Women of the Revolution: Two-fer to watch from today’s This Week

women-revolution-lama-hasan-uprising-middle-east-libya-egypt-human-rights-politics-13069528While doing Sunday chores, I got to see the cover of the redesigned and Tina Brown-ified Newsweek about to come out, with a very powerful image of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the cover as well as watch with great interest an all-woman roundtable discussing the role of women in the revolutions occurring…

How Hillary Clinton Is Tougher Than Bill, More Qualified to Succeed in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

As the unusual confluence of the Jewish new year, Ramadan and September 11th has come and gone, I’ve been thinking a lot about the direct talks being pursued right now by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But this post is not about the talks’  core issues, as they’re called, or about the fact that…

On anniversary of Kristallnacht, this is how some Americans feel about Jews

From AmericaBlog (via The Nookular Option): Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel criticized a Teabagger protester in Washington, DC this week who held up a sign showing dead bodies from the Dachau concentration camp stacked in a pile, and compared this to the Democrats’ health care reform plan. Here are a few of the…

Exactly correct on American Jews, Obama, Israel & settlements, w/Ohio Jewish mention

From The Jerusalem Post: Until now, the settlement issue has been far from a pivotal part of the American Jewish calculus. Zionism in contemporary America has been an elastic enough concept to contain ardent supporters of the settlement movement and queasy critics of it; in the end they were separated less by settlements than they…

Lebanon elections show cautious promise for (slow) sea change

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a small breakfast hosted by the American Jewish Committee (I’m being installed onto their board later this week – isn’t that a weird expression – sounds like a stereo into a car) that featured Jason Isaacson, AJC’s Director of Government & International Affairs.  There were less than 20…

Hebrew, Arabic versions of Our Bodies, Ourselves bring Israelis, Palestinians together

From the Our Bodies, Ourselves blog: …Founded in Israel in 2005, Women and Their Bodies (WTB) is an Israeli-Palestinian initiative that is adapting “Our Bodies, Ourselves” into Hebrew and Arabic. “This version will be up-to-date for this decade, making it available to all women in Israel regardless of their native tongue,” Walsh told the Haaretz newspaper.…

Prediction: U.S. will be at Durban II

I don’t buy it.  I just don’t buy it. The U.S. is going to end up at Durban II.  I hope I’m wrong, but I’ve read enough finessed lingo over the years to guess where this is going. This pre-conference finagling and fussing is the genius and the danger of President Barack Obama, and I’ve…