Asking the Hard Questions About Israel

In 1948, the village of Tantura fell within the borders of the newly created state of Israel. It was a small, seaside village of approximately 1,200 residents, most of them Arab farmers and fishermen. As the war between Israel and its Arab neighbors escalated, Tantura became an important transit point for smuggling supplies to a … Continue reading “Asking the Hard Questions About Israel”

Ukraine: Out of the Frying Pan

The fall of Yanukovych, welcomed by virtually everyone in Ukraine including his own party, means that Ukraine is out of the frying pan. Now the challenge facing Ukrainians – and the country’s neighbors – is to prevent a tumble into the fire. (Photo: Sasha Maksymenko / Flickr) In the end, the street triumphed over the … Continue reading “Ukraine: Out of the Frying Pan”

The Failed Policy of Collapsism

When small children want something to go away, they close their eyes. Poof! The monster disappears. The spoonful of spinach vanishes. The spilled milk evaporates. Except that they don’t. U.S policymakers indulge in a similar variety of child’s play called collapsism. They close their eyes when they want a particularly despised adversary to go away. … Continue reading “The Failed Policy of Collapsism”

The Pentagon’s Obesity Problem

America has a problem with portion control. U.S. restaurants serve enormous entrees, convenience stores sell “Big Gulp” cups of soda, and Americans routinely compete to see who can eat the most hot dogs or pizzas or chicken wings in 10 minutes. It’s not just the quantity. It’s also the quality. Americans get as much as … Continue reading “The Pentagon’s Obesity Problem”

America the Serial Killer

Everybody loves Dexter. He’s handsome. He’s helpful. He works at the Miami Metro Police Department, and he’s very good at his job as a blood-splatter analyst. Oh, did I mention that he moonlights as a serial killer? Don’t worry: he only kills bad guys. That’s part of the code that Dexter’s adoptive father, himself a … Continue reading “America the Serial Killer”

North Korea on the Verge of a New Era?

For the last two decades, U.S. administrations have come in like a lion and out like a lamb with their policies on North Korea. Determined to demonstrate Washington’s resolve, U.S. presidents have played hardball with Pyongyang in an effort to precipitate regime change or at least bully the intransigent country into knuckling under. When this … Continue reading “North Korea on the Verge of a New Era?”

Trouble in Paradise: The Militarization of Jeju Island 

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea – The South Korean government has been campaigning to have its southern island of Jeju recognized as one of the seven new wonders of nature. A favorite honeymoon spot in Asia and an official "island of peace," Jeju already boasts several UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites. There’s an extinct volcano at … Continue reading “Trouble in Paradise: The Militarization of Jeju Island “

Al-Qaeda Lost the Battle Long Ago

Osama bin Laden didn’t live to see the 10th anniversary of 9/11. And his organization, according to many U.S. government insiders, is on its last legs since his death at the hands of U.S. Special Forces in May. “We’re within reach of strategically defeating al-Qaeda,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently observed. Others disagree, pointing to … Continue reading “Al-Qaeda Lost the Battle Long Ago”