I Don't Know That Much About Iran. But I Know Whom to Trust...
January 12, 2010
And they are Abbas Milani, Nader Mousavizadeh, a few others, amongst whom there is the controversial but very insightful Michael Ledeen. The conventional wisdom, frankly, is almost never a conclusion drawn from facts, but a conclusion drawn from temperament. I suppose this was the case with Barack Obama, who was sure that the ayatollahs and their president would negotiate on the basis of his sweet reason. Here’s a piece posted by Michael Ledeen on the Web at 8:25 p.m.
What Has Two Long Ears And Powers Lightbulbs?
October 16, 2009
Sweden's newest renewable energy source? Adorable little bunnies: Every year, the city of Stockholm kills off thousands of rabbits in an effort to protect trees and shrubbery in the city’s extensive network of parks and green space. ... Tuvunger explained that it doesn’t take many newly released rabbits to do what rabbits are known for doing, much to the detriment of Stockholm’s efforts to control the size of its rabbit population.
Today At TNR (September 18, 2009)
September 18, 2009
Beyond the Baucus Bill: How Liberals Can Still Win on Health Care Reform, by Jonathan Cohn The Stockholm Syndrome: When Free Speech Laws Are Only Free to Some, by Benjamin Birnbaum Megan Fox and the Banality of Cannibalism, by Christopher Orr Why Obama’s New Missile Defense Strategy Is Good for Both Hawks and Doves, by Peter Scoblic The TNR Q&A: How the U.S. Can Calm the Brewing Latin American Arms Race, by Ben Bernstein THE STASH: Is the Treasury Department Spurring Inflation? by Zubin Jelveh Yes, Some of the Republican Opposition to Obama Is Racist. So What?
The Stockholm Syndrome
September 18, 2009
When Zvi Mazel was summoned to the Swedish Foreign Ministry back in January 2004, he knew he was in trouble. As Israel’s top diplomat in Stockholm, the 64-year-old had just done something markedly undiplomatic--not exactly rare for Israeli envoys. No, he hadn’t remarked upon the “yellow skin and slanted eyes” of Asians. No, he hadn’t taken part in a child-pornography ring.
A Letter From a Swedish Friend On the Blood Libel
September 01, 2009
“Well, it is blood libel isn't it? Of the most horrendous sort. It is also odd. Aftonbladet is a tabloid owned by the Social Democrats (I can't quite remember how, via a union perhaps, or trust). They have usually been quite pro-Israel. And traditionally in Sweden, while there was a huge degree of racialist nonsense in the interwar period, it was not directed towards the (800-odd) Jews. I know because I read the literature for an academic article I wrote.
December 30, 2008
There is an ungainly German word, Vergangenheitsbewältigung, that has no equivalent in the English language. It means "coming to terms with past," and it was coined to refer to the efforts of German intellectuals, journalists, and even some politicians who, over the past half century, insisted that facing unpleasant truths about their country's history was both a moral and political necessity.
The End Of Aviation
August 27, 2008
As the age of cheap oil comes to a close, it's springtime for gloomy futurists. Visions of a brutish world marked by violent squabbles over dwindling reserves, of junkyards littered with abandoned cars, of suburban slums overrun by weeds, of the collapse of industrial agriculture--none of this sounds as outlandish as it once did.
A Separate Peace
July 24, 2000
In a private conversation with recently resigned Interior Minister Natan Sharansky shortly after becoming prime minister of Israel, Ehud Barak said his goal was the creation of a Palestinian state in 50 percent of the West Bank. Until about a month ago, when the Israeli press leaked details of the Stockholm talks, it was widely assumed that no Israeli leader would dare offer Yasir Arafat more than 75 percent. This week, as Barak and the Palestinian leader meet at Camp David, both numbers are far too low to even merit discussion. What was once inconceivable is now inadequate. There are essentia