Performance Art, the Commons, and a Monster Named Netanyahu

This week Israeli artist Itay Zalait did something truly amazing in Tel Aviv’s famed Rabin Square. Zalait erected a golden statue of right-wing extremist and mass murderer Benjamin Netanyahu, who also currently serves as Israel’s prime minister. This depiction was revolutionary for several key reasons. Statues of living figures are forbidden in Israel, as are other forms… Continue reading Performance Art, the Commons, and a Monster Named Netanyahu

Consenting to Clean Water

Note: this article was originally published on May 10, 2013 as the fourth installment of my six part series for Mismanaging Perception on the unsuccessful campaign to fluoridate Portland’s water supply. It’s worth noting that this was my only guest submission to Blue Oregon to ever be rejected. By now you’ve likely received your special election ballot in the mail,… Continue reading Consenting to Clean Water

A Gift for Jeff Merkley and Cory Booker

Something’s always troubled me about the attitudes and discourse in the US regarding Israel’s ongoing crimes against Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank – how otherwise caring, intelligent people rigorously maintain what Israel is doing is somehow justified, or that the conflict is somehow symmetrical. If you’ve seen people derail discussions by absurdly blaming “both sides” (while… Continue reading A Gift for Jeff Merkley and Cory Booker