Selective Sympathy in Israel/Palestine

On June 29, 2014, in Articles, by admin

Selective Sympathy in Israel/Palestine by Lawrence Davidson   Part I – Denying the Connections The display of anxiety and aggressive agitation in Israel, triggered by the kidnapping of three young men from an illegal settlement on the West Bank, seems to be accompanied by a near total denial of any legitimate relationship between government actions (the […]

The New York Times Declares the Peace Process Futile

On April 27, 2014, in Articles, by admin

New York Times Declares the Peace Process Futile by Lawrence Davidson   Part I In 1988 Yasser Arafat declared independence for Palestine based upon the notion of two states living in peace in historic Palestine. The border between those two states was to be set roughly at the armistice line established at the end of […]

Planning for the Future of the BDS Movement

On February 24, 2014, in Articles, by admin

Planning for the Future of the BDS Movement – An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson   Part I – Norman Finkelstein’s Predictions Much has been made of the rising influence of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Indeed, there is a growing sense that the boycott power of civil society, particularly as it […]

Is Iran the Real Problem? – An Analysis

On February 5, 2014, in Articles, by admin

Is Iran the Real Problem? – An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson   Part I – Setting Up Iran   The investigative reporter and author Gareth Porter has recently published a book entitled A Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. An impressively written and researched work, it is also frightening in its implications. For […]

Whose Academic Freedom Are We Talking About?

On January 14, 2014, in Articles, by admin

Whose Academic Freedom Are We Talking About? by Lawrence Davidson Part I – An Inevitable Controversy The controversy that broke out over the American Studies Association’s December 2013 vote to adopt an academic boycott of Israel was inevitable. The ASA’s academic boycott is a just a part of a much larger effort – the boycott, […]

A Victory for Diplomacy – An Analysis

On December 3, 2013, in Articles, by admin

A Victory for Diplomacy – An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson Part I – The Diplomatic Deal with Iran   By now most readers know that the five permanent member nations of the UN Security Council – the United States, China, France, Russia and the United Kingdom – plus Germany,  (referred to as the P5+1) have […]

Israel: A Culture of Walls

On November 19, 2013, in Articles, by admin

Israel: A Culture of Walls An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson   Part I – Israel’s Walls Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced his government’s intention to construct another “separation barrier” – a large fortified wall or fence referred to by Palestinians as an apartheid wall – “between the West Bank and Jordan after completing walls […]

Zionism versus Diplomacy and Peace – An Analysis

On October 6, 2013, in Articles, by admin

Zionism versus Diplomacy and Peace – An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson   Part I – Moderate Iran Iran’s new and more moderate President Hassan Rouhani came to the United Nations at the end of September. Amidst numerous interviews and diplomatic discussions, his message was clear: no, Iran will not give up its legal right to enrich […]

Congress and the Imperial Presidency Debate Syria – An Analysis

On September 4, 2013, in Articles, by admin

Congress and the Imperial Presidency Debate Syria – An Analysis by Lawrence Davidson Part I – The President Goes to Congress President Obama has sidestepped the political hole he had dug for himself (what we might call the “red line” hole) over his proposed attack on Syria. Having insisted there must be “consequences” for a […]

The Crime of Indifference – An Analysis

On July 2, 2013, in Articles, by admin

The Crime of Indifference – An Analysis By Lawrence Davidson   Part I – Indifference Elie Wiesel is a worldwide personality. Through his powerful descriptive writing about the Nazi concentration camps, he has come to personify the suffering of the Holocaust. Among his many insights is the famous observation, “The opposite of love is not […]