Prof. Rich Rubenstein speaks on “Alternatives to the War on Terror” at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 12:15 pm at the Temple Baptist Church on Nebraska Ave., N.W., on the American University campus. All are welcome to attend. … read more…
Here is an article that I wrote for the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Newsletter, March 2015 issue. Comments, as always, are welcome.
THE ESCALATING “WAR ON TERROR”:
IS THERE A ROLE FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION?
Richard E. Rubenstein
University Professor, S-CAR
Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated film, American Sniper (2014), the most profitable war movie ever made in the United States, encapsulates the problem of thinking about America’s “war on terror.” Most of the film’s crucial scenes are shown from the point of view of Chris Kyle, the heroic Navy SEAL sniper. … read more…
Here’s an article I wrote on Pope Innocent III, the most powerful pope of the Middle Ages, as both an inspiration and a warning to Pope Francis. I wrote about Innocent in my book, ARISTOTLE’S CHILDREN, and think of him often now that Francis occupies the Holy See. I think Francis does, too.
A MODEL FOR POPE FRANCIS?
INNOCENT III AS AN INSPIRATION AND A WARNING
Richard E. Rubenstein
There is a natural tendency to compare Pope Francis’s attitudes and actions to those of his sainted namesake from Assisi. The first … read more…
by Rich Rubenstein on December 13, 2014 · 3 comments
DAN SNYDER, THE REDSKINS, AND THE CURSE OF THE CHIMARIKO
As I sat before my TV set watching the Washington Redskins lose again, this time suffering an ignominious shutout at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals, I decided that enough was enough. Whatever innocent sports fans may think, the disastrous Redskins’ performance of the past few years is no accident. Before a poor season gives way to something worse, perhaps even to some lethal “accident,” it is time to tell what a few other scholars know about the real … read more…
by Rich Rubenstein on August 22, 2014 · 0 comments
Here’s a brilliant analysis by the basketball legend. The question is: how to turn these insights into political organization?
The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race
from Time Magazine
Aug. 17, 2014
Will the recent rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, be a tipping point in the struggle against racial injustice, or will it be a minor footnote in some future grad student’s thesis on Civil Unrest in the Early Twenty-First Century?
The answer can be found in May of 1970.
You probably have heard of the Kent State shootings: … read more…
John Judis’s judicious article on Gaza is well worth reading (as is his recent book on “Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict”). You may wonder, however, whether his concluding pessimistic paragraph doesn’t miss an important point. The U.S. Secretary of State is not the best person to negotiate a truce between Israel and Hamas, unless he is willing to strong-arm the Israelis. A facilitator independent of all governments and parties would have a better chance of helping both sides to reassess their basic needs and interests.
Rich and Susan in Israel/Palestine, June 2014: A Shortish Report
July 18, 2014
We returned recently from a memorable trip to Israel/Palestine and wanted to give family and friends a relatively brief report on our activities there. It would have been briefer if Rich could have foregone making a few observations of his own prompted by the experience – but the leopard cannot change his spots.
The world changes so quickly! Since returning from the Middle East, Rich has had his cardiac plumbing reconfigured, Susan has become a grandmother again, and … read more…
The posting below is from my clear-sighted son, Matt, in Berlin:
It’s always 700:1 for Israel.
We’re only at the beginning of another horrendous Israeli military assault on Gaza, and already the Israelosphere, including people I know and respect, is trotting out all the familiar tropes: Israel is “the only democracy in the Middle East”; Israel is the victim of a “double standard” in the media; “no Democracy on earth” would just sit by and let its people get attacked by terrorists; and my favorite new addition to the litany: Israel … read more…
Perhaps there is no such thing as “objective” reporting, but David Herszenhorn’s wildly anti-Russian reports on Ukraine clearly belong on the Times’s op-ed page, not on page one.
“And so began another day of bluster and hyperbole, of misinformation, exaggerations, conspiracy theories, overheated rhetoric and, occasionally, outright lies,” trumpets Mr. H from Moscow, ignoring the fact that Ukraine is a deeply divided society in which each side, the Russian-speaking East as well as the Ukrainian-speaking West, has every reason to … read more…