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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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“We Lay Aside Preconceived Ideas and Listen”

Ann Gaylia O’Barr, author, commenting on “Living Stones” wrote in a note to me: “I know that living and working in the Middle East certainly changed my perspective about Americans and our relationships there.” You can’t visit the people of … Continue reading

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Holy Land Earthquake

Guidelines put out this week by the European Union caused shaking in Israel. http://www.scribd.com/doc/154273042/Guidelines-on-IL-and-EU-Funding-Instruments “A senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, described the new ruling, which was published on June 30, as an “earthquake.” http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/.premium-1.535952 First a little … Continue reading

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“What Hurts Is…”

The Jewish State kicking the Bedoins off their historic land.  It’s going to happen in southern Israel where they have lived for centuries.  While most of the land evictions take place in the Palestinian West Bank, this one takes place … 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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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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