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March 2008

It’s Sunday. Read a Poem for a Change

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I generally don’t mention Joachim Martillo’s stuff because it’s too out there for me, too crazily brilliant, too much racialism. True, I am constantly dipping into the racial bucket in my analysis here, but Joachim’s too pure in his thinking…

More Pussyfootin’ in the Media. Jews Qua Jews

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Tim Russert has a politics show on MSNBC after Meet the Press and just now I heard him and guests Tucker Carlson and Ryan Lizza analyze the living hell out of Rev. Wright in Chicago and his black church and…

Still Blacklisted After All These Years (Walt & Mearsheimer in Chicago)

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The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is staging an endless series of talks by “leading foreign policy experts” under the title, “Road to 2008: American Leadership in an Uncertain World.” The series includes neoconservative Joshua Muravchik, the American Enterprise Institute…

Nakba Commemoration Builds; Barenboim to Shun Israel’s 60th Birthday Party

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When I began collecting string on Jews calling for Nakba commemoration, I thought it was statistically aberrant behavior. Wrong. There is a real groundswell upon us. Ynet reports that Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim will shun festivities surrounding Israel’s 60th birthday…

Executions in ’08. Executions in ’48

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Today’s a sad day. Per Haaretz, B’tselem has concluded that four wanted Palestinians who the Israeli army had said died in a firefight in Bethlehem last month were killed execution-style in a car. Richard Silverstein says that at least two…

Israelis Use the A-Word. Can Americans?

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To its great credit, The Times has a piece today on Route 443 in the West Bank, a modern highway Palestinians can’t use. Based in part on Gershom Gorenberg’s research, the piece twice uses the a-word: The Association for Civil…

China Lobby Is Bigger

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The Daily Lobo in New Mexico has a wonderful letter today from a Vicki Johnson comparing the Tibetan occupation to the Palestinian one. Israel has tortured Palestinians, and China has tortured Tibetans, including female monks. Perhaps inspired by ancient China,…

WWWFBJrD? Not Invade Iraq.

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The latest issue of Commentary has a solemn black-bordered memorial to William F. Buckley Jr. as a “master” and “cherished friend” (and the magazine’s editor, John Podhoretz, offered this vaporous and largely meaningless eulogy). Buckley has also been fondly eulogized…

Hillary Agonistes

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Everyone seems surprised by Hillary’s numbers tanking. I think water is finding its own level. Hillary has never been especially popular. People just don’t like her, this has always been true, and the Democratic race seems to be heading toward…

TNR Issues Fatwa Against McPeak for Criticizing Israel Lobby

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The New Republic is calling for Obama to throw ret. Air Force General Merrill McPeak under the bus because of comments in ’03 about the Israel lobby. TNR’s Noam Scheiber, who describes McPeak as a loose cannon on two earlier…

Will Obama Throw McPeak Under the Bus?

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The Republican Jewish Coalition is calling on Obama to fire General McPeak because he blamed American Jews for the lack of progress in the peace process… Meantime James Fallows is shocked that the Clintons are circulating the American Spectator hitjob…

China/Tibet; Bad Guy: China. Israel/Palestine; Bad Guy: Palestine

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Whenever I read about China’s horrifying crackdown on Tibet, I’m struck by the different ways the media report the Palestinian situation and the Tibetan one. There are several similarities between the two disfranchised peoples–60 years of statelessness, an utter imbalance…

Upper West Side Jews Aren’t Singing ‘Hatikvah’

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Like other progressive Zionist groups, Brit Tzedek is utterly engaged right now out of the belief that it’s now or never for the two-state deal. If it doesn’t happen now there will be chaos and Hamas on the Palestinian side…