Archive for: middle east

An Unpleasant Debate

An Unpleasant Debate

BY JOE LENOFF This article is in response to Hen Mazzig’s article in JNS. Last week, J Street U and St. Louis Hillel invited Oded Na’aman, a philosophy student and member of the group Breaking the Silence, to speak at the St. Louis Hillel at Wash U. Mazzig attended the […]

 
 

Attempts at Independence

Attempts at Independence

BY BEN GOTTESDIENER Between 1973 and the present, there have been numerous shocks to the energy marketplace, the oil market in particular. With each shock came a subsequent call for energy independence, and a national energy strategy to make the United States achieve it. However, with each call for independence […]

 
 

Shattering the Façade: The Burgeoning Oil Cities of the Middle East

Shattering the Façade: The Burgeoning Oil Cities of the Middle East

BY ARI MOSES To the casual onlooker, the new, ex­ploding cities of the Middle East, such as Dubai, are 21st century marvels that defy the growth patterns of traditional Western cities. The sleek architecture cou­pled with the finest contemporary construc­tion materials leave the impression that these new cities will eclipse […]

 
 

Let’s Invade the Middle East

Let’s Invade the Middle East

BY JOE LENOFF I don’t want drones or tomahawk missiles. I want American boots on the ground. Well, sandals anyway. I want American flags waving high and proud, but I want them on top of school buildings and hospitals, not tanks and jets. I want humanitarian aid. I want USAID […]

 
 

The Enslaved Dreamers: Domestic Migrant Workers in the Middle East

The Enslaved Dreamers: Domestic Migrant Workers in the Middle East

On January 9th, 2013 a young Sri Lankan maid named Rizana Nafeek was beheaded in Saudi Arabia for the alleged murder of her employers’ infant son. There are several key details in this recent news headline which make it particularly shocking. First, at the time of the murder in 2005, […]

 
 

Gingrich, the Bombastic Bomb-Thrower

Gingrich, the Bombastic Bomb-Thrower

Newt Gingrich, the volatile new frontrunner of an equally volatile Republican presidential primary, stepped into controversy again last week. In a speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition, Gingrich argued that Palestinians are an “invented” people. His Republican opponents chastised him for meddling in Middle East issues best left to the […]

 
 

The Death of a Vision

The Death of a Vision

For much of its history, Turkey has been a nation of two minds. Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1922, a new government was formed, thanks almost entirely to the efforts of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. He envisioned a Westernized Turkey, abolishing Islamic courts, granting equality of the sexes, […]