Our Potemkin Village

While the population of Hawaii dove under manhole covers, and #TheResistance screeched that The Orange Monster had finally done it and forced Kim Jong Un to nuke the island paradise, it took Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the levelheaded, and quite personable representative from that state, to issue a statement countermanding the “take cover” message sent out … Continue reading “Our Potemkin Village”

In Words and Deeds: The Genesis of Israeli Violence

Not a day passes without a prominent Israeli politician or intellectual making an outrageous statement against Palestinians. Many of these statements tend to garner little attention or evoke rightly deserved outrage. Just recently, Israel’s Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, called for more death and injuries on Palestinians in Gaza. "What is this special weapon we … Continue reading “In Words and Deeds: The Genesis of Israeli Violence”

Trump’s Phony Support for Iran’s Popular Protests

During a recent reporting trip to Iran, I interviewed almost two dozen people at random in both rich and poor neighborhoods of Tehran. All the middle and upper-middle class people I spoke with said the government of President Hassan Rouhani had made economic progress, although not as much as they wanted. All the working-class Iranians … Continue reading “Trump’s Phony Support for Iran’s Popular Protests”

Missile False Alarm in Hawaii: How Wrong Buttons Can Wreak Havoc

On Saturday at 8:05 am, residents of Hawaii were terrified by a text message that said a missile was heading their way, and they should “seek shelter immediately.” Helpfully, the message also said, “this is not a drill.” And it wasn’t – it was merely a stomach-clenching error. Ten minutes after it was sent, it … Continue reading “Missile False Alarm in Hawaii: How Wrong Buttons Can Wreak Havoc”

What It Was Like Thinking a Ballistic Missile Was Speeding Toward Us in Hawaii

Yesterday morning, while I was drinking coffee and reading and my wife was getting ready for work, we heard an emergency alert sound from our phones. I figured it would be a storm warning, but the weather was clear. My wife looked at her phone and said a missile was coming. She immediately sprang into … Continue reading “What It Was Like Thinking a Ballistic Missile Was Speeding Toward Us in Hawaii”