Tag Archives: Israel

National Extremism

It seems to me…. “A people inspired by democracy, human rights and economic opportunity will turn their back decisively against extremism.” ~ Benazir Bhutto[1]. The pendulum of extremism – economic, political, sensuality, artistic… – has always oscillated with metronomic regularity … Continue reading

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The Middle-East Conundrum

It seems to me…. “If we’ve learned anything from 15 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s that local people and nations have to secure their own communities. We can help them, and we should, but we cannot substitute … Continue reading

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Education Meets Austerity

It seems to me…. “The cost of college education today is so high that many young people are giving up their dream of going to college, while many others are graduating deeply in debt.” ~ Bernie Sanders. While there are … Continue reading

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Confronting Terrorism

It seems to me…. “Terrorism has become the systematic weapon of a war that knows no borders or seldom has a face.” ~ Jacques Chirac[1]. While ISIS tries to pretend they are a national state, rather than earning that recognition … Continue reading

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The Hired Hessians

It seems to me…. “We shall listen, not lecture; learn, not threaten. We will enhance our safety by earning the respect of others and showing respect for them. In short, our foreign policy will rest on the traditional American values … Continue reading

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Iranian Nuclear Agreement

It seems to me…. “The rapprochement of peoples is only possible when differences of culture and outlook are respected and appreciated rather than feared and condemned, when the common bond of human dignity is recognized as the essential bond for … Continue reading

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Resolving National Conflicts

It seems to me… “Geography is destiny.” ~ Abraham Verghese (Cutting for Stone). While the major world powers believe they have the prerogative to arbitrarily change national borders or create nations without objection from those living in the areas affected; … Continue reading

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