Kaitlin Flanigan on Abuse of Domestic Workers. The domestic nature of some women's jobs make them "all the more attractive and all the more available" to male employers, writes Kaitlin Flanigan. In the case of both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, both of the women involved were not only domestic help, but immigrants. "Obviously, there is a world of difference between these two events—one a seemingly consensual relationship and the other an alleged assault. But the sense that both women were manageable and somewhat expendable must have emanated, on some level, from their jobs." Both Strauss-Kahn and Shwarzenegger represent ancient story lines: "When it comes to powerful men and poor women, the sorry maxim of ancient warfare still holds true: The strong do what they can, and the weak suffer what they must."
Glenn Greenwald on the Israel Lobby. Obama's call for a peace deal between Israel and Palentine based on the 1967 lines is "not even arguably a change from past American policy," writes Glenn Greenwald, nor does it "remotely constitute a step in an anti-Israel direction." If anything, Greenwald argues, it "unduly rewards Israel for its illegal seizures of land by suggesting they should be able to permanently keep West Bank settlements." Nonetheless, it has produced "shrill and ludicrous backlash from inside-the-U.S. Israel Lobby." Greenwald credits Obama with appearing "to recognize that tongue-wagging subservience to the Israeli Government is a counter-productive policy." While Obama's willingness to jeopardize his political interest in favor of this remains to be seen, his approach is "a prerequisite to any meaningful change in U.S./Israel policy ... and it's why it is incumbent upon anyone who desires real change in this area to defend him from those attacks."