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“You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught”

Rodgers and Hammerstein released their timeless musical, South Pacific in 1949.  It burst on the post-WWII American society freshly aware of the people of the Pacific islands because of the war with Japan.  Two people falling in love struggle with … Continue reading

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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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God and Caesar in the Middle East

President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt landed in an Army jail during a popular uprising of millions in the streets and squares of Cairo.  This despite his winning in a democratic election one year ago.  His Muslim Brotherhood religious agenda did … Continue reading

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What’s A Good Zionist to Do?

Not easy these days for those of us in the Israeli government.  People in other countries keep talking about the West Bank, or even worse, Palestine.  The territories are really Judea and Samaria.  And it’s not occupied land since it … Continue reading

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Zionism: Why Is It Important?

The intractable Israeli conflict with Palestine puzzles many Americans.  For example, looking through the Israeli lens, why would Netanyahu on his way to Poland, now castigate his own government’s joint statement with Polish authorities, quoted in Haaretz today: “Both governments … Continue reading

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THE WINDS OF CHANGE ARE BLOWING?

American culture springs from past experiences—our current gun culture from revolutionary militias and later the wild west.  Racism thrived on the tragedy of slavery allowed to fester for the first 87 years of our history, finally addressed seriously not until … Continue reading

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WHAT KEEPS IT BOILING?

The Middle East/North Africa pot bubbles with conflict while we in the United States try to “help.”  But it doesn’t seem to work.  There’s oil there, and we do understand that.  But being separated by large seas and being a … Continue reading

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