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Former POTUS candidate celebrates Independence Day in Israeli Prison

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Former Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney remains in an Israeli prison after the humanitarian aid vessel she was a passenger on was captured by Israeli Occupation Forces. The ship was bringing suitcases of crayons for children,  medicine for the ill and dying in Gaza, and bags of cement for reconstruction.

Twenty-one on board the Spirit of Humanity were abducted, including Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire, who said by phone that there were several injuries sustained. She is now on a hunger strike in prison, in support of the people of Gaza. Both she and McKinney have been able to make infrequent cell calls.

If this kind of naval piracy involving another POTUS candidate had happened in Somalia, or North Korea, or Iran, one expects that there would have been a frenzied response: statements by our Secretary of State, by our President, and Navy seals and helicopters swarming the area, and non-stop news coverage until the kidnapped Americans were rescued.

Not so with the captured passengers and crew of the Spirit of Humanity.

The media, our president, and our secretary of state, are all strangely silent.

Which cat has got their tongues? The one who is turning into the oppressors it say it will "never forget"?

Perhaps a bit of forgetfulness might be balm for the  angry soul.

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I'm keeping an eye on to hear what fellow POTUS candidate and Congressman Dennis Kucinich has to say about this. A call to his congressional office indicated that he was collecting information on this travesty and that a statement would be forthcoming. The Congressman's brother, Frank Kucinich, passed away unexpectedly on June 30, the third sibling that the Congressman has lost in 18 months. So any comments from his office are not expected until after his brother's Mass, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday.

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McKinney has a planned phone call update later today, stay tuned.


Frank Kucinich, brother of U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, dies at age 60. Accessed July 4 2009.
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Israel pisses on Britain (again) Â- and our craven leaders love it. Accessed July 4 2009.
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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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