Category Archives: The Middle East

patenting smart water?

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3In a New York Times op-ed today, Charles Fishman argues that we should use the current severe drought to improve how we manage and distribute water, potentially achieving vast efficiencies. When I was in Israel recently, my … Continue reading

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Israel/West Bank trip, day 5

Facebook5 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 5(Tel Aviv) After talking last night with the editor of the very liberal Israeli newspaper, Ha’aretz (Aluf Benn), I’m thinking that the most interesting question is which of these two views most accurately represents the Israeli government: … Continue reading

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Israel/West Bank trip, day 4

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3(Tel Aviv) Since I last blogged, we have met with Vice Prime Minister (and Lieutenant General) Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon,* Ethiopian Israeli politician Shlomo Molla (who’s very talented, by the way), human rights attorney Hanny Ben Israel (who … Continue reading

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notes from the West Bank

Facebook2 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 2Today, we talked to senior officials of the Palestinian authority in the Palestinian Authority’s capital of Ramallah. We also visited a brand-new, planned Palestinian city called Ramabi. And before we entered the West Bank, we toured the … Continue reading

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Israel, day 3

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9(Jerusalem) Since I last posted, we have met with an Arab member of the Knesset, Ahmad Tibi, in the Knesset building. One of the founders of the settler movement, Israel Harel, showed us around his controversial West … Continue reading

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Israel, day 2

Facebook3 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 3(Jerusalem) I am here on a political study tour; our main business is a large number of meetings with experts and representatives of various sectors of Israeli and Palestinian society. I won’t try to narrate the whole … Continue reading

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Israel, day 1

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9I am in Jerusalem. I have traveled to Israel and the Palestinian territories with a group of Americans. We will be meeting with about 20 people here, including Members of the Knesset and a Vice Prime Minister, … Continue reading

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Arab students’ speech at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1This morning, my colleague Vanessa and I participated in a videoconference with Arab students in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. They are members of the Watan movement, which, as they presented it to us, exists to celebrate … Continue reading

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at Wye, remembering Abu Ghraib

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I am at the Aspen Institute along the Wye River on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Think of tidy fields with picket fences, Georgian brick houses, placid reaches of salt water at every turn, great flocks of … Continue reading

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the ideological valence of Sebastian Junger’s War

Facebook1 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 1I enjoyed War, Sebastian Junger’s vivid report of an American platoon in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan during five months of regular combat. I was a little taken aback to note that the other Amazon customers who … Continue reading

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