Reema Kaakarli

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Is The Western Wall A Kind Of Idolatry?

The top story in Israel today has to do with the Western Wall. Contrary to earlier promises by Binyamin Netanyahu and despite years of negotiation, in an attempt to reach a compromise concerning the representation of different streams of Judaism at the Western Wall, the Ultra-Orthodox in …

Theology

Why Is One Pro-Israel Group Desperate To Keep You From Watching This Video?

When it comes to Palestinians, the American Jewish establishment is in the ignorance business. The average American synagogue has never hosted a …

Israel

Israel provoked the Six-Day War in 1967, and it was not fighting for survival

I am old enough to remember clearly how the Six-Day War was reported at the time. Just about everything we were told then was wrong, as the major …

Israel

NAFTA and other trade deals have not gutted American manufacturing — period

Politically speaking, there was no debate on United States international trade agreements in 2016: All politicians seeking to win a national election, or even to create a party-spanning political coalition, agree that our trade agreements are bad things.<p>From the left, we had Democratic presidential …

Globalization

Everything we thought we knew about free trade is wrong

“I’m a free trader,” said Donald Trump, in his speech announcing his candidacy. That was in June 2015. Since then, he’s been singing a very different tune. Sounding more like a flannel-wearing protester than the ruthless tycoon of <i>The Apprentice,</i> Trump now says the US needs “fair trade, not free …

Economics

This is an oligarchy, not a democracy: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and the real reason why change never seems to come

Delusion has become the first requirement of citizenship, either to buy into our “values” or live with consequences<p><i>“At the parliament of animals, the rabbits demanded equal rights, and the lions replied, ‘But where are your claws?’”</i><p>We often hear it reported that in some benighted countries the …

Society

An economist explains why women over 50 can't find jobs

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis recently published a study that showed that half of the long-term unemployed are now women over 50. So what's going on?<p>Economics correspondent Paul Solman sat down with Teresa Ghilarducci, a labor economist and the author of the new book, "How to Retire with …

Labor Economics

9 charts that reveal how the American middle class has declined since 1970

The American middle class is losing ground.<p>"After more than four decades of serving as the nation's economic majority, the American middle class is now matched in number by those in the economic tiers above and below it," writes the Pew Research Center in a report that analyzes the changing size, …

Income Inequality

Pentagon Thwarts Obama's Effort to Close Guantanamo

By Charles Levinson and David Rohde<p>WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – In September, U.S. State Department officials invited a foreign delegation to the …

Cybercrime