Matti Friedman, August 26, 2014, Tablet
A former AP correspondent explains how and why reporters get Israel so wrong, and why it matters.
The Israel Story
Is there anything left to say about Israel and Gaza? Newspapers this summer have been full of little else. Television viewers see heaps of rubble and plumes of smoke in their sleep. A representative article from a recent issue of The New Yorker described the summer’s events by dedicating one sentence each to the horrors in Nigeria and Ukraine, four sentences to the crazed génocidaires of ISIS, and the rest of the article—30 sentences—to Israel and Gaza.
When the hysteria abates, I believe the events in Gaza will not be remembered by the world as particularly important. People were killed, most of them Palestinians, including many unarmed innocents. I wish I could say the tragedy of their deaths, or the deaths of Israel’s soldiers, will change something, that they mark a turning point. But they don’t. This round was not the first in the Arab wars with Israel and will not be the last. The Israeli campaign was little different in its execution from any other waged by a Western army against a similar enemy in recent years, except for the more immediate nature of the threat to a country’s own population, and the greater exertions, however futile, to avoid civilian deaths.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
It may be the hardest to solve, but it is the easiest to explain.
In a nutshell, it’s this: one side wants the other side dead.
- Gaza conflict: Truce ends amid fresh fighting (BBC-August 19, 2014)
- Tensions simmer in East Jerusalem over teenagers' deaths (BBC-July 2, 2014)
Sunday, August 17, 2014
|St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church|
A couple of nights ago I delivered my talk, Finding Love in a World Opposed to Christianity. I tried my best to define the true meaning of love, and discussed how the modern world view of sex, love and marriage directly opposes the Christian view. I also offered my own personal advice to the young men and women who were in attendance.
My speaking notes are available for download.
- Finding love in a world opposed to Christianity (my speaking notes)
- The purpose and pitfalls of sex (Charles Price, Living Truth)
- Romance without regret
- Chastity and sexuality
- Marriage made for heaven
- The economics of sex
- Career choice: spouse first
- Boys need rewiring to become men
- Gut Check: Confronting Love, Work & Manhood (book)
- The resurrection of guys
- Neuroscience Speaks: How Using Porn Destroys Your Willpower (hypofrontality)
- Man boys, it's time to get married and start living
- Marriage makes me a better man
- Teenage boys can't be "just friends" with girls
- Women, get a diamond ring before your degree
- Acting happy is more important than feeling happy
Saturday, August 16, 2014
|Nasara (Nazarene, Christian genocide)|
Jewish Journal, August 14th, 2014
When Jews are killed, we make sure the world knows. When Palestinians are killed, the Web explodes. So why is it that when Christians are murdered and persecuted en masse, no one seems to care — not even other Christians?
We see this mystery playing out in Iraq with the hundreds of thousands of members of Christian minorities whose deaths have not yet provoked an outcry.