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Archive for December, 2006

Jimmy Carter vs. Israel

Former president Jimmy Carter, still going strong at 82, has stirred up attacks here in the U.S. on his new book, which criticizes the Israeli occupation of Palestine and calls this an “obstacle” to peace in the Middle East. He is being criticized even for the book’s title….

Don’t Litter (a short fable)

During my time in Morocco I noticed a campaign to fight litter, which included hiring people to sweep the streets, ads on TV about cleaning up the beaches, and installation of public wastebaskets on city streets. But that came later.


I was in Ain Kensara, a village about 20 km outside of Fez, with my friend Youssef and his brother Mohamed….

In a Bad Mood

Watch out!!!

Bush’s Spanking

Thanks to the gray old men (and one woman) of the Iraq Study Group, the magnitude of his unique, historic failure came crashing down on George W. Bush yesterday.

Evolution in Islam

On November 13, Kenza mentioned in her blog that she’d come across some videos on YouTube of Islamic “religious scholars” instructing men on the correct way to beat their wives according to the Qur’an. She kept viewing one after another as if in a trance, feeling a mix of morbid fascination and seething anger, unable to pull herself away.

Oum Kalthoum!

One of the things I miss most about Morocco is hearing the music of Oum Kalthoum in public places—cafés, long-distance bus rides—so I’d like to share with you one of my favorites, “Esal Rouhak.”

We’re Bombing Iraq

This is me at age seven, on vacation in Colorado with my parents. We’re playing the part of the “perfect American family.” Never did I imagine that one day I’d be saying this, but…sorry, world, for the war crimes!

Someone Gets It

As foreign policy types, politicians and commentators in the U.S. are getting stirred up about the new report by the Iraq Study Group, there is one man who has noticed the futility of all this.