Lives (and Other Things) that Do and Do Not Matter: The Donald Trump Edition

I have been thinking a lot about Donald Trump and the lives and other things that may or may not matter to him. After much deliberation, I think I have divined a certain set of criteria with which we may determine which lives and things do and do not matter. First of all, according to …

Of Kristallnacht and Modern Day Anti-Semitism

Kristallnacht occurred between November 9-10, 1938, so simple math tells us that we are commemorating its 75th anniversary this year. I'd like to think that we are light years away from anti-Semitism being worth mentioning, but silly claims like "anti-Semitism scarcely exists in the West" notwithstanding, there remain reasons to be concerned about how Jews are treated …

Hassan Rohani: Really NOT a Moderate

So, much of the media is making a fuss over the possibility that we might actually have an Iranian president who acknowledges the Holocaust and all of its horrors--including the horrors specifically visited on Jews. It's amazing that we are still debating whether the Holocaust happened, and it is even more amazing still that there …

Deeds. Not Words. Deeds.

Ray Takeyh is right on the money when he reminds us what we should expect from Hassan Rohani before we go around calling him "a reformer": Rouhani's attempt to refashion Iran's image and temper its rhetoric should be welcomed. After eight years of Ahmadinejad provocations that often unhinged the international community, a degree of self-restraint …