May 31, 2013
May 31, 2013
To Read: Daniel Benjamin, who served as the State Department's counter-terrorism coordinator up until last year, believes that Obama knew what he was talking about in his counter-terrorism speech and that the US war on terrorism is going just fine-
Quote: "The year 2012 was ... notable in demonstrating a marked resurgence of Iran's state sponsorship of terrorism", a US State Department report takes a look at global terrorism in 2012.
Number: 68, the percentage of Americans who believe that America 'should not 'use military action to end the conflict' in Syria even if 'all economic and diplomatic efforts fail'.
To Read: Oded Eran offers a list of 5 possible strategies for John Kerry to pursue in his Israel-Palestine peacemaking efforts-
Quote: "Unilateral action by either party cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations and will not be recognized by the international community", EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton condemning Israel's decision to build in East Jerusalem.
Number: 14.5, the percentage of Israeli women who smoke.
The Middle East
To Read: Iran specialist Afshin Shahi writes about what he takes to be Iran's momentous sexual revolution-
Quote: "We don't distinguish between Syria and Lebanon anymore. We live under Shiite occupation just like the Syrians, and now are a finger in the fist of this jihad against Iran and their Zionist dog, Bashar [al-Assad] ", Hajj Mohammed, a Sunni fighter in Lebanon, another example of how many fighters in the Syrian war are becoming more religious.
Number: 62, the percentage of global terrorism fatalities which occurred in just three countries- Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan- according to the State Department.
The Jewish World
To Read: Rabbi Jonathan Sacks muses on the deep symbolism in the Jewish Talit-
Quote: “I give her credit for having the courage to write and publish ‘Fazit’ at the time she did. In 1963, nobody I met admitted to having been a Nazi. She may have been the first German, and certainly the first German woman, who tried to face her past with honesty. No other book at that time said, unequivocally, ‘I was a Nazi, and here’s why.’ I am certainly treated well in her memoir, with insight and respect. Melita eventually came to be horrified by Nazism, and I believe she really meant the book as an apology”, Marianne Schweitzer, a 95 year old Jewish woman, remembering her childhood friend and famous repentant Nazi, Melita Maschmann, in a fascinating story published by the New Yorker.
Number: 492,000, the sum paid in an auction for a letter written by Alfred Dreyfus in prison.