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…

GOP in Damage Control Mode for Eric Cantor re: Ohio Young Gun Rich Iott

The article can get you up to speed or you can read my first post on this here which includes video of the exchange in question re: how does Eric Cantor feel about one of his Young Gun recruits’ former involvement in Waffen SS Nazi soldier re-enactments. From the Toledo Blade: Mr. Iott could not…

Haveil Havalim #275: The “I’m so busy that putting together this blog carnival is actually what substitutes for taking a break” Edition

Welcome to this week’s edition of Haveil Havalim #275: The “I’m so busy that putting together this blog carnival is actually what substitutes for taking a break” Edition. Founded by Soccer Dad, Haveil Havalim is a carnival of Jewish blogs — a weekly collection of Jewish and Israeli blog highlights, tidbits and points of interest…

Seitz analogizes Lake Erie property owners to oppressed African-Americans?

No, seriously – I totally do not get this. The Daily Briefing reports on a court tussle between Ohio Department of Natural Resources and owners of property on Lake Erie regarding where property lines should be drawn.  Water touching land is one aspect, but property owners adding soil/sand to their property, most likely to combat…

Clinton calls global status of women, girls “intolerable” “grim”

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech yesterday to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of the first International Conference on Population and Development. That gathering included a total of thousands of delegates from 179 countries. You can watch the entire presentation here on CSPAN-2 (and it includes remarks by the first ever Ambassador-at-Large for…

Two from Some People Pay Me Dept.: On Afghanistan, On Political Dynasties

Two recent pieces from the Some People Pay Me Department (and many thanks to those that do – I can’t believe it’s been nearly nine years since a certain Plain Dealer writer suggested I try my hand at freelance writing). 1. Why It’s Okay to be Person Most Likely to Stand in Front of a…

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…