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Eyal Press

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Eyal Press is a Nation contributing editor and the author of Beautiful Souls: The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times and Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City, and the Conflict That Divided America.


  • Culture February 25, 2015

    Shelf Life

    Khirbet Khizeh is a study in ambiguity of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

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  • Culture December 5, 2012

    Shelf Life

    Breaking the Silence’s Our Harsh Logic: Israeli Soldiers’ Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000–2010.

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  • Corporations March 6, 2012

    Chilling Dissent on Wall Street

    Corporate whistleblowers get the silent treatment from Washington.

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  • War and Peace February 7, 2012

    Voices of Conscience in Israel

    Why do patriotic members of an elite combat unit refuse to serve in the occupied territories?

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  • Economic Policy April 13, 2011

    The Sarkozy-Stiglitz Commission’s Quest to Get Beyond GDP

    The Sarkozy commission advanced new ways of measuring progress—but hurdles remain.

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  • Political Figures January 14, 2011

    Sarah Palin’s Mantle of Victimhood

    Surely Palin knows that it is easier to complain of being unfairly demonized than to pause for a moment in the aftermath of a tragedy to reflect on her own role in sowing rage and divisiveness.

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  • Culture August 8, 2010

    Tony Judt: 1948–2010

    The Nation mourns the passing of Tony Judt, a historian and intellectual whose acumen, courage and range are renowned, profound and an inspiration. 

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  • November 23, 2009

    A Blow to Privatization in Israel (and Perhaps Beyond)

    In an opinion rightly hailed as a "bombshell" in Haaretz, Israeli Supreme Court President Dorit Benisch did not deny that privatizing prisons might potentially save money. She simply determined that incarceration infringes on such fundamental liberties that only the state should carry out this function, not least since the alternative is to turn prisoners into a means of extracting profit.

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  • November 15, 2009

    The Messenger and the Hidden Costs of War

    Many Americans don't need a movie to appreciate the human toll that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have exacted on communities in this country. For those who do, there is Oren Moverman's The Messenger.

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  • November 10, 2009

    Who Subsidizes Abortion?

    As is now widely known, added to the health care reform bill just passed by the House of Representatives was a provision barring access to abortion called the Stupak-Pitts Amendment. Passed with the support of sixty-four Democrats, Stupak-Pitts doesn't merely prohibit coverage of abortion in a public option. It also forbids women who receive a federal subsidy from purchasing any health insurance plan that covers the procedure, even if the abortion is paid out of a separate pool of private premium dollars (for all the background and details, see my colleague Emily Douglas' post).

    If this highly regressive amendment makes its way into the legislation that Barack Obama eventually signs, millions of less affluent women who obtain access to affordable health insurance will thus join the ranks of low-income women on Medicaid, most of whom live in states that don't cover abortion procedures. The two-tiered system that dictates who in America has "choice" (more privileged women do, less affluent women do not) will be further entrenched.

    But if the social consequences of Stupak-Pitts are clear, the logic is not. Supporters of the provision evidently want to assure taxpayers that they will not be forced to subsidize abortion in any way. But if they are serious about this, why haven't they drawn up an amendment abolishing tax breaks for employer-sponsored health insurance? As Jonathan Cohn has pointed out, this is by far the largest subsidy in health care policy today. (It is also a regressive subsidy, but that's another story.) If the employer-sponsored insurance that a worker gets happens to cover abortion – which, in roughly half the cases, it does – than that taxpayer already subsidizes abortion.

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