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Stoner Seniors Edition

Why more old people smoke pot than they used to, what to do when your judge and prosecutor are having an affair, and why Obama’s assault on Wall Street is weak sauce. All this and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE



Something Rotten in Denmark Edition

Here’s why you should never e-mail your professor after showing up an hour late, give cameras to chimps or put a grouchy Dane in charge of your country’s tourism pitch.

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / welshkaren

West Bank Heritage Sites Put Gasoline on the Fire

Israel has added two shrines located in the West Bank to a list of national heritage sites, a decision that shows that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is actively working to sabotage the two-state solution,” said a Palestinian peace negotiator. (continued)

Posted on Feb 22, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Adel Hana

Congressman Walks Gaza, Urges Massive Aid

U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, D-Wash., has criticized the White House, Israel and even his congressional colleagues after three trips to the Gaza Strip, commenting on the lack of action by the international community and the ignorance that most U.S. politicians have toward the plight of the Palestinians.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Frederic Raphael on ‘The Invention of the Jewish People’

A best-seller in Israel, Shlomo Sand’s startling book argues there never was a Jewish people, only a Jewish religion, and explodes the myth of a unique nation with a special destiny.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Israel Implicated in Hamas Leader’s Death

With “99 percent, if not 100 percent” certainty, Dubai police believe that the death of a Hamas commander in Dubai last month came at the hands of a hit squad from Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 READ MORE



Unsolved Mystery Edition

Why do Americans refuse to believe crime has been going down for a decade? Why are so many of them foot fetishists? And was Rene “I think, therefore I am” Descartes really murdered with a poisoned communion wafer? Answers to these questions and more on today’s list.

Posted on Feb 17, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The End of Obama’s Vision of a Nuke-Free World

Fear of a nuclear Iran has generated irrational policies that will only hasten such an outcome. Instead of listening to his own words, the president fell for that old lure, a great power with great bombs that tells others what to do.

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE



The Information Super-Sewer

The Internet has become one more tool hijacked by corporate interests to accelerate our cultural, political and economic decline.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bernat Armangue

‘Avatar’ in the West Bank

Some Palestinians in Billin, the West Bank town famous for its civil disobedience, have taken a cue from the movie “Avatar.” Demonstrators have painted themselves blue, citing a parallel between their cause and that of the film’s indigenous protagonists, who fight against a foreign occupying force.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ashraf Amra

Gaza War Still Stirs Divisions in Israel

A year after the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip, divisions between factions within Israel are deepening. One right-wing group has launched a public campaign targeting domestic human rights organizations that assisted U.N. officials investigating Israeli war crimes, accusing them of, wait for it ... treason.

Posted on Feb 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Justin McIntosh

State of Denial: Searching for Peace in Israel

The Israeli-Arab conflict is about land. It is about colonies and walls and about binational states and two states and—in the end—about who has power. The Israelis with their eternal American supporters? Or the Palestinians, hopelessly divided and soaked—in Gaza, at least—in corruption and nepotism.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE



Stonehenge Edition

Is it time to remodel Stonehenge? Is M. Night Shyamalan’s latest movie a whitewash? Will the U.S. and China ever go to war? Answers to these questions and more on today’s list.

Posted on Feb 11, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Angelita Lawrence

America’s Confused Approach to Afghanistan

U.N. officials and American military commanders suggest that diplomacy might be coming alive on the Afghan front, but neither the Pentagon nor the White House seems to have clearly identified what the United States wants in Afghanistan.

Posted on Feb 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Elaine Thompson

The Creed of Objectivity Killed the News

Don’t blame the Internet. The bloodless and soulless journalism of the traditional media left newspapers on the wrong side of the growing class divide and their readers.

Posted on Feb 1, 2010 READ MORE


A Duped President’s Wasted Foreign Policy Year

President Obama’s failures in Israel and elsewhere abroad have astonished the international public and left in despair those Americans who can scarcely believe that a whole year has been irresponsibly wasted.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010 READ MORE


Haiti: A View From the Middle East

How are Middle Eastern media outlets reporting the crisis in Haiti? Mosaic Intelligence Report analyzes how some TV networks are seeing parallels between Port-au-Prince and Gaza, or pointing to the hypocrisy of the U.S. sending aid to one country while bombing others.

Posted on Jan 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mohammed Zaatari

War Looms Between Israel and Hezbollah

It looks like a hop, skip and a jump. There’s the first electrified fence, then the dirt strip to identify footprints, then the tarmac road, then one more electrified fence, and then acres and acres of trees. Orchards rather than tanks. Galilee spreads beyond, soft and moist and dark green in the winter afternoon—a peaceful Israel, you might think.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Emilio Morenatti

Two-State Dissolution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is allegedly trying to sabotage the possibility of a two-state solution in the Middle East by insisting that Israel would continue to maintain a military presence along the borders of any future Palestinian state.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Denies Blowing Up Iranian Scientist

An Iranian spokesman accused the “triangle of wickedness,” otherwise known as Israel, the U.S. and “their hired agents,” of carrying out the Tuesday bombing of Iranian scientist Massoud Ali Mohammadi. The State Department said that was “absurd.”

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Emilio Morenatti

Ben the Builder Has a New Fence in Mind

Possibly inspired by that thing on the U.S.-Mexican border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that Israel will construct a $1.5 billion fence along sections of its border with Egypt, claiming it will “ensure the Jewish and democratic character” of Israel.

Posted on Jan 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Palestinians Stand Fast on Preconditions

A U.S. proposal to resume Middle East peace talks without preconditions has been shot down by the Palestinian National Authority, which insists that Israel must first freeze settlement activity in the Palestinian territories.

Posted on Jan 9, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Alternate Universe

The “war on terror” is a self-perpetuating problem with no solution. Worse, it ultimately will destroy America, not from any actions by whatever “enemy” America conjures up, but rather from the actions undertaken by America itself.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE


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Eunice Wong on ‘Footnotes in Gaza’

Joe Sacco’s graphic treatment of the 1956 massacres of Palestinians by invading Israeli soldiers melds tough-minded journalism with philosophical reflection into a gut-wrenching banquet of a comic book.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ashraf Amra

Israel to Pay U.N. for Gaza Incident

The Israeli government, according to The Wall Street Journal, has agreed to pay about $10.5 million to compensate the United Nations for an incident that resulted in the killing of a U.N. driver and the destruction of two U.N. schools and a World Food Program warehouse during Israel’s attack on Gaza in 2009.

Posted on Jan 7, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Muhammed Muheisen

Walls Never Work—in the Middle East or in Ireland

The story of the Protestant "settlements" in Ireland provides a ghostly narrative of those modern-day "settlements" in the West Bank, where the Israelis insist on fighting the world’s last colonial war with the assistance of that great anti-colonial nation known as the United States.

Posted on Jan 3, 2010 READ MORE


Iran, Yemen Posing Challenges to American Intelligence

Iran appears to be in the throes of popular uprising, yet the U.S. and Israel continue to flirt with military intervention for dubious reasons.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Ishtayeh

Israeli Attacks Kill Six Palestinians

Two separate incidents have left six Palestinians dead at the hands of Israeli soldiers, marking a significant escalation in violence that comes almost exactly a year after the Israeli army began a bloody attack on the Gaza Strip.

Posted on Dec 26, 2009 READ MORE



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Carter Atones for ‘Stigmatizing’ Israel

Maybe it’s because his grandson is running for public office, maybe because the former president just doesn’t like tension, but Jimmy Carter has written an open letter to the Jewish community essentially apologizing for any past statements that might have stigmatized the nation of Israel. (continued)

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Hanukkah Hangover Edition

Put down the dreidel and step away from the latkes. It’s time to read about the mercenary surge in Afghanistan, Sarah Palin the Terminator, why your boss is incompetent and much more.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Lebanese Rappers Make Their Case for Peace

Young hip-hop artists in Lebanon are using their music to deal with their lives in the wake of years of violence, reaching across religious and sectarian divisions and promoting nonviolence, and they’ve joined forces with pro-peace organizations while they’re at it.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


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Israeli-British Relations Hurt by Arrest Warrant

British Foreign Secretary David Milliband and other U.K. diplomats took some serious heat from Israeli officials after an arrest warrant was issued in London earlier this week for Israel’s former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni (above), accusing her of committing war crimes against Palestinians during last winter’s war in Gaza.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: Shoot-Your-Laptop Edition

What prompted Israeli authorities to shoot someone’s laptop? How do you fight a war on behalf of a country that doesn’t want it? Answers to these questions and more in today’s list.

Posted on Dec 15, 2009 READ MORE


Israeli Official Won’t Risk U.K. Visit, Fearing Arrest

The Guardian: “An Israeli cabinet minister has turned down an invitation to visit Britain next month after he was warned he might face arrest on suspicion of war crimes.”

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Squaring Idealism and Realism

Europeans are coming to terms with the fact that President Barack Obama is not a miracle worker, and with the reality that everything he does is not magic.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: All-You-Can-Eat Weekend Wrap-Up

What have you been doing all weekend? If the answer isn’t reading about Fox’s goofy polls, the man who hid 44 lizards in his pants and great moments in Orwellandia, hop on past the jump for the weekend list and catch up.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE


Jerusalem protest
AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Protesters Rally in Jerusalem Over Building Moratorium

Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Jerusalem, converging near the home of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to protest his recent announcement of a 10-month moratorium on approving permits for new settlement homes in the West Bank, according to the BBC.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Palestinians, Israelis Unite to Save Village in ‘Budrus’

This is the kind of story that offers some inspiring relief to the seemingly relentless bad news about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The new documentary “Budrus” follows an unlikely alliance between feuding Palestinian groups and between Palestinians and Israelis, forged in the interest of saving a village through nonviolent protest.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Jens Meyer

Liberals Are Useless

The gravest danger we face as a nation is not from the far right, although it may well inherit power, but from a bankrupt liberal class that has lost the will to fight and the moral courage to stand up for what it espouses.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Evert Elzinga

How the Anti-Semites of Hezbollah Have Sent Anne Frank Back Into Hiding

“This young woman who upsets people ...” was the headline in Lebanon’s L’Orient Littáraire yesterday. The teenager was Anne Frank, who died of typhoid at Bergen-Belsen in 1945 after being betrayed to the Nazi authorities, along with her family, in her Amsterdam “safe house.”

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Middle Eastern leaders
AP / Charles Dharapak

Abbas: Obama Hasn’t Helped Mideast Peace Process

President Barack Obama just got a report card from Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and it’s not good. According to Abbas, Obama “is doing nothing for the peace process” between Israelis and Palestinians ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE



White House (Archive) / Vince Musi

Rabin Turns in His Grave

Uri Avnery remembers Yitzhak Rabin, Yasser Arafat and the historic Oslo agreement that has since turned to mush. “The public memory,” Avnery warns, “is trying nowadays to obliterate” Rabin’s “inner revolution” toward peace with the Palestinians.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE



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Israel Deals Peace Process Another Blow

The Israeli Interior Ministry has approved the construction of 900 housing units, four or five bedrooms each, on annexed Palestinian territory in East Jerusalem. Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman said any settlement deal with the U.S. would not include Jerusalem. (continued)

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Hatem Moussa

The New State Solution

The collapse of the Palestinian Authority, the result of Israel’s 42-year refusal to implement a two-state solution, leaves the Palestinians no option but to unilaterally declare an independent state.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Abdel Kareem Hana

Rights Group Fires Back at Israel

Human Rights Watch is accusing Israel and its backers of waging a campaign of misinformation in an effort to discredit the group. HRW has been a leading voice in condemning alleged Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

Posted on Nov 14, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Disappointing Year With Obama

Who would have thought a year ago that most of the issues of conflict in America’s foreign relations would be made worse during the first year following Barack Obama’s election as U.S. president?

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Ben Curtis

Hezbollah, Fearing War, Digs In

Hezbollah is reportedly prepping for another possible conflict with Israel, stocking up on arms and reinforcing fixed positions, as fears grow that the Netanyahu government will launch a new assault against Lebanon as a precursor to any attack against Iran and its nuclear facilities.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 READ MORE


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