Has President Obama Sold Us Down The River?

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-+*Michael T. Hertz: Although supposedly Americans are in favor of taking military action against ISIL, President Obama’s decision to go forward without congressional approval and a vote makes little sense, either politically or strategically.

Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp

Bucca Camp

-+*Kathy Kelly: When U.S. politicians want to sell a war, their marketing is top notch: they can count on the U.S. public to buy that war at least long enough to become irretrievably committed to it, as long as the advertising for that war leaves them feeling threatened.

Jerusalem: A World Away

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-+*Raffaele Piccolo: Israel has instituted a raft of policies as to residency and movement into and about Jerusalem. These policies seek to make the city out reach for most Palestinians.

Obama’s Sand Trap

Obama Middle East Choices

-+*Tom Hayden: His military and diplomatic advisers are not useful caddies, because they are handing him the wrong clubs, military ones, for a struggle, which he says has no military solution.

Will Gaza Cease Fire Hold?

Gaza Cease Fire

-+*Alon Ben-Meir: This latest round of hostilities has ironically produced a positive effect in that both sides have come to the realization that neither can defeat the other both politically and militarily with impunity, and that other options must now be explored to end the vicious cycle of violence.

A Teacher in Kabul

Kabul Schools

-+*Kathy Kelly: Zekerullah calmly explained to the teacher that he also knew, from experience, that beating students doesn’t help them learn, that he himself had lost four years of studies because he could no longer bear the beatings. He respectfully asked the teacher to beat him instead of the next seven students in the row.