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Lawrence Davidson is a history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Foreign
Policy Inc.: Privatizing America's National Interest
; America's
Palestine: Popular and Offical Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli
; and Islamic Fundamentalism. His academic work is focused on the history of American foreign relations with the Middle East. He also teaches courses in the history of science and modern European intellectual history.

His blog To The Point Analyses now has its own Facebook page. Along with the analyses, the Facebook page will also have reviews, pictures, and other analogous material.

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Joe Biden, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 2, 2020
Where Is Joe Biden? The Where's Waldo? puzzle has recently lent its iconic title to a different question: "Where's Joe Biden?" Because Biden is the prospective Democratic presidential nominee, this question denotes more than a puzzle game. Joe Biden should be a lot more visible than at present.
From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 27, 2012
Domestic Terrorism American Style -- An Analysis It would be a mistake to think that the Klan mentality is dead in the U.S. Quite the contrary. The nation's deep seated history of racism has helped preserve an apparent permanent subset of Americans who grow up with prejudicial feelings against anyone they perceive as a threat to their version of the "American way of life."
From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 15, 2012
Nationalism vs. Capitalism: Guess Which One Wins? The ideals of capitalism, so ardently believed in, turn out to be false except for (as the current saying goes) the fortunate 1%. And those of nationalism? They too are drilled into our heads from childhood. But, alas, they cannot substitute for one's supper.
Russia -Turkey Row. The first time a NATO member has downed a Russian plane in a half-century., From YouTubeVideos
(39 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 29, 2015
Who is Right in Syria? In all of the bloodshed, population displacement and terror that has accompanied the Syrian civil war, the least-considered party has been the Syrian people and their future.Right now that vital ingredient can only be supplied by the reimposition of order by Damascus. The folks in Washington, Paris and Ankara might not like that, but they are not the ones facing a future of anarchy.
Melbourne Gaza protest, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 9, 2015
Australia and the Fight for Justice in Palestine The scattering of Palestinian refugees throughout the Western world has challenged the image Israel presents of itself as a modern, civilized nation living according to ethical Western values. Joined now by increasing numbers of people who have visited Palestine to see conditions for themselves, the refugees are providing an alternate picture and message.
From ImagesAttr
(23 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 27, 2012
More On Savage Israel -- An Analysis The ethnic cleansing of 1948 never stopped. Conveniently, the long-standing denial that it ever started has helped to hide the fact of its on-going nature. Yet just this week we received the news that Defense Minister Ehud Barak has given the order to demolish eight Palestinian villages with some 1,500 residents in the south Hebron hills. The excuse offered by Barack is that the land is needed for military training exercises.
Global Warming...Earth, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 26, 2015
Global Warming Revisited: Reality vs Republican Theology According to a Pew Research poll conducted in June 2014, over 70 percent of those who identify themselves as conservatives either do not believe in global warming or don't consider it a danger, nor do they believe that human activity is a serious contributing factor. Finally, many of these self-described conservatives believe that the U.S. has "gone too far in efforts to protect the environment."
The Green Party's Jill Stein, From FlickrPhotos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 10, 2015
The Progressive's Dilemma The mass media gives the party almost no attention and, while the Green Party presidential candidate in 2012, Stein was not invited to any of the televised debates. Even so, it is interesting to speculate what would happen if American progressives and others rallied around the Green Party and it actually attained power and moved to implement Jill Stein's position paper on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
From Black Panther Movie, From Images
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 16, 2018
Universal Commodification Unless regulated, capitalism operates as a wide-open market system. If a demand exists or can be created and a profit made, that demand will be met. As a consequence, capitalism has the capacity to commercialize almost anything, including its detractors and even its enemies.
GOP Falls Apart, From YouTubeVideos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 17, 2018
The Republican Party Falls Apart, The Democrats Get Stuck There is a subset of every population that is susceptible to this sort of shabby salesmanship, particularly when coming from someone who is a bit charismatic. Combine this susceptibility with the sense that the U.S. political system has become generally unresponsive to its citizens, and what you get is a Trump presidency and radicals like Corey Stewart moving, carpetbagger style, into the Republican Party ranks.
Sad Flag, From FlickrPhotos
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 2, 2018
Just How Corrupt Is The American Soul? there was the remarkable effort to spread international law following the debacle that was World War II. And, one might hope against hope, that these humanitarian moments represent the accumulation of precedents that may underpin a better future. As long as things like civil rights and international law are possibilities we can't give up on them.
Vietnam War 1968 - Tet Offensive, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 10, 2018
Vietnam's Lessons and the U.S. Culture of Violence The lessons of Vietnam, and a greater awareness of the massacres that occurred during this war, speak to the need to reform U.S. culture -- to make it less violent and more tolerant. The Vietnam experience should be incorporated into the current debate about guns in America. It would be a major achievement if the 1968 slaughter at My Lai could help stop today's slaughter on the streets of the U.S.
From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Liar's Master Class -- An Analysis If one has any doubt about Mitt Romney's mendacious temperament, the first presidential debate should have put it to rest. According to one analyst, Romney let loose with "27 myths in 38 minutes," finishing with a big grin after most of these prevarications.
Saudi Arabia's great mufti - Main Religious Leader of ISIS, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 21, 2015
Divine Time Import The truth is that there are millions of people, Muslims, Jews and Christians and others who not only still idealize a religiously imagined past, but want, in one way or another, to import that past into the present -- and not only their present but everyone else's as well. Whatever one might think of the teachings of the Bible and Quran, this is a highly problematic desire.
Trump reverses longstanding policy on Israeli settlements, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 22, 2019
Waging War Against The Rule of Law There is no doubt about it: at our present moment in history it is embarrassingly hard to be a defender of the rule of law. This is particularly so when such laws seek to assert and protect human rights.
From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 1, 2013
The Mind of the Poor Society has a moral obligation to deal with more than forms and lengthy interviews. History tells us that we can do, and indeed have done, much better. Short of radical changes in our economic thinking, what the poor in the U.S. need is another "War on Poverty." It is time to consider replaying the 1960s and force the politicians to act responsibly despite themselves.
Flag Dripping Blood, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 26, 2017
Where is Zionism Taking Us? Few of the world's governments are willing to confront Israel, even though it is an apartheid state existing in an era that claims to detest such racist regimes. This has a lot to do with the financial and special interest strength of Zionist supporters both Jewish and Christian, and the strategic use of such power to corrupt policy making. This can be seen most plainly in the United States.
The 28 Pages That Could Connect Saudi Arabia to 9/11, From GoogleImages
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 4, 2016
The Saudi Role on September 11 On 22 July 2004, after two years of investigation, the 9/11 Commission's report was released, something was missing. Twenty-eight pages had been withheld from publication. These pages specifically discussed the connections between the 9/11 hijackers and individuals working in the U.S. for the government of Saudi Arabia.
Donald Trump - Caricature, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 15, 2015
Donald Trump's America What this means is that Trump, in his narcissistic pursuit of recognition, has tapped into a subgroup of the population that includes the permanently dissatisfied. Trump is playing with fire and at some point he will have to wake up to just what sort of monster he has by the tail. Then he will have a decide: is he just out for fun or does he want to go the route of the demagogue?
The Consequences of American Dominance in the World: Wars, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 7, 2017
War Culture -- Gun Culture: They're Related American behavior in Vietnam was not just tragically flawed -- it was criminal. But it was also historically consistent -- an expression of a long-standing and deep-seated war culture, a culture that still defines the American worldview and has become the very linchpin of its domestic economy. That is why the wars, large and small, never stop.
Bds-online, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 28, 2017
BDS, Human Rights and the Jews Zionist ideology, as it has evolved in practice, is a dangerous enemy of Jewish morality. As long as Zionism stands against human rights while at the same time insisting that Israel stands in for the Jews, it must be the enemy. Ignorance of this logic is also an enemy.
From Benjamin Netanyahu, From Images
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 25, 2016
Zionism Goes from Bad to Worse, Taking Judaism with It The Zionist ability to maintain a close connection between Western governments and Israel is now based on their ability to spread around enormous sums of money, and not on what once was popular emotional admiration for the "Israeli experiment." In truth the Zionists are left with a narrowing base of support for a country that is increasingly seen as, at best, inhumane and racist and, at worst, ruthless and criminal.
John Bolton, From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 30, 2015
John Bolton's Love of Bombs Bolton is so obsessed with bombs that, in the case of Iran, there is no difference between any sort of nuclear program and a weapons program. And, he obviously feels his opinion is more "true" than the estimates of professional intelligence agencies. It is a blind spot he shares with the Republican Party and other certain political leaders, such as Benjamin Netanyahu.
Can Bernie Sanders unite the Democratic Party?, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 8, 2020
The Democratic Party On The Brink The failure to see the need to manage change, and instead adhere to a traditional and increasingly unresponsive status quo, is a formula for failure. The recent history of the Republican Party shows what happens when an institution fails to respond to discord in such a way. It may now be that the Democratic Party is following the same self-destructive path.
Israeli Attack on Gaza, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 4, 2014
Israel and the Erosion of International Humanitarian Law Israeli behavior and U.S. protection of that behavior is a somber message that we have a way to go to overcome our propensity for murder and mayhem. We have managed to establish standards of humanitarian behavior and even embody them in international humanitarian law. We have managed to create an albeit imperfect prototype for enforcement through the UN.
Zionism, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Criminalizing Criticism: A Zionist Project The Zionists are working behind closed doors -- the closed doors of American state and federal legislatures and university board rooms -- where they do not have to face serious debate. This might prove the most dangerous of their maneuvers. For behind closed doors the Zionist monopoly resurfaces and truth is all the easier to suppress.
From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 18, 2012
A Zionist Worldview and the Slaughter in Gaza - An Analysis I don't give a damn who lived in or controlled Palestine three thousand years ago. The ones who control it now are, by their actions, no better than barbarians and the leaders in the West who back them have Palestinian blood on their hands. When it comes to behaviors like ethnic cleansing and cultural genocide the claim of self-defense is ludicrous.
From ImagesAttr
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 3, 2014
Egypt Gone Bad Today's Egypt is a mess. It is an economic mess thanks to decades of military dictatorship, corruption and greed. It is a political mess for the same reason. Whatever faults might be laid at the feet of the elected Morsi government, none of them warranted a return to thuggish military rule -- an action which, for all practical purposes, brought the ideals of the Arab Spring to a tragic end.
Alan Dershowitz Harvard Professor of Law shares 5 key reasons why every decent person should reject the BDS movement against Israel., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 26, 2019
Can Israel Really Serve as a Refuge? Within the modern context, Israel is an anachronism desperately, and with some seeming success, seeking to turn the clock back to a time when racism, segregation, discrimination, and indeed, imperialism and colonialism, were the Western legal, political, and social norms. To do so is the only way Israel can claim to be a "normal Western society."
Free Gaza Art Festival, From ImagesAttr
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 27, 2014
Deconstructing the Zionist View of Gaza's Horror outside Israel, Washington, D.C. and various other Zionist strongholds, David Harris's worldview is crumbling. And, as the numbers of those who share his viewpoint shrinks, other counter-groups, such as the Boycott Israel movement, grow in number. Sooner or later a tipping point will be reached and then things will change and probably do so rapidly.
Greta Thunberg, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 28, 2019
A Modern Day Children's Crusade We'll see how well the 16 year old crusading child from Sweden can do. Can she convince today's mothers and fathers (that is the current power structure) to "lend a hand" building a new road to a better future? I wish her all the luck.
Fighting BDS, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 30, 2015
Culture and Conflict Resolution How is it that the 150 artists and authors who signed the Culture for Coexistence open letter do not know the relevant facts? Setting aside the confirmed Zionists, whose ulterior motive is pretty clear, do these people take this stand because it "feels right" -- that is, because they believe cultural interaction ought to, or even must, promote conflict resolution?
Citizens United Carpet Bombing Democracy, From ImagesAttr
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 15, 2014
A Sober Look at U.S. Democracy The average voter is an important constituent of his congressperson, senator, governor, or even mayor only for that short period of time when he or she must be convinced to cast a ballot. The voter then recedes into the background and the real constituents are now powerful interest groups with the money to buy political access and influence.
Pastor Robert Jeffress Calls Donald Trump a SAVIOR from God, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Donald Trump the Christian Warrior It takes a special type of God-connected trickster to pull off the transposing of Donald Trump into a "Christian warrior." So, who is it that is making such claims for the president? He is Robert Jeffress, 64-year-old American Southern Baptist pastor of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.
From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Billboard Wars -- An Analysis here are fewer civilized men and women than we like to believe. The ones in power, regardless of the nation-state, only rarely behave in civilized ways. The bulk of the citizens either give support to or are indifferent toward their leader's actions. The small remainder are left to struggle against a strong and consistent counter-current.
The Zionist World Order, From YouTubeVideos
(26 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 4, 2019
Making Progressives The Enemy Zionists are hell-bent on moving the world backwards: back to the days when racist conquest was mistaken for the spread of civilization, when efforts to institutionalize standards of human and civil rights were seen as impingements on sovereignty, back to the days when no one gave a second thought to oppressed peoples (including oppressed Jews).
Zionism - the cancer within, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Israel Divides the Jews Zionism has always divided Jews. On one side have been those sensitive to humanitarian issues and the religion's traditional championship of egalitarianism and justice. And on the other side have been those who have committed themselves to a Jewish future defined in Zionist ideological terms.
Senator Charles Schumer, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 24, 2015
The Iran Agreement and Israel's Claim to Speak for the Jews opposition forces in Congress probably will be unable to destroy the nuclear agreement with Iran. Will this achievement encourage the Jewish donors who favored the deal to come together and form a single Jewish organization outspokenly independent of Israel and its followers in the U.S.? This is what is needed if we are to liberate the U.S. Congress and political parties from the myth of a unified Jewry in support of Israel.
Donald Trump told more than 25 outright lies in a single speech., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 17, 2017
Donald Trump's Evolving Mass Movement In his campaign Trump told the most outrageous lies (Mexico is sending rapists to the U.S.), insult war heroes (John McCain) and "gold star" families, insult entire religions (Islam) and esteemed religious leaders (the Pope), make racist remarks about a federal judge, and even insult the entire female half of the human species by bragging about grabbing women by their genitals. He could do all of this and still get elected.
Domestic Violence During COVID-19, From YouTubeVideos
(20 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 1, 2020
COVID Madness Both politicians and the populace appeared to have given up and, as one of those sloganeering signs put it, silently agreed to "sacrifice the weak and reopen." And almost everywhere they did reopen, the COVID-19 virus returned with a vengeance.
Donald Trump, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 23, 2019
Trump's Executive Order on Anti-Semitism: A Category Mistake On 12 December, President Trump issued an executive order directing the federal government to deny funds to universities and colleges that allow alleged anti-Semitic speech on campus.
Tulsi Gabbard responds to Hillary Clinton, From YouTubeVideos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 31, 2019
Hillary Clinton's Hunt for "Russian Assets" Hillary Clinton claimed that both Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Jill Stein, head of the U.S. Green Party, are being "groomed" to run a third-party race during the 2020 presidential election. Groomed? Groomed by whom? By the Russians, of course.
Secretary Pompeo:.Lying, Cheating, & Stealing reminds you of the glory of the American experiment., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 9, 2020
A Culture of Cheating? Cheating, along with its partner habitual lying, undermines both communities and institutions: everything from marriage to commerce, to science, to government. Nothing can stand firm before them once these vices become normative. That is what makes Donald Trump so unacceptable -- he represents a social climate wherein honesty can never be assumed.
George W. Bush in lego, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 28, 2017
Reality and its Enemies - An Analysis There is an ongoing reality that is destroying hundreds of thousands of lives in the Middle East. And though most Americans are ignorant of the fact, and many of those who should be in the know would deny it, the suffering flows directly from decisions taken by Washington over the last 27 years.
Pelosi Attacks Only Making .The Squad. More Powerful, From YouTubeVideos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 20, 2019
Democratic Party Dilemmas For all the horrors our foreign adventures have wrought, the real present danger is that we will turn on ourselves and destroy our precarious democracy. Under these circumstances, the Democrats, for all their shortcomings, represent not only the party of choice, but the potential salvation of the United States.
Netanyahu Bragged He Has America Wrapped Around His Finger, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 7, 2015
The U.S. and Israel: Diverging Interests The real "concerns and interests" of the United States in the Middle East have noticeably diverged from those of Israel. As a consequence Israel is now loudly complaining that Washington has abandoned it. Well, Washington might do well to play the same game -- to loudly complain about Israel's traitorous behavior.
Implements of torture, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Forgotten Futility of Torture Despite the revelations of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report, the chances are pretty good that Bush and his operatives will get away with their crimes. And that means that chances are just as good that it will all happen again. Ignorance and false assumptions seem secure in their positions of influence.
Being White Offends Others, Urban Riots to Escalate, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 8, 2015
On the Perennial Nature of U.S. Urban Riots Military grade riot-control equipment is now de rigueur for most large police departments. So great is the demand for these deadly toys that the Defense Department now has a committee appointed by the president to look into what constitutes appropriate equipment to hand out to the cop on the beat.
Benjamin Netanyahu thanking Zionists from all walks of life for their support in creating the Zionist state., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 23, 2015
The Ideologue's Tunnel Vision Many Palestinians can understand Western Jewish history, including the Holocaust, and recognize how it shapes, though ultimately cannot excuse, Zionist behavior. Unfortunately, the Zionists can't reciprocate by understanding the history that drives Palestinian behavior. They cannot do so because their ideology precludes the possibility that they are in fact responsible for Palestinian suffering.
Ten Indicators of a Warming World, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 22, 2013
More on Global Warming What will we ultimately do about global warming? It might well be that the answer is not nearly enough. We are a species influenced by natural localism, and therefore the majority of Americans, and others in the West as well, are not going to abandon a present full of profit and relative comfort as long as the sky is clear in their own local place and time.
Best Enemies Money Can Buy!, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 30, 2015
Changing Alliances and the National Interest in the Middle East There has been a major shift of alliances that has stunned and paralyzed the Obama administration. The enemy has certainly remained the same: the fanatics whose lineage can be traced back to Osama bin Laden and the 9/11 attacks of 2001. However, who is now allied with these "bad guys" and who is allied against them has radically altered.
From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 12, 2013
Does Torture Work? Does It Matter? -- An Analysis The torturers are all past or present powerful government officials and their henchmen. Most of them will die in bed and maybe, someday, have their face put on a postage stamp. Their horrid deeds, already excused, will soon be forgotten. As the old Latin saying goes, "in times of war the laws go silent."
Democratic senator compares Israeli security to Mexico wall Democratic senator Cory Booker compares Israeli security to Mexico wall, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Fraying Principles The fraying of principles related to human rights that now pervades U.S. politics and particularly the liberals' readiness to acquiesce in the denial of other people's rights, speaks to a significant devaluing of conscience and an unconscionable shallowness when it comes to ethical judgement. These newly elected Democrats are stepping into a struggle for the political soul of their party.
Donald Trump is rapidly taking the GOP down with him, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Fallen Republicans and the Fate of Liberal Democracy Despite their sworn oaths of impartiality and the damning evidence presented by the Democrats, Republicans will let President Trump get away with his criminal behavior.
A snowstorm around Jerusalem disrupted travel and electricity on Friday but did not deter a swimmer at the David Citadel Hotel., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 22, 2013
Snow Job About Israel-Palestine It is probable that the Israelis would have no need to implement their ghetto strategy if they were ready to reach a just and fair solution with all of the Palestinians. As long as Israel persists in stealing Palestinian land in a process of relentless expansion, they must convince themselves of the irreconcilable nature of the conflict and persecute not only those who would resist, but the entire Palestinian population.
Israeli flag, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Getting Past The Issue Of Being Jewish The struggle is against racism, discrimination, oppression, occupation and illegal colonization because they are evils no matter who perpetrates them. The Israeli case has to be prioritized because Israel and its Zionist allies have bought and bullied our own government and political parties in a corrupting manner.
Donald Trump Believes That All Women Are Beneath Him And He Isn't Afraid To Show It, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 4, 2019
Trump's Female Supporters In his rather simple-minded way, Trump is assuming that his rhetorical messages of 2016, now made real in terms of policy, should be all the stronger in 2020. After all, it is an indicator that this president delivers on his often repugnant promises. But the promises have been tainted by president's crudeness, his inability to handle criticism in a civil fashion, and his habitual acting out the role of a bully.
Global Warming, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Global Warming Redux: Another Ticking Bomb Out of Paris Local interests will promote denial long enough to make the necessary sacrifices politically unachievable. They certainly have done so so far. That means our grandchildren will almost certainly live in a very different atmospheric and geographic world than we do. And, of course, going forward, no one should invest in seashore real estate.
From Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, UK, From Images
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 9, 2017
Jeremy Corbyn Tries the Truth It is depressing that conservatives throughout the Western world have learned so little -- if anything at all -- since 2001. That is the year George W. Bush delivered the grotesquely misleading line that Ben Wallace now echoes. Right after 9/11 Bush proclaimed the terrorists do what they do (at least in the West) because "they hate our freedoms."
Zionism - the cancer within, From GoogleImages
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 29, 2018
Special Israel Zionist influence spreads far beyond Israel's area of dominion and now influences (one might say corrupts) many of the policy makers and bureaucrats of Western governments, and particularly those of the United States. This often turns their governments into accomplices in Israel's abusive policies.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 21, 2016
How Original Is Donald Trump? Sensing defeat, Trump has already declared his belief in a grand conspiracy involving the Clintons, bankers, feminists and the media, who have conspired to cheat him out of the presidency. That he could be the source of his own troubles seems not an allowable possibility to him, given the extreme narcissistic nature of his character.
Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reached a peace agreement., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 22, 2020
How the Israel-UAE Pact Undermines International Law Much of the diplomatic world has gone gaga over the 13 August 2020 "normalization" of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), facilitated by years of encouragement coming out of Washington.
Under Trump Government websites have either altered or scrubbed references to climate change., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Deteriorating Climates Thanks to President Trump's conspicuous habit of acting out both his narrow-minded, often bigoted, conceits (legal and otherwise) and his adolescent frustrations. In behaving this way, Trump has, by his own example, liberated the seedy, sleazy and sordid among the American population.
Refugee Flow, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 24, 2015
The Decline of the Western Ethnic State If the leaders of Europe are smart about it they will go beyond merely symbolic numbers. If they are not, then there will be concentration camps on their borders and eventual violence that will mark a dark period in their supposed civilized histories. Controlled or not, in the end, many of the refugees will probably find a way in.
Hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 5, 2015
Benjamin Netanyahu's Ideologically Dictated Worldview the actions and motives Netanyahu assigns to Iran are factually wrong. Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons, has not carried on weapons research of this nature in over a decade, and is willing to commit itself to an inspections regime that will keep track of its good intentions in this regard. This stance is attested to by nearly every Western intelligence agency, and the Israeli intelligence organizations as well.
Human Life is Precious, Do Not Waste It, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 19, 2019
On the Alleged "Preciousness of Life" The assertion that life is precious is one of those idealized maxims that everyone is expected to agree with. However, in practice, it is just as obvious that the notion is largely ignored. In truth, life, including human life, is very often treated with callous disregard.
Demi Lovato Visited Isreal and Was Baptised in The Jordan River, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 18, 2019
Exploiting the Ignorant In the 4 October 2019 issue of Rolling Stone magazine it was reported that the 27-year-old "pop, pop-rock, and R&B" singer-actress Demi Lovato had made a trip to Israel in order to, among other things, be baptized in the Jordan River.
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Moral Idiocy in the Halls of Power The Geneva Accords set the range of acceptable behavior toward prisoners of war, established protections for the wounded and the sick, and the necessary protections to be afforded civilian populations within and approximate to any war-zone. Some 193 countries, including the US, have ratified these agreements. Now, as of August 2016, they are 67 years old. Have they worked? The answer is, in all too many cases, no.
Home of the brave and land of the free, From GoogleImages
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Tolerance as a Prerequisite for Civilization this is not just an American problem. The deplorables are to be found in all populations -- more in some and less in others -- but never absent. In the U.S. Donald Trump is their leader. No doubt he also serves as a symbol of leadership for deplorables worldwide. As such President Trump and his following subvert our future -- luring us in the direction of barbarism.
.Death to America. chant mourners in Tehran after Qassim Soleimani assassination ordered by Trump., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 13, 2020
Death by Illogic, Lies and Stupidity On 3 January 2020, Trump personally ordered the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani -- which, by the way, may well have been unconstitutional because it was done without prior consultation with Congress.
Charity Navigator, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 19, 2016
From Charity to Mayhem The apparent inevitability aside, what lesson can be learned from the large and growing role played by charitable solicitations in the United States? An answer can be found in the proposition that, to the extent that a society is dependent on charity to satisfy community needs, the proper role of government is not being realized.
What Is Zionism? What Do Countries Fear The Most?, From YouTubeVideos
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Israel's Tragic But Predictable "Migration" to the Right Unless a majority of Israeli Jews are willing to go the route of South Africa and renounce their program of discriminatory dominion over millions of non-Jews, they have nowhere else to go but head-first into the hell that is the racist right.
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The Problem of Localized Ethics There still continues a struggle between those who would apply ethical standards universally and those who would hold to the traditional in-group exceptionalism. Meir Shamgard and the Zionists followed this latter approach.
Gary Johnson, From FlickrPhotos
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There Is Nothing Unusual About Ignorance Those running for president are assumed to know everything about what is going on in the world as well as in their own country. This is of course impossible, though there is always a short list of issues that are center-stage. So, what happens is that leaders have "briefing books" prepared on these priority issues.
Medea Banjamin, From ImagesAttr
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Who Set-Up Medea Benjamin? Medea Benjamin's horrid treatment was not a mistake. It was not the action of a few rogue border officials. It was a premeditated act on the part of the military dictatorship that now passes for a government in Egypt. Who gave the orders? No doubt this plot started in Washington when someone, probably a security officer attached to the visa department at the Egyptian embassy, recognized Benjamin's name.
The Ideology of
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The West's Favored Autocrats U.S. foreign affairs have been designed to spread capitalist economic practices that facilitate the prosperity of its own "ruling" class. Washington doesn't care if its cooperating allies are murderers, corrupt thieves, racists and the like. They might be bastards of the first order, but it is OK as long as they are "our bastards." Such is the company we keep.
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On The Re-Election Of The President -- An Analysis Obama wants to do exactly as he says. For in his heart of hearts he is a compromiser. He will compromise with just about anyone on just about anything. Given the political structure within which he lives, that means he will compromise with rabid Republicans, Zionists and neoconservatives -- if they will only "see reason" and compromise with him.
President Donald Trump, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Trump's Defining Moments Most Americans, if pressed to take a side, would probably stand against the real Donald Trump revealed by these recent defining moments. So, the U.S. is in both political and cultural limbo. Its citizens are left asking if Donald Trump's defining moments will also define their own future.
Democratic Donkey - Caricature, From FlickrPhotos
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A Future For The Democratic Party? The Democratic Party survives intact, having marginalized Bernie Sanders's liberal effort to restructure it. Ironically, its structural survival is its greatest weakness. As a consequence it will just plod along, stuck in its rut. All things being equal this might condemn the Democrats to minority status for a long time.
From Donald Trump, From Images
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Dysfunction In The White House Even though we are still early in his administration, there is no sign that anyone can control the President's addiction to gaffes. He is an immature, thin-skinned egotist, and in the end, this may well cost the Republicans dearly. He has a really exceptional ability to stir up the American political scene. For progressives such agitation creates opportunities and risks.
Terror in Paris Proves Violence Can't be Stopped, From ImagesAttr
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Terror in Paris Is there a way out of this vicious cycle -- one that might also uphold a broad and truly universal standard for freedom of speech? Ideally, there is -- it is called international law. This is not just any set of laws, but ones that reflect human and civil rights.
Donald Trump and George W. Bush, From YouTubeVideos
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From Wuhan to Baghdad with Trump and Bush Donald Trump and George W. Bush are both know-nothing Republican leaders. They are know-nothing in the sense that neither of them know the difference between their own desires and objective reality.
Remembering acclaimed Israeli author Amos Oz, From YouTubeVideos
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Amos Oz and the Real Israel Amos Oz's ambition was to define, or more accurately, redefine, the Israeli character. The effort was an expression of his idealism which, despite all evidence to the contrary, told him that the present state of Zionist Israel could be reversed and humanized -- made more benign through an underpinning of what he called "humanistic Jewish culture."
Donald Trump -- bully, From TwitterPhotos
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Trump and the Anti-Semites It is unlikely that Donald Trump realizes what he is doing. He probably stereotypes his own behavior as necessary and correct just as he stereotypes the behavior of those who disagree or oppose him as wrongheaded and personal (rather than principled). Most likely, he behaves as he does in an almost instinctual way. He is a born-and-bred bully.
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A Culture War Against Tolerance The success of right-wing news and other media is a good example of viewers practicing, perhaps unconsciously, confirmation bias. The criterion for the information you seek out is not accuracy or truth, but rather its ability to confirm an outlook you already hold.
Crimes Against Humanity, From ImagesAttr
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International Law and Crimes against Humanity Crimes against humanity include government-initiated or -assisted policies or practices resulting in massacre, dehumanization, unjust imprisonment, extrajudicial punishments, torture, racial/ethnic persecution, and other such acts. In 1976 the United Nations General Assembly declared the systematic persecution of one racial group by another (for instance, the practice of apartheid) to be a crime against humanity.
coronavirus-covid-19, From FlickrPhotos
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A Pandemic Comes to the U.S. No one really knows where Covid-19 originated. We do know that there was an initial outbreak in Wuhan, China, among people who worked in a market that sold wild animals, but some of these animals were imported into China, so the Covid-19 strain that is causing all this trouble could well have originated further afield.
Edward Said, From YouTubeVideos
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An Attack on Edward Said's Legacy Glick's attack on Said, and her attempt to tie his work into the protests that followed George Floyd's murder, shows how frightened the defenders of one racist state, Zionist Israel, become when their principle ally, the United States, comes under attack for racist practices.
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Israel Says: Rachel Made Me Do It -- An Analysis All witnesses said basically the same thing: we did not see Rachel Corrie and even if we had we would not have seen a civilian. Why? Because Israel is at war with the Palestinians and, as one testifying IDF officer (aka Yossi) put it, "during a war there are no civilians." There are only terrorists and their allies (Corrie) and Israel does not prosecute its soldiers for waging "war" against them.
Seth Rogen, From FlickrPhotos
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Seth Rogen Turns The Truth Into A Joke Rogen's experience demonstrates that "the establishment" has no intention of negotiating, much less compromising with "young Jews who reject Zionism."
Israel tightens West Bank grip in search for kidnapped teens, arresting another 65 people., From ImagesAttr
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Why It Is Hard to Feel for the Israelis What about the children? After all, children "have no agency" and therefore should not be held responsible for the conditions created by their elders. But again, the Zionists cannot demand such an exception while agents of the Israeli state regularly arrest and incarcerate Palestinian children. This is a sad truth of the world as it actually is: double standards make ideals impossible.
Zionism, From YouTubeVideos
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Israel Loses Its Best Zionism, the ideology underlying the Jewish state, originated in the 19th century as a response to the persecution of Jews, particularly in eastern Europe and Russia.
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A Dilemma For the Intelligence Agencies - An Analysis Can Western intelligence agencies still retain an ability to speak-out to power." Can they still, effectively, convince their governments not to assume that mainstream media information is accurate, but "rather to await careful investigation" before "rushing to judgment" on important issues?
Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall, From FlickrPhotos
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Walls For The Dead All those patriotic dead soldiers become victims -- victims of a powerful ideological conviction. But it is not the ideology coming out of Hanoi that killed them. It was the ideology coming out of Washington that transformed patriotic sacrifice into victimization. And, as victims, the American dead stand on the same plane with the roughly three million Vietnamese who perished in the same conflict.
Israeli PM Netanyahu Says Israeli soldiers are above the International Criminal Court!, From ImagesAttr
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Palestine at the International Criminal Court: Potential and Problems Palestine's request that the ICC take up Israeli behavior during its summer 2014 invasion of Gaza is a seminal cry for justice. It is also a seminal challenge to the Court and all its member states to see that international law applies to the strong and influential. As goes the judgment on Israel, so goes international law in our time.
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On the Road to Ryan and Ruin -- An Analysis A Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan presidency would most likely increase the pace of deregulation and destroy what is left of the country's safety nets. It would ultimately devastate the middle class, greatly increase the ranks of the poor and unemployed, do away with union rights, and reserve prosperity for the upper class alone.
Unnecessary Censorship, From YouTubeVideos
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"Seven Forbidden Words" Forbidding specific terminology from the budget language of HHS departments constitutes one avenue of attack against those who refuse to believe Trump's innumerable lies. You might not believe his fantasies, but you are not to use "evidence-based" counter-arguments if you operate within the executive branch bureaucracies he ultimately controls.
Zionism -- the cancer within, From FlickrPhotos
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Zionism Begins to Unravel This disconnect is not a sudden or new situation. The numbers of questioning American Jews have continued to grow, and things have only gotten worse for the Zionist leadership. Indeed, just as many young American Jews may be joining pro-peace activist groups as are cheering on AIPAC at its conventions.
Assange, Snowden and Manning -- Heroes or Villains?, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 3, 2019
Cover-Ups and Truth Tellers Can you accuse a person of lying who actually seems not to know the difference between truth and untruth? Trump's inability in this regard is demonstrated daily, and the Washington Post fact checker puts the running count of presidential lies at 10,111, with no end in sight.
World War One Woodrow Wilson, From FlickrPhotos
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Woodrow Wilson's Racism And His Support For Zionism Wilson became the 28th president of the United States (1913-1921). He led the United States into World War I, was instrumental in the founding of the League of Nations, appointed the first Jewish member of the Supreme Court and, notably, facilitated the eventual establishment of a "Jewish national home" in Palestine.
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Education and Ideology In the case of Israel, education has been subordinated to ideology to such an extent that it cannot promote diversity, shared values and a common identity with non-Jews. Thus, given the Zionist ethic as practiced by Israelis and their diaspora supporters, the Palestinian identity and values are anathema and represent threats.
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, From GoogleImages
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Hillary Clinton's Platform Follies Why all this to-do over a non-binding platform document? Perhaps because, for a short but critical time, you have 12 million voters taking it seriously -- seriously in a way that may cause damage to Clinton's presidential ambitions. Yet her blinding self-confidence won't let her consider this possibility, and that myopia is why she refuses to make substantive compromises to Sanders.
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A System Problem for Democracy This problem of centralization of power within organizations, particularly those that demand loyalty from their members, is commonplace - whether they are political organizations or not. There should be no surprise that many Western democracies are suffering from this system problem.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Politicizing Anti-Semitism The assertion that criticism of Israel is an act of anti-Semitism relies on the assumption that, because Israel describes itself as "a Jewish state," it represents all Jews. This exaggeration, in turn, seems reasonable due to a broader tendency, most prevalent in the democratic West, to confuse governments and the people they claim authority over.
Tucson Talk radio show host speaks out against cultural violence in Milwaukee and across the U.S., From YouTubeVideos
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Our Hidden Cultural Corrupters There is a lot of violence in the United States, and if you look at the news it appears that things are getting worse. The nation is armed to the teeth, which means that any out-of-control angry person can vent in lethal fashion. Or, maybe they can choose to vent in the European style by using their car as a battering ram.
Roseanne Barr and Donald Trump, From YouTubeVideos
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The U.S. at War with Itself Roseanne Barr's racist opinions are nothing new. Nor, since the advent of Donald Trump, is their public display. A culture of racism shaped the American way of life since before the founding of the United States. Listening to the tweets of Roseanne and Donald Trump, one can understand why it's a war -- a cultural civil war.
From John Boehner - Caricature, From Images
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Predictions Based on the 2015 Federal Budget There is no sense of national interest, and damn little sense of community, in the American political system. Both concepts have been superseded by the particular parochial goals and sense of solidarity of groups and subgroups with the deep pockets necessary to buy legislators and legislation. This is what happens when democracy allows itself to be captured by an increasingly unregulated capitalist ethic.
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Islamophobia on Wheels Outside of the Washington Beltway, those who support Palestinian rights are on the offensive, and the Zionists on the defensive. However, the Zionists certainly have not given up, and the most egregious of them, such as those at the AFDI, still lash out with hate-filled messages. So, the fight goes on.
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 19, 2016
Local Fear And Ignorance In The Rise of Donald Trump It would appear that the political pendulum, both in the U.S and elsewhere, has swung from a fragile "progressive" point on its arc to a potentially savage regressive location. A lot of damage can be done in the next four to eight years unless humane and truly progressive counter-strategies to what is coming down the line are devised -- and devised fast.
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Free Speech or Inciting to Riot? -- An Analysis This incident has exposed the deep vein of anger against the United States that runs through the Muslim world. This anger is nothing new and we continue to ignore it at our peril. The Muslim world continues to be a tinder box that someone resident in the West, someone like Nakoula Bassely Nakoula, can throw a match into and spark something akin to another 9/11.
God is in Charge: Submit to His Will, From YouTubeVideos
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God and U.S. Foreign Policy God is back at work in support of the foreign policy of the United States. In fact, this time around, God has apparently gone so far as to rig the 2016 U.S. presidential election (and you thought it was the Russians!) in order to assure Donald Trump's election. And why did the deity do so? To protect Israel from the bad guys in Teheran.
Battling Antisemitism on US Campuses, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Tales of Student Torment As a Palestinian student at Haifa University observed, "you can't escape the feeling of alienation when you are an Arab student in the Israeli universities. On the one hand, you are in an academic environment, but on the other hand you are surrounded with guns. It has reached a point where it's difficult to see the contradiction.
Joe Biden, From YouTubeVideos
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National Values: Reality or Propaganda Joe Biden, presumptive Democratic Party presidential candidate, thinks he knows what American values are. Here are some of them: "inclusivity, tolerance, diversity, respect for the rule of law." Biden defines these as among the "democratic values that define us."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, From ImagesAttr
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Israel Goes to the Polls Undermining peace, promoting oppression, assuring poverty, fostering racism, playing on people's fears and interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries -- none of this can be good for the rest of us. Clearly, Netanyahu is bad news for the world at large. He is the political world's analogue to global warming -- the more active he is, the more toxic the environment becomes.
Anti-Semitism, From FlickrPhotos
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The New Anti-Semitism and its Background Israel, created in 1948 in response to anti-Semitism in general and the Holocaust in particular, became the "Jewish state." Its Zionist leaders were dedicated to the "ingathering" of all Jews into one national entity. And, before you knew it, they were attempting to ethnically cleanse Palestinians and other non-Jews from the land under Israel's control so as to make room for this "ingathering."
Philadelphia Orchestra, From YouTubeVideos
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Ethics and the Arts Having tied themselves to the Zionists, the orchestra leadership will not be able to react rationally to the charge that they are aiding and abetting apartheid. In a certain sense the orchestra, as an institution, has sold its cultural soul for donor silver. Perhaps some of the musicians will preserve their own cultural integrity by deciding to stay home.
No Pride in Israeli Apartheid!, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Israeli Apartheid Confirmed Western governments are so committed to Israel -- and steeped in the hypocrisy this requires -- that they will simply ignore the HRW revelations, as they did the earlier reports.
From Israeli claiming ownership of Arab food is cultural genocide, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 6, 2018
Food Theft as a Form of Cultural Genocide Despite the decades of ongoing conflict that has been grist for the mill of mass media, there are still millions of Americans, and others too, who know little about the cultural genocide of the Palestinians.
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A Problem of Clerical Hypocrisy On 12 September 2021, Rabbi Wolpe had an opinion piece, written at the time of Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, in the New York Times. It is entitled "A Rabbi's Guide to Making Amends." It turns out that his recommendations are as easily applied to offenses committed by the Zionist national collective as to any Jewish individual.
Nobel Prize., From WikimediaPhotos
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The Sorry State of the Nobel Peace Prize The Nobel Peace Prize was established by Alfred Nobel in his will of 1895. Nobel was a Swedish chemist (he invented dynamite) and wealthy arms manufacture. He died in 1896, and the first Peace Prize was awarded in 1901. It has been awarded annually ever sinceexcept, reasonably enough, during periods plagued by worldwide war.
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The Know-Nothing Candidate -- An Analysis The Know-Nothing candidate wants to be president. And he may well succeed depending on just how many other Americans know nothing in ways that make them comfortable with Mr. Romney's ignorance. "Ignorance is as ignorance does," particularly on election day.
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Genocidal Yearnings -- An Analysis Today all but a handful of Israeli Jews dislike and fear the people they conquered and displaced. They wish they would go away. And, when their resistance gets just a bit too much to bear, they are now quite willing to see them put out of the way.
Corporate Threat to Liberty, From FlickrPhotos
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Freedom's Perversities LaPierre's answer to the bloodbaths caused by guns is to have more guns. "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun." In the case of the Parkland high school shooting, where, in fact, there was an armed guard present at the school, as well as with previous school shootings, LaPierre's formula translates into arming teachers as a way of "hardening the schools."
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A National Debate about Government Spying? Having concluded that the NSA's real and potential secret access to the communications of almost every American, and a growing number of non-citizens, was criminal in nature (perhaps totalitarianism in the making), Snowden leaked the classified information that would bring the NSA's activities into public view. It was the right thing to do and he says he has no regrets.
Chuck Schumer to oppose Iran nuclear deal, From YouTubeVideos
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Senator Schumer's Divine Mission since both American and Israeli leaders seek to meld nationalist passions with religion, we must recognize that religion too can be a refuge for scoundrels. Of course, that does not mean that all religious folks are such. Rather, it means that scoundrels can find it quite useful to use religion, just like patriotism, as a cover for immoral and criminal behavior.
President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 27, 2019
Trump's "Deal of the Century" President Trump's peace plan for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, or at least the economic side of it, was discussed at a meeting in Bahrain on June 25 and 26. The plan, euphemistically entitled "Peace to Prosperity" and the "Deal of the Century" is also, inaccurately, likened to a "Marshall Plan for Palestinians."
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Endless War -- An Analysis With the government's wholehearted embrace of targeted assassination, as well as modern surveillance technology and the precedent of offshore prisons for "enemy combatants," one wonders if, from now on, the recovery of rights will ever be fully equal to their loss.
From Dangerous Donald Trump, From Images
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In Our Age of State Crimes Whole nations are created using mythology and self-deception as pillars of identity. The reality of history somehow creeps in and the effort to sustain these self-deceptions eventually poisons the societies that rely upon them. Today that poison can be seen in the way Donald Trump is received as a savior by many Americans just because he represents a racist militarism they confuse with honor and "greatness."
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Freedom and High Anxiety in the USA -- An Analysis Unfortunately, freedom as practiced in the U.S. has its drawbacks. It has encouraged an often heartless individuality that disregards serious levels of poverty. It has allowed the evolution of interest group politics that often works against national interests in both domestic and foreign policies.
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Saudi Arabia Flexes Its Fanaticism Washington can sanction the Russians for protecting their security interests and the Russian-speaking population in the Crimea. They can sanction the Iranians for developing nuclear energy. And, they can acquiesce in the utter destitution of 1.76 million Gazans. But you will hear no talk of sanctions due to Saudi aggression or its sponsorship of terrorism.
Robert Bowers said he wanted all Jews to die, From GoogleImages
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A Tale Of Two Massacres Today the U.S. is in the midst of a cultural civil war waged by those who would destroy that progress. In other words, here things are in flux and a culture infused with human and civil rights is still an option. Indeed, taking that option is the real way of "making America great again."
Zionism..., From ImagesAttr
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Censorship at Southampton University Israel has evolved into a "rogue" state that is being protected by Western powers, particularly the United States. It has achieved this "exceptional" status by two means: first, the Zionist corruption of Western governments through a lobby process involving the bribing of politicians, and second, through the exploitation of the Western fear of the Arab and Islamic world.
Benjamin Netanyahu, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 2, 2017
Running from the Law What is missing from these responses to Netanyahu's tantrum is any public recognition of the main point of Resolution 2234. That is the fact that Israel stands in violation of the rule of law. And by doing so for decades, the Zionist state has eroded the force of international law generally. No state leader, including those who directly voted for the resolution at the U.N., has deigned to follow up on this point publicly.
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America's Twisted Notion of Freedom In America, "freedom" now means the right to inflict harm on the community, whether it's the freedom of Wall Street bankers to gamble recklessly, the freedom of the rich to shut factories and off-shore jobs or the freedom to swagger around with deadly weapons. That freedom has struck again in Colorado.
Protesters arrested in Union Square following George Floyd police death, From YouTubeVideos
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U.S. Urban Rebellions Revisited The protests are no longer just about the murder of one African American. They are now about the inability of the justice system to deliver justice within an interminably unjust America. When the state loses legitimacy in the eyes of citizens, all that is left is the violence of mass suppression. And that is a one way road to hell for all us no matter what our race.
From Dangerous Donald Trump, From Images
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America's Moral Angst What enough of the American people did in 2016 was to allow the bigoted, barbaric part of the nation, assisted by the inattentive, to gain power in the person of Donald Trump. There are congressional elections in November 2018. We will see how many of those who closed their eyes, held their noses and took a leap into the unknown by voting for Donald Trump now come to the polling stations hoping to atone for their sins.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 28, 2016
Trump and the Jews As problematic as it is, the ascendency of Donald Trump gives the American Jews a second chance to make the right choice, to join with their natural allies and fight for the equal rights of all groups. U.S. Jews should think long and hard about this, for it may well be that their second chance will also be their last chance.
Gov. Evers Extends the .Safer At Home. Order, From YouTubeVideos
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Intimations of Barbarism Thus, no one should have been overly shocked at the display of barbaric callousness offered up by the Republican legislators in Wisconsin in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Israelis: What do you think of Haredim?, From YouTubeVideos
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The Jewish Schism Deepens-An Analysis "This year, American Jews have been part of a racial reckoning in our community. " How are we complicit with racial violence? Jewish communities " have had teach-ins and workshops, held vigils, and commissioned studies. And yet " so many of us ignore the day-to-day indignity that the Israeli military and police forces enact on Palestinians, and sit idly by as Israel upholds two separate legal systems for the same region.
Paul Ryan, From FlickrPhotos
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Paul Ryan's Economic Plan Ryan's vision is a utopia has already been historically proven to be its opposite -- a dystopia. The haunting refrain that history is bound to repeat itself is true only if we let it be so. And when our leaders' plans and schemes spell predictable disaster -- well, only the self-deluded and the truly ignorant would go there.
Trump and Netanyahu, From GoogleImages
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Trump, Jerusalem and International Law Now we have the Zionists and Christian fundamentalists standing behind Trump, patting him on the back. The rest of the world stands in front of him, aghast. Typical of the self-serving type he is, Trump only cares about the blandishments pushing him in the direction he wants to go.
King of the Lies, From TwitterPhotos
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Trump vs. Truth As things get more contentious, Trump will retreat from the business of governing. He will turn it over (if he hasn't already) to his accomplices: Stephen Bannon, Reince Priebus, and Vice President Pence. Having done so, he will devote more and more time to his so-called reelection campaign where he can vent his spleen among the adoring crowds of supporters who serve, collectively, as a stimulant for the man's immense ego.
Israeli Legislators Sign Petition To Ban .Neo-Nazi. Trump., From YouTubeVideos
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What the Trump Phenomenon Means for Israel If Trump becomes president and, like most of his predecessors, tries to settle the Israel-Palestine problem, he will no doubt be met with not only the usual Israeli stonewalling, but outright hostility. After all, Trump as president will have to deal with Netanyahu as prime minister and they are alike in that both tend to "shoot from the lip."
A century of conflict in the Middle East since the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement., From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 17, 2017
A State For The Kurds? The Kurds are now closer to independent status than at any time since the near-miss days of World War I. Their best strategy is to make the best (if not the most) of that status within a confederated Iraq and end their interaction with Israel. This has to be better than a near-genocidal war in which they would be the victims.
Truth or Lies?, From GoogleImages
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Customizing Truth Our elites play out our destines as if they have no free will -- no capacity to break with structured ways of seeing. Yet the middle-echelon specialists keep sending their relatively accurate assessments up the ladder of power. Hope springs eternal.
Lethal Violence, From GoogleImages
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Natural Born Killers? the notion that our willingness to slaughter each other is innate -- an adaptive habit of a long evolutionary history. This conclusion is offered as an explanation rather than an excuse. For, as the Nature study authors recognize, culture can impact such behavior -- tamping it down at least within a designated in-group. Yet it is hard to shake the feeling that our addiction to lethal violence is our evolutionary fate.
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Critical Thinking Gone Missing -- An Analysis The majority of any population will pay little or no attention to news stories or government actions that do not appear to impact their lives or the lives of close associates. If something non-local happens that is brought to their attention by the media, they will passively accept government explanations and simplistic solutions.
Netanyahu Above the Law..., From GoogleImages
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Netanyahu -- Running from the Law UNSC Resolution 2234 told the Israeli government that it is obliged to follow the rule of law -- in this case international law. Mr. Netanyahu's response was to repudiate that law. Thus, the Israeli prime minister ran from the law -- something outlaws do.
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A Culture of Walls -- An Analysis Zionists came to Palestine with a wall already fixed in their minds. That wall existed as a conviction that anti-Semitism was inevitable and eternal. Only possessing their own state could protect the Jews from this incessant danger. Subsequent Palestinian resistance was almost instinctively seen by the Zionists as anti-Semitism.
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Two-State Solution or Illusion? The U.S. government maintains the hope of a two-state solution to "show that it is working toward a diplomatic solution, to keep the pro-Israel lobby from turning against them and to disguise their humiliating inability to allow any daylight between Washington and the Israeli government."
The Roberts Court, October 2010, From ImagesAttr
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Free Speech Or Bribery? We are dealing with those funneling millions of dollars to politicians in exchange for political and legislative favors. That is the exercise of free speech only if you equate it with the suborning of elected officials. It's hard to believe that the five Supreme Court Justices who voted in the majority do not know this. And if they do, they are guilty of using the Constitution to rationalize criminal behavior.
.Religious Freedom., From YouTubeVideos
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On the Down Side of Institutionalized Religion Some fundamentalists would have us believe the lesson is to remain humble and obedient in the face of an unfathomable deity whose mysterious purposes are simply beyond human comprehension. Yet there is nothing incomprehensible about the repetitive death, destruction and intolerance bred by institutionalized ideologies.
US-Israel Flags, From WikimediaPhotos
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What motivates US policy toward Israel? Clinton extols the U.S.-Israel alliance as one of "shared values." She describes Israel as "a bastion of liberty." This is de rigueur propaganda and, for the Palestinians, has no convincing connection to reality. By describing BDS as a movement that must be suppressed, Clinton is endangering U.S. constitutional rights.
Where do we go from here?, From ImagesAttr
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On The Purpose of U.S. Education Producing loyal and uncritical citizens is something our schools, at all levels, do pretty well. The uncritical thinking aspect of this goal is quite important and puts in doubt the place of critical thinking in the national curriculum. For a nation of critical thinkers would, from the perspective of citizen loyalty, be a dangerous thing.
Zionism, From ImagesAttr
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Communal Upheaval Israel's self-righteous position has always been that it has an unquestionable right to tell American Jewry when to support or not support their own (US) national interests. And if you don't follow their lead, you will be accused of betraying "your people." This persistent incivility has just been below the US's public radar till now. We can thank Netanyahu and his Likudniks for the fact that that is no longer the case.
Enforcing Justice: The International Criminal Court, From ImagesAttr
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Why We Need the International Criminal Court The International Criminal Court operates only when national courts will not or cannot prosecute an individual suspected of heinous crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, or other war crimes. Also, in order for the Court to have jurisdiction, crimes must have taken place within the territory of one or more of the 123 states that have ratified the Statute.
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College Sports and the Corruption of Education When it comes to the enthusiasm around college sports, the notion of education gets lost. Thus, it seems not to have occurred to most college sports fans that whatever satisfaction they might derive from supporting their teams, they are simultaneously helping to undermine the education of the players.
Abortion, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Abortion and the Culture War It is anyone's guess if, devoid of able and forceful Democratic leadership clearly articulating what is at stake, enough voting American citizens will understand the risk or have the motivation to stop a reactionary takeover.
Charles Krauthammer, From YouTubeVideos
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Charles Krauthammer: America's Conservative Voice There is something truly inhumane in the Krauthammer perspective. However, that does not mean that those politicians such as Marco Rubio and Chris Christie who espouse such bankrupt ideas are incapable of winning local, state and national elections. Never underestimate the ignorance and gullibility of conservative-minded voters.
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Regression as a National Theme The United States has taken another step backward in terms of social progress. This comes with Donald Trump's nomination of a religiously motivated conservative, Amy Coney Barrett, to the Supreme Court.
Top Climate Expert: Crisis is Worse Than We Think & Scientists Are Self-Censoring to Downplay Risk, From YouTubeVideos
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The Climate Crisis Is Back In The News The prospect of drastic climate change is back in the news. But, for all too many people it is just that, a news item. It is like other eye-grabbing stories: a bit scary, but also happening somewhere else and at some other time. If you happen to be at that other place or approximate to that time, things get more immediate, more real. But otherwise it is theory.
Is Anti-Zionism a Form of Antisemitism?, From YouTubeVideos
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An Attack On Free Speech Zionists are making every effort to encourage laws that make criticism of Israel illegal because, they claim, it is ipso facto anti-Semitic. The weaponization of anti-Semitism maliciously defames individuals, corrupts legal systems and also threatens any reasonable notion of free speech.
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Israel's "Psychological Obstacles to Peace" Israeli leaders have produced an artificial political and psychological environment that identifies national security with the avoidance of peace. All Israeli governments have played this propaganda game because all of them have been and still are more interested in land than peace.
Israel flag over Tel Aviv, From FlickrPhotos
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The Bell Tolls for Israel On 19 October 2021, the Israeli Defense Ministry officially labeled six well known Palestinian human rights associations as "terrorist organizations."
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Zionism versus Diplomacy and Peace As politician and president, Obama has been caught between a desire to avoid war with Iran, a war that would almost certainly harm the Western world's economy, and the political pressure of the powerful American Zionist lobby. The Zionists ultimately seek to ensure that U.S. policy falls in line with Israel's desires to see Iran destroyed.
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In Defense of Richard Falk -- An Analysis Professor Richard Falk was appointed in 2008 to a six-year term in his present position. That means he has been telling the unsettling truth about Israeli behavior for four years now, with another two to go. Repeatedly he has documented Israeli violations of international law and its relentless disregard for Palestinian human rights.
John Boehner invites Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress, From ImagesAttr
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The Boehner-Netanyahu Cabal Boehner knows that pro-Israeli lobbies are key political donors, so his aim is to increase their contributions to Republicans and decrease them to Democrats. If this requires selling out an American president, Boehner is ready to do so. If it means embroiling the American people in yet another Middle East war, he appears ready to do that as well.
Sexual Harassment, From GoogleImages
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Contextualizing Sexual Harassment Now that the sexual harassment genie seems to have escaped the bottle, we can see the problem more clearly. It's time to pursue serious culture renovation -- to take on those primitive instincts and thoughtfully develop better, non-doctrinaire cultural ways to manage them. One thing is for sure, they are not going to go away on their own.
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Donald Trump's Moment: Will It Last? Many of those who did vote for Donald Trump voted for him because he appeared to stand against the political system they hate. They want the country ethnically cleansed of Mexicans, the government downsized and, culturally, the clock turned back to the 1950s. If he does not do this he will appear to have become part of that hateful system, and his fans may well end up hating him too.
Blackwater founder held secret meeting to establish Trump-Russia backchannel, From YouTubeVideos
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The White House-Mercenary Connection The notion that the good society is the one that looks after the basic needs of its citizens so as to create a platform for the realization of their creative potentials is, if not dead, then in serious abeyance. Donald Trump, who thinks the world's most notorious mercenary -- Erik Prince -- can help achieve the misguided goals of the U.S. and its allies in the Middle East.
United Nations, From GoogleImages
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Moral Failure at the United Nations The moral failure at the U.N., represented by the withdrawal of the ESCWA report, is the result of Secretary General Guterres's decision to acquiesce in a denial of reality -- the reality of Israel's practice of Apartheid. Reality in Palestine is what the Americans and Israelis say it is because politicians and international leaders literally can't afford to challenge their corrupted views.
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Why the Israelis Are Repetitively Violent One reason for Israel's repetitive violence is that if they admit it is a tactical failure and desist, they might have to negotiate a genuine peace treaty with the Palestinians. Many will immediately say that they have, repeatedly, tried to negotiate while always coming up against Palestinian intransigence.
Gaza, Zionism and The Destabilization Doctrine, From ImagesAttr
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"But is it Good for the Jews?" can we assume that Zionism and Israel are good for the Jews? The answer is no, we cannot. Zionism failed the Jews by insisting on an Israel for one group alone. That insistence has inevitably led to racism, discrimination and ethnic cleansing. These are not practices that have characterized modern Jewry and so it is simply wrong to equate Zionism with Judaism and insist that Israel stands in for the world's Jews.
Israel Control, From FlickrPhotos
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Reality Remake Historical facts such as the Zionist "Plan Dalet" and the ethnic cleansing it promoted in 1948 are essentially deleted from history.
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Bad Precedent and Bad Faith Anyone who accepts at face value the assurance of government lawyers that laws such as the Patriot Act and NDAA will conform to the Constitution and not walk all over one's civil rights should, as the old saying goes, have their head examined. There is not much "daylight" between Obama's practice and the past behavior of neoconservative vulgarians such as George W. Bush. "If it swims like a duck, then it probably is a duck."
Missiles across Damascus, From YouTubeVideos
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Missiles over Damascus Courtesy of Monsters in Washington Our proclivity to violence has been institutionalized and our fundamental societal need to maintain group cohesion has been perverted by the those who claim to be our leaders. It is something of a vicious circle -- or maybe just an eternal Catch 22.
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The Boycott of Israel Eight Years In BDS is only at the beginning of its trek. Its fast start and ongoing achievements should bring hope and pride to those involved in the movement. They should also raise some serious second thoughts in the minds of those Israelis who think Netanyahu and his government of ideologues can prevent their country's increasing isolation.
Global warming, From FlickrPhotos
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How to Destroy a Planet One of the subjects on which Trump's ignorance stands out is environmental protection -- the rubric under which comes the effort to save the planet from global warming. This warming process is a scientific fact and the subject of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. those who voted for Trump never considered the criminal nature of promoting global warming.
Democracy and Freedom, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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The Democracy vs. Freedom Dispute In the United States, there is a dispute over whether democracy and freedom are compatible. Some, such as Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, have questioned their compatibility, and even asserted that freedom, rather than democracy, is what the U.S. really stands for.
Managing partner Kevin Sneader explains why he thinks McKinsey is the best place to work., From YouTubeVideos
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Doing International Business With Criminals Given our economic culture, no one should be surprised that the language the consultants, and the rest of us, presently speak is "a late-capitalist language." This language "narrows our conceptual horizons" and thereby "makes it more difficult to conceive alternative ways of organizing our economy and society."
Netanyahu sacks ministers paving way for early Israeli elections, From ImagesAttr
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Israel's March 2015 Elections Regardless of the outcome of the March elections, Israel's habitual violence and its ongoing violation of international laws and the standards of human rights will not change. However, sooner or later the boycott, allied to ongoing episodes of Palestinian resistance, will bring Israel to a real crossroads, and then difficult choices will have to be made.
Stop Gun Violence, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Armed and Ignorant in the Land of the Free Gun violrnce is happening in a country in which there are more guns than people and where laws are enacted that make it easier to buy a gun than to vote.
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On The Killing of Children and Others, Domestic and Foreign -- An Analysis Whether Americans are paying attention or not, their government, their elected officials, continue to make sure that the U.S. remains out and about across the globe, projecting the nation's power via guns and sanctions, and thereby helping to lower the world's burgeoning population in the most negative of all possible ways.
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The Crime of Indifference The suffering of the Palestinians is never more than "minutes" from most Israeli backyards, and it now and then violently boomerangs back on Israeli Jews. Nonetheless, a kind of contrived, willful ignorance does come into play. One can be raised in ignorance and educated to a view of history that eliminates others' suffering as well as one's role in causing it. The Israelis have made an art of this process.
America -- a country of Immigrants, From GoogleImages
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Immigrant Irony Let's hope that the grandchildren of those who today do manage to reach the "land of the free" remember the tribulations of their grandparents, and be willing to hit the streets with the next generation of protesters. Because these are struggles that never really go away.
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American Zionists and the Issue of Immigrants American Jews act in solidarity with other discriminated groups only if they, the Jews, resist Zionist leadership. If they follow the Zionist lead, they usually do one of two things: passively support the discriminatory majority or stay silent. This behavior is particularly true when it comes to the issue of immigrants.
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War and Institutionalizing Abuse -- An Analysis With the exception of a handful of civil liberties organizations, there has been no popular resistance to the long term drift into official criminality. Today's public, reconciled to all of this by propaganda and the fear it creates, will not protest in any politically significant way, even though polls indicate that, when asked, they are uneasy with all of it.
Blah, Blah, Blah, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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A Forever Foreign Policy Debate It is important to look at this debate just because it is going on among those to whom policy makers pay attention. And, through such an examination, to realize that any exchange at this level of insiders is unlikely to get at the core problems of U.S. foreign policy.
Job satisfaction, From YouTubeVideos
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Labor Day 2017 Daily work will stay a stultifying trap for most, and dissatisfaction will continue to be taken for granted as a consequence of the need to labor. It is no wonder that here in the 21st century, one is driven back to the 18th-century Enlightenment writer Voltaire for solace -- for the message that we can as yet do little better than "tending our own gardens well."
Israel -- stop the Bombing of Gaza, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Zionist Academics Take The Side Of State Power The Middle East Studies Association (MESA) is a very successful learned society. Its scholars cover all of the Middle East and North Africa.
Fighting the War on Terror, From ImagesAttr
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Who Is Fighting the War on Terror? The Obama administration's ability to secure the Iran nuclear agreement is an isolated example of realism. Current U.S. policy toward Syria shows that Washington has not made the turnaround leading to a permanent clear-sighted ability to assess national interests in the Middle East.
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Censorship Is The Norm Perhaps the grossest ongoing censorship of all is the culturally conditioned, narrow range of opinion fed to the vast majority of Americans by their own media. The narrow range of views offered creates a uniform background noise hiding most of what is at variance with the standard message. In other words, media practices constitute de facto censorship.
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In Defense of Amira Hass -- An Analysis A good argument can be made that Israel, a recognized member of the modern array of nations, has a right to exist. However, it can be asserted that its present racist state apparatuses that practice ethnic cleansing and institutionalized discrimination, as well as the Zionist ideology that justifies such practices, are increasingly unacceptable in the modern world and therefore can claim no inherent right to exist.
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The Faulty Logic Behind the Zionist Attack on BDS To date, some 25 U.S. states have tried to outlaw BDS, even though, as an infringement of free speech, their efforts are clearly unconstitutional. In this case lobby power proves more compelling than either the U.S. constitution or logic.
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Whose Academic Freedom Are We Talking About? Israel's future is one of increasing isolation. The Zionists recognize this possibility and that is why they are kicking and screaming. They even want to outlaw aspects of the boycott effort. It might be easier if they joined the 21st century by giving up their racist ambitions. However, ideologues rarely give up their ideologies willingly, so we will all have to do this the hard way.
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Education and National Security -- An Analysis There are parts of the country where poverty and "racial isolation" result in such poor educational (and vocational) opportunities that the majority of the population has no hope of sharing in the general prosperity and promise of the country. These people will not acquire the necessary skill set, nor will they be indoctrinated with the patriotism, that education is meant to deliver.
President Joe Biden, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Joe Biden's Heartfelt Illogic about Israel Joe Biden will sustain Israeli dominance in the region even as that country confirms itself as a rightist, racist threat to human rights and international law. Biden may lose his moment in history.
Marc Lamont Hill, From YouTubeVideos
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What the Marc Lamont Hill Affair Really Tells us About Zionist Goals Destruction is the Zionists' strategic goal and the attack on Marc Lamont Hill and others like him is dictated by the tactics they have chosen to use toward that end. That is really what is going on, and it is important that as many people as possible become aware of just what is at stake here. In terms of human rights we all should start thinking of ourselves as potential Palestinians.
Israel Flag, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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New Symbolic Role for the Israeli Flag During the January 6 insurrection, hardly any of the U.S. media took note of the following fact: among the signs and banners of rightwing organizations stood a very large Israeli flag.
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Planning for the Future of the BDS Movement The 67-year-old effort to harass most non-Jewish citizens and residents out of the country will greatly intensify. The BDS campaign conducted against South Africa was a reaction against that society's racist culture and policies. There is no reason why a powerful BDS movement cannot be sustained against Israel on the same basis.
Left vs Right: US Political Spectrum, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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On The Spectrum Those who pay attention to mental and emotional states, and their multitude of disquieting effects, recognize the notion of a spectrum.
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The Zionists Censor a Textbook The sad truth is that the suborning of textbooks addressing culturally sensitive subjects has become a standard practice. Thus, the process of education is indeed threatened by incessant propaganda. This includes the culture war that swirls around American biology textbooks. It also includes the powerful Zionist drive to literally wipe the Palestinians off the map.
Israel Flag in the Sun, From FlickrPhotos
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Argument and Counter-Argument The arguments used by the Zionists to defend their policies and practices have been quite consistent. This can't be because they are convincing, since they are clearly losing the battle for public opinion. It may be that being a dogmatist simply robs you of any originality and flexibility.
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Crises Today, Catastrophe Tomorrow Eventual concern might turn out to be so great that global warming could replace the proverbial invasion from outer space. That is, it could be the threat that unites all parties against a common enemy. So, if the UN Security Council can't agree on Syria or Israel, maybe its members can rally together to persuade Brazil and Indonesia to stop deforestation and save the planet.
Benjamin Netanyahu says he's ready for Peace with Ironclad Security, From ImagesAttr
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The Peace Process Hustle -- An Analysis On the Zionist side there now exists at least two realities. One is certainly that of Prime Minister Netanyahu -- the reality of the Zionist ideologue with Israeli power backing it up. But then there is the other Zionist reality -- that of Israel's increasing isolation, not only diplomatic and cultural, but also, over time, economic.
Fiction is not Reality, From InText
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To Fight Ignorance, Tell the Right Story Technologically advanced storytelling has now been with us for a century and thus the genie, so to speak, is out of the bottle. Unless we want to follow Plato's suggestion and ban such presentations altogether, we can't prevent their occasional misuse. That being the case, we might as well put this ability to good purposes as well. Saving the planet and keeping our kids healthy seem to qualify.
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to serve 20 years in prison for the death of at least 10 protesters in 2012., From ImagesAttr
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Does Egypt have a Government? There are many names you can give the present nature of rule in Egypt. You can call it a dictatorship, a despotism, a tyranny, a garrison state, unlimited rule, or even a reign of terror carried on by thugs in suits. All of these would be relatively accurate. What you can't call it is a government.
Gun Crazy American, From ImagesAttr
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Gun Cultures -- An Analysis The NRA is in total denial of the fact that, ipso facto, to be armed is to be dangerous. They illogically deny that there is any connection between the publicly held 300 million firearms in the country and the fact that the U.S. has the highest gun-related homicide rate in the "developed" world. You can find greater rates of gun-related murder, but you have to go to places like Honduras and El Salvador to see them.
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Repugnant Republicans With Republicans, one gets the sense that they are really true believers. They see their positions and actions as absolutely right and good, and if you disagree with them you are absolutely wrong and bad. In other words, while both parties are often dangerously wrong, the Republicans are wrong in a demented ideological fashion. As such they really are more repugnant than the Democrats.
Stop A War With Iran, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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How to Undermine a Diplomatic Triumph The true status of current negotiations to reinstate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran is unknown to the American public -- most of whom are tragically indifferent to the outcome. This is so even though the successful negotiation of this deal with Iran back in 2015 represents one of the greatest triumphs of diplomacy in the last hundred years.
Donald Trump, From GoogleImages
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True Believers and the U.S. Election One thing Donald Trump has done is brought the US version of "true believer" to the political forefront. If Trump loses, the true believers will retreat back into the fringes of society to await the next charismatic leader who can rally them. And, given both traditional parties' historical inability to reform the country's capitalist, imperialist and racist ways of doing things, that next time is bound to come.
Fidel Castro, From FlickrPhotos
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U.S. Reactions to the Death of Fidel Castro Fidel Castro was the man who led the successful effort to overthrow the brutal and reactionary dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista -- a dictatorship that had the backing of the U.S. government. The Castro-led victory of 1959 began a long period of transformation for Cuba, raising the country from a starkly poor Third World condition to a modernizing socialist state.
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A Concise Answer to Ido Aharoni's Query "Why Boycott Israel?" Unlike other oppressive and brutal governments, the Israelis and their supporters directly influence (one might say corrupt) the policy makers of many Western nations and this often makes their governments (most specifically the U.S.) accomplices in Israel's abusive policies. This being so, prioritizing Israel for boycott is not hypocrisy but rather necessity.
Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump, From YouTubeVideos
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The Struggle For Our Future We are in a decisive struggle that will determine the shape of our future. Will it be reactionary or progressive in nature? Organized conservatism has evolved into a reactionary force throughout much of the West, and the hard-fought-for, progressive aspects of our world are in serious danger. The fate of Donald Trump, the U.S.'s ersatz Mussolini, in the 2020 election might be a pivotal moment in this struggle.
Balfour Declaration, From GoogleImages
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One Hundred Years of the Balfour Declaration The whole process has proved remarkably self-corrupting for Zionist Jews. It is ironic that now most Zionists are themselves anti-Semites. In this case the Semite targets are the Palestinians and the growing number of western Jews who have come to support their cause.
The Israelites: The Orlando Shooting Is A Warning From God!!, From YouTubeVideos
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Getting It Wrong about the Orlando Massacre Fear and distortion generated by neoconservative, Zionist and Islamophobe interest groups are influencing the storyline, the "spin," on the sort of violence we have seen in Orlando. The National Rifle Association - that is, the gun lobby - is successfully pushing to minimize the issue of inadequate gun control.
How Media Lies Can Manipulate Us, From ImagesAttr
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Free Choice vs. Media Determinism Free choice is significantly limited by media determinism. How many of us understand this to be the case? It has to be very few, for if very many realized the situation, they would surely demand that the media break its alliance with the powerful. Without objective information, there can be no meaningful free choices.
NRA Lobbying in Congress History, From ImagesAttr
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The Special Interest Problem If there is a way out of this dilemma it must come from the general public. The long-standing dissatisfaction with politicians, especially on the national level, must be channeled into a popular campaign to free the legislators and policy makers from the influence of narrow interests.
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On the Status of Women -- An Analysis There is widespread social anxiety among American men caused by the confusion of gender roles that has allegedly come with growing gender equality in the U.S. This has brought about a backlash.
Homeless, From ImagesAttr
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On the Age-Old Tradition of Not Caring The people of the United States, perhaps more than any other Western country, are still influenced by the primitive outlook of 18th and 19th century capitalism. Care for the poor was the responsibility of the churches. This entire setup was designed to maximize individual freedom by keeping government small in both power and scope.
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To Hell With The Intelligence -- An Analysis The CIA and its like are fairly good at collecting information, analyzing it, and rendering reasoned judgments as to its meaning. Usually, the advice rendered by the middle level folks who do the analyzing and reporting errs on the side of caution. The problem is political leaders all too often ignore intelligence reports when they don't fit with their political goals.
An Introduction to Rethinking International Law As of late, strong questions have surfaced surrounding the future of international law., From ImagesAttr
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International Law vs U.S. Democratic Practice Special interests have become the main center of political power in America. Short of catastrophic political breakdown, this arrangement is not going to change. The only thing that those who value international law and human rights can do is to continue to build their own special interest lobbies and compete for influence in government against the dehumanizers and other assorted international law breakers.
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Haneen Zoabi: Another Persecuted Truth-Teller -- An Analysis Politicians with dictatorial leanings instinctively avoid their own reflection. They cannot admit the consequences of their own actions and policies and they cannot tolerate others who publicly expose those consequences. Like Dorian Gray, they restrict the ugly truth to some hidden closet. Yet, eventually, someone like Ms. Zoabi comes along and takes up the role of truth-teller.
President Andrew Jackson, From YouTubeVideos
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Getting Rid of Bad Examples We are in need of newer, more culturally and historically relevant heroes. Men and women such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Albert Einstein, Susan B. Anthony, Rachel Carson, Angela Davis, Cesar Chavez, Daniel Berrigan, Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg, to name but a few.
Amerikan Hero, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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The 1776 Commission Report One of Donald Trump's efforts to restructure, or maybe de-structure, the U.S. was the establishment of a 1776 Commission. Its job was to recast American history in an extravagantly patriotic fashion so as to assert U.S. exceptionalism.
Tweeting About Israel Is A Fireable Offense., From ImagesAttr
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Zionism and the Educational Elites It is because of the continuing vulnerability of higher education's administrative elites to donor blackmail that we continue to witness the tragic and unjust treatment of scholars and teachers who have taken a public stand against Israel. Donor blackmail is the last front line for the Zionists as they continue to suffer defeats in the battle for public opinion.
Donald Trump, From WikimediaPhotos
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The Costs of Limited Awareness Most Americans do not pay attention to foreign policy issues except when they appear to impinge on their
The Confederate Flag, From YouTubeVideos
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The Civil War Returns to New Orleans The public display of their heroes and symbols constitutes their eroding toe-hold in the public sphere. Another way of assessing this process is to note that these white supremacists are being pushed, irrevocably, back into their tribal private space where resentment and anger have long been the emotional glue that holds them together. Violence on their part is probable.
Zionism, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 9, 2016
On the Misuse Of Anti-Semitism While the suggestion of the wholesale transference of Israel to the U.S. is but a fantasy, associating the U.S. and Israel certainly has an underlying logic. The United States is Israel's major protector and financier. The U.S. Congress treats Israel as a privileged 51st state. And, most of those who emigrate from Israel go to the U.S.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Racist Nationalism Returns to the Western Political Scene White supporters of Donald Trump saw immigration and terrorism as the country's major problems. Moreover, they connected these two issues to their fear of the country's growing diversity. Of course, economic woes were also a concern, but they too were exacerbated by fear of the fact that the country was then under the leadership of a black man, Barack Obama.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 4, 2013
Civil Rights Takes a Hit -- An Analysis It is clear from the history of general voter participation in elections that the majority of Americans do not pay close attention to politics, and even those who do are often all too easily swayed by everything from personal appearance to silly propaganda. The Supreme Court may be about to prove that this is so.
The New York Times, From ImagesAttr
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The New York Times Declares the Peace Process Futile The NYT editorial board has the same problem as the Obama administration: they both know the truth but are unwilling to do something about it. They both know the problem is that the Israeli government is not interested in genuine peace (actually, has never been interested in it). Israel is only interested in continuing its conquest of Palestinian land.
Atheists, Christians, Jews, and Muslims on Israel & Palestine, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 11, 2018
It Is Time For A Palestinian-Jewish Alliance The Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Territories cannot win this war on their own. Worldwide civil society has become engaged in promoting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Christians of conscience also do vital work. Yet, it is the Jews who, most importantly, must be seen to offer a democratic alternative to Zionist racism. And, they must do this publicly, shoulder to shoulder, with the Palestinians.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 8, 2013
A Window On The Right Wing -- An Analysis Ours is an age of "infotainment," and the more entertaining media personalities, politicians, and even government officials are, the more their "info" is received favorably. Conservative America is out there in many forms. Some are organized around religion, some around various forms of xenophobia, and some around the fear of government, its taxes and regulations.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 24, 2013
On Great Photographs and Their Impact -- An Analysis The old cliche that tells us a picture is worth a thousand words, says nothing about what those words might be. In respect to Israel and Palestine, the West's informational environment was once dominated by the Zionist narrative. That is no longer the case. The Palestinian narrative is now present. Israelis and their supporters should look long and hard at those images that depict the consequences of their own actions.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Wrath of the Bureaucracy -- An Analysis The US military has shown no serious concern about what its soldiers have done-continue to do-to civilians in the Middle East. This is because soldiers act in ways compatible with the bureaucratic rules of the organization they serve. Under these conditions, killing of civilians, no matter at what frequency or number, is deemed accidental as long as the soldier follows the military's self-prescribed "rules of engagement."
DC Capitol Storming, From WikimediaPhotos
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A Brief but Portentous Insurrection The U.S. had a problem -- one that could encourage insurrection -- came when some 74 million Americans chose to vote for a racist neofascist in the 2020 national election.
US and Israel Joint Exercise, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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International Law Vs. Eternal Recurrence The 21st century may prove decisive for both the human race and the planet. The environment needs the enforcement of regulations reducing greenhouse gases and other pollutants. The human race needs the reenergizing and enforcement of international law.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 6, 2014
Disturbing Democracy Liberal democracy (with a strong, tempering dose of social democracy) may be the best, or perhaps the least worst form of government there is. However, to create it and keep it requires tolerance and willingness to make reasonable compromises. It also precludes making deals with authoritarian forces whose ambitions are dangerous to democracy itself.
French President Emmanuel Macron, From InText
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Anti-Semitism vs. Anti-Zionism in France Anti-Semitism is nothing new in France. It is embedded in a certain French self-image that is, in the end, reluctant to allow entry to anyone not deemed truly French, be they Muslims or Jews. Unless French leaders are willing to challenge this cultural puritanism, they will find anti-Semitism, and other forms of xenophobic passions, poisoning their national life for the indefinite future.
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The Picking-a-President Dilemma Many Americans struggle with the moral and practical issue of whether to vote for someone who may be the better choice to be President but who is still far from perfect. With the upcoming election, that choice is even more critical.
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On the Death of Helen Thomas The way the Israelis behave they have no need of Helen Thomas to "delegitimize" their country. They are doing a fine job of that on their own. Thomas's remarks came in the aftermath of a piratical attack on the Gaza Aid Flotilla, during which Israeli commandos murdered nine aid activists on the Mavi Marmara.
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The Role of the Intellectual Most people of high intellect have sought to serve power and not critique or question it. Most non-intellectuals accept the word of those in power as authoritative and true. That, no doubt, is why the independent-minded, outspoken intellectuals demanding moral integrity and responsibility from those in power are so rare.
Joe Biden, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Joe Biden Adopts a Trump Approach to Iran Our new president is leading us in the direction of domestic sanity, and there are even hints of progressive potential in his evolving agenda. Under his leadership.
Congressman Duncan Hunter on Jobs, the Economy and Fiscal Cliff, From ImagesAttr
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Stereotyping In Congress, Then and Now The ignorant, the ideologues, and the stereotypers call out to each other decade after decade. As they echo their menacing ideas, the rest of us, mostly ignorant of all that is not local, bend our ears and listen intently. Indeed, presently it may only be the weariness of 70 years of off-and-on war that has led us to a momentary reluctance to buy into Representative Duncan's warmongering nonsense.
Adam J.Wasser, Judaism  is neither conservative nor liberal -- it is both., From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 18, 2014
Liberal Zionist Dilemma You simply cannot adhere to the principle of universal civil and political rights and, at the same time, support a Zionist state. To do so is to involve oneself in a contradiction. The liberals are being forced to face this fact. And, as this happens, they will have to make a real choice: cease being Zionist or cease adhering to the liberal ideal.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 19, 2013
Ideological Disaster In the long run, things do not look good for the Republican Party. Many radical conservatives have come to see their moderate compatriots as worse than any liberal Democrat. They see them as traitors to principle--as politicians who ran scared in the face of the Obama's "socialist" agenda. Under these circumstances most of the party's energies might well be taken up with self-destructive infighting.
Saudi Crown Prince Warms Up to Israel, From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 12, 2018
The Saudi-Israeli Liaison Both Saudi Arabia and Israel should be anachronisms. Two nations making outrageous, unprovable claims of divine right that in turn excuses undemocratic, racist-like behavior and policies. And the United States, which also sees itself as God-blessed, readily backs them both.
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The Gatekeepers -- An Analysis To date, Israel's leaders and Zionist supporters have shown an amazing capacity to ignore all criticism. The newly re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has let it be known that he has no intention of watching The Gatekeepers. It is also questionable how many of those who voted for him, or other right-wing politicians, will bother to seek the documentary out.
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Israel: Legitimacy and Behavior Increasingly in the contemporary world legitimacy does not simply rest on the mere fact of occupying or asserting sovereignty over territory. Today legitimacy has to do with national behavior that satisfies international norms and laws. Now that might not be the consistent opinion of governments which are prone to hypocrisy, but it is increasingly the position taken by civil society
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Taking Sides In Egypt The people naively believed the assurances of the military leader, Abdel Fattah el Sisi, that after Morsi was done away with, the military would bring them "real" democracy (an idealistic 33-point liberal constitution was produced but never implemented). In this way the secular democratic groups who helped bring down one dictatorship provided cover for the return of the same sort of dictatorship with different faces.
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Perspectives On The Surveillance Scandal -- An Analysis We are losing the foundation of innocence until proven guilty. The assumption of innocence no longer exists in a surveillance state. Neither does a Constitution with a Fourth Amendment. Neither does habeas corpus or due process. All of those are things of value in the world of democratic men and women.
Peace on a Nuclear Free Earth, From ImagesAttr
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A Victory for Diplomacy The interim deal with Iran is an act of sanity, and the present American administration, whatever other foreign policy shortcomings it has displayed (and there have been plenty) deserves praise for defying the radical right and pushing it through. As to the deal's detractors in and out of Congress, they are the warmongers among us and deserve to be exposed as such.
D & H Shining on 14th Street, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 10, 2016
Two "Presumptive" Presidential Candidates: Bigots All Around If she plays her cards right, Clinton may win over enough of the Sanders supporters to defeat Trump. However, if you are inclined to vote for Hillary, don't kid yourself that what your are going to get is an upright, ethical president unwilling to adopt openly bigoted policies against vulnerable and long suffering peoples. Clinton has clearly abandoned such standards of behavior.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Red Lines And Presidential Politics -- An Analysis The standard retribution practiced by the Israel lobby against a recalcitrant American politician is to try to get him or her kicked out of office. Usually this is done in a low-key way and most Americans don't even know it is happening. But this time the act of revenge, driven by an egocentric and bellicose Israeli Prime Minister, is being carried out in full public view.
Women Against War's billboard displayed in Albany, New York (April-June 2008), From ImagesAttr
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Is Iran the Real Problem? In the capital of Tehran, along with the traffic congestion and air pollution, there are a myriad building projects. These are not signs of a society shriveling on the vine. To go beyond the present level of sanctions and impose the ever more draconian measures proposed by the U.S. Senate comes close to an act of war.
Drawings on the separation wall between Israel and Palestine, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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The Saturday Night Live Joke versus Israeli Behavior Zionists are deceitful because they purposely conflate Zionism which is an ethnocentric political ideology adhered to by a subset of Jews, with Judaism, a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural religion. Then they insist that Israel's allies -- particularly the United States -- adhere to this same propagandistic conflation.
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The Holy Land Gets Skunked -- An Analysis It's one thing to punish someone for calling attention to Israel's rank behavior. It is something else to insist that foul is actually fair -- to say the sewage smells like roses. Who would be reckless enough to imply such a nauseating thing and do so with a straight face before cameras with the whole world watching? How about the President of the United States?
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Democracy Takes A Hit -- An Analysis The assumption the Democratic electoral gurus act on is that American progressives really have nowhere else to go other than the Democratic Party. Staying home on election night or voting for the Green Party would be "throwing your vote away" and, in essence, helping the Republicans. Such behavior would not reflect rational decision making. Alas, this turns out to be a naive assumption even if its corollaries are true.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 21, 2016
Netanyahu's Mind In cases where the behavior of the offending state is criminal and often barbaric, change, be it easy or hard, must ultimately come. And, in fact, the Israelis and their supporters are in the process of learning the price of following the dictates of "Netanyahu's mind."
Charlie Hebdo, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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An Encore for Charlie Hebdo French enthusiasm for Charlie Hebdo has fueled Islamophobia and led others to use the situation to argue for the restriction of civil rights.
A culture of racism in the southern United States, From ImagesAttr
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On Flags and Cultural Cures If laws are consistently enforced over a long period of time, most citizens will internalize these messages and they will become part of their moral code. Except for the 12 years of Reconstruction, the South had known nothing but legally sanctioned racist rules of behavior right up to the middle of the 20th century. And so it was racist rules that were thoroughly internalized.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 2, 2012
History on a Billboard -- Fanatacism on the Ground -- An Analysis It might very well be that Israel is here to stay. But that does not mean that it will always be the racist, oppressive society it is now. Consistently applied outside pressure, growing in scope and strength, can wear down support for ideologues, create a better society that is tolerant and mindful of the need for justice, first and foremost for Israel's victims, the Palestinian people.
Israeli Apartheid Week, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
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Defending Apartheid The predictable Palestinian struggle seeking equality and the end of apartheid is seen as a subversive movement by both Israel's Jewish majority and its increasingly rightwing governments.
Art Of Noise Groovy!, From ImagesAttr
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On the Dangerous Aspects of Noise The noise in the "news" is not diffused chatter but a loud and sustained message. It is, more often then not, a form of propaganda -- the same story-line repeated over and over again until it fills the public airwaves and from there comes to dominate the thought waves of the ignorant.
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Forgetting the Why of the New Deal Until the Great Crash of 1929, the federal government did little to regulate the power of Wall Street as it precipitated cycles of boom and bust that ruined the lives of many Americans. That history is now being forgotten as Republicans move to dismantle what's left of the New Deal.
Kurds Clash With ISIL in Iraq, From ImagesAttr
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The Mess in Iraq If you want to look for those Americans who have real responsibility for this mess you have to go to those who put American troops in Iraq in the first place. You have to turn to George W. Bush and his neoconservative allies. Those are the less than brilliant minds who concocted the destruction of Iraq and left it in shambles.
Tweeting About Israel Is A Fireable Offense, Learns Professor Professor Steven Salaita., From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 1, 2014
Attack on Academic Freedom Redux The Salaita case is not the only recent attempt to intimidate academics critical of Israel. An organization calling itself AMCHA ("your people" in Hebrew) and purporting to work for the "protection of Jewish students" has posted a list of over 200 professors who support the boycott of Israel. They too have been judged anti-Semitic and Jewish students are urged by the organization to avoid their classes.
Trump promises to serve the NRA well, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 31, 2016
The Opportunist and the Fanatics How long will the marriage of convenience between the opportunist Donald Trump and the fanatics of the NRA last? Well, that is really up to Trump, the self-styled unpredictable one. What do opportunists and fanatics have in common? Fanatics rarely change, but opportunists are always playing the odds.
Unites States of Israel, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 12, 2019
Are Democracy and Despotic Racism Compatible? what is the legacy of Zionism? The establishment of genuine democracy in the Middle East? Is it even the realization of a haven for the world's Jews against the next Holocaust? No, it is neither of these. It is rather the melding of an elitist pseudo-democracy with racist despotism -- the realization of an elitist fortress from which Israel maintains distinctly undemocratic control of a hinterland full of conquered people.
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In Praise Of Richard Falk -- An Analysis Richard Falk's crime is to be a person of note, an esteemed academic and a respected servant of the United Nations, who is trying to break through with the truth. At least at the level of leadership and media, the United States is not capable of such self-reflection and so its citizens are likely to be the last to know that much of the terrorism they fear is a product of their own government's continuing barbarism.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 5, 2013
What National Interest? Special interests such as the Zionist lobby can and do buy themselves control over vital aspects of Middle East foreign policy. It is a failed system which has already dragged the nation halfway to hell. Another "10 or 20 years" will take us the rest of the way in.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 6, 2014
The Question of State Legitimacy There has been a tendency for the lessons learned about the importance of human rights to fade with time, particularly from the institutional memories of state bureaucracies. The proclivity of all state apparatuses to behave in a Machiavellian way has reasserted itself, particularly in the foreign policies of Western democratic states.
Professor Sami Al-Arian, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Justice Corrupted Times of high tension often result in the lowering of important standards in the application of law. They do so by heightening the fears of the general public, which in turn gives license to bigots embedded in the justice system such as judges and prosecutors who have Islamophobic prejudices, Zionist biases, or neoconservative delusions. When dogmatists are in control none of us are really free.
Donald Trump, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 29, 2016
Cruelty as a Campaign Come-On Some have described Trump as a textbook case of narcissistic personality disorder. Whether or not that is how you want to label him, he certainly has no problem publicly promoting cruelty. And, a subset of the American population responds positively to his abusive behavior.
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 8, 2016
BDS in the Crosshairs our greatest enemy is our indifference to the quiet erosion of important aspects of the democratic process. Allowing the attack on BDS only contributes to this disintegration of rights. However, in the end, there can be no excuse for not paying attention. One morning we will wake up to find that valued rights and traditions are no longer there for us.
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Egypt's All-Or-Nothing Politics Morsi was in office for about a year and never had effective control of an economy that has been derelict for decades. He was even accused of increasing the influence of the United States in Egypt. These accusations made little sense and were probably propaganda moves made in an effort to destroy the new government altogether.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Congress and the Imperial Presidency Debate Syria The notion that the President of the United States, with or without Congressional approval, has the authority to act as the world's "policeman" and punish violators of international laws, that it itself flaunts, is offensive and dangerous. Let's hope that Congress listens to the people this time around and tells the President to keep his cruise missiles to himself.
Surrounded by Political Fear, From TwitterPhotos
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Converging Fears In a world of competing powers and ideologies, insecurity seems forever just around the corner. This too comes in historical cycles. And, if such insecurity becomes deep enough and widespread enough it can threaten finely balanced democratic political systems as citizens forget about constitutional rights, which support peace and stability at home, and go looking for "strong leaders."
Donald Trump - Caricature, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 29, 2020
A Near Miss with Despotic Selfishness Donald Trump spent four years glorifying and modeling his selfishness. His worst performance came with the COVID-19 pandemic. At that point, Trump played the role of the despotic Nero fiddling while the United States went down in the flames of a worldwide plague.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 26, 2013
Rights Erosion -- An Analysis As long as the law is denied to some, we are all at risk. The majority does not understand this. They do not understand that for democracy to be worth its salt, it must defend the rights of everyone, and particularly those who disagree with, live differently from, and think differently than the majority. As goes due process rights, so goes our democracy.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 2, 2014
Class Segregation and the Housing Market The tactic now being employed by the landlords and developers is to add amenities to existing buildings -- things like roof gardens, gyms, playrooms for children, added storage areas and the like -- and then prevent those tenants in rent-regulated apartments from using them. Landlords and developers argue that these new amenities are "market tools" to attract high-end tenants who will pay market rates for apartments.
From NRA, exploiting a tragedy to advance a pre-existing political and econo, From Images
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Terrorism and Some Hard Truths Politicians will take up the cry of Islamic terrorism because it frees them from any immediate need to take on the real -- and politically dangerous -- problem of gun control. Most of them are cowards when it comes to hard truths and the difficult need to lay them convincingly before the public. It is always more expedient to rile the masses than educate them.
MJ Rosenberg, From ImagesAttr
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Mr. Rosenberg's Conundrum Can justice be achieved for the long-suffering Palestinians while preserving Israel as an exclusive Jewish state? Rosenberg wants to answer this question in the affirmative and he thinks a two-state solution will allow him to do so. Unfortunately, that is "not how the real world works" (his phrase again) in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem.
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In Syria, Weapons of Mass Destruction Redux the voting population is the main "constituency" of politicians only at election time. Right now it is reported that approximately 60% of that constituency does not want the U.S. to attack Syria. However, it is not election time. In the post-election period, the politician's real constituency becomes special interests most of whom are anxious for an attack on Syria.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, May 17, 2013
Alan Hart and What It Takes to Struggle On -- An Analysis Thirty years ago you could not critically raise the subject of Israel in public, and thus the Zionists had a monopoly on the entire history of this issue. That is emphatically not the case today. Despite Alan Hart's unfortunate experience, the fact is that, at a popular level, the Zionists have lost control of the Palestine narrative.
Zionism, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Combating BDS Act of 2016 Congressmen and senators tied to Zionist special interests will eventually have to rethink these alliances. Their connection with a state that has no compunction about violating international law has led them to become accomplices in the undermining of U.S. law.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 14, 2013
Still Staying Sober It is one thing to get to the negotiating table and another to have the political wherewithal and courage to make the reasonable compromises necessary for a successful settlement. The Iranians want their rights recognized and sanctions lifted. Getting Congress to go along with that will take visible public demand. Progressives will have to find a way to help realize that demand.

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