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Jonathan Russo

Jonathan Russo as a lay scholar has been observing Israel and its policies since his first visit in 1966. He has been a successful media executive in New York City since 1973.

He has been interested in China since 1970 and U.S. politics since 1965.

He has blogged for and on his own site

Entries by Jonathan Russo

Tax Perversion

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 9:33 AM

ISIS is not the only entity under bombardment these days. Consumers of almost any media outlet are, too: endless articles and broadcasts about "tax inversion" are being showered on to the consumer's stratosphere, with no end in sight. For those unfamiliar, tax inversion is the process wherein U.S. companies devise...

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Indexing and the End of Capitalism

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 1:44 PM

It's now official. The tipping point for investing in stocks by using index funds is here. It is impossible to pick up any business publication without reading about Indexing, passive investing, Warren Buffet's will (in which he advised his heirs to put his estate in Vanguard index funds), and the...

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Needed Now: RNTO

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 1:45 PM

Alliances for mutual protection are as old as humanity; like-minded nations have always banded together to preserve their security and extend their power. In recent times, the two most important alliances have been NATO and SEATO. These two organizations sought to combine the economic power of their constituent countries with...

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My War Score: Israel 0, Hamas -1

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 10:04 AM

As I write this, the first 72-hour truce has just ended. So for the weary combatants and affected civilians, the death and destruction have resumed.

Here is my scorecard to date.

-1 for Hamas. Hamas has shown it is true to its roots. It wants the Zionist occupation to...

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Suddenly We're All Proportionalists?

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 9:10 PM

When there is a military objective, there is very rarely "proportionality." The lack of proportionality is what losers use to explain their defeat. In the current Hamas-Israel war, the concept of proportionality has become a front-and-center issue. The score is kept by the number of dead and wounded, with a...

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The Fatal Label: Reducing Hamas in Gaza to "Terrorists"

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 11:06 AM

Sometimes a misdiagnosis can be fatal. Analyzing and then describing an illness wrongly results in faulty treatment that can cause severe problems while allowing the underlying real issues to flourish. In our personal lives we have all experienced this medial problem with friends and family members, and we have all...

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Beyond Economic Inequality: Worry About Inequality of Sacrifice

(7) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 6:40 PM

Last week brought news that a reliable poll showed a majority of Americas wanted to reduce the use of military power abroad. The Wall Street Journal poll found some 47 percent of those polled wanted a "less active" military abroad. Only 19 percent wanted a "more active" one....

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What Netanyahu Should Say (And Do) Now

(3) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 9:14 PM

"My fellow Israelis, as the holidays end I thought it important to address you and give an assessment of recent events and an update on my thoughts for the future. However, this speech will also be for a wider audience. I am also addressing the Palestinians, the rest of the...

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Pollard and Dreyfus: An American Jew Reflects

(6) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 9:14 PM

With the near-certainty that the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are headed south, the last-minute gambit to sweeten the pot and free convicted spy Jonathan Pollard seems to have only created more discord. The other night I was out with some very smart Israelis and American Jews, and Jonathan Pollard came up...

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The Long March's Final Destination: The British Virgin Islands

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 6:15 PM

The Long March was one of the most important events of the 20th century. Mao Zedong's Communist army's retreat covered 6,000 miles of arduous Chinese countryside. Eighty thousand irregular troops started the march; one tenth of those finished. The retreat, which started in the Southern province of Jiangxi, has been...

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(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 3:46 PM

If one wants to see the real face of America's declining power abroad, look no further than Karzai's Afghanistan or Maliki's Iraq. Then compare those two postwar U.S.-installed governments to post-World War II Japan and Germany. After Allied victories, spilled blood and treasure we installed provisional governments that did what...

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American Jews, Change and Israel

(3) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 11:12 PM

As the Kerry-brokered peace talks continue between the Israelis and Palestinians, it might be useful to reflect on the experience of change in America, particularly among its Jews. By doing so I hope to shed a little light on why there is a gap between American Jews and their Israeli...

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China's Rise and the Sixth Avenue Elevated

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 2:31 PM

New York City once had elevated subway lines. They were noisy and smoky. One ran along Sixth Avenue and was aptly called the Sixth Avenue Elevated. In 1938, it was torn down and the scrap metal, iron and steel sold to a dealer in California. To this day, there are...

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