Note: This post is dedicated to the memory of Marie Colvin, an American war correspondent who was allegedly killed by the Syrian government while covering the uprising there. If you want to learn more about the lives and sacrifices of war correspondents, I recommend watching the documentary “Dying to Tell the Story,” which I first saw in 1998 when I was a journalism major at Boston University.
JERUSALEM — “The real fear is not that Iran will nuke us; it is that a nuclear Iran will have a greater ability to sponsor and commit terrorism in Israel and worldwide without having to fear significant retaliation.”
That was a comment that an official… Continue reading
Free-market, libertarian, conservative extremists on the right are just as dangerous to the economy as those communist, socialistic extremists on the left. As in most things in politics and society, the so-called Golden Mean, to use Aristotle’s phrase, lies in the middle. Too much of the latter leads to economic stagnation; too much of the former leads to an enslaved lower-class akin to the new Dark Ages (and, eventually, economic stagnation as well).
Unfortunately for my blood pressure, I was watching the superficial vapidity of “The Five” on Fox News last week when co-host Eric Bolling (pictured), whose economic ignorance makes me question… Continue reading
RISHON LEZION, Israel — So I was once entering a local pub to meet some friends, and another regular rushed outside while I had been approaching the door. Her eyes were tearing up, and she was wiping them.
“Susan,” I asked. “What happened?” “Peter blew smoke in my eyes!” she exclaimed. “That a–hole!” (I have changed the names since they are obviously not Israeli ones.)
Now, Susan was a girl in whom I had been interested at the time. So, instinctively, I tried to comfort her while agreeing that Peter had acted like a jerk. Thirty minutes later, Susan was ignoring me and was “all over” Peter. And that was just one… Continue reading
JERUSALEM — For the past five years, hundreds of young Israelis have gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on the first Friday of every July to fight in what is billed as “the largest water war in the world.” No, it is not armed conflict over one of the planet’s most-precious resources — it is an afternoon in which strangers and friends douse each other with water from water guns, water balloons, and water buckets filled from the fountain in the square. The most-recent one was on July 1.
Such a fun occasion is a welcome diversion from the ongoing political turmoil here in the Middle East. After all, Tel Aviv… Continue reading
“The stress and depression [over my debt] has gotten so bad at times that I’ve seriously thought about killing myself. I’ve thought more about walking into a financial aid office, or a bank, and just blowing everyone away. Why even bother robbing them, all cash is traceable now. No, I’d do it because my dead body or someone else’s dead body means someone else, somewhere else, has to do more paperwork than me for a change. I’d do it for the [laughs], basically.”
That was a disturbing comment in a Fark.com online forum discussing a recent article on the level of college loans for students currently held by young people in… Continue reading