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Aiming at authoritarians, Sanders misfires

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made a major foreign policy speech last week in which he identified an emerging authoritarian strain around the world. The topic is an important one for a once and perhaps future presidential candidate to address. He correctly pointed out that authoritarianism is growing around the world, but not just in Russia, Hungary, Poland and elsewhere; he argued that it is growing here at home, as well.
Wednesday 10/17/2018
Nikki Haley’s exit
Posted: October 17, 2018

As President Trump’s United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley redefined what it means to leave no daylight between the United States and Israel. In the two years of her tenure in office, she has brooked no compromise with Israel’s critics. None. AIPAC has thanked her for “consistently” standing up for Israel.

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Wednesday 10/10/2018
We still need to talk
Posted: October 10, 2018

“Imagine a married couple who have cycled in and out of intimacy ask themselves every day if they should stay married. Without answering the question, the very asking of it assumes that there is a question to be asked. There is a problem. The question itself begins to undermine the relationship.”

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Toxic canary
Posted: October 10, 2018

The headline in the Forward, “Canary Mission Blacklist Is Secretly Bankrolled By Major Jewish Federation,” was misleading. But revelations last week about the opaque right-wing Canary Mission show what happens when support for Israel runs amok.

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Wednesday 10/03/2018
Kuwait’s unfriendly skies
Posted: October 03, 2018

In a networked world, attempting to separate friends from foes can be messy. The High Court of the German state of Hesse last week tried to make some legal sense of the mess that is Kuwait’s non-recognition of Israel in an era of near-seamless interconnection. The result was unsatisfying.

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Insults and inequality
Posted: October 03, 2018

The mass Russian immigration to Israel in the 1980s helped put the Jewish state on solid demographic footing. But the nature of Soviet Jewish society brought its own demographic complications. Many Russians who immigrated with their families were not Jews, either according to Jewish law or personal identification.

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Wednesday 09/26/2018
The wrong direction on refugees
Posted: September 26, 2018

With the worldwide refugee population estimated at 25.4 million, the Trump administration last week announced its refugee admission ceiling for fiscal 2019 will be the lowest in the nearly 40-year history of the U.S. refugee program. The cap of 30,000 refugee admissions — a 33 percent drop from the 45,000 ceiling in 2018, and a decrease from the 110,000 set during the last year of the Obama administration — reflects a rejection of America’s historic leadership in the area of refugee resettlement, and an unprecedented callousness toward those who have experienced the worst in a dangerous and deadly world.

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The BDS picket line
Posted: September 26, 2018

What’s with University of Michigan professor of American Culture John Cheney-Lippold? He’s the guy who refused to write a letter of recommendation for one of his students, a junior named Abigail Ingber, who asked him to support her effort to study abroad — in Israel. Cheney-Lippold refused Ingber’s request because he adheres to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, which includes a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

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Thursday 09/20/2018
At best, the status quo
Posted: September 20, 2018

Will continued pummeling of the Palestinians bring them to heel? Or, more specifically, will additional sanctions bring them to the peace table to sign the “deal of the century?” The Trump administration seems to think so.

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