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Women in the Israeli Military

Orna Barbivay, who in 2011 became the first woman in Israel’s history to become a major general, the second highest rank in the Israeli armed services, was born to Jewish immigrants from Iraq and Romania on this date in 1962. According to Jodi Rudoren in the New York Times, Barbivay spent “34 years of often being […]

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Learning from the Trump Tragedy

ANALYZING WHITE WORKING-CLASS RESENTMENTS by Myriam Miedzian   AT SOME POINT in 2016, when it became apparent that a Trump presidency was not a joke but a serious threat to democracy, I was one of many on the left who were deeply perplexed. How could so many working-class and middle-class people be so stupid as to […]

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James M. Buchanan and the Radical Right

by Dusty Sklar Discussed in this essay: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, by Nancy MacLean. Viking, 2017, 366 pages. JANE MAYER’S book, Dark Money, taught us that billionaires like the Koch brothers are able to influence how we think and vote. Now a worthy successor, Democracy in […]

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The Dilemma of the Atomic Bomb

AS NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROLIFERATE, WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM HISTORY? by Alan McGowan AT 5:45 P.M. on March 9, 1945, 334 B-29 bombers took off from Saipan and Tinian Islands in the Pacific, bound for Tokyo. For the next forty-eight hours they dropped incendiary bombs, creating the largest firestorm ever seen or heard and killing upwards of 100,000 […]

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