Free Trade But Only If It Helps Us

According to AP, The Bush administration, trying to energize flagging global trade talks, announced Tuesday that it will seek the total elimination of all tariffs on manufactured goods [emphasis mine] over the next 13 years. When I read this news, the words “manufactured goods” jumped out at me. I would guess that this proposal will… Continue reading Free Trade But Only If It Helps Us

WSJ Editorial: The Non-Taxpaying Class

E.J. Dionne, Tim Noah and Josh Marshall are making fun of the Wall Street Journal editorial last week which basically says: [A]s fewer and fewer people are responsible for paying more and more of all taxes, the constituency for tax cutting, much less for tax reform, is eroding. Workers who pay little or no taxes… Continue reading WSJ Editorial: The Non-Taxpaying Class

Frontline “In Search of Al Qaeda”

I just watched the PBS show online. It’s interesting. The complete show in available online in Media Player and Real media formats. There is also some material on the website that wasn’t on the show itself. The Al Qaeda supporting woman, from Yemen I believe, near the end of the program spooked me: “I love… Continue reading Frontline “In Search of Al Qaeda”


Here are the movies we are planning to see over the thanksgiving weekend: Die Another Day: I have always been a fan of James Bond movies. They are basically mindless fun. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: My wife likes Harry Potter.

Categorized as Movies

Upper Yosemite Falls

A tough hike to the top of these falls…

Double Standards

Yes I believe in them! Not exactly, though I do hold democracies to a higher standard. So you might find me writing a few paragraphs criticizing some small aspect of policy of the US, EU or Israel while sort of glossing over big problems in Iraq or North Korea and you might yell “prejudice” or… Continue reading Double Standards

Look of Blog using Netscape

From my logs I have noticed that a number of my visitors are using browsers other than MSIE (Netscape, Opera, etc.) I would appreciate comments on how this site looks in those browsers? Please leave comments or email me.

Categorized as Internet

Past or the Future

One final comment about the Arab-Israeli conflict before I get back to work: There is definitely a need to understand the conflict and its history. However, the Israelis and Palestinians need to understand not just the history from their side’s point of view but the opposing side’s as well. Although history is important, the solution… Continue reading Past or the Future

Jewish Settlers and Israeli Arabs as obstacle to Peace

One reason for my pessimism for a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is the feckless Palestinian leadership. The other is the issue of Jewish settlers in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and ironically the Israeli Arabs. It is basically a demographic issue. According to the CIA World Factbook, there are about 365,000 Jewish settlers… Continue reading Jewish Settlers and Israeli Arabs as obstacle to Peace

The Arab-Israel Conflict

I recently finished reading the book Righteous Victims: A History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict, 1881-2001 by Benny Morris. It’s a long read (more than 700 pages) with a comprehensive history of the conflict starting in 1881 and ending with the election of Sharon. Benny Morris gives a very balanced and nuanced account of the conflict.… Continue reading The Arab-Israel Conflict