Made for TV Presidential Debates: Forgettable Candidates and Irritating Format

Posted on August 03, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

I've just returned from Detroit, Michigan, where I attended the second set of Democratic Party presidential primary debates. For many reasons, the debates were a frustrating experience. In the first place, there were simply too many candidates – many of whom, frankly speaking, didn't belong cluttering up the stage. And then there was the way these debates were run – more for TV ratings and entertainment, than for serious discussion and enlightenment.  In 1984, I was in New Hampshire with Reverend Jesse Jackson for one of that year's Democratic presidential primary debates. It was a...

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The Abuse of Religion to Foster Extremism is a Universal Phenomenon

Posted on July 27, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

When Americans express concern about religious extremism and violence, they almost always are thinking about Islam. The problems posed by the politicization and weaponization of religion, however, are deeper, more widespread, and more dangerous. 

Several years ago, I moderated a panel discussion on "Using Religion to Justify Violence." The panelists, which included former government officials and prominent media analysts, focused their remarks exclusively on Islam. 

When it was my turn to ask questions of the speakers, I attempted to broaden the conversation, asking pointed questions about: then-President George W. Bush's penchant for saying that...

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The "Faustian Deal"

Posted on July 20, 2019 in Washington Watch
While much has been already been written about President Donald Trump recent racist taunts against four first-term women Members of Congress, I have a few observations of my own to make.
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Hate Days A Week

Posted by Ryan J. Suto on July 19, 2019 in Blog
Last year Trump set the ceiling at just 30,000--a record low. And as of June, only 18,000 refugees were actually admitted in 2019. Politico reported that, while the White House wants to set the number of refugees admitted at zero, executive branch agencies are advocating for up to 10,000, a fraction of what America has historically accepted and an insulting number given the backdrop of one of the worst refugee crises we have seen in modern history. 
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Two Congressional Resolutions That Won’t Advance Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Posted on July 13, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

In the coming week, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs will move on four bills – all of which, I believe, drive more nails in the coffin of Israeli-Palestinian peace. While two of the proposed bills are blatantly pro-Israel, it is the two more benign pieces of legislation that cause me real concern.

House Resolution 246 (HRes246) "Opposing efforts to de-legitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions" is a non-binding resolution putting Congress on record in opposition to BDS. Unlike earlier versions, HRes246 does not impose penalties on BDS supporters nor does it...

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Our Fractured Nation “Celebrates” the Fourth of July

Posted on July 06, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

I'm writing from my home in Washington, DC, on the evening of the Fourth of July, deeply troubled by the display that has just unfolded a few miles away on our National Mall. President Donald Trump, in defiance of all tradition, turned our nation's birthday into a paid-by-US-taxpayer campaign rally. His effort was countered by a rally of opponents who denounced his policies, especially the separation of families and incarceration of asylum-seekers on our southern border.   Today's events put into sharp focus the fact that there are two Americas. We are more deeply divided than...

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What If Palestinians “Take the Money and Run?”

Posted on June 29, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

I wasn't at the "Peace to Prosperity" Summit, but I listened to some of the speeches and read the documents the White House produced for the event. Nothing that I saw or read changed my belief that the entire affair was long on fantasy, short on reality. Even with that, however, a heretical thought came to mind – but more on that later.Let me make it clear at the outset that I am a fan of imagining the future. During the Clinton Administration my mantra with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian process was that what...

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Most Democratic Candidates Still Afraid to Criticize Israel's Violations of Palestinian Rights

Posted on June 22, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

The attitudes of Democratic voters toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have become decidedly more balanced in the past two decades. Favorable attitudes toward Palestinians are up while attitudes toward Israel appear to be in decline. While, overall views of Israel remain positive, substantial numbers of Democrats are opposed to Israeli policies – namely settlement construction and violations of Palestinian rights. Israel's leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, is also viewed negatively by most Democrats.   These shifts in opinion have placed many Democratic presidential candidates in a bind – especially those who have served in Congress or as Governors....

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The Idea of America is at Risk

Posted on June 15, 2019 in Washington Watch
I have long argued that the American identity was fundamentally different than that of most other countries in the world. While the identity of most nations has been ethnic-based, being American represented an inclusive idea that transcended ethnicity.
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Why the US “Workshop” For Palestinians Will Fail

Posted on June 01, 2019 in Washington Watch

By Dr. James J. Zogby

Twenty-five years ago, I moderated the panel discussion on the Palestinian economy at the international economic summit in Casablanca, Morocco. I was there in my capacity as co-chair of Builders for Peace (BfP), a project created by Vice-President Al Gore to help grow the Palestinian economy in support of the still-fledgling Oslo peace process. I learned a great deal both at the Casablanca Summit and in my more than three years with BfP and it is from that vantage point that I want to comment on the Trump Administration's proposal to sponsor an economic "workshop"...

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