Ira Chernus

Ira Chernus

Ira Chernus is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder and author of"American Nonviolence: The History of an Idea."

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Ass-Backwards in the Middle East
Tuches aufn tish : Buttocks on the table. That’s the colorful way my Yiddish-speaking ancestors said, “Let’s cut the BS and talk about honest truth.” It seems like a particularly apt expression after a week watching the shadow-boxing between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that brought no tangible progress toward an Israeli-Palestinian peace.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Double Standard in U.S. Hurts Palestinians Most
“Terrorist attack” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charges . “Murder!” cries Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
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Monday, April 18, 2011
Three Myths of Israel's Insecurity
Here are the Three Sacred Commandments for Americans who shape the public conversation on Israel: 1. For politicians, especially at the federal level: As soon as you say the word “Israel,” you must also say the word “security” and promise that the United States will always, always, always be committed to Israel’s security. If you occasionally label an action by the Israeli government “unhelpful,” you must immediately reaffirm the eternal U.S. commitment to Israel’s security.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Why Not a No-Fly Zone for Gaza?
The Arab League will ask the UN to impose a no-fly zone on Gaza , according to its Secretary-General Amr Moussa. “If the Arab League wants a no-fly zone in Gaza is it also talking about missiles that are fired from Gaza on Israeli cities?”, the Israeli government retorted . “About missiles fired at school buses?
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
Israel’s “Insecurity”: The Most Dangerous Myth
Sometimes it’s the good guys who do the most harm, because they know not what they do.
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Wednesday, February 09, 2011
The Myth of “Stability vs. Democracy”
The Obama administration faces an agonizing choice: Should we prioritize stability or democracy in Egypt? Or so the U.S. mass media almost unanimously tell us. But how did our foreign policy establishment and its media scribes come to view the events unfolding in Egypt in the paradigm of “stability versus democracy,” as if there were no way that Egyptians could have both together?
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Thursday, January 20, 2011
How the Power of Myth Keeps Us Mired in War
When I try to figure out why we are still in Afghanistan, though every ounce of logic says we ought to get out, an unexpected conversation I had last year haunts me. Doing neighborhood political canvassing, I knocked on the door of a cheerful man who was just about to tune in to his favorite radio show: Rush Limbaugh. He was kind enough to let me stay and we talked.
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Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Israel’s Deadly Tear Gas Made in USA
Editor's note: This article corrects an error and adds some updates to an earlier version that appeared yesterday.
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Will the GOP's Victory Energize Mideast Doves?
Palestine as America's next Vietnam? Like all historical analogies, it's far from perfect. We aren't about to send the U.S. Army to the West Bank or Gaza to kill and die in a war that can't be won. Where else in the world, though, is American weaponry and political power so obviously used to suppress a Viet Cong-like movement of national liberation (a bill the Taliban hardly fit)?
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
An Israeli Gandhi Seized at Sea
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof complained a while back that he was still “ waiting for Gandhi ” in Palestine. I complained , in turn, that it was hypocritical for Kristof to bewail, and perpetuate the stereotype of, the “violent” Palestinians.
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