A Hunger for Justice

By many indicators, America is recovering from the recession that hit six years ago. The reported rates of employment, the GDP and the stock market are all moving in a positive direction. But when it comes to food security — the ability of Americans to feed themselves and their families — things are still far… Read More

­Seeing Red at Ohio University

Ohio University Student Senate President Megan Marzec made headlines last week when she responded to the university president’s ALS ice bucket challenge by pouring a bucket of blood-colored water over her head. Speaking in her official capacity as a student leader, she said the stunt was intended to send “a message of student concern of… Read More

A Quiet But Vital Role

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  Last week, President Obama outlined his strategy for dealing with the Islamic State insurgents who have swept through and now occupy parts of Syria and Iraq. In his primetime speech, the president promised that the United States will work “with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy”the Islamic State. Ten Arab countries… Read More

Back to School with BDS

The just-begun school year on college campuses is threatening an invigorated effort in support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. From academic bodies to student groups, agitation is reportedly building — ostensibly in support of the Palestinian cause — to brand Israel as an apartheid state, a colonial power and genocidal. The BDS… Read More

The Day After Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has faced much criticism for the way he conducted the war. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

If the open-ended cease-fire with Hamas is holding when you are reading these words, Israelis will be in the midst of evaluating their country’s 50-day war in Gaza in an effort to determine what went right, what went wrong and what comes next. Unlike Hamas, which declared victory after leader Khaled Mashaal came out of… Read More

An Easy Choice in Gaza

Hamas may have been trying to make an example last week through the firing-squad execution of at least 25 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel. But the public killings in the same week as the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State made Hamas look not so much as the flag bearer… Read More

Forget Syria in Fight Against Islamic Foe

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The United States is considering authorizing airstrikes in Syria in an effort to combat the growing strength of the Islamic State. Those potential strikes raise the question whether that effort will lead to some degree of cooperation between the U.S. and the brutal regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. We hope not. Even with the… Read More

Weapons of War

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The citizens of Ferguson, Mo., in suburban St. Louis, are not Taliban fighters or al-Qaeda hijackers. Nor are they narco-criminals. But you wouldn’t know that by looking at photos of the police force that faced them after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, on Aug. 9. In those… Read More

Another Witch Hunt?

The choice of Canadian law professor William Schabas, 63, as chairman of a U.N. human rights panel to investigate violations in the Gaza war does not inspire confidence that the group’s processes or findings will be fair. Quite simply, Schabas’ anti-Israel politics and his intemperate remarks about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — which asserted that… Read More

A Call for Help

Friends and supporters of Alan Gross have long gotten used to bad news coming from his cell in a Cuban military hospital, where he is serving a 15-year sentence. Jailed since 2009 and sentenced for crimes against the Cuban state, the Potomac resident and U.S. Agency for International Development worker has been in poor health… Read More