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Ben and Jerry won’t tell you who’s trying to kill Iran Deal

Philip Weiss on
Ben & Jerry's peace and love brand

Ben and Jerry — Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield– are working for the Iran Deal against wobbly Democrats. Good for them. But when they condemn the “billionaires” who are trying to kill the deal, they purposely leave out the American Israel Public Affairs Committee– because Ben and Jerry’s have operations in Israel and sell ice cream in the occupied territories.

51 Christian faith leaders urge Congress to vote for Iran Deal

Mondoweiss Editors on
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands on January 14, 2015 with US State Secretary John Kerry in Geneva. (Photo: RICK WILKING/AFP/Getty Images)

51 Christian leaders representing dozens of denominations and Christian organizations sent a letter to Congress today, urging lawmakers to vote in favor of the Vienna agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear program. The letter, signed by leaders from all the major streams of Christianity in the United States— Roman Catholic, evangelical, mainline Protestant and Orthodox, warns lawmakers that “rejection of this deal would be a rejection of the historic progress our diplomats have made to make this world a safer place.”

4,500 killed in Yemen in 150 Days of Saudi-led bombing

Ben Norton on
Yemenis in the rubble of homes destroyed by Saudi-led air strikes in capital city Sana'a.

CREDIT: Hani Mohammed / AP

Approximately 4,500 people have been killed in Yemen since the Saudi-led coalition began bombing 150 days ago, according to the UN. An average of 30 people have been killed in Yemen every single day since the beginning of the war on March 26, which pits a US-backed coalition of Middle Eastern nations and forces loyal to President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi against Iran-backed Houthi rebels and fighters loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

How my return to Zimbabwe redoubled my enthusiasm for BDS in Israel/Palestine

James North on
Dr. Sydney Sekermayi, Zimbabwean Defense Minister

James North writes: “I recently returned to Zimbabwe for the first time in three decades. My visit reminded me that even the best intentioned liberation movements can turn bad, an insight that might be relevant to Israel/Palestine today. In fact, witnessing Zimbabwe’s decline has made me an even more determined supporter of BDS as the best — possibly the only — way to promote lasting justice in Israel/Palestine.”

Kerry’s stirring speech in Cuba was jammed with Iran echoes

Philip Weiss on
John Kerry greets Cubans across the street from US Embassay, August 14, 2015

John Kerry’s speech in Cuba last week said that the Cuban people will forge their own destiny, the U.S. cannot determine that. But we can’t be prisoners of history, and the Pope is encouraging us. All these lessons go for Iran too. Kerry surely intended the echo.

Someone Else’s Normal: The Dawabshe tragedy and picturing Palestine

Juliana Farha on
Photo of the Dawabshe family

Juliana Farha writes from London about the murder of 18 month old Ali Dawabshe: “It’s a world in which Conservative MPs queue up to prevent academic debate about Israeli policy, and Tory Prime Ministers defend the slaughter of unarmed Gazan civilians sheltering in UN schools by the same forces that have maintained an eight year siege against those same civilians. These people are unashamed by their unconditional support for a regime that made the death of this toddler and his parents entirely predictable, if not inevitable. Indeed, they split linguistic and moral hairs in order to justify their shrewd indifference. They tell themselves and each other that this hell on earth is someone else’s normal.”

Former Iranian political prisoners urge U.S. support for Iran Deal

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands on January 14, 2015 with US State Secretary John Kerry in Geneva. (Photo: RICK WILKING/AFP/Getty Images)

Former political prisoners of the Islamic Republic of Iran write in support of the Iran Deal: “We believe this agreement would reinforce peace and stability in the Middle East and the world. It will help develop and foster a relationship between both the Iranian and American people that will strongly benefit the interests of both nations. Furthermore, such an agreement will help counter the spread of terrorism within the region and around the world.”