Phil Weiss considers himself outdoorsy but it upset him that lots of his friends had seen bears in the wild and he’d only seen one on the streets of Mumbai with a rope through its nose. All that changed yesterday, in the Poconos, when he saw five bears in the woods.
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Maybe you noticed our new look? We launched it this morning. It’s the product of months of work by Crowd Favorite and puts the site on a bold new platform, giving us a newsier and more professional appearance. The site has a greater emphasis on photos than before. And more emphasis on fresh news too.
Famously, Hillary Clinton lost her bid to be president in 2008 six years before the election, when she cast a vote for the Iraq war. Barack Obama, who’d been against that war as a nobody state senator in Illinois, was able to run to her left in appealing to the Democratic Party base, and win
Hi everyone. Those of you who have been with us for the past 8 years years have enjoyed a few different versions of our website. It’s time again for a new Mondoweiss. Monday morning Mondoweiss will relaunch with a brand new design. Over the past year we’ve seen strong growth in our readership — meaning higher traffic
Yaacov Lozowick is the state archivist of Israel. A scholar who moved to Israel from Europe, he is a true believer in the necessity of Jewish nationalism. Scott Roth and I once met him in West Jerusalem and had a polite conversation that became more adversarial when it was continued on email in the months
Thanks to everyone who has already donated to our summer fundraiser! We have raised some desperately-needed funds so as to bring you the news and analysis you’ve come to expect, and that during a tumultuous period for Israel/Palestine this summer. If you have not already given, please consider making a tax-deductible donation before the fundraising drive
UNIFIED JERUSALEM, GREATER ISRAEL (August 14, 2050) Social media is a buzz with righteous indignation over the new Israeli national football jersey sporting a symbol of what looks like a Palestinian youth throwing a rock, right next to the Nike swoosh symbol. Newspaper editorials and liberal commentators are saying it’s time for a change as these
Over the last couple weeks there’s been a whirlwind of news from Israel/Palestine and we’ve done our best to bring it to you as quickly and reliably as possible. In addition to our own intrepid Allison Deger based in Ramallah, we’ve been fortunate to expand our team of correspondents to include freelance reporters doing incredible work
As many of you noticed, readers and writers were not able to log into the website for a couple of hours this morning. For a good reason, it happens: We had to upgrade servers due to our recent growth in traffic, over 200,000 visits in each of the past two weeks. We’re grateful for the traffic,
We depend on readers for support, and again and again you have come through. Well, now it’s time for our summer fundraiser. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to keep the site going, and to keep changing the American view of the conflict. Please help us get better. We are thankful to all those who
Hi everyone! Just wanted to post a reminder that there are many other ways to get your Mondoweiss fix other than coming to visit us here at Mondoweiss.net (although the door is always open for you!). We recently revamped our daily newsletter and really think you should check it out. It’s been redesigned and streamlined
Thank you for another wonderful year of Mondoweiss. In what has become somewhat of a yearly tradition around these parts, here is a rundown of some of our site stats from the past year (and here are the year-end roundups from 2012, 2011 and 2010). In 2013 Mondoweiss had: 8.3 million page views 5.1 million visitors 2,832 posts 90,000 comments
All through Christmas I thought a lot about Ari Shavit’s declaration to progressive American secular Jews that we need Israel “like oxygen” in order to stay Jewish– and therefore we must support the Zionist project. Shavit is warning that without a strong pole for Jewish identity, we will assimilate, vanish into the American bread pudding.
Peter Kaplan, a widely-beloved NY editor who was my longtime friend and launched this website in 2006, died on Friday at 59. A remembrance. Peter loved stories more than anything. His favorite stories were in old movies but even more than that he loved the stories of public life. He said to me there was
Do you check Facebook before Mondoweiss? If so, we’ve got something for you: join Mondoweiss on Facebook so you can look through your friends’ and family’s lives–and get your fix of Israel/Palestine news at the same time. Mondoweiss is now ramping up our presence on Facebook. We’re posting a lot more frequently and are looking
My friend Justin Allen has always been able to pick up wild animals. He sent me these photos– mourning dove, baby rabbit, and Canada gosling– and the video below, under his brand, bigjworks. The animals are all fine. He brought the baby Canada goose back to its parents. The video is of a phoebe caught
After James Gandolfini’s premature death in Italy in June, a 2007 post of mine got some renewed traffic. “Sorry Folks, but Tony Soprano got whacked” came out after the mystifying last episode of The Sopranos and asserted that Tony and his whole family will get killed inside the diner seconds after the show’s ending because
People are stunned that Anthony Weiner has not dropped out of the NY mayor’s race over revelations that he continued sexting after losing his congressional seat two years ago over similar behavior. The royal family of the Democratic Party, the Clintons, are said to be urging Weiner to drop out–and Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin was
Two weeks ago a house guest asked that I change the channel from a baseball game, and I watched my first ever Tour de France stage, the eighth, in which Chris Froome the eventual winner first got the yellow jersey, and that did it for me. I was hooked. Yesterday I watched the 21st stage.
Hi everyone, We’ll be doing some routine maintenance on the site over the weekend and there may be sporadic moments when the site is down. This is normal and anticipated; nothing to worry about. We expect to be all done by Monday morning at the latest. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed for updates.
The other night Brian Williams on NBC lamented the fact that a “prying” photographer had captured topless photographs of Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William of Great Britain, when the couple were on vacation in the South of France. I expressed my sympathy for Middleton, and my wife bridled. She said: I have no sympathy
Last week in an attack on online critics of Israel, Commentary slammed me for what it suggested was anti-Semitic ideas, including this one: “Weiss reflected that Jewish identity imparts ‘a sense of difference, yes, inevitably of elite identity, that’s part of Jewish history and one I struggle with.’” Well I do struggle with it; and
During the Euro Cup final between Spain and Italy yesterday, ESPN commentators said that they were hoping for a spectacular game to show off the greatness of soccer to an American audience– as opposed to the ugly final between Spain and the Netherlands at the World Cup two years ago. As it turned out, the
Last weekend I went to a friend’s son’s wedding and was bowled over by the diversity. The bride was from another country, and the vows were repeated in her language. The groom’s best friend and former roommate gave an emotional toast about helping one another through thick and thin. When the two men hugged it
Last night we had a friend over to dinner. She and my wife sat outside smoking and drinking wine and gossiping. I went outside when I heard the word Palestine. My wife was telling about her visit two years ago. I listened intently. My wife is the opposite of me. I miss the forest for