SodaStream: Set the Bubbles Free? First, Set Palestinians Free

SodaStream: Set the Bubbles Free? First, Set Palestinians Free

Lyndi Borne is a media intern at the Institute for Policy Studies. Among many of the usual suspects airing ads during the Super Bowl, one small company shook up some conversation with an ad that was banned by CBS. The company, SodaStream, acts like it’s doing...
The Dreams and Dilemmas of Iraqi Kurdistan

The Dreams and Dilemmas of Iraqi Kurdistan

Once strong and unified states on the vanguard of Arab nationalism, Iraq and Syria are on the verge of partition, fragmentation, and dismemberment. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and at least 60,000 Syrians who have lost their lives, other victims...

Human Rights Watch: Time to Stand with Human Rights Defenders

When the UN Human Rights Council sends its independent investigators, known as Special Rapporteurs, around the globe to investigate the denial of various human rights, it’s not unusual for governments accused of violating those rights to go pretty far to keep...
The Case Against Kerry

The Case Against Kerry

President Obama’s selection of John Kerry as the next secretary of state sends the wrong signal to America’s allies and adversaries alike. Kerry’s record in the United States Senate, where he currently chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, has...

Is Israel Proof That an Armed Society Can Work?

At the Tablet on December 17, Lial Lebovitz attempts to explain (in a piece titled) Why Israel Has No Newtowns. First, he notes that, in the United States … astute thinkers tried to look past their indignation and heartbreak in search of sensible policy...
Susan Rice Would Have Been a Bad Secretary of State Anyway

Susan Rice Would Have Been a Bad Secretary of State Anyway

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice’s announcement that she would withdraw her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it marks yet another example of the Obama administration’s failure...
The Gaza Ceasefire Holds: A Little Bit to Be Thankful For

The Gaza Ceasefire Holds: A Little Bit to Be Thankful For

The ceasefire in Gaza gave us all something extra to be grateful for over the Thanksgiving holiday. So far the ceasefire holds – at least on the Palestinian side. The Israeli military violated it just 36 hours after it went into effect, when soldiers shot at...
Hitham’s Tale

Hitham’s Tale

Just two weeks ago, Gazans were pummeled once again by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). With its mighty arsenal of drones, fighter jets, and cruise missiles, the IDF is the most powerful military machine in the region. Its capability is further augmented by steadfast...

Iron Dome’s Effectiveness Is Not an Argument for Missile Defense

The success of Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, which has intercepted 80 to 90 percent of the rockets launched from Gaza, is viewed by many as a cause for celebration. Worse, it’s being used as evidence that missile defense works. In fact, the odds that...
Abetting the Carnage in Gaza

Abetting the Carnage in Gaza

The November 22 ceasefire between Israeli and Hamas forces is a huge relief for the civilian population on both sides—the primary victims of the conflict. But the Obama administration’s unconscionable decision the previous week to block a ceasefire effort...

American Jews Still Reject Zionism at Their Own Risk

Cross-posted from Progressive Avenues. In the 1940’s and 50’s, I was raised on the North Shore of Chicago, in a suburb named Glencoe. The town was at least 95% Jewish, and everyone knew who the 3 black families were, knew the handful of Christians and...