International Affairs

What to do about North Korea?

The death of Otto Warmbier after captivity in North Korea serves as a reminder—if anybody needed one—that the regime in Pyongyang is brutal as well as bizarre. What should the United States do? Sanctions can be ratcheted up, but the ...

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Donald in Palestine

Donald Trump fancies himself the world’s greatest deal-maker, and now he’s pitching himself as the man to broker the deal that finally ends the historic conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Trump’s angle is to stress that if Israel wants ...

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Brexit

I’ve been on vacation the last couple of weeks in wondrous, beautiful, unreal Switzerland,* so I’m taking the lazy blogger’s way out and linking to a couple of other bloggers with minimal comments of my own. I haven’t followed the ...

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The Candidates go to AIPAC

The Brussels attacks today came one day after the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) held its annual meeting, dutifully attended by all but one of the 2016 candidates for president of the United States. What’s the link between the ...

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Israel/Palestine: One State or Two?

A few weeks ago the NY Times’ Thomas Friedman, surveying the mess that is the Middle East today and reflecting on US policymakers’ proclivity for wishful thinking, dropped a bombshell: Start with Israel. The peace process is dead. It’s over, ...

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Barbarity

It is not hard to imagine the sense of dread Parisians have been experiencing in the past few days. As a New Yorker whose office was on the 88th floor of One World Trade Center, I naturally tend to think ...

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Netanyahu’s Holocaust Revisionism

In a recent post, I cited Benjamin Netanyahu’s fantastic assertion that Iran seeks to take over the whole world.  I suppose that claim could be dismissed as a fanciful flight of rhetoric, even though it did occur in an apparently ...

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Thanks, Tom Friedman

I have to preface this post with some caveats about Tom Friedman, since I’m about to commend him.   Friedman is a blowhard who has been wrong about a lot of things, most notably in his support for G.W. Bush’s ...

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“Occupation” as Euphemism

In an unusual NY Times op-ed, Palestinian activist Nasser Nawaja describes the ordeal of his West Bank village, Susiya, under threat of Israeli demolition.   The homes of some 340 Palestinians are slated to be destroyed on the grounds that they ...

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The Greek Drama

A just solution to the disaster enveloping Greece would involve a massive write-down of Greek debt. That is not going to happen, so in the upcoming referendum the Greek people are faced with a choice between two horrible alternatives. A ...

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