Monday morning, I had to walk around the southeast corner of 19th & N while construction workers poured the newest sidewalk in DC.
By Tuesday morning, their work was mostly complete, yet I couldn’t help but notice that someone had — rather than avoiding the new pavement, like I did — taken the opportunity to share his or her personal opinion with everyone who walks by for the next ~decade:
Continue reading The newest sidewalk in DC has already been victimized
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s extended campaign ad — filmed before the United States Congress — has been grabbing all the headlines, but on Last Week Tonight last night, John Oliver drew viewers’ attention to an earlier piece in support of his reelection:
Continue reading What’s the real takeaway from Bibi’s fearmongering on ISIS?
The recently-collapsed Swedish government has drawn the ire of pro-Israel partisans in recent months, after it became the first in Europe to recognize a Palestinian state.
So those defenders of Zion were quick to pounce when Swedish MP Hillevi Larsson — a member of the Social Democratic-led government responsible for the vote — was recently pictured next to a Palestinian flag, while holding an award she received from the Palestinian Association of Malmö in gratitude for her support:
Continue reading Why I have a hard time condemning the Swedish MP pictured holding a ‘Palestine without borders’
Egypt has made a bunch of headlines recently for its decision to clear a buffer along its border with Gaza in an effort to prevent smuggling into (and out of) the coastal territory, and also to fend off further militant attacks in the region (like last week’s attack that killed 31 members of the country’s military).
One reason I’ve seen this story so many times is that some of my friends have used it to suggest that critics of Israel are hypocritical for not speaking out against Egypt’s decision to destroy homes in the fight against terror. But that’s not what interests me about this story –if Israel were destroying houses within its own borders, those critics of Israel would find something else to complain about, but mostly it demolishes homes inside occupied territory (or, as in the case of Gaza, once-occupied territory).
What instead caught my eye here was how Egypt planned to use this buffer in its effort to stem smuggling:
Continue reading Egypt may have found the solution to Gaza
After VP Joe Biden accused Turkey of having supported many of the forces fighting Bashar al-Assad — including ISIS — that country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan angrily responded, “Turkey has never given even the smallest kind of support to any terror organization.”
That’s the punchline.
Continue reading The President of Turkey just told a hilarious joke
Since the beginning of October, I have written three posts about Arrested Development in real life for no apparent reason. I probably should have collected a few examples and posted them all together, but they generally came up one after the other, I can’t help myself, and that idea didn’t occur to me until just now, so — acknowledgement this post probably doesn’t deserve to exist out of the way — let’s get this over with.
Sometime over the past couple of days, I noticed that McClatchy currently employs a journalist working in Irbil (Arbela), Iraq, who goes by the name of Mitchell Prothero. After I noticed his name the first time, I started noticing it on other articles, as well. But who is he really?
You might be wondering, “Mitchell Prothero. Sounds like a name. What am I missing?”
Continue reading One final* Arrested Development IRL post
There are a lot of perfectly legitimate things to say about what happened this summer between Hamas and Israel. This brief post is in no way meant as a guide to the issue — rather, it is a perfunctory identification of the absolute silliest single way to go about holding such a discussion.
Now, given the focus of this post, I do feel the need to preface: I don’t always read the comments — but when I do, I come to deeply regret it.
A recent article on Huffington Post was somewhat of an exception to that rule. The article in question was titled, “Ceasefires in Which Violations Never Cease” — but don’t click yet — and looked really long and predictable, so I didn’t even bother reading it. Instead, I found myself inexplicably scrolling down to the comments section, just to see how the real battle was going.
I stopped reading after about three comments — not because I could no longer take it, but because I felt compelled to share what I found with you all. Focus on the second comment below — what Ethan Shapiro had to say is largely beside the point:
Continue reading How not to talk about what happened between Israel and Gaza
The relationship between the United States and Israel has been better. The Wall Street Journal published an article yesterday, titled “Israel Outflanks the White House on Strategy: White House Now Scrutinizing Israeli Requests for Ammunition“, that claims “U.S.-Israeli relations [are at their] lowest point since President Barack Obama took office.”
The article took pains to differentiate between Israel’s relationships with the U.S. Military and with Congress on the one hand, and the Obama administration on the other. To illustrate this divide, the article detailed the diplomatic fallout of Israel’s request for more American ammunition during Operation Protective Edge:
Continue reading The pettiest collateral damage from deteriorating U.S.-Israel relations