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Sundown: The Most Irritating Time Of The Year

Plus the Australian agenda, and more

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• If you didn’t know that today was BDS (Boycott, Divest And Sanction) and BIG (Buycott Israeli Goods) day, I envy you with every fiber of my being. Go, be free, live your life—but otherwise, at least note the place where protest borders on parody. [Jewcy]

• Peter Cole, the co-author of Nextbook Press’s rapidly upcoming new release Sacred Trash translates and discusses Kabalist poetry. [Paris Review]

• Juban’s (Jewish Cubans) are exploring their religion. [Forward]

• Syria’s President Assad declared in a much-anticipated speech that the violent unrest in his country are entirely reasonable, and enforcing an “Australian agenda.” No, not really. [Haaretz]

• If you’re going to read just one essay about the history of handwriting this year, read contributing editor Josh Cohen’s. [triple canopy]

Angry Birds may become the go-to metaphor for this generation.

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Speaking of Ireland and the Jews, Samantha Power, Special Assistant to Barack Obama, credited as playing a role in fostering the administration decision to support the Libyan rebels, is married to Cass Sunstein, the legal scholar.

Today, Andrew Sullivan described Samantha Power as being the “new William Kristol”, ascribing to both the central role in supporting the wars in Libya and Iraq, respectively. The claim is erroneous not only because in each case the ultimate decision belonged to the President, but also because Kristol never held a position in the Bush administration.

Nonetheless, it’s worth noting Sullivan’s ongoing crusade to support the claim that Jews drove the United States to war in Iraq, as well as the new target of his misogynistic wrath, Samantha Power, who may yet supplant Sarah Palin in his hate-filled mind.

I should have noted that Samantha Power was born in Dublin.

Dan Klein says:

@fw far more importantly, their child is named Declan Power-Sunstein, which is easily the best hyphenated name I’ve ever seen.

It is a great, great name, but then I’m partial to mixed marriages.


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