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Richard Silverstein writes Tikun Olam, one of the earliest progressive Jewish blogs (started 2003). It is dedicated to a negotiated resolution of the Israeli-Arab conflict. He also created the Israel Palestine Forum, a site for progressive discussion of the issues related to the conflict.

Besides Huffington Post, he writes weekly for the Guardian's Comment is Free blog. He has also published at Haaretz, the Jewish Forward, the Los Angeles Times, and American Conservative Magazine. A Time to Speak Out (Verso Books) , an essay collection by Independent Jewish Voices will include a chapter by him.

He earned a Bachelor of Hebrew Literature degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary and an MA in Hebrew Literature at UCLA. He served as a fundraiser at Jewish federations in New York and California, and at Brandeis University.

He has been devoted to Israeli-Arab peace since 1968, and currently lives in Seattle with his wife and three children.

Entries by Richard Silverstein

Time's New Cover Story: "Why Israel Can't Win"

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2009 | 4:24 AM

time-why-israel-cant-winThanks to Phil Weiss for alerting me to Time Magazine's new issue. As Phil noted, this is big. Time has staked its journalistic reputation on coming out four square against the Gaza attack....

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Gaza Death Toll: 375 Palestinian, 4 Israeli

(21) Comments | Posted December 30, 2008 | 1:54 PM

Injured Gazan brought to hospital (AFP-Getty)

The death toll continues to mount on this the third day of Operation Solid Lead intended by Israel to break the back of Hamas and uproot its...

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Rick Warren to Address Major Muslim Group After Calling for 'Taking Out' Ahmadinejad

(1) Comments | Posted December 15, 2008 | 11:16 AM

Seems to me that Rick Warren, one of the most popular Christian evangelical pastors in the nation, has some splainin' to do to the Muslim bruthas when he speaks to the Muslim American Political Affairs Council national convention in two weeks. You see, Brother Rick engaged in a...

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Jeffrey Goldberg on Emanuel: "Israeli Running the White House"

(134) Comments | Posted November 14, 2008 | 9:02 AM

I thrive on ferreting out the unexamined assumptions of Israel's uncritical supporters. One of them is The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg. Israel Policy Forum just e-mailed me a panel discussion he conducted with Israel's former New York consul general, Alon Pinkas. The sheer chutzpah of Goldberg's statements about Rahm...

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Does Emanuel Appointment Signal Obama Pro-Israel Tilt?

(88) Comments | Posted November 8, 2008 | 1:37 AM

There seems to be a semi-conspiratorial meme developing in the left blogosphere that Rahm Emanuel's appointment as Obama chief of staff (along with Dennis Ross' potential role at State possibly dealing with Iran or Israel-Palestine negotiations) involves a sort of "pro-Israel fix" in which Aipac guarantees itself both...

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Palin: Art of Mastering Foreign Policy by Handshake

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2008 | 11:45 AM

From the New York Times:

Gov. Sarah Palin will meet with former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger and President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia during the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, an aide to Senator John McCain's presidential campaign said.

Ms. Palin is to...
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Palin Family Values

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2008 | 1:07 AM

It's important that progressives be clear in their discussion of the issue of Sarah Palin's 17 year-old daughter's pregnancy. The issue is not that her daughter is pregnant. That is something that unfortunately happens to too many American teenagers. But it is a personal issue and should remain so.


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Proselytizing Olympic Coach: 'Christians Have An Empty Mind'

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2008 | 1:33 PM

U.S. Olympic coach bringin' 'em to Jesus (Kisik Lee)
Looks like we have another proselytizing episode like the one that afflicted the U.S. Air Force Academy, in which the chaplains were pressuring students to become evangelical Christians. In this case,...

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It's Biden -- Ho-Hum

(17) Comments | Posted August 23, 2008 | 8:08 AM

Biden: a smile a mile-wide and an inch deep
The N.Y. Times reports that Barack Obama has picked Joe Biden as his running mate. And all I can say is ho-hum. He's playing it safe. Telling the...

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Georgia: What a Difference a Gates Makes

(5) Comments | Posted August 15, 2008 | 4:29 PM

You remember that tiresome evangelical favorite: "What would Jesus do?" Well, here's a version I'm glad I don't have to think about concerning the current Georgia crisis: What would Don do?

Following recent disturbing developments in the Caucasus, and after reading the statements from George Bush and Secretary of Defense...

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Matalin: 'Obama Nation' Attack Book "Good Piece of Scholarship"

(183) Comments | Posted August 13, 2008 | 10:17 AM

Jerome Corsi, fair and balanced hatchet man

Jerome Corsi, the right-wing pamphleteer who wrote Unfit for Command, and helped set the tone for the Swift Boat attacks on John Kerry in 2004, is back. He's now trying to do the same to Barack...

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Judith Miller: She's B-A-A-A-C-K!

(6) Comments | Posted August 6, 2008 | 8:45 PM

Yes indeed. The nation's most gullible neocon journalist is back to cheerlead the Iraq war. Just in case you're wondering what august nationally-distinguished journalistic enterprise is gracing its pages with Miller's deeply researched writing, let me spare you the suspense: it's the Reader's Digest. Yes, I know. The decline and...

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Syria's U.S. Ambassador Signals Strong Commitment to 'Land for Peace,' Urges U.S. Engagement in Talks

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2008 | 3:29 PM

Syrias U.S. ambassador, Imad Moustapha

Ori Nir, communications director of Americans for Peace Now, interviewed Imad Moustapha (audio), Syria's U.S. ambassador, about the current Syria-Israel peace negotiations being brokered by Turkey. Moustapha made an impressive pitch that...

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McCain: No Habeas for Bin Laden, Right to the Gallows

(14) Comments | Posted June 23, 2008 | 8:20 PM

John McCain is trying to paint Barack Obama into a corner regarding the question of whether Osama bin Laden deserves due process if or when U.S forces capture him. Leaving aside the fact that McCain's good buddies Bush and Cheney haven't been able to capture him for seven years...

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Gaza: Truce Without Hope

(3) Comments | Posted June 20, 2008 | 4:01 PM

It's rare in the history of national conflicts that you see truces that are doomed before they are even announced. Truces where both sides denounce each other and practically predict its demise. So this truce follows the miserable history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A truce painstakingly negotiated between Israel and...

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Israelis: Eat a Pistachio, Make an Iranian A-Bomb

(7) Comments | Posted June 17, 2008 | 10:18 AM

I swear to you I couldn't make up this shit if I tried. And if you think this story is "nutty," you'd be right.

Apparently, the new U.S. Ambassador to Israel has gotten all worked up over the fact that Israel is violating its own laws against trading with the...

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Clinton Fundraiser Considers McCain

(15) Comments | Posted June 13, 2008 | 5:58 PM

I'm filing this one under the "Say, what?" category:

Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a top Clinton fund-raiser, telecommunications entrepreneur and member of the Democratic National Convention's platform committee, said she had questions about Mr. Obama's trustworthiness. If he does not answer them, Ms. de Rothschild said she would...
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McCain Invokes Kahane's 'Never Again!' to Warn of Iranian Attack on Israel

(5) Comments | Posted June 5, 2008 | 11:21 AM

Jim Lobe notes that McCain's AIPAC speech predictably invoked the Holocaust to explain why the U.S. and Israel must stand alone as a bulwark against Iran:

[...]While he did not repeat the Bush administration's mantra that "all options", including a military attack, should remain "on the table" in dealing...
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