Mine Enemies Make Me Wiser
August 12, 2009
The verse is from Psalms 119, that is, King David, poet and hero. Robert Malley and Hussein Agha are (let me just to be polite say "adversaries" instead of) enemies of Israel. That is why they are so welcome in the New York Review of Books and, of course, on the op-ed page of the New York Times where their latest missive, "The Two-State Solution Doesn't Solve Anything," appeared on Tuesday. (The same piece was published simultaneously in the Guardian, the closest thing to a pro-jihadist publication in ordinary journalism.) While fronting as an academic at St.
Action On Climate Popular Everywhere--except Here
July 31, 2009
The Guardian reports on a new global poll finding that 73 percent of respondents worldwide want their government to place a high priority on climate change. It's worth noting that China and India, two countries whose governments have thus far adamantly opposed binding reduction targets for greenhouse gases, had some of the most enthusiastic publics: In China there was overwhelming support, 94%, for the government to keep climate change on the front burner.
Moussavi's Challenges Ahead
June 23, 2009
Andrew Apostolou is a Senior Program Manager at Freedom House. For three days there has been a relative lull in large-scale unrest in Iran. But, why? Here are four reasons the opposition movement seems hamstrung at the moment: **There appears to be some protest fatigue. Moussavi's call for a strike today had little effect. People are shouting at night and turning on their car headlights as requested, but that is not enough.
Breaking: Five More Days Of Assessment
June 23, 2009
According to sources monitoring Iranian state television, Ayatollah Khamenei has agreed to stretch the assessment period for election-related complaints by five days. Typically, the Guardian Council has ten days--and ten days only--to judge the validity of fraud charges, meaning that the investigations would've ended tomorrow (the complaints were officially submitted last Monday). But Council officials asked for more time to eliminate any ambiguity--and Khamanei acquiesced.
The Year of the Elephant
May 20, 2009
“YES, SOMETIMES I GO into the room with my advisers and I start shouting. And then they say, ‘And then what?’” The question hangs in the perfectly cooled air in Sa’ad Hariri’s marble-floored sitting room, where Beirut appears as a sunlit abstraction visible at a distance through thick windows. Hariri’s father, the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, martyr of the Cedar Revolution, arches his black eyebrows from a giant poster near the sofa, looking out at his son with a sidelong, mischievous glance. “It hasn’t been a joyful trip,” Sa’ad Hariri is saying.
Pravda on the Potomac
February 18, 2009
RAMZAN KADYROV, one would assume, is hardly the sort of man the Russian government would want to show off to a group of foreign dignitaries. The Moscow-appointed president of Chechnya has been accused of deploying his several-thousand-man-strong personal militia—since absorbed into the Chechen government—to torture and murder his opponents, and many suspect that he played a role in the 2006 murder of Anna Politkovskaya, an investigative journalist who exposed Russia’s brutal repression of separatists.
July 30, 2008
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism By Naomi Klein (Metropolitan Books, 576 pp., $28) It seems like a very long time—though in truth only a few years have passed—since the most sinister force on the planet that the left could imagine was Nike. In 2001, Time proclaimed that the anti-globalization movement had become the “defining cause” of a new generation, and that the spokesperson for the cause was the Canadian writer and activist Naomi Klein.
The Man Who Would Be King
February 27, 2008
In April 2005, when President Bush decided to transfer Zalmay Khalilzad from Afghanistan to Iraq, Afghan President Hamid Karzai complained. The Afghan-born Khalilzad had been serving as U.S. ambassador to his native country, and his relationship with Karzai--which dated back to the late 1990s, when both men advised the U.S. oil company Unocal on the construction of a Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan pipeline--was strong.
The Sound of One Hand Composing
January 30, 2008
Book of Longing Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen As anyone who has ever balanced a salad spinner on his or her nose for two days could tell you, the secret of getting into The Guinness Book of World Records is to invent your own category, and the same principle applies in the arts. Distinctiveness, which is something different from distinction, tends to lead to recognition.
The Guardian's Good Sense
April 12, 2007
"Our defense forces cannot function if their personnel are free not just to take the Queen's shilling but Mr. Murdoch's too." So ended a very sensible editorial in the not always sensible British Guardian last Tuesday, April 10. The leader, as editorials are called in England, dealt not only with the aborted permission at first given to the 15 abducted sailors and marines to sell their stories of their Iranian captivity to the press.