We recently needed to get a travel visa to France for my wife, who is Chinese. It wasn’t easy. The visa requests need to go through the French consulate office in NYC. But clicking over to their web site leads you to an appointment calendar that resolutely rejects any attempt to click on a possible […]
I Advocate Unilateral Withdrawal
Israel’s victory in the Six Day War was a triumph of soldiering and military technology. Israel still retains vast military superiority over its neighbors, and obviously over the Palestinians. There is a large body of opinion in the Israeli military, and former Israeli military, that Israel’s security no longer depends on holding the West Bank.
Gorenberg Reflects on 50 Years
In sundry ways, the West Bank isn’t Algeria. Still, Eshkol was mistaken, and Aron’s point holds true for Israel and the occupation. The “loss” of the occupied territories won’t be the end of Israel. Holding on to them might be.
Libraries v. Big Streaming
Libraries vs. Big Streaming – an unfinished tale of copyright and disruption A desperate call appeared on the VideoLib listerv. “13th,” a much-lauded social-issue documentary, nominated for an Oscar, could not be shown in class, to groups, or placed in an archive of important 2016 films. It was showing only on Netflix, where no such […]
Not Collusion — Just Treason
The point is that it’s treason. Does anyone actually believe that the Trump campaign specifically guided the Russian hackers into the Dem’s servers? A quid pro quo maybe – you dirty trick Dems, we’ll treat you right. More probably just friendly and encouraging back and forth between Trump camp and Russians. And that’s TREASON, because […]
The Commissioner of Competition
It is good to know that there is someone out there fighting back against anti-competitive, monopolistic practices. The worst offenders are companies with a liberal, socially conscious image: Apple, Facebook, Google. See this piece in The Economist about Margrethe Vesteger, the Danish competition commissioner of the EU.