Author Archives: Rootless

Richard Holbrooke and the U.S. Strategy for Pakistan & Afghanistan

I attended a talk yesterday at the Council on Foreign Relations on U.S. strategy for Pakistan and Afghanistan. The talk was started by acknowledging the loss of Richard Holbrooke, the legendary diplomat whose last position was as a special envoy to the Af/Pak region. I posted a while ago about a talk I attended, also […]

Another urban change update

Recalling the urban change/Vanishing City junta, I had to post about this article in the Guardian about Williamsburg changing. I don’t plan to attend any Duane Reade protests, and think too much is made over these type of stores moving in, but I do confess to not being that happy to see them proliferating. I […]

My evolution towards ethical eating

Around four years ago I came back from China and because of one of the last stories I wrote while over there I was determined to change my eating habits. I wasn’t ready to go full vegetarian, but I was going to try to eat less meat and try to avoid intensively raised meat. So […]

Food Junta

Rindy and I have been talking about getting a Junta together before the end of the year and have settled on the topic of food and shooting for early/mid December to get the peoples together. The idea is to talk about the sources of food, ethics and eating, the hidden costs of the supply chain, and […]

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

Just wanted to do a quick post about the breakfast event I attended Monday morning at the Council on Foreign Relations with the Iman of the controversial Islamic center. There was an air of anticipation in the room and a heavy media presence outside that made it particularly interesting among the events I go to there. […]

The Beck DC rally and “ground zero mosque”

Check out our very own Alex Zaitchik’s dispatch on the, uh “Restore America” rally in DC this past weekend in The New Republic. Ya’ll will recall the Beck Junta that Alex led off of his new book. Honestly, every time I read about Beck I want to smash something, the guy is so infuriating.  He holds what […]

Will Israel Bomb Iran?

A lot of people are talking about the cover story in the new Atlantic by Jeffrey Goldberg on the possibility of Israel attacking Iran. I found it fascinating reading, diligent reporting with a wide range of sources and a different take on the psychology behind this. I didn’t realize at all the background with Netanyahu and […]