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Why Did the Arab Spring Become Winter—that American Might Can’t Fix?

Yesterday President Obama kicked back to Congress the decision to punish the Assad government of Syria,  Chemical warfare notwithstanding, most Americans do not want another Iraq which again spirals toward civil war despite our efforts:  the tragic loss of  American … Continue reading

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“Living Stones,” More Than A Book

The phrase is well known to many around the world who concern themselves with the tumult in the Middle East in general, and Israel/Palestine in particular.  Contrasting with the inanimate rocks forming ancient shrines, synagogues, mosques and churches, “living stones” … Continue reading

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“THE FATHERS HAVE EATEN SOUR GRAPES

and the children’s teeth are set on edge.” The Jewish prophet Jeremiah spoke of an ancient saying. But then he continues, “Instead, everyone will die for his own sin; whoever eats sour grapes—his own teeth will be set on edge.” … Continue reading

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HUNGER STRIKES AGAIN

Someone you care for wastes away in prison. A Palestinian held indefinitely without charges, defense or trial. With no other recourse he protests in desperation, starving himself. Non-violent resistance to unjust treatment. Words alone will not change the situation. Even … Continue reading

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“WILL THESE HANDS NEVER BE CLEAN?”

Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth lamented while repeatedly washing her hands, bloody with the stabbing of the king, “Will these hands never be clean?” And later Macbeth realized “Bloody instructions which being taught, return to plague the inventor.” What do criminal acts … Continue reading

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C’MON, GET REAL

In your dreams are you the heroine or hero flying above all the others down below?  Or do you find yourself having to take the final exam in school when you have never even been to class?  Or wandering around … Continue reading

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SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENTS, AGAIN

On a Skype call yesterday, our good friend in Bethlehem reported non-violent demonstrations throughout the West Bank as the Israel’s “Operation Pillar of Defense” against Gaza heats up. He worries about a third intifada beginning. Several days ago Israeli soldiers … Continue reading

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