iOS app Android app

Shaun Jacob Halper
GET UPDATES FROM Shaun Jacob Halper

Entries by Shaun Jacob Halper

How to Stop Iran: My Interview with Non-Proliferation Expert Mark Fitzpatrick

(12) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 4:59 AM

Mark Fitzpatrick is one of the world's leading experts on nuclear proliferation. He is director of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. In an interview I conducted for Die Zeit Online, Fitzpatrick sat down to talk to me about whether a nuclear Iran is...

Read Post

The GOP's Pledge to America

(7) Comments | Posted September 23, 2010 | 8:23 AM

The GOP's Pledge to America:

1. We pledge to serve the rich.

2. We pledge to blame the poor for being poor.

3. We pledge to defend the right of the Religious Right to destroy the separation of church and state.

4. We pledge to expand the world's...

Read Post

Crazy on the March: The Tea Party Takes Over the Republican Party

(6) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 5:50 AM

A tectonic shift is taking place in American politics: the extreme Right is on the rise and it is transforming the Republican Party. From Delaware to New York to Alaska, Tea Party candidates are sweeping Republican primaries. Part denial; part naiveté; part attack: it was only a year ago that...

Read Post

Why Iran Hawks Are Obsessed with Hitler

(24) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 6:06 PM

Any professional historian worth his academic chair knows that no two historical periods are ever truly the same. No matter how widely the cliché is used, history does not repeat itself.

Many Americans, however, see things a bit differently.

Enter discussion of the Iranian nuclear threat and you...

Read Post

Bombing Iran and the Banality of Journalism

(2) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 9:11 PM

Is there a happier journalist this week than The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg? So much ink has been spilled discussing, critiquing, and debating Jeffrey Goldberg's Iran piece, a calculation of the very high probability of an Israeli military strike against Iran in the coming year, you'd think Goldberg was...

Read Post

Why Some Americans Don't Have Reason to Celebrate

(369) Comments | Posted November 6, 2008 | 12:41 PM

"We've finally arrived at a moment when America feels like it's supposed to." - Bob Cesca of the Huffpo (Wenesday, November 5, 2008)

This past Election Tuesday, Californians turned out in droves to recognize the rights of caged-chickens while denying the rights of gays and lesbians to marry. Passing Prop...

Read Post

Why Obama is (So Far) No Liberal Reagan

(12) Comments | Posted September 24, 2008 | 7:24 AM

Obama will probably win this election, but only by the skin of his teeth. Let's face it: Obama is not the transformational candidate we liberals had hoped for.

Progressives should (and will) continue fighting for Obama against that walking bag of translucent lies, medieval dogmatism, pure free-market fanaticism, and committed...

Read Post

Will I Live to See My Wedding Day?

(24) Comments | Posted May 15, 2008 | 6:54 AM

Today the California Supreme Court justly decided that I and my community are worthy of equal rights under the law. But despite this joyous milestone in gay and lesbian emancipation, our interminable fight continues: for national recognition of same-sex marriage and more immediately in the forthcoming California anti-gay marriage...

Read Post

McCain's Reverends Right: His Faustian Bargain with Radical Christianity

(90) Comments | Posted May 4, 2008 | 1:26 AM

"So I can understand, I can understand why people are upset about this. I can understand why Americans when viewing these kind of comments, are angry and upset." -John McCain on the interminable Jeremiah Wright controversy (April 27, 2008)

John McCain, the great empathizer, is running low on empathy. Quick...

Read Post

If You Will It, It Is No Dream: In Defense of an Obama-Clinton Ticket

(22) Comments | Posted April 23, 2008 | 8:14 AM

After millions of wasted dollars and endless amounts of pyrrhic pugilism, philistine pandering and pro-gun posturing, the Pennsylvania primary did not change anything. Hillary won, but she won modestly: the tide is not turning.

The candidate of realism needs a reality check, while the candidate of hope needs to...

Read Post

Standing up for the Sissy

(11) Comments | Posted April 17, 2008 | 11:43 PM

If Hillary's candidacy runs its course, feminists and Hillary supporters must continue battling misogyny, despite their former loyalties, by rallying to defend Obama's cause.

Those still in denial about the pervasive presence of sexism and misogyny in the 2008 primary will find Amanda Fortini's "Feminist Reawakening" in New York...

Read Post

The Diva's Camp: The Appeal of Hillary Clinton

(26) Comments | Posted April 8, 2008 | 7:19 AM

Hillary Clinton is possessed by the spirit of Joan Crawford. Like that notorious über-bitch immortalized by Faye Dunaway in the camp classic Mommie Dearest, Hillary bulldozed into a Democratic primary dominated by men and brazenly declared, as any self-respecting diva would: Don't fuck with me fellas! This ain't my...

Read Post

Beyond Jeremiah: A New Kind of Media for Obama's New Kind of Politics

(212) Comments | Posted March 28, 2008 | 11:03 AM

"We can't afford to be distracted," Obama bellowed in frustration recently to a standing ovation. "Every time somebody somewhere says something stupid -- that everybody gets up in arms -- and we forget about the war in Iraq and we forget about the economy."

Poor Barack Obama. The...

Read Post

From Hussein to Herschel: How Obama Can Court the One-Issue Jews

(16) Comments | Posted March 16, 2008 | 10:42 PM

The Jewish old ladies in Boca Raton are just one niche community in an uproar over thirty seconds of Jeremiah Wright. The shock-and-awe political chatter at Mahjong tables across South Florida does not augur well for Obama in a re-vote or in the general election: "that Obama is no good...

Read Post

Hillbama Rises: How Democrats Can Avoid Civil War and Prevent Defeat

(155) Comments | Posted March 5, 2008 | 8:00 PM

Easter has come early for the Democrats. On Tuesday night the party witnessed a miracle worthy of the Gospels: the inexorable Hillary resurrected her campaign from the dead, ensuring a near-interminable battle with Obama that could raze both candidates' chances for victory in November. Is it possible for Democrats...

Read Post

Brokeback Barack: Our First Gay President?

(160) Comments | Posted February 28, 2008 | 10:41 AM

If Bill Clinton was, as Toni Morrison once argued, our first Black president, could Barack Obama be our first gay? Is Obama the hope lesbians and gays have been waiting for -- and if not, why should all Americans care?

Ellen is an outspoken Hillstar and gay boys, of...

Read Post

The Road Not Taken: How Hillary Lost and Why It Matters

(174) Comments | Posted February 20, 2008 | 5:05 PM

As a fan of Hillary Clinton, it is difficult to look the truth square in the face: the only person Hillary supporters have to blame for her primary performance is Hillary herself.

I am certainly not the first to point out that Hillary's career, reputation, and personality were swiftboated by...

Read Post