27 Days To Go: Happy Eid al-Adha!

The Binding of Isaac (6th Century C.E., Beit Alpha)
The Binding of Isaac (6th Century C.E., Beit Alpha)

One of the most overlooked holidays of a season that packs in Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa is the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha, or “Festival of Sacrifice.” What is especially surprising about our ignorance of this holiday is that it celebrates a Biblical tradition that Christians and Jews believe as well: when Abraham almost kills his own son for God. What separates it from Christianity and Judaism is that it is connected with the Muslim tradition Hajj. Just like Christmas and Hanukah, though, it involves prayer, a sermon, and a feast.   Continue reading “27 Days To Go: Happy Eid al-Adha!”

Fresh, Squeezed Trouble in Latin America

My first column is in the Sun-Sentinel today. It combines two issues I’ve discussed previously on this blog: military intervention in sovereign nations and our lopsided drug policy. It also includes a bit of history with which the vast majority of Americans are sadly unfamiliar. If you thought you understood Colombia and the FARC from what you read in the newspapers these days, think again. You can read it all here, and below are the addenda:   Continue reading “Fresh, Squeezed Trouble in Latin America”