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Roger Cohen’s epiphany

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‘One state or two states who cares? What matters is equality’ — NYT columnist Roger Cohen quotes Palestinians on the oppression they experience in Israel and all but states the two-state solution is over.

Roger Cohen: the new mantra is ‘humiliation’

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What can you expect of an article in the Jewish Week titled, “Times’ Cohen Getting Under Our Skin.” The enlightened Times columnist gave editor and publisher Gary Rosenblatt an interview at his office at the New York Times, and said…

Roger Cohen, in the streets

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Two readers have already passed along Roger Cohen’s startling account of participation in the Tehran protests yesterday, during which Cohen retreats to an alley to escape gassing and barely suppresses his thrill at being part of this democratic history-making. Two…

Roger Cohen, dreamer

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Three years ago Roger Cohen said that Obama was going to forge a Middle East peace, dismissing the power of the Israel lobby to stop him. He’s at it again

Roger Cohen’s split screen on interventionism

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This column, an encomium to the late Richard Holbrooke, yields some insight into Roger Cohen. He still cherishes an early-1990s idea of the U.S. as, potentially, the benign sole superpower: a nation entrusted with the moral task of executing humanitarian wars and interventions worldwide–informed by the wisdom of men like Holbrooke.

Roger Cohen again. Stunning, heretical.

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Brilliant piece by Roger Cohen in today’s Times saying, Goddamnit, the Iranians are a lot like us, let’s start talking to them. In a word: heretical. A few comments ahead of the excerpt, then more comment below. First, Cohen’s view…

But what if the Palestinians are the victims?

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Roger Cohen praises Fayyad, and pushes the Obama-Clinton efforts. The settlement deal with Netanyahu is “positive but a detail.” (I’m not sure what he means by that.) His take on the Palestinian change of attitude reminds me a little of patronizing comments on lamentable Jewish attitudes of yesteryear. Of course then we got the IDF! […]

A cosmopolitan’s regrets: Roger Cohen on the Jewish condition

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In his new book, Roger Cohen’s description of his late mother’s mental illness and the way it traumatized him as a boy is spiritually scouring. His belief that Israel is necessary because Jews feel displaced is not as compelling.

Roger Cohen misses the Palestinian reality

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Two weeks ago, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen entered my life and that of several Palestinians I introduced him to in the West Bank by having us believe that he sincerely wanted to hear our stories and know our reality.  But the column that came out of it, “It’s Time for Mahmoud Abbas to Go,” intentionally ignores the Palestinian reality.

Fact-checking Marty Peretz

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Yesterday Marty Peretz at the New Republic offered his readers a scoop regarding Roger Cohen’s NYT column (which gives Peretz high blood pressure). Headlined “The New York Times Downgrades Roger Cohen,” the report was surmise: “[T]he troubled Times no longer…

Brian Baird and Anthony Weiner to talk Israel/Palestine, moderated by Roger Cohen

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I urge folks in the New York area to go to the debate about American policy in Israel and Palestine on Thursday night at the New School, featuring Brooklyn congressman Anthony Weiner, former Washington state congressman Brian Baird, and New York Times columnist Roger Cohen. It is sure to be an important moment in the […]

Reading the Roger Cohen-Marty Peretz exchange

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Everyone is talking about Roger Cohen’s interchange with Marty Peretz that Peretz, being a good journalist, has posted. The exchange includes Cohen’s affectionate reminder to Peretz that Peretz once explored hiring Cohen to be his editor, and also Cohen’s reflections…

Jeffrey Goldberg offers Roger Cohen a lesson in establishment manners

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Here’s a pettish attack on Times columnist Roger Cohen by Atlantic blogger Jeffrey Goldberg, following Cohen’s swipe at Goldberg. Goldberg titles it, “A Memo to Roger Cohen.” Everyone knows that the first rule of writing a New York Times column…

Roger Cohen’s excellent piece on Goldstone reconsideration

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Here is an excellent column by Roger Cohen in the global edition of the New York Times containing a vivid description of Israel’s growing isolation, what supporters call the delegitimization process: “the world’s growing disavowal of this corrosive dominion that humiliates its victims and eats into the soul of its masters.” The piece is very […]

NYT should be printing Roger Cohen in its UWS edition (and LES… and OBX… and MV)

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Regarding Roger Cohen’s column on who are the real Jews, which hit such a nerve. Writes a friend, “Note the ‘iht’ in the link. “Roger Cohen’s article only appeared online in the NYT and not in print. What a loss. On what grounds do they decide to run some of his pieces and exclude others, […]

‘NYT’ writers slam left for intolerance of dissent– on Israel panel that excludes anti-Zionists and Palestinians

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New York Times columnists Bret Stephens and Roger Cohen repeatedly bashed the left for not tolerating dissent at a JCC panel about Israel in New York last week. Cohen called for “unsafe” speech and “open discussions, fierce debate” so as to fend off a “monolithic” McCarthyist “mob” on campuses. But the panel itself embodied Jewish intolerance of dissent: All three speakers on stage were ardent Zionists, introduced by a JCC official as people who could reinforce “our commitment to Israel.” 

Is this the best that Iranians and Arabs can get from the left in the US press?

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This piece by Roger Cohen, The Captive Arab Mind, was pointless. If it was to highlight what he thinks about Arab conspiracy theories, then thanks to Wikileaks his timing couldn’t be more off. It’s too hard to hone in on which part of the Cohen piece was most offensive since in the first few paragraphs […]

NYT’s Roger Cohen valorizes ‘Palestinian national struggle’

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Roger Cohen also scores Obama’s "lovefest" with Netanyahu here, and is shrewd in pointing out the conflation of Israel’s permanent war with the U.S. "war on terror." I don’t like his sardine can metaphor for Gaza; it dehumanizes 1.5 million people in an open-air prison. (I don’t get his love affair with Fayyad. I mean […]

The false equivalence of liberal Zionists

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One of the most well worn tricks of the PR trade is establishing a false equivalence between supposed extremes in order to position yourself in the middle as the pragmatic, moderate viewpoint. In his article “Zero Dark Zero” Roger Cohen does this very thing in an attempt to position liberal Zionism between two extremes.

How far Roger Cohen has traveled in lo these 2 years

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In this fall 2007 column, Roger Cohen was somewhat pugilistic toward the American left, offering apologies for liberal Iraq-interventionists and even the neocons. And then? Gaza.

Roger Cohen again. Get tough on Israel before it bombs Iran…

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Every column that Roger Cohen writes now on Iran in the Times must be celebrated. They’re so important, the tone is chastened and reasoned and olive-branch. They’re historic, in that they’re changing the American discussion. And Cohen has staked an…