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Kiryas Joel

Kiryas Joel

Kiryas Joel is a Hasidic enclave within Monroe, NY with its own schools, emergency medical and other governmental services. A recent book by Louis Grumet with John Caher, “The Curious Case of Kiryas Joel: The Rise of a Village Theocracy and the Battle to Defend the Separation of Church and State” (Chicago Review Press, $27.99), details the machinations behind the extraordinary carve out of a school district for a religious group.

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Israeli colonialism signed in the UK, sealed in the USA

Israeli colonialism

“We must do everything to insure they (the Palestinians) never do return … The old will die and the young will forget.” -Ben Gurion

C onsidering the British Mandate of Palestine “carved out of Ottoman Southern Syria” and its favourable view of a Zionist drive for the colonisation of historical Palestine, is to seek, somewhere, an honourable historical discourse in a dishonourable colonialist fulcrum.

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Hologram for a King might trigger US soul-searching

Is US self-perception as do-gooding global superhero starting to fade?

Hologram For The King

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The Center Doesn't Hold


"The best lack all convictions, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity!" Is there a better description of what is happening in Israel now? Yet these words were written, almost a hundred years ago, by the Irish poet W. B. Yeats.

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Assessing Ahmet Davutoglu’s Departure

Ahmet Davutoglu

The resignation of Davutoglu seems to be enveloping Turkey in mists of partisan speculation, which opposition forces contend has taken the nation a big step closer to the abyss of autocratic rule.

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