Bush is back SustainableCityBlog.com, Jan. 18, 2010

Just when you were beginning to forget about him, Dubya is back – this time as the benevolent former leader of the free world who wants to do something good for humanity. And there’s Bill Clinton at his side. Apparently it was Obama’s idea. “These two leaders send an unmistakable message to the people of Haiti and the world,” says Obama. But considering the weighty historical baggage that both of these leaders bring with them, exactly what message are Haitians supposed to get?

Naomi Klein in Jaffa SustainableCityBlog.com, July 7, 2009

In every country where the population has eventually risen up against oppression, said Klein, it was due to two factors: the loss of a feeling of normalcy and prolonged economic hardship. In Israel’s case, “bubbles of normalcy like Tel Aviv” substitute for genuine normalcy, and the hardships resulting from ongoing conflict are born by one side only, while the other side profits. Or as one former businessman told Klein in Gaza: “For Israel, peace is a luxury.”

Waltz with Lieberman SustainableCityBlog.com, March 13, 2009

How could the Israeli public – the same public which heaped praise on Ari Folman’s riveting film – now be “ignoring every one of the film’s harrowing lessons and once again unequivocally supporting an aimless military campaign, its goals unclear and its potential for rapid and incontrollable escalation vast.” Is there a contradiction between Israelis’ praise for anti-war films like Waltz with Bashir and their support for exactly the kind of drunken use of power that it warns against?

On Obama’s first State of the Union address SustainableCityBlog.com, February 25, 2009

By vowing to reverse No Child Left Behind, subsidies for agribusiness, no-bid contracts, unnecessary defense spending and tax cuts for the rich, Obama was responding to Republican calls for “smaller government.” By cutting back on Bush programs, he told them, we can save trillions – answering conservatives whose attacks have been based on the argument that Obama’s policies will saddle America with heavy debts for generations.

Yes we can? Not so fast! SustainableCityBlog.com, February 12, 2009

Being back in the States after a prolonged absence is always instructive. Living abroad gives you the space to take a detached look at American culture and politics, which can reveal some remarkable insights. In February of 2009, I returned home to a different country, one devastated by a ransacked economy, yet somehow hopeful for a better future. Meanwhile, in my adopted homeland, the political discussion was becoming increasingly shrill and irrational.

Cast Lead diary SustainableCityBlog.com, December 2008

This text, my own personal protest against the violent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, known in Israel as “Operation Cast Lead,” was published on my blog during the first few days of fighting, and reflects my experience of the conflict from Tel Aviv. The war, another in a long series of traumas experienced by Palestinians, Israelis and the people of the entire region, contributed to the rise of the extreme right in Israel’s national elections in February 2009.

The ‘convergence’ bluff openDemocracy.net, May 16, 2006

My first published article, a piece of political analysis in the wake of Ehud Olmert’s landslide victory in Israel’s 2006 elections, written from an internet cafe in Quito, Ecuador: “The Kadima party’s victory in Israel’s elections last month reveals the deep shift that has taken place in Israeli politics. By bringing Ehud Olmert into power with a solid center-left majority in the Knesset, the Israeli public has made clear to its politicians that it is ready to give up on the dream of a Greater Land of Israel. A leading hawk until only recently, Olmert based his electoral campaign on a promise to evacuate settlers from the West Bank. However, Olmert’s actions since being elected suggest that he does not intend to act in accordance with the mandate given to him by the public.”

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