Category: The Middle East
A concise defense of Palestinians
Cherry-picking Torah is a [favorite] hobby of fundamentalist Christians, but Israel is not America’s [magical] lucky charm. Rather, Israel is a festering injustice that only incubates fanaticism and terrorism [around the world]. On the [assumption biblical presumption] that truth will set you free, consider this alternative to the voodoo exegesis that excuses seven decades of brutal colonial occupation in Palestine.
What scant archaeological evidence exists suggests ancient Israelites were just one … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2019/04/08/one-more-time/
What Did Ilhan Omar Say? Here’s the Full Transcript of Her Response to a Question about Anti-Semitism
Institute for Policy Studies, March 6, 2019
This is the transcript of the Rep. Ilhan Omar’s full response to the question about anti-Semitism from the Busboys & Poets event. Her response begins around 1:00:00:
Andy Shallal: [ question about dealing with accusations of anti-Semitism]
Rashida Tlaib – […] this conversation is about human rights for everyone, this conversation around what … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2019/03/12/full-response/
Trump is trying to pay his way to an annihilation of Palestinian statehood, and an erasure of Israel’s crimes
By Robert Fisk, March 7 2019 CE
“Palestine” has been compared to many things. The world’s longest colonial war, a “hell-disaster” – Churchill’s memorable epithet – and the site of Israel’s “war on terror”, a conflict in which we are supposed to believe that the Palestinians are playing the role of al-Qaeda or Isis or any … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2019/03/07/titans-of-journalism/
The Long Life of a Racist Smear
By Ashley Reese, March 5, 2019 CE
Cleanliness is next to godliness, and in the imaginations of racists, it is also next to whiteness—the next best thing or maybe even the same thing. In its absence, so the racist lie goes, you will find everyone else: black people, brown people, immigrants of all shades, groups of marginalized people. Dirty. Filthy.
There too, Trump campaign advisor Jeff Ballabon found Representative Ilhan Omar. … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2019/03/06/aipac-bares-its-arse/
Trump’s attack on his own intelligence services was both extraordinary and expected
By Hussein Ibish in The National, Feb 2, 2019
This week starkly illustrated a remarkable feature of Donald Trump’s administration: this president does not do policy; he only does politics.
Policy professionals always struggle to square sound foreign policy with the effective domestic politics that political leaders require. This tension cannot be completely resolved, although its intensity varies, depending on circumstances and personalities.
This conundrum has … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2019/02/03/trumps-post-truth-presidency/
Seems a mea culpa – Latin for “Oops!” – is in order. Who knew our prodigal practitioner could issue a challenge and then dictate rules of engagement for any who dared? My last ramble apparently strayed far afield from doctor’s orders.
Oops! #2 – my last letter left the impression that China’s “Great Wall” was something of a success. It was not. Like Sam Cooke’s song, don’t know much about history. Especially sixteenth century Ming Dynasty history. It is … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2019/01/25/what-we-should-be-talking-about/
Filed under America, Christianity, Culture, Foreign Policy, History, Islam, Israel, Palestine, The Middle East, War
January 21, 2019
Time to Break the Silence on Palestine
By Michelle Alexander, Jan. 19, 2019
On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to the lectern at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. The United States had been in active combat in Vietnam for two years and tens of thousands of people had been killed, including some 10,000 American troops. The political establishment — from left to right — backed … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2019/01/21/my-conscience-leaves-me-no-other-choice/