Talking to Jews about Palestine is vital but far from the only task when occupation deepens

During last week’s New York event for After Zionism with Phil Weiss of Mondoweiss, we talked about the responsibility of Jews to speak out against Israeli crimes. But the danger, something I expressed repeatedly, was not falling into the trap of feeling overly obsessed with the internal conversation inside the Jewish community while Palestinians suffer…

Afghanistan remains a massively outsourced war

Most of the world media announced last week that America’s “surge” in Afghanistan was over. Not so fast. Here’s some numbers (via Mother Jones) that reveal the depth of Washington’s occupation in the country: Here a few more numbers to keep in mind as we approach the 2014 deadline for withdrawal of US combat forces:…

“Only in America” files; get students more weapons

This is a lead story in today’s Wall Street Journal which I’m reading in California. It’s hard to understate the insanity of these proposals, that the more guns circulating in society the better, that more guns will make America safer: At more college campuses across the country, students are winning the right to pack a…