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  • Tell your congressperson: Don't attend Netanyahu's speech
    • +1 !

      (I'll wait for his response with you, Giles... this could take some time.)

    • Take it away Patsy!

      link to youtube.com

      No worries, Mooser. You'll never be forsaken by the vast majority of SANE folks.

    • The GoI has been 'breaking the rules' since the beginning... they've never been held accountable for any of their myriad crimes.

      Netanyahu, Dermer, et al are the latest iteration.

    • Thank you from the bottom of my English major heart.

      Lorem Angli maiore ex intimo cordis. (My Latin is surely lacking..)

      In other words, tak. You are kind. ;-)

    • omg.

      "“mushegene Jews!” Perfect! “Mushegene” Jews, of course, are Jews who’s genes are all mixed up, or meshuga. And I thought I had a knack for the mot jewste!"

      that's it~ my belly is aching from laughing! rotflmao!

      ('mot jewste'~~~ too funny and clever!!)

    • I couldn't help it~ every single time I hear/read somebody not dealing with the odious Netanyahu/Boehner bungling boogaloo, but engaging in whataboutery, it's popped into my head! It's also obvious to me that they do support the PM.

      I needed to get it off my chest (and out of my head), so to speak. I am glad that I made you laugh!

    • "ad hominem" where? it's 'agitprop', not 'agit prop'

      "You don’t care about dialogue or nothing like it."

      You are clearly not a journalist, nor a whiz at the proper use of the English language.

      (Paging RoHa... and pardon any mistakes that I may have made.)

    • Not a bad idea at all.

      (Happy New Year to you and yours. Hope that the AK winter is treating you well.)

    • 'Interesting' opinion as usual, yonah. I guess you'll still go, then.

      LOL.

    • Well done, Philip! Thank you for sharing it.

      (Max also talks about the Logan Act in the posted video...)

    • "Pre-Election Posturing Behind Netanyahu's DC Visit"

      Max interviewed by The Real News 1/23/15

      (apologies if it has been posted before)

    • Already done~ twice so far. I won't let up, either.

      It really is up to us to make our p.o.v. heard. It's a golden and rare opportunity to carpe diem and tell our Congress that our President decides and carries out foreign policy, not the PM of Israel nor AIPAC.

      Thanks, Phil.

  • On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz
    • Thanks Giles~ of course you are right, and I was remiss not to bring that up.

      To tell you the truth, this constant commemoration of all things Holocaust as it only affects Jews is disingenuous, to say the least.
      I'm with Norman Finkelstein and his work entitled "The Holocaust Industry".

      Here's just one example that most are familiar with:

    • "Holocaust and the Nakba. Holocaust and Israel. On the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz, the lessons remain."

      Unfortunately, the lessons of the Nakba have not only been ignored, they've not be taught nor acknowledged. It is ongoing, and judging from the 90% + support of Israelis for the latest massacre in Gaza, it looks bleak.

      So when you write:

      "Or does the continuing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians simply raise the stakes of Auschwitz, demand a renewed encounter with the suffering caused by unjust power in anyone’s hands, including Jews?"

      I answer with a resounding 'yes'. Thus far, I am hard- pressed to find any kind of introspection among Israelis. By the way, the survivors of the Holocaust have been 'used' in a most heinous manner by the state of Israel (and Jewish people elsewhere), imho. About a quarter live in poverty in Israel..... is that honoring them? Others who speak out about the injustices against Palestinians are ridiculed and marginalized~ see Hedy Epstein...

      Thanks, Marc.

      (interesting to note that there is no mention of the people that liberated that horrible place)

  • Occupier’s justice: heads and tails you lose
  • Burnat and Barghouthi are reportedly assaulted during West Bank demonstrations
    • It certainly raises an awful spectre... 31 kg wt loss coupled with "vision troubles in his left eye as well as diabetes, thyroid swelling and severe pulmonary inflammation" and need for a ventilator in a previously healthy young man...

      some kind of radioactive poisoning?

    • Both of those pieces by Hastings should be shared with the elected reps. !

      wrt to Jaafar Awad's "release", this is horrifying! Are they poisoning people?

      "JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Jaafar Awad, a young Palestinian man who was released last Wednesday from Israeli custody due to serious health troubles after a year of interrogation, was transferred Friday to Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem from a Hebron facility.

      His parents, who escort him day and night, say his situation is worsening daily and he can't speak or move.

      Awad is attached to a breathing machine. His father told Ma'an reporter that Jaafar started to suffer after an injection he was given at a clinic in Israel's Eshel prison six months ago. After that treatment, added the father, Jaafar started to have vision troubles in his left eye as well as diabetes, thyroid swelling and severe pulmonary inflammation.

      "After his health conditions deteriorated seriously, a hearing was held at Ofer court and the court decided to release him after he was interrogated for 15 months," the father told Ma'an.
      ,,,
      "The judge told me that the court decided to release Jaafar because he was in a serious condition."

      The father explained that Jaafar was detained from his family home in November 2013. He was interrogated in Ashkelon and Eshel detention centers for 21 days and was accused of creating an armed cell and buying a vehicle with the intention to use it for running over Israeli soldiers in the Gush Etzion area.

      Jaafar was in good health before he was detained and had been studying at the Modern University College in Ramallah, added his father, who added that his son had no prior health problems.

      "Six months ago, he had fever and was taken to a clinic in Eshel prison where he was given a shot after which his health condition started to deteriorate day after day. He once fainted and was taken to Assaf Harofeh Hospital and recently he was taken to Ramla prison hospital. He has already lost 31 kilos."

      "Jaafar has been assassinated silently and slowly," added his father, alleging that Ramla prison hospital isn't a hospital but rather "an execution chamber for our kids.""

      link to maannews.net

    • "The video near the end showing Netanyahu speak to a settler in 2001 is a must watch. It should be broadcast on a big screen before Netanyahu arrives in Washington. His true face, his real agenda."

      Play it in a loop at the Mall. Play it in the House Chamber. Play it at the WH. Play it everywhere. Send it to your reps~ today, tomorrow and the next day.

      It's despicable and a fact.

      So nice to see you again @ 'Kate's Place', Bornajoo!

    • Thank you for the story about the owl...

      I can't help it, but I thought of Israel when I read about this gigantic bird of prey. How I wish that Israel as it exists~ the apartheid state, Occupier, and violently destructive force~ would "spread its wings and disappear[ed] into the night".

      So they are now assaulting leaders in Palestine with complete impunity. Terrific. Practitioners of terrorism, collective punishment, and torture~ financed by the US taxpayers.

      I wish that every single member of Congress would be forced to read every one of your compilations until the odious Netanyahu addresses them in March. I hope that not one Congress person shows up at AIPAC. In the meantime, I am squawking and stomping.

      I can dream, can't I?

  • Like the Wind, We Will Be Free: How being detained at Ben Gurion airport during a family trip to Palestine reaffirmed my identity
    • HA! This from a true believer in the fables of 2000+ years ago!!!

      Palestinians live with reality every.single.day.

      If Jews in the 20th century and in Israel had treated the indigenous people and land of Palestine with any respect at all, things could have been much different. Unfortunately, they murdered, terrorized, stole, and Occupied~ and still do.

      Ironically, they pretty much broke/break every rule on Moses' tablets.

    • You have learned well from your intrepid father, Samah, and embody the steadfastness and resilience of being Palestinian and of Palestine.

      "I grin, because as poet Rafeef Ziadah echoed, Palestinians teach life every day. And we mustn’t forget that we are the wind. And if we know anything about the wind, we know its freedom can never be stolen."

      Many stand with you in solidarity, and our numbers are steadily growing.

      "It took me a long time to build the courage and strength to release these words – aching memories still haunt me, chasing each sentence I string together. It’s like pins and needles. But I’ve realized this needs to be said, as the injustice I faced is still very real, and continues to happen today. "

      I am grateful that you have chronicled this important testimony. It's part of the living history that needs to be known and never forgotten~ not for one minute.

      Your words are profound and lyrical. Your photos are gorgeous, as are your smiles.......

  • 'NYT' and Matthews warn that Netanyahu speech to Congress could lead US to war
    • True, seafoid.

      I read that article this morning, and found this interesting (from your link):

      "The proposal would outlaw antisemitism as well as criminalising a host of other activities deemed to be violating fundamental rights on specious religious, cultural, ethnic and gender grounds.

      These would include banning the burqa, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, polygamy, denial of the Holocaust and genocide generally, criminalising xenophobia, and creating a new crime of “group libel” – public defamation of ethnic, cultural or religious groups. Women’s and gay rights would also be covered.

      The proposed legislation would also curb, in the wake of the Paris attacks, freedom of expression on grounds of tolerance and in the interests of security.

      “Tolerance is a two-way street. Members of a group who wish to benefit from tolerance must show it to society at large, as well as to members of other groups and to dissidents or other members of their own group,” says the document.

      “There is no need to be tolerant to the intolerant. This is especially important as far as freedom of expression is concerned: that freedom must not be abused to defame other groups.”"

      I quite agree that what's good for the goose....

      Not sure if the usual suspects are gonna go for it~ they're more likely to wish for a "pure" law that benefits only themselves.

    • "In the wake of an attack a week ago that killed an Iranian general and several top Hezbollah officials, Iran doubled down on its threats against Israel, warning that it was planning "special retaliation."
      .....
      And on Saturday, the Iranian news network Press TV quoted Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami as telling Iran's Al-Alam broadcast service that the country would "certainly consider a special retaliation for this issue."

      Salami said the country planned to widen the battlefield with Israel, opening a front across the West Bank.

      Media reports say that after the attack, Israel deployed its Iron Dome antimissile battery near the border with Lebanon. And the country shut down its airspace over the Golan Heights, ordering civil aircraft to stay away.

      Israel also warned Lebanon to curb Hezbollah. The Lebanese newspaper Annahar reported that Israel sent a message to the government, via the United Nations force in Lebanon, that the entire country could come under fire if Hezbollah acted on its threats to strike Israel."

      link to haaretz.com

    • "Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to take every opportunity to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to his country.

      His visit to Washington in March has opened up a political rift in the US and has drawn accusations in Israel that Netanyahu is undermining a strategic alliance in order to win an election due two weeks after the trip.

      Briefing his cabinet on the speech to be made on 3 March to a joint session of Congress, Netanyahu said his priority was to urge the US and other powers not to negotiate an Iranian nuclear deal that might endanger Israel.

      “In coming weeks, the powers are liable to reach a framework agreement with Iran, an agreement liable to leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state,” he said in remarks carried by Israeli broadcasters.

      “As prime minister of Israel, I am obligated to make every effort to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weaponry that will be aimed at the state of Israel. This effort is global and I will go anywhere I am invited to make the state of Israel’s case and defend its future and existence.”
      ...
      Israeli defence minister Moshe Yaalon, while siding with Netanyahu, acknowledged the problematic handling of the event.

      “There have certainly arisen questions here that should be worked out between us and the Americans, between the administration and Congress,” Yaalon told Israel’s Army Radio.

      “We have no intention of causing offence. We have no intention of causing harm.”"

      link to theguardian.com

      remorseless, clueless and dangerous dolts.

    • Whoops, looks like somebody fell off the turnip truck while traveling the superhighway.

    • oh my, Walid....

      Now The Krauthammer speaks:

      ugh:

      "Bret Baier: Charles, just listening to the press briefing at the White House today, they are not happy about the Bibi Netanyahu invite. I mean, it's clear.

      Krauthammer: They are not happy. They have spoken anonymously to an Israeli newspaper really issuing a threat, a personal threat to Netanyahu, saying we are going to remember this, we're in power for two years. Look, Obama is treating Israel the way you would treat either a child or an enemy. He has very nice soft words about the Iranians. He says how they have not violated the interim agreement, how they have frozen their program, which they haven't. He doesn't talk about their influence in Yemen."

      link to haaretz.com

      ugh. Professional hasbarist.

    • Haaretz has the video clip from Bill Maher, Howard Dean, etc from Friday nite:

      "Bill Maher: King Abdullah died. He was praised by everyone from Obama to McCain as a "moderate." Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, said he was a strong advocate of women. In the kingdom, women can't drive, leave the house without a man, hold a lot of jobs. There's summary beheading of female criminals. This is what I call the soft bigotry of low expectations when it comes to Muslims.

      And Howard I know we disagree on this. I heard you say that "ISIS is as Islamic as I am.

      Howard Dean: I'm thrilled you brought it up because the right-wing jumped all over me after the usual suspects distorted what I said. Here's why I say that. Here's why I don't call ISIS Islamic terrorists: it empowers them to do it. What they are, are a group of thugs who are murderers and subhuman. I mean, they do horrible things.

      They want us to call them Islamic terrorists because it connects them with a billion people. They are not.

      Maher: But they are connected."

      and

      "Stephen: We all agree that Israel's an ally of the United States and a democratic ally and the prime minister can accept an invitation to speak from the speaker of the house. Right France is fine I like the French.

      Maher: They are an ally but no country no matter how close they are to us should be making American policy and we're getting very close on the Iran issue to allowing Israel to write American policy."

      link to haaretz.com

      Video at link...

    • Weird, alright.

      (Space for a base?)

    • "Hatnuah party leader and former foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, and former finance minister, Yair Lapid, have accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of harming Israel's ties with the United States, and its security, to promote his political agenda.

      "IDF soldiers are being dragged to The Hague for war crimes that they didn't commit. The only barrier preventing this is the U.S., which is helping Israel block this attack. This is why our ties with the U.S. are vital for Israel's security," Livni said."

      link to haaretz.com

      I sincerely hope that you are correct, Tzipi Cast Lead, "Operation Wrath of God".

      Sincerely.

    • Brilliant/very likely.

      ;-) indeed. Thanks, Eva.

    • Yes, she does. There is a lengthy update on her @ the link, which also reveals this:

      "9:50 P.M. Lieberman seeks to ban Arab parties from running in elections

      Yisrael Beiteinu said it would seek to ban the unified Arab list from running in the coming elections.

      “The unification proves to everyone that apparently there is no difference between Khenin and Haneen, and that Dov Khenin is exactly like [Balad MK] Haneen Zoabi, who wants only to support terror organizations and cooperate with Israel’s enemies,” the party said in a statement.

      The statement added that such a list “was not worthy of serving in the Knesset of Israel.”

      The united Arab list said in response that the "so-called appeal" to ban the list from the elections is "another populist step by corrupt, racist Lieberman." (Jack Khoury, Jonathan Lis)"

      link to haaretz.com

      Shamocracy. Apartheid much?

    • Hizbullah does have the smarts and the patience for something like that.

      Qualities that Netanyahu (Israel) does not possess.

      Thanks, Taxi.

    • heh.

      I did say that he might create an "emergency". Despicably though, his "emergencies" usually involve bombs...

      I much prefer your scenario. ;)

    • Agreed, Taxi!

      I keep telling people that there will be no war against Iran by the US, nor against the US by Iran. But you said it much better than I ever could. ;-o

      You are inimitable.

    • O/T: yoo- hoo, Annie:

      "8:27 P.M. Controversial Jerusalem Post columnist offered spot on Likud slate

      Controversial Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick has been offered the 11th spot on the Likud slate by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Channel 2 said.

      Glick has previously called Netanyahu "immoral, irresponsible, and stupid," in an article criticizing the Gilad Shalit deal. (Jonathan Lis)"

      link to haaretz.com

    • You just hit that out of the park, David Doppler!

      *Standing ovation*

    • You are correct, aiman.

      JSIL is helping ISIL. Not so strange bedfellows at all. Same goals?

      link to mondoweiss.net

      As for Matthews, the NYT, Kristol, Brooks, et al~ I don't believe/trust/really listen to them~ they were wrong before, and they're likely wrong now. Neither Bush nor Hillary are in the WH, Obama is.

  • When discussing Islam, which Islam and whose rationality? 
    • Criminy!

      What an amazing, rich and informative post~ thank you, and welcome to MW.

      One question: "Muslim children need state funded Muslim schools with Muslim teachers as role models during their developmental period. There is no place for a non-Muslim child or a teacher in a Muslim school."

      I quite disagree and wonder what is meant by that. Wouldn't it be better if teachers went back to school to learn about Muslims and hopefully become deprogrammed?

    • Good points, piotr! Thank you.

    • There's plenty of representation of good Islam in the Western world~ it's just not shown nor recognized. Muslims all over the Western world are doing good deeds and living good lives. The everyday, humdrum, law- abiding, peaceful people go unnoticed and those prone to violence or criminal acts are seized upon as representative of the faith, sensationalized, and run in an endless loop in/on MSM. Perpetrators of mass shootings who are not Muslim are never called 'terrorists' by the MSM either.

      Take as an extraordinary example, this story:

      “The French Muslim ignored by Israel

      The African man who saved the lives of at least six Jews in Paris has gone largely unacknowledged by the Jewish state, which judges people not by their acts but by their color and religion."

      - See more at: link to mondoweiss.net

      France honored him, Israel ignored him, but ran with the rest of the story and exploited it for their next chapter of victimization by the "other" and "proof positive" of burgeoning antisemitism...

      There is no equivalent to the Pope in Islam because that is exactly the way it was meant to be...

    • Very thought- provoking essay, Sabith Khan. Thank you.

  • Jim Crow's polite sons
    • This resonates with stinging truth.

      This nation has been negligent, complacent, and terribly lacking in the necessary vigilance in order to safeguard and build upon the progress made by all of those brave people those many decades ago. We need to renew our collective commitment here at 'home', and move it outward to encompass all those who experience US sponsored disenfranchisement and worse, and then even further outward.

      Thank you Ned~ it's nice to know with whom one stands in solidarity!

  • Exhibit of iconic 1948 photos -- 'The Long Journey' -- opens today in NYC
    • It's a great idea, and would go a long way toward providing much- needed education to the American people.

    • Seems that these events and people remain indelibly printed in his mind and in the minds of those he became reacquainted with. Those smiling and eager children running up the hill were precious~ with their peace sign held high.

      Thank goodness for his archive and for his powerful testimony~ it's captured forever.

    • Annie~ that video is truly precious. I still have a lump in my throat, and I found myself holding my breath. The value of that documentary is beyond compare. Thank you.

    • Thank you very much, Pixel.

    • At long last~ thank the stars and heavens above! The beginning of the ongoing Nakba is captured and exhibited in downtown NYC (!), and anyone who disputes it or the existence of the Palestinians will be faced with the documentation! Hallelujah.

      Thank you Alwan for the Arts in New York and UNRWA USA.

      "which will some day be inscribed in American consciousness the way that photos of the Jewish experience of eastern Europe are."

      Amen. This sampling of photos is breathtaking~ the one of the children smiling captures so much of the indomitable spirit of the Palestinian people.

      I am moved to my very core. Long live Palestine, and may you be home soon in your land, with your freedom and the respect that you so richly deserve.

      (this is going to tick off more than a few people... about time, I say.)

      Thank you very much Phil.

  • Netanyahu speech could turn Israel lobby into a political football
    • +1 x3!

      Rock on, Annie!

    • It's a gem~ I saw it yesterday and was agape.

      This means that the Fox watchers got themselves some education~ and there are a whole lotta them! Some good things are a-comin' from this man-made debacle.

      Thanks for linking it Taxi! Valentine's Day came early this year. I can feel the "love".

    • Hey now! Totally unfair to Belichek!

    • Don't be afraid of that, Giles. The US will not launch a war with Iran. Iran will not launch a war with the US.

      Israel doesn't have the guts, nor the backing of anyone. They want us to do their dirty work again, but the American people won't do it (see Syria).

      Iran has done nothing wrong, Nothing, It's verifiable.

      btw, the "Zionist yoke" is being exposed with dizzying speed right now...
      Even the NYT has an editorial about Netanyahu's visit to Congress and Iran. The last paragraph includes this:

      "There is no doubt that Mr. Obama will maintain America’s security commitments to Israel, whatever the tensions over the Iran issue. "

      link to nytimes.com

      Why does that sound a bit like self-reassurance to me?

    • I told people a couple of years ago that I could only think of one real contender~ Jim Webb. Still true.

    • I know~ it is sick.

      (go Patriots! sorry, I couldn't resist!)

  • In Iraq and Syria the US sanctions its allies while its friends back its enemies (got that?)
  • How a culture remembers its crimes is important: A review of 'American Sniper'
    • Really great actor & great movie.

    • I just realized that the article that I linked to is behind the premium wall, so I will post this insane part as well. Try not to cry or gag :

      "After the dramatic beginning of their involvement in the war, the reservists in question spent another five days in the Strip. They searched for tunnels and also advanced from house to house, capturing those targets with gunfire before entering them.

      “Most of the inhabitants had already fled, but there was one case when we fired a missile into a house and then heard the crying of a baby,” Ami relates. “That was a total shock, especially to the fathers among us. We stopped shooting and called on the residents with a loudspeaker to come out. We were afraid that the house was booby-trapped. We chose a few guys to go in, guys we could trust to go in gently, without shooting, unless they ran into a terrorist. They expected to find the body of a child, or of one of the parents, but they had managed to escape.”

      After a house is seized under such circumstances, the soldiers generally rest in it – though they do not manage to sleep.

      “There are 40-50 guys on one floor. No running water, no toilet. A terrible stench of sweat and feces. You don’t sleep for a week out of sheer pressure. The smell of death is everywhere,” Ami says. “Still, there’s a lot of excitement. Non-stop laughter. You don’t feel afraid. People functioned amazingly.”"

      link to haaretz.com

    • I did the same before posting that... I watched a segment on RT live and was floored. I thought they were pulling my leg~ not at all.

      Terrible.

    • "American Sniper continues to draw record-breaking audiences as it barrels into its second weekend in wide release, but a group representing Arab-Americans says the rate of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim threats resulting from the Oscar-nominated war film has already tripled.

      .....But its all-American depiction on screen has drawn heavy criticism from combat veterans and viewers alike – and especially about viewers themselves, many of whom have emerged from theatres desperate to communicate a kind of murderous desire.

      A quick search on Twitter leads down a rabbit hole of anger.

      “Great fucking movie and now I really want to kill some fucking ragheads,” read one tweet, in a set of screenshots that quickly went viral after being collated by journalist Rania Khalek for the online publication Electronic Intifada. “American sniper makes me wanna
      go shoot some fuckin Arabs,” read another.

      One tweet read: “Nice to see a movie where the Arabs are portrayed for who they really are - vermin scum intent on destroying us.” While the word “vermin” is not uncommon in threads about the film, that tweet was tagged not only #AmericanSniper but, mystifyingly, #DeBlasio as well.

      Even the actor James Woods got in on the action, tweeting: “Every time an American Armed Forces sniper pulls a trigger, those who would kill or maim an American warrior are no longer a threat.”"

      link to theguardian.com

      This is gross and dangerous.

    • Speaking of RT, have you seen this?

      "Earlier this week, the new chief of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), Andrew Lack, told the New York Times that RT poses a significant challenge for his organization, putting it on the same list as ISIS and Boko Haram terror groups.

      BBG is a bipartisan US federal agency, which is responsible for supervising all American government-sponsored international media – from Voice of America to Radio Free Europe."

      link to rt.com

    • "Soldiers traumatized by Gaza war forced to cope on their own
      Only after they came home from last summer's operation in Gaza did reservists in an infantry battalion realize they were suffering psychological problems. But the army did little to answer their pleas for help.

      The landing of a mortar shell was the company’s welcome to the Gaza Strip. The soldiers entered the battle zone on foot, after an air force raid. The mortar struck a few meters from them immediately after they crossed the fence into Gaza.

      “That was the first shock,” says Ami (all soldiers’ names have been changed), an officer in the auxiliary weapons company (pluga misaya’at) of an infantry battalion. “We suddenly found ourselves under fire, when we’d been certain that not even a cat was left there.”
      ........
      Ami is a veteran in the unit; he’s been doing reserve service in it for more than 20 years. “I did my regular duty during all those beautiful years of the Lebanon war [during the 1980s], but this is not the same thing,” he explains."

      link to haaretz.com

      wth? "all those beautiful years of the Lebanon war" ??? who thinks like that???

    • holy moly.

      Blow the lid off, please!

    • via Max B's twitter:

      "As American Sniper continues to ignite political debate, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is worried about "serious threats" being made to Arabs and Muslims.
      ...
      ADC president Samer Khalaf writes that he hopes the film will take a stance and issue a statement against the "hate and bigotry." The ADC says it is also working with the FBI and local law enforcement to look into the threats.

      So far, no comment from the American Sniper film team."

      link to usatoday.com

      There's some very ugly stuff flying around.

    • Well said, indeed.

      (that goes for Afghanistan, too. don't forget about the torture we inflicted on Iraqis and Afghans, either)

      Anyone interested in a 'movie', here's one: "Taxi to the Dark Side"

    • As the article points out, the Pentagon & PTB are the very last to admit any wrongdoing/responsibility.

    • And this is what we left behind in Iraq:

      "U.S., allies bomb ISIS targets near Kobani and Mosul"

      link to twitter.com

      Never mind the children born with horrific birth defects, the many pictures of victims of our munitions, the alarming rate of cancer...

      One sample article from 2013:

      "U.S. Depleted Uranium as Malicious as Syrian Chemical Weapons

      ..."Noting the birth defects in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, Jamail says: 'They're extremely hard to bear witness to. But it's something that we all need to pay attention to ... What this has generated is, from 2004 up to this day, we are seeing a rate of congenital malformations in the city of Fallujah that has surpassed even that in the wake of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that nuclear bombs were d' pped on at the end of World War II.'"

      ...Countries around the world have called for the ban of depleted uranium, but unfortunately this demand has fallen on deaf ears. When asked in 2003 about Iraq's complaints about depleted uranium shells, Colonel James Naughton of U.S. Army Material Command stated in a Pentagon briefing that "They want it to go away because we kicked the crap out of the them."

      Last week, UK foreign secretary William Hague, said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria is "not something that a humane or civilized world can ignore." Ironically, Western countries such as the UK and their allies have appeared to ignore the use of weapons that are equally vicious.

      When "non-Westerners" make use of weapons of mass destruction, there is outrage and calls for military intervention from "the West," but when "Westerners" themselves use them, it is totally permissible, and the world can hardly react."

      link to huffingtonpost.com

      There's so much evidence of crimes.

    • "Kyle was a product of this misinformation, he believed that the Iraqi’s were part of the tragedy of 9/11 and he was doing his duty in defending his country."

      If that's why he signed up and kept going back, he's an idiot. Anyone with a brain knew that Iraq had nothing to do with 911. Bushco's lies about WMD were obvious to anyone with even a modicum of reason or curiosity.

      "Chris as addicted to the drug of war. Between tours he seems to suffer not from PTSD so much as combat withdrawal; even as his fellow users start to die, he keeps going back."

      And that's what happens sometimes... after it's 'over', some of these folks become contractors (mercenaries).

      Interestingly and frighteningly, I listened to this on NPR/Diane Rehm the other day:

      "In World War II, contractors made up just 10 percent of the military workforce; by the Iraq war, that number had risen to 50 percent. And that number is climbing – not just in the U.S. but worldwide, as governments look to save money and keep casualty numbers down for their own militaries. But what does this trend toward private-run warfare mean for the future of international relations? One former contractor warns that armies-for-hire will soon be the norm, making it easier than ever to wage war. What an increased reliance on private armies could mean for modern warfare and global security."

      link to thedianerehmshow.org

    • +1, jd65. Thank you.

    • I know, Walid. I don't watch these blockbuster movies that glorify these 'new' wars and contribute to a false narrative and more Islamophobia.

      I prefer the truth~ always have. The truth is out there, and it's rather easy to access. Some prefer not to know it, and indulge in rationalization and justification for these terrible debacles.

    • Thanks, Eamon.

      I already knew I would never watch any Hollywood version of our grotesque & monstrous & criminal Iraq 'war'. I have been following the fallout of this film via Max Blumenthal's twitter~ it's not 'pretty'.

      A shame that it was made, and a worse shame that it has received such "acclaim".

  • Letter from a Texas Maximum Security Prison: A personal reflection on Martin Luther King Day
    • An amazing sketch, seafoid.

      (RIP, Jeremy Thorpe)

    • It's not too late to reverse this MASSIVE injustice~ Mr. Obama, can you hear us?

      Thanks to Shukri, his daughters, Francis FitzGibbon (" a QC at Doughty Street Chambers in London"), Annie, and MW for keeping this travesty in our collective conscience.

    • We need to work, and work hard, to get Hamas removed from that idiotic terrorist list... Hamas is resistance, and does so much more wrt social welfare, etc.

      The HL 5 not only need to be pardoned, but also given financial compensation and an enormous & sincere apology.

      That's my opinion. These new events wrt Netanyahu, aipac, Boehner, ICC, UN, etc. may help... we can only work and hope.

    • "Better yet, let us pray to Allah that He protects this nation from the dark abyss of injustice. Let us pray that King’s dream comes to fruition, expeditiously, inclusively and universally."

      Amen, Shukri.

      I often feel that the energetic march toward full justice and equality for all in these United States died the day that Martin was assassinated. We erected a memorial and designated a federal holiday in his honor, but neglected his dream. We've moved ahead in some areas, and stayed stagnant or regressed in others. The sharp increase and tolerance in Islamophobia, racial profiling, surveillance of 'others', incarceration, and fears of immigration all bear a terrible hallmark of a nation of paranoids and privileged. And then there is Gitmo...

      The dangers to any nation can come from outside, but the biggest dangers comes from the irrational fears, hatred, ignorance and prejudice we harbor within ourselves.

  • Obama won't meet Netanyahu during 'bizarre,' 'historic,' 'unprecedented' visit (Updated)
    • The clip with Scahill:

      link to msnbc.com

    • "White House chief of staff Denis McDonough moved to defuse a dispute over Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming trip to Washington on Sunday, calling relationships between the two countries “many faceted, deep and abiding”.

      Administration officials told Israel’s Haaretz last week Netanyahu had “spat” in Obama’s face by arranging with Republican House speaker John Boehner to speak before Congress in March without first informing the White House.

      The comment “does not reflect the views of this president or this White House”, McDonough told CBS. He said the importance of the relationship meant it was “above partisan politics”.

      McDonough appeared on all the US’s major morning politics shows on Sunday – a move known as “the full Ginsburg” after William Ginsburg, an attorney for Monica Lewinsky who first completed the circuit in 1998.

      On ABC’s This Week, NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’s Face the Nation, CNN’s State of the Union and Fox News Sunday, McDonough defended White House positions on Yemen, Isis and other issues, and was at pains throughout to stress that relations with Israel remained strong."

      link to theguardian.com

      It was surprising (not) that Yemen was the last minute, go- to topic on Sunday. That, and 'terror', 'deflated' footballs, and a bit on the sniper flick.

      The choir sang, loud and strong! All together now!

    • I'm watching the last bits of MHP now....they're talking about that sniper blockbuster...

      (thank goodness Scahill is there)

    • Wow.

      Just goes to show that defending one's home and resisting invasion/occupation is right while the invaders/pillagers/Occupiers are wrong.

      Simplistic, I know, but this I believe. When a fierce love and pride is concerned, people will not be defeated.

      (btw, isn't it time to take Hizbullah off that list since they are helping in the fight against ISIS???)

    • +1! Well said. DaBakr~ were you there?

    • "Defense Minister Ya'alon: Israel will not tolerate any provocation
      Amid high tensions on northern border following a strike in Syria, defense minister threatens strong response to any violation of Israel's sovereignty."

      link to haaretz.com

      It is to laugh. Provocation, you say?

      They've violated Lebanese, Syrian, etc. sovereignty over and over. Methinks they doth protest too much, and are quaking in their IOF boots.

    • A vengeful little state is Israel~ arrogant, without any class or diplomatic skills or savoir- faire.

      Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, needless to say, has class.

    • "This Israeli politician is basically a psychopath. Guess who

      Voters need to keep one eye on the news and one eye on the American Psychiatric Association’s manual of mental disorders."

      link to haaretz.com

      ~and~

      "As the election approaches, Bibi is using his mouse brain

      It’s not clear whether we knew that an acclaimed Iranian general was among the target group in Syria, but we have a prime minister who isn’t exactly a leader.

      It’s not the norm in this country to write headlines based on a phrase in a foreign language, but when foolishness and irresponsibility reign, I’ll deviate from the norm.

      Cabeza de raton means “mouse brain” in Ladino. As will be made clear later, it isn’t exactly a compliment, especially when it refers to a leader who makes life-and-death decisions rashly out of personal considerations during an election campaign."

      link to haaretz.com

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