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Sending Weapons to Syria Is a Tried and True Mistake

August 13, 2014

On November 29, 1981, an ordinary day in the bustling Damascus neighborhood of Azbakiyah, droves of Syrian pedestrians on Baghdad Street moved in and out of their apartments and offices.   Some were children visiting their friends.  Many were high-ranking intelligence functionaries working to foil subversive plots against the state. It was a tense time. […]

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In Holocaust Education, Re-Emphasize Allied Apathy

June 30, 2014

When teaching children about racism and genocide, educators often focus on individual biases as the source of systematic racism and anti-Semitism.  For example, at my synagogue, teachers often ask their students to put themselves in the shoes of Christian German civilians during the Holocaust and consider whether they, as non-Jews, would have simply shrugged off anti-Semitic slurs and […]

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Neoconservatives Use Moral Relativism to Blame Progressives for Genital Mutilation

March 25, 2014

This article was originally published for Foreign Policy in Focus and at tommyraskin.org.   The neoconservative camp, always eager to wrestle with imaginary positions of their opponents, is now bravely challenging another belief that no one holds, which is that “all cultures are equal.” George Mason University Professor Walter Williams has jumped aboard the “Western values are superior […]

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US Support for Egyptian Tyranny

February 13, 2014

Listen in as William Herman and I dissect the history of American support for Egyptian despotism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjL8abymi_c

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The Myth of the Able-Bodied Man as Man

January 4, 2014

This article was originally published at goodmenproject.com and tommyraskin.org. We need to fix the game of manhood. Our society’s exclusive image of the ‘real man’ leaves us with a disgruntled majority of boys who view the coveted prizes of masculinity as out of reach. Although most boys are bound to feel painfully inferior at one […]

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