A Cancer on the West Bank

In 1979, I made the first of what would turn out to be decades of periodic visits to Israel and the West Bank. I traveled there for the New York alternative publication The Village Voice to investigate Israel’s growing settler movement, Gush Emunim (or the Bloc of the Faithful). The English-language Israeli newspaper, The Jerusalem Post, then reported More

“Selective Outrage” Towards Israel

The near century of oppression and occupation, massive waves of media coverage and the unprecedented damage Israel has done in its war all play a role in people’s dissent. Even more so, frustration grows with the fact that the US could take immediate steps to stop this, but instead actively aids and abets a genocide.  More

The Myth of the Magic Bullet

While much remains unknown about the motives of the would-be assassin in Butler, Pennsylvania, one thing is certain. The man who attempted to kill Donald Trump believed his bullet would change the course of history for the better. Such thinking is common and is promoted in most school books that exhort young people to be better citizens by featuring the stories of national heroes who have changed the world. The killer’s belief that murdering a political leader could improve the nation was the logical converse of this mistaken principle. More

Warning From the Edge of the Abyss

Two sets of events, which have important echoes today, precipitated the Cuban Missile Crisis.  The US had moved Jupiter medium-range nuclear missile systems into Turkey, prompting the Soviets to take countermeasures, including preparing to station missiles in Cuba and send Ilyushin jet bombers to the island.  Kennedy and the Americans were understandably deeply concerned about this breach of the Monroe Doctrine and the very real threat it posed.  More