Israel and the spread of the Muslim population

July 27, 2010

The so-called Six Day War took place while I was still working in Iran. I listened with my host on his short-wave radio to reports from the BBC. Hassan was Muslim and felt torn. He was an agricultural engineer who had studied Israeli farming methods and admired them. Iran in those days had a constructive relationship with Israel. I myself was in the Israeli embassy in Tehran. Read the rest of this entry »


Politics in Afghanistan

July 20, 2010

There has been a lot of talk about how knowledge that American and other troops would withdraw from Afghanistan would encourage the Afghanis to step up to the plate and fight the Taliban on their own. That view has been convenient in the US. It suggests that Americans can withdraw without consequence for the war there. Read the rest of this entry »


The Devil’s Budgetary Deal

July 13, 2010

Let’s talk about the budget. The whole business of government deficits has been a political smokescreen for decades. Read the rest of this entry »


Conservative, Republican, Activist Courts

July 6, 2010

Republicans have complained about activist judges for decades. But actually they like activist judges who garble the law. Read the rest of this entry »


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