Hi everyone. I realize it’s been several months since I posted anything here. Since early November I’ve been battling problems with my right eye that have made it a little hard for me to write. I have, however, been able to do a few things of general social utility. My main two achievements have been … Continue reading I’m baaack!
It is a fact, that I find pretty damned tragic, that I haven’t written anything about the earth-shaking developments in Ukraine, since I wrote this piece on February 24. To be honest, most of that piece still holds up fairly well. So what happened was basically that, energized by the thinking that had gone into … Continue reading Ukraine: 5 articles I’d write if I had the time
Whoa. September was a complete washout, a zilch, for my plan to return to being a writer and getting my own voice back out there after nearly a decade of supporting other people’s voices. I have been super-busy in other parts of the Just World (anti-imperialist) “Empire”. I planned and then have been managing challenges … Continue reading What I’m not writing about when I’m not writing…
Well here I am, yet again coming in to pick up my writing stream after a time away from it. This always takes a bit of effort, since for me being a writing person is a different way of being than being someone who doesn’t do regular writing. Sometimes (frequently) I would love to be … Continue reading Getting back to blogging/writing (again)
The first eight days of the year were taxing for me. I was super-eager to use my Middle Eastern and strategic-affairs smarts to try to understand/explain what was happening in Trump’s massive and very perilous showdown with the Islamic Republic of Iran. I was also helping family members deal with health crises. In the past … Continue reading My current writing projects…
Actually, only this one, on January 1. I’ve been busy with lots of other things, too.
The smart, experienced Arab-American community leader and activist Abdeen Jabara and I are engaged in, I guess, a spirited discussion over at Mondoweiss of the value of Michael Fishbach’s latest book, The Movement and the Middle East: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Divided the American Left. I spent a long time working on the review of … Continue reading Discussing Palestine and the US radical movement of the 1960s & ’70s.
So one of the advantages of having my own blog here, as opposed to just my platform at Medium, is that having my own blog allows me to write (and, more dangerously, share) some of my more unfinished, more personal thoughts. But I realize I haven’t used it enough for those purposes. Back in the … Continue reading Truly blogging. Odds and ends.
My piece on Pompeo’s November 18 declaration on Israeli settlements went up on Lobelog today, here. In the piece, I used some of the ideas from Andrew Bacevich’s 2002 book American Empire: The realities and consequences of U.S. diplomacy. This article is part of a broader project I’m pursuing to explore the phenomenon of imperial … Continue reading On empires, reluctant or otherwise
A few months ago, my friend Chuck Fager invited me to contribute a chapter to an anthology he was preparing under the title Passing the Torch: When Quaker Lives Speak. Chuck suffered some bad medical things in recent weeks but he persisted with the project and ten days ago the volume went up for sale … Continue reading On thinking about writing a memoir