects this year. Democratic candidates are almost universally avoiding identification with the president and his policies; one Senate ...

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