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adjunct professor teaching ESL in the CUNY system. Old '60s person: active in civil rights, anti vietnam war organizing, spent time in Nicaragua in the '80 & worked against US funding of contras. Currently focused on Palestine struggle for equal rights against Israeli/US ethnic cleansing. Also in the music business: own an indy blues and jazz cd label.
Saturday, July 12, 2014(4 comments)
White House position: Two sides or one side? Equal blame, or is one side always blameless?
The US is locked into a false reading of the Israel/Palestine conflict that makes it behave like a befuddled lawyer for a very guilty client.
Any pretense to even-handedness is rejected and Washington is being exposed as a partisan enabler of the normal every day one-sided violence of Israel's suppression of the Palestinian people as a whole.
Friday, June 6, 2014(5 comments)
Ah Palestine: a non-existing land without people for a non-existing people
The Supreme Court of Israel has recently made a ruling that says that all citizens are NOT equal. The court stated that NATIONALITY trumps citizenship and that having a nationality of "Jewish" confers full rights, while the 25% of non-Jewish citizens have no codified inalienable rights. They are only to be tolerated to whatever degree the government permits.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014(3 comments)
The Iraq Syndrome? AIPAC collides with Vietnam Syndrome's successor and Shatters
The recent failure of the Israel Lobby to get enough Senators to go along with its attempt to sabotage US/Iranian negotiations over nuclear weapons is not a one-shot affair. It represents a turning point and the emergence of deep resistance among the American people to perpetual war. Does the once faded "Vietnam Syndrome now have a successor in a new "Iraq Syndrome?" This gives new leverage to anti-war activists.
Thursday, July 18, 2013(28 comments)
Atheism: Good, Bad and Ugly
Over the past few years a new crop of writers, talking heads and commentators have take up the banner of atheism. People such as Christopher Hitchens, Bill Maher and Sam Harris are not lefty fringe personalities, they reach a wide audience with their atheist message. But their atheism represents a reverse in political direction from the anti-establishment, progressive atheism those of my generation embraced in the 50s and 60s.