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Awakening to Women: The Nobel Effect

2 Comments | Posted October 17, 2011 | 14:12:57 (EST)

The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee is an occasion for both celebration and reflection. Gbowee, 39, one of the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and currently the Executive Director of the Women in Peace and Security Network, was prompted...

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Conflict Resolution Commandos: A Response to the Flotilla

Posted June 28, 2011 | 13:10:52 (EST)

* The following article was co-written with Andrea Bartoli and set to be published in the next issue of Unrest Magazine.

This month a new flotilla is scheduled to set sail to Gaza. As will be recalled, in May 2010 a violent confrontation at sea between Israeli...

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Dumb and Dumber: Gene Simmons & Herman Cain Sound Off on Obama and Israel

Posted May 25, 2011 | 16:03:53 (EST)

President Obama's speech on the Middle East has inspired a lot of ridiculous responses. But few trump Kiss co-frontman Gene Simmons' confused tirade and GOP candidate Herman Cain's embarrassingly ignorant "doctrine". Roll tape!


Gene makes a good point, people who are not from the region should just shut up: he brilliantly drives this point home when talking about the Golan Heights in the context of the West Bank (oops), and referring to PM Netanyahu as el presidente. Oh, how I miss the days when Gene Simmons' contribution to society consisted of writing and singing about f*#^ing underaged girls. This guy is the Donald Trump of music -- and I mean that in the worst possible way.

Next, Cain explains his so called "Cain doctrine" regarding Israel/Palestine, which might as well have been written by his morally obtuse biblical namesake. Unfortunately for the presidential hopeful, he unambiguously exposed his profound ignorance of the conflict. Notice the blank cow-like stare when asked, "where do you stand on the right of return?" Talk about a (pizza) pie in the face! Mr. Cain, here is a bit of advice: supporting the "right of return" won't get you in "President" Netanyahu's good graces. Silly Republicans, do your homework.

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Unite, Confuse, and Inspire: Creating a More Inclusive Atmosphere in Israel

Posted January 13, 2011 | 12:52:00 (EST)

Reflecting on 2010, it's clear that racism in Israel has reared its ugly head. A recent poll published by the Israel Democracy Institute found that only 51 percent of Israelis support equal rights between Jews and Arabs, while 53 percent think the state should encourage Arabs to emigrate from the...

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Resolving Conflict Over a Beer: Lessons for Israeli, Palestinian and American Negotiators

Posted September 23, 2010 | 18:38:46 (EST)

As Israelis, Palestinians and Americans stumble into the initial stages of negotiations, here are a couple of lessons culled from game theory and behavioral economics they would be wise to keep in mind.

Lesson 1: Fairness Trumps Rationality.

Two people, strangers, are paired and given the following instruction:...

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