Monday, February 16, 2009

The Logic of Colonialism

Israel continues to expand settlements on the West Bank, making any kind of two-state solution even less possible. Even though Olmert has admitted the need for territorial concessions, he can't defy the dynamic of what Marxists call a 'colonial-settler state.'

Sunday, February 8, 2009

They Can't Hear: Can Obama Listen?

The New York Times takes a tiny step forward.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Charms of Realpolitik

From today's NYTimes on the recent tension between Israel and Turkey, its closest Muslim ally.

"Jewish groups [in the U.S.] have helped Turkey block a resolution that condemns the genocide of a more than a million Ottoman Empire Armenians from being discussed in Congress.

Abraham H. Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League, said that Mr. Erdogan’s criticism was “like a shock to the system,” but added that the league had not changed its opposition to the genocide bill in Congress. “It’s not a question of punishment,” he said. “There’s too much at stake in the relationship.”

So right-wing members of an ethnic group that suffered genocide support genocide-deniers in the name of political expediency. Nice.