Center for Strategic Communication

Book Bonanza

[by Mark Safranski, a.k.a. “zen“] My usual yuletide haul of books received and purchased….                         The Last of the President’s Men by Bob Woodward Being Nixon: A Man Divided by Evan Thomas Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956 by Anne...

Aman, or reciprocal safety under Islamic law

[ by Charles Cameron — what eye do you use when there’s more going on than meets the eye? ] . Twice in one day, a week or so ago, I had reason to look up the meaning of “aman” in Islamic law. My source here was M. Reichberg and Henrik Syse, eds., Religion, War, and...

Gaza: the video, Lex’s comment, my response

[ by Charles Cameron — a powerful video with strong implications for Israel and keen insight into Gaza — thus far the best I’ve seen ] . The video: I found this video extremely powerful. Lexington Green pointed us to it via a link in a comment on a...

Israel / Palestine: some delicate balancing acts

[ by Charles Cameron — what does it mean to give a balanced view of an asymmetric conflict — when the asymmetry may be as much moral as material, pragmatic as idealistic, as viewed from either side of the fray? ] . The phrase “a fair and balanced view”...