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Israelis protesting against high costs of living in Tel Aviv, 2011

Israel, Where Has Your Zionism Gone?

It is difficult to be considered a true patriot in modern Israel. Zionism, a belief in building a Jewish nation-state in the Land of Israel, was used as a basis for the state’s establishment. While that may have been the purpose of the word in the past, many conversations with young Israelis have led me…


Entropy in Egypt

As usual, the Middle East is dominating headlines. The bloody war in Syria drags on with no signs of slowing, Saudi Arabia is launching airstrikes at Yemen’s Houthis, ISIS continues its rampage into Iraq and Syria, and the U.S. is watching carefully to ensure Iran implements its part of the nuclear deal signed over the…

Carla Power (credit Jamie Smith Photography)

An Interview With Carla Power

Junior Rachel Sumption sat down with Carla Power, the final speaker in the Washington University 2014-2015 Assembly Series, to chat about her book, her perceptions of Islam, and her experience as a journalist writing about the Middle East. Carla Power is the author of the new book If The Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and…

The Refugee Crisis We Prefer to Change

BY SOPHIE TARAZI When I first announced that I would be studying abroad in Amman, Jordan, the two questions I was most frequently asked were whether Jordan was safe for Americans and if all the women wore hijabs. Though I wish people wanted to know more about the Bedouin and baklava, I understand why these…

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 lecture and offered a criticism…

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 and with each plan to…

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