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December 2006

Was James Kim Victimized by Off-Road Car Ads?

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When tragedy befell them on Bear Camp Road in southwest Oregon, the Kim family was driving an all-wheel drive Saab 9-2X . Saab’s website shows the sporting vehicle performing on a lot of mountain roads, at least one a little…

Tony Judt on Harry Lyme and Other Intellectuals

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The other night at NYU, Tony Judt said, “Fasten your seatbelts it’s going to be a bumpy night,” and then dropping his scarf and jacket on the stage, gave a barnburner about the intellectual’s responsibility. Here are some of his…

Standing Up for Jimmy Carter’s Use of the Word ‘Apartheid’

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Jimmy Carter’s use of the word “apartheid” in the title of his new book has generated a lot of controversy—the Washington Post reporting that a Middle East scholar has angrily resigned his affiliation with the Carter Center over Carter’s book….

‘The Israelis Should Return the Golan Heights’

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What an irony, that a war advanced by many as an alternative to forging a peace in Jerusalem—indeed who saw it as a clean break from such negotiations—has had the opposite effect. And how revealing, that in seizing on the…

An Islamic Reformer’s Despair Over ‘The Israel Card’

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Leon Wieseltier expresses the Israel-lobby position by saying, Sure, hold an international conference to fix Iraq, but don’t bring Palestine into it. It’s the same line Kenneth Pollack gave us 4 years ago when he issued his manifesto for disaster…

Why George H.W. Bush Lost It

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The idea that former President George H.W. Bush cracked up in front of the Florida legislature today because he still grieves his son Jeb’s loss of the ’94 governor’s race is preposterous. Yes, that’s what Bush was talking about when…

Be Like Leon (Wieseltier)

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Many, many intellectuals are now being called on to perform a backflip on Iraq. Alas, few have attempted it, and few of those have pulled it off with any grace. I mean the mea culpa for supporting the Iraq war….

Hillel Chapters Break New Ground by Hosting ‘Breaking the Silence’

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There’s been an important, wonderful development on the Israel/Palestine front that typically has gotten no attention: Hillel societies at American universities have helped sponsor the tour of the Israeli army veterans’ group, Breaking the Silence. I find this association as…

Scripting Jimmy Carter

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Jimmy Carter’s interviewers have repeatedly challenged him about Hamas: Why should Israel talk to Hamas when Hamas doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist? Carter answers by describing the democratic elections that brought Hamas to power. He ought to cite the…

On Commenters Having Trouble Posting

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A lot of people have had trouble posting comments. I apologize, we’re trying to work out the bugs. If you’re ticked about it, email me and I’ll get it on the blog. Here is something that Richard Silverstein, whose progressive…