Author Archives: aronsbarron

Dirty little secret about hopes for Israel/ Palestine peace

So Benjamin Netanyahu shamelessly and successfully pandered to Israeli right-wing voters in Tuesday’s election. A politician playing to base emotions and lying to get elected, then changing  positions again. How unusual. The hard Right is pleased by his victory and … Continue reading

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The downhill race for the summer Olympics

Former Governor Deval Patrick seems to have caught on that the optics of his $7500 per day pay (plus expenses) for serving as a globe-trotting ambassador for Boston2024’s summer Olympics proposal might not play in some future bid for the Presidency or even a U.S. … Continue reading

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Ode to Bill Galvin: Let the Sun Shine In

Close your eyes for a moment and hear the refrain of Aquarius by The Fifth Dimension, “let the sun shine, let the sun shine, the sun shine  in.”  Consider it the anthem for this week: Sunshine Week.  It has nothing to … Continue reading

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Iran – another “red line” in Obama foreign policy?

Viewed in isolation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress last week was masterful.  It projected superficial respect for President Obama (if you overlook his trashing the negotiation process to date and  speaking  to Congress in the midst of … Continue reading

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Cuban impressions, pt. 5 – Normalizing U.S. / Cuban relations

The Republicans may be in a snit about President Obama’s initiative on Cuba, but polls show that 55-60 percent of Americans favor his efforts to create a new beginning in our relationship. And that makes sense.  But normalization won’t happen … Continue reading

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Cuban impressions, pt. 4 – health care and religion, how much is spin?

As I process my brief experience in Cuba, I am left with many questions, especially about the Cuban health care system and the status of religion. Mostly, I can convey what we were told by guides and academics. I pass this along … Continue reading

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Impressions of Cuba, pt. 3 – sports and the arts are signatures

Sports is a hot topic in Cuba.  In Havana’s central park, there’s a “hot corner,” not unlike Hyde Park in London.  But, instead of debating politics, the participants are intensely arguing about baseball, and the minutiae of each game.  Why did the favored … Continue reading

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