What the New Drone Report Does and Doesn’t Say

I wrote last week about the worthwhile new Stanford/NYU study on the civilian impact of the drone war in Pakistan. Today brought the release of another new study of the drone war, this one conducted by the Center for Civilians… Continue Reading  

An Important New Study of the Drone War

It’s been evident for a long time now that the Obama administration has been offering a wildly embellished account of the drone war that it’s been covertly waging in Pakistan and elsewhere. An important new report, released by researchers at… Continue Reading  

Shas Leader on Iran: “Obliterate Them from the Face of the Earth”

This weekend brought news of the latest set of inflammatory comments by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual leader of Shas — the ultra-Orthodox party that is currently the fourth largest party in Israel’s Knesset. Yosef — whose previous statements regarding Arabs… Continue Reading  

What Can We Talk About When We Talk About Sheldon Adelson?

Over at The New Republic, Marc Tracy asks the question “Is it possible to write critically about Sheldon Adelson without being anti-Semitic?” He answers in the affirmative, noting that Adelson’s enormous financial influence on this year’s presidential election cycle —… Continue Reading  

Magid on Romney, “Palestinian Culture,” and Anti-Semitism

It’s been over a week since Mitt Romney’s controversial remarks in Jerusalem about the relative performances of the Israeli and Palestinian economies, and the debate kicked up has largely run its course. As far as ripostes go, it’s hard to outdo… Continue Reading