Notes From the Margins…

Joshua Muravchik: War Zombie

  • March 16, 2015
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You have to admire the neoconservative imagination.   Alright, maybe not admire exactly.     But in any case you have to acknowledge that these guys are in it for the long haul.     Neither age nor failure can wither them.     No amount of death and destruction can ever dampen their ardor...

Look out America: the Venezuelans are coming

  • March 13, 2015
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A long time ago back back in the 1980s I was living in New York, when I read a story in the New York Times  about a group of armed Nicaraguan exiles, consisting mostly of former members of the Somoza National Guard,  who were conducting military exercises in the Florida Everglades and receiving training...

It’s raining threats, hallelujah

  • March 11, 2015
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One of the great things about living in a democratic society is that we don’t have propaganda.   That is something that authoritarian regimes like Russia and Iran do.   They have stations like RT and Press tv which do nothing but mindlessly and uncritically promote the agenda of their respective regimes.

Here in the free...

After Cage: 10 Steps to prevent ‘radicalization’

  • March 09, 2015
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I’m grateful to the British media and political establishment for the typically rigorous, balanced, and honest debate that has taken place over the last week, which has now enlightened me about the true objectives of the Muslim advocacy organization Cage.   I now understand that Cage’s purpose was not to defend Muslims who may have...

Antisemitism: a blight that Palestinian solidarity doesn’t need

  • March 06, 2015
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No one who has been involved in Palestinian solidarity or who has even had the temerity to criticize the actions of the Israeli state will be unaware of the explosive issue of antisemitism.   The anti-apartheid movement was directed against a system whose essential iniquity was almost universally recognized, even by the states that covertly...

The United States of Israel

  • March 04, 2015
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There is no polite way to say this, but Benjamin Netanyahu is one of the most repellent and dangerous politicians in the world today.     He is a man who trades on fear and war, a cynical and amoral manipulator without a trace of honesty in his entire body,   who lies as easily...

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