… and yes, I know that Netanyahu isn’t stupid in any ordinary sense of the word, and that it’s vulgar to use racialist language. But from the perspective of the Zionist project I still treasure, the latest move on the settlements is surely “worse than a crime; [...]
Archive for the ‘Middle East Politics’ Category
Did Obama deliberately squeeze the Egyptian President into condemning the attack on the embassy?
The Syrian insurrection is now officially a civil war.
Andrew Sullivan flags a propaganda video made by the Assad regime that uses Darth Vader’s theme as background music. That would actually be a compliment to Assad; at least Darth was competent and cool-looking. The movie joke I have heard over and over about Bashar Assad in the Middle East is both more accurate and [...]
Social psychologists have documented an intriguing phenomenon dubbed “outgroup homogeneity”. It is the tendency to assume that groups to which you do not belong are less diverse than they are (in contrast, we overestimate diversity within groups of which we are a part). I have described before how this cognitive error produced complete misunderstandings of [...]
Al-Jazeera reports that the Syrian security forces are “cracking,” with some soldiers refusing to fire on protesters.
Every year I become more alarmed about Israel’s future, not least because of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s intransigent response to a changing world
Belgravia Dispatch features Gregory Djerejian’s speculations about whether Bashar Assad will escalate his crackdown efforts as well as some not-for-the-squeamish videos of the violence in the streets. I find the violence horrifying, but at the same time am repeatedly, pleasantly surprised that the Syrian people have at last moved away from blaming everyone in the [...]