Israel Defense Force Arguments and Vietnam Déjà Vu
Joseph Palermo: Those who believe that Palestinians’ allegiances can be pushed away from Hamas and Islamic Jihad and toward Fatah and “moderation” through brutal military force might want to rethink their assumptions.
Egads! Sarah Palin in 2016
Tom Degan: For those of us who thrive on the gales of laughter provided to us by Sarah Palin and unintentional comedians like her, these are indeed sweet times to be alive.
Obama’s Defining Moment
Randy Shaw: President Barack Obama has a chance to define his presidency and vindicate the ideals of his 2008 campaign by one decisive act: issuing an Executive Order granting legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants.
Russia Has Lost Ukraine
Steve Hochstadt: It turns out that Republicans anxious to score partisan points against the President, the same Republicans who cheered President Bush on when he invaded Iraq, offer only dangerous foreign policy ideas.
Harassing the Drones
Kathy Kelly: As peace activists, we should voice our concerns about the U.S. military’s accelerating reliance on weaponized robotics before every branch of government, including the judicial branch.
Does Israel Speak for the World’s Jews?
Lila Garrett: Since Israel proceeded with this genocide against the people of Gaza, I know who I am. I am a person who finally, sadly, recognizes the experiment of Israel as a failure and can no longer support it as a Jewish state or as a democracy.
California Must Repeal Profoundly Unjust Welfare Law
Jessica Bartolow: Decades of research reveal that child exclusion policies like the Maximum Family Grant rule are failed social experiments that increase child poverty and deep poverty and violate the basic principles of human and reproductive rights.
California Needs a New Vision of Its Apocalypse
Joe Mathews: Why do novelists and screenwriters keep rehashing the same old stories of the end days?
Snakes and Ladders at Netroots Nation
RJ Eskow: When it comes to influencing the presidential campaign, this year’s Netroots Nation was a missed opportunity. Ready for Warren had an extraordinary impact on the convention, however, and there will be other opportunities.
Jenny Brown: “Some of the shows are frivolous and throwaway, no kidding, but these are hard-working people.”
Sikivu Hutchinson: There is no question that a video with an older defenseless white woman lying prone on the ground being knocked senseless by an officer of color (or a white cop, for that matter) would’ve had the entire nation up in arms demanding the officer’s immediate termination and prosecution.
Vivian Rothstein: The Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary gathering was a way to make sure that Mississippi’s civil rights history is defined by those organizers and local leaders who made it.
Tina Dupuy: Bergdahl’s colleagues rushed to national television cameras to use words like “deserter” and “traitor” and those who hoped this could possibly damage the president merrily propagated it.
Murray Polner: How is it that for eight long days (at this writing), its editorial board has chosen to remain voiceless during the Israeli-Palestinian Gaza War, with its pitiless air war, soaring rockets, a growing army of refugees, and mounting civilian deaths?
Randy Shaw: By focusing on failures while ignoring successes, the media is working hand in hand with the conservative opponents of effective government.