01 Aug 2014

Hamas presents its “price tag”

  The US has said the shelling of a UN shelter in Gaza is “totally unacceptable and totally indefensible”. In its strongest criticism yet of Israel’s offensive in the Palestinian territory, the US – Israel’s closest ally – also said the civilian casualties were “too high”. It urged Israel to

26 Jul 2014

My Gaza rant (part two)

photo mmansour To whom it may concern: “Oppressed beneath the weight of their own corruption and of military violence, they for a long while preserved the sentiments, or at least the ideas of their free-born ancestors” Edward Gibbon – “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” Relevant quotes: “There

24 Jul 2014

My Gaza Rant

Dov Lior, the rabbi of the settlement of Kiryat Arba, has issued a religious ruling permitting the total destruction of Gaza if Israel’s military leaders deem it necessary. Lior is considered one of the more extreme rabbis on the religious right. In his ruling, he wrote (…) “The defense minister

13 Jul 2014

Lady Thatcher’s Koan

In almost any question, no matter how complex, there is an axis, hinge, fulcrum, upon and around which the entire question revolves. Discovering that point is often produced after concentrated immersion in the problem in all its facets, but the discovery itself is experienced as an intuitive flash…. what Zen

06 Jul 2014

The Israelis are playing with fire…

Nick Cook, 36, of Grand Ledge did two tours in Iraq and, as an Army troop commander, lost five soldiers. “For me, it’s very upsetting,” he said, “I watch what’s happening there. My first six months, it was very intense fighting in Baghdad, but then there was prosperity and good

28 Jun 2014

The “Piketty Effect,” or the 1% can be harmful to your health

  Collage – David Seaton Anybody who reads the newspaper will be aware that, in the United States, the “one per cent” is taking an ever-larger slice of the economic pie. But did you know that the share of the top income percentile is bigger than it was in South

22 Jun 2014

Notes on the new populism

Classic left wing parties are missing the boat today, almost to the point of irrelevance, because the traditional “working class”, which was their power base, has been largely fragmented and is now practically powerless as the enormous “reserve army of labor” that globalization provides means that the worker´s principal weapon, withdrawing

20 Jun 2014

Groundhog Day in Iraq

Onward and upward Sometimes, when you get older you get what Yogi Berra called the “dejá vu all over again” feeling while observing life and especially world affairs; a little like an usher in an all day movie theater might get… the moviegoers are glued to the screen to see

15 Jun 2014

Chutzpah, thy name is Tony Blair

In a defense of his actions in Iraq, Blair attacked as “extraordinary” any notion the country would be stable if Saddam Hussein had stayed in power. (…) Tony Blair has strongly rejected claims that the 2003 US-UK invasion of Iraq was to blame for the current crisis gripping the country,

09 Jun 2014

Interregnum: After the ball was over

This week William Hague, Britain’s foreign secretary, told the inaugural London Conference hosted by Chatham House that the world was not simply going through a difficult patch, but had entered a period of ‘systemic disorder.’ Financial Times Nowadays, both advanced economies (like the United States, where unlimited financing of elected officials