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Syria (The End)

As Russian and Iranian-Hezbollah  backed Syria regime forces finish off the rebellion against a dictator, all we do is watch the slaughter as it unfolds towards the end. Michael Kimmelman posts these very powerful images and video and so-so reflections … Continue reading

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Intersections (Jewish, Muslim, Arab, Israeli)

Nicolas Kristof in this  week’s New York Times, which you can read here, writes about a teenager escaping ISIS controlled territory. The unexpected shout-out to an Israeli NGO offering assistance to refugees landing in Lesbos makes a strong point about … Continue reading

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Catastrophe Affect & Human Values (Responding to the Middle East Today)

I’m not sure about these confessional remarks. On the one hand, the thoughts reflected here cut what is probably too wide a swath through a highly reified and mediated conceptualizations of “Islam” and “the Middle East,” while reflecting my own … Continue reading

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International Bystander (Syria)

This in the Guardian. As Russia begins intentionally to bomb non-ISIS targets in Syria, I am ashamed to be an American. It’s not for me to provide definite answers. I’m just a concerned U.S. citizen who happens to spend a … Continue reading

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Refugees & Population Transfer (European Ethics & Middle Eastern Politics)

As often as not, it’s a mistake to confuse ethics and politics. But here’s where the politics and ethics of the current refugee crisis will undoubtedly intersect. There’s no way European and American moral conscience won’t prove as flimsy as … Continue reading

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Disaster Aesthetics (Syria)

Abstract and beautiful, the satellite images published here in the Atlantic show the devastating scale of the chaotic free-for-all in Syria that mars that country’s natural and urban landscapes. Without a human figure, they indicate from a distance a destructive human trace. … Continue reading

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Telling Stories — Obama & The Banality (of Fighting) Evil

Politically, maybe it’s true and there’s nothing the Unites States can do or wants to do in the world today. But the words used by President Obama and his spokespeople to save moral face don’t square with the desperate human … Continue reading

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