Monday, July 14, 2014 Tammuz 16, 5774
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Gerald M. Steinberg
B'tselem is one of the most powerful and controversial lobbies in Israel, and plans to open an office in Washington to increase the debate on this NGO's activities. While using human-rights rhetoric and couching its statements in moral tones, B'tselem has a focus that is primarily political. It was founded "to change Israeli policy in the occupied territories," and is...
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Arms sale to the Saudis won't solve America's problems in the Middle East
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Jonathan S. Tobin
After the release of the Iraq Study Group's report last November, many in Washington despaired over the unwillingness of the Bush administration to listen to the author's pleas for a return to the old "realist" foreign policy in the Middle East that had dominated American thinking for decades before Bush's dreaded "neocons" took over. But those laments were premature. Any...
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Media Clippings
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It's two years now since Nobel Prize-winning novelist Saul Bellow died, and yet the tributes keep appearing, especially in the the literary quarterlies which, because of their printing schedule, often take a certain amount of time to catch up to major events. One such magazine, the ever-resourceful Salmagundi, edited by Robert and Peggy Boyers at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs,...
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Henry Feingold
Using its huge gas and oil reserves, and its massive armaments industry, the Putin regime has embarked on an effort to retrieve its rank as a world-class power. Some strategists welcome the effort at restoration of the comparatively predictable bipolar world of the Cold War. But few former refuseniks, the Jewish dissenters who applied for emigration visas and were rejected,...
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By:
Barry Rubin
In Istanbul, Turks of every political position told me the same story to explain their situation: To cook a live frog, you don't put it in a pot on a high flame. You put it in cool water and raise the temperature very slowly. This is what they fear is happening following the victory of the Islamic-oriented Justice and Development...
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