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Kathleen

57 year old mother of three, activist, concerned citizen

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  • White House will go after AIPAC next -- Newsweek
    • The Confused Person's Guide to Middle East Conflicts
      The Atlantic‎ - 1 day ago

      "Confused about what’s happening in the Middle East? No need to worry—our research team at the Institute of Internet Diagrams has come up with the ultimate explainer in the shape of an interactive diagram that sums up the geopolitical alliances traversing this ancient region, which dates back to the Mesozoic Era.

      The diagram clearly maps out the relationships between the main players as well as external powers, like the United States and Russia, that are deeply involved in the region. It is best to view the diagram using 3-D glasses, but the graphic will still work if none are available."

      ON THE DIAGRAM "Note Palestine and Israel were discounted for the sake of simplicity" As if any of this would fit the definition of "simplicity" As if Israel is not involved in any of these proxy wars.

    • brainwashed, brain dead, blinded" serious, powerful, terribly vindictive and successful for decades.

      The well constructed walls are slowly but surely coming down.

      Add Jinsa to concerns too.

    • I have so been wanting to see a chart on the proxy wars being fought with the U.S., Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia's support. So "complicated, convoluted" to say the least. This morning (Saturday) on Up with Steve Kornacki Ayman Moyheldin presented such a chart. Insane. Michael Kay and Ayman shared explanations for the insanity of variables. However going to have to watch and listen again. Scramble.

      Up With Steve Kornacki on msnbc - MSNBC.com

      link to msnbc.com

      Up With Steve Kornacki 3/28/15

      Whose side is the US really on in the Sunni-Shi’ite conflict?

      NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin brings some clarify to the rapidly-escalating chaos and confusion in the Middle East, and Michael Kay and ret. Col. Jack Jacobs join to examine the U.S. interests and geopolitics involved.

    • And those letters between JFK and Ben Gurion, Kennedy demanding that Israel open Dimona up to international inspections. Last President to do so.

    • Have followed Aipac's website and activities for several decades. They focused on pushing anti Iran legislation soon after the invasion of Iraq. They have been "relentless" Along with Jinsa.

      They have been the big pushers (and co-creators) of anti Palestinian legislation

  • Emails show Missouri museum canceled 'Ferguson to Palestine' event under pressure from Jewish group
    • Will Hop jump in once again and say no Jewish groups influence here? Opinions one thing. Facts another.

  • On Netanyahu's apology to Palestinian citizens of Israel
  • Washington 'sits shiva' for the 2-state solution
    • Yep Diane Rehm on Friday once again repeated the fear mongering about Iran. She has done so for a long time and has allowed guest to help build the bad bad bad Iran stage.

    • Why Chris Matthews has Iraq warmongers like Bob Woodward on to talk about middle east policy is beyond anyone who followed the run up to the invasion. On top of that Woodward referred to the Plame outing as "much ado about nothing." He has made every effort to distract Americans on both of these issues. Why not have accurate middle east analyst on the program?

      Jodi Ruderon very much part of the come on Obama get back on the drag your feet while Israel builds more illegal settlements bandwagon that has flourished for decades. Obama, Kerry, Biden etc are making a much needed realistic stand. Not going to play Israel and the I lobbies game any longer.

      Phil Chris Matthews has been stepping out a bit on this issue but really think if you go and listen to some of Mika Brzezinski's challenging comments and questions this week you will find she is sticking her neck out much more than Matthews on this issue.

  • American Jews are taking back their power from Israel
    • Thanks lysia

    • JFK demanded Ben Gurion open up to international inspections which did not happen. How else would you say that Kennedy stood up to Israel?

      Eisenhower?

      I think Obama is going the distance standing up to Israel and the I lobbies push for a military intervention with Iran

      And now making clear that Netanyahu's lack of real action (stop building illegal settlements and housing in E Jerusalem) on a 2ss speaks much louder than his words. For a two state solution before he was against before he was for web of deception

    • I think her brilliant father's well informed insights have had an influence. However Mika is sharp enough to come to her own conclusions. Watch her hold her tongue so often with Scarborough on these issues. She may feel the same safe opening that Chris Matthews is operating from. Also Scaborough gone this week. She has been ripping.

      Over and over hearing host and guest try to pass this rift between Obama and Netanyahu has "personal" Such hooey. There are extreme policy differences. Obama is the first President to take a firm and I believe constructive stand against Israel's undermining of U.S. National Security and ultimately their own. I really think Obama and Kerry are being sober and constructive friends to Israel. Like drawing the boundary with an addicted friend who is about to destroy themselves

    • Most American Jews and many others have kept the wall of silence intact for decades. Celebrating that this shift is happening is important. However inflating one groups more recent efforts over another groups efforts is not a good idea. Divisive and false

    • Baker did not tip toe several decades ago and demonstrated that once again in his most recent speech

    • Prof Cole has a zinger up at Informed Comment looking to 2030 in the region

    • Read once. Going to read again later.

      Phil: "But I believe that Jews drove the political shift.' This seems like an effort to inflate the efforts of one group over another for the "political shift." More recently Dem congressional black caucus members led the stance against attending BB's speech focused on undermining P5+1 negotiations. Some Jewish congressional members seemed to follow their lead.

      Why not say that the "political shift" is a confluence of many groups efforts to open up the debate based on facts to BDS, Christian groups, Jewish groups, congress people waking up, MSM outlets more willing to report the facts etc. Why elevate one particular group?

      Chris Matthews has become more outspoken. However as you have pointed out he waited until he felt totally safe that he would not be reprimanded or suffer some sore of consequences. He still repeats that in Israel everyone is free to say whatever they want about the circumstances. We know that is not the truth. Mentioning the Nakba now against the law etc. What would happen if a Palestinian went into a coffee house in Tel Aviv and started shouting about illegal settlements etc. What a myth he is pushing.

      First MSNBC host to step out on this issue was Chris Hayes when he was host of UP, Melissa Harris Perry has had numerous panels on this issue, Dylan Ratigan (his guest Glenn Greenwald took Cliff May down some years ago about the conflict etc) Chris Matthews has come out when he knows it is safe. His willingness now to play a bit of real hardball on this issue has been a long time coming. We don't need to make him some kind of hero or saint because he finally has done so. He has played it safe for a long time. Better late than never Chris. One thing he did do almost immediately after BB 's congressional speech was to say that no one has ever believed that BB "was never for the two state solution" That BB "kept upping the ante"

      Chris has been testing the waters a bit over the last year or so. But Chris Hayes, MHP, Dylan Ratigan led the way by having panels etc on these issues on their programs. Chris still refuses to have Hillary Mann Leverett on his program to help educate the public based on facts about Iran. Melissa Harris Perry has had her on at least four times on this issue since last summer. Matthews still has the same old same old safe MSNBC contributors on like Fineman, Corn etc. Have some real experts on. People who have been in administrations , are middle east experts and have actually negotiated directly with Iran. Chris is a follower on speaking out about this issue not a leader. Rachel, Al Sharpton, Ed etc are still following

      Mika Brzenski has really been playing hardball on this issue the last couple of mornings on Morning Joe (Scarborough not there) This morning she went off on guest asking why everyone is blaming Obama for the rift "what are you afraid of" ..."who will cut through the bs" She was really digging in.

  • I want my country back
    • Annie you nail it once again. I do think Obama would have continued to "wash his hands" of it. They tried. BB's actions provided no hope no change. BB's words which clearly reflected his actions did provide the Obama administration with an opportunity to say "enough."

      Although Obama's incredible efforts to make a constructive deal with Iran based on facts not the I lobby and Israel's unsubstantiated claims about Iran's nuclear program have clearly been pissing Israel off. To say the least. Obama and team have faced that Israel and the I lobbies decades long interference with making a deal with Iran was dangerous and destructive

    • Annie most of us expect "unrelenting" from Netanyahu, Adelson, Dermer. As you point out this is the first time Obama and team have said that they will "reassess" I believe a first.

      Hop is also right that the Obama administration has been focused on Netanyahu's pre election rejection of the 2ss all week. Finally BB says out loud what the facts on the ground are. Obama and team respond and so far sticking to the facts on ground. Actions speak louder than words BB. Just the way it is

      Annie so think you would be interested in Mika Brzezinski's push back against guest who kept repeating that this Obama, BB rift based on "personality" differences. Scarborough out of town this week. Mika pushed back pretty hard "what are you afraid of" she asked a few guest. "who will break through the bs"

      Also MSNBC's The Cycle team finally had middle east expert and former Iran negotiator Hillary Mann Leverett on to discuss negotiations with Iran on Thursday. The segment (3/26/15) "Untangling the Complicated Middle East Web" Another MSM breakthrough

    • Would be a great chart to see the list of proxy wars the U.S., Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia are all involved in. Convoluted does not even come close to describing. Tough to keep up with.

    • J Walters. Was a bit surprised by Engel he generally steps out of the controlled carry Israel's message box a bit. Generally by not repeating the party line. This time he fell into line with the softball strategy of repeating the week long repetition on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC etc that the very substantive foreign policy differences between Obama and BB are "personality" issues. Of course Richard Haas always carries water for the I lobby. No difference there.

      This morning Engel was on Jose Diaz Balart MSNBC program. They both went through a list of countries that they say Iran is involved in proxy wars. Their failing is that they think the American public is incapable of saying but the U.S. is involved with proxy wars in Iraq (had been more direct through the invasion) Afghanistan (direct) Syria (support for rebels) Libya, drone bases etc etc. One can hear many callers on Cspan's Washington Journal who have been bringing this issue up much more than ever before.

      Alert...another breakthrough. MSNBC Cycle had middle east expert and former Iran negotiator HILLARY MANN LEVERETT/GOING TO TEHRAN on their program on Thursday. I have been begging Chris Matthews to have her on for years now. Some of us did some polite pushing on Melissa Harris Perry's MSNBC's fb page and for whatever reason MHP and her team have had HML on I believe 5 times since the summer of 2014. Rachel Maddow, Chris, Al Sharpton, Ed (although Ed has had Colonel Wilkerson on quite a few times who talks about facts and Iran), Chris Hayes (has not had Leverett on but he did open up the I/P discussion on MSNBC's UP several years back), Lawrence O'Donnell not going there yet.

      Hillary Mann Leverett's guest spot on MSNBC's The Cycle was succinct, rationale and fact based as usual. She was asked about Iran enriching uranium by one of the Cycle host. She said does not matter what she thinks that Iran as a signatory to the NPT has a legal right to enrich for peaceful purposes.

      3/26/15 MSNBC The Cycle
      Hillary Mann Leverett
      "Untangling the Complicated Middle East Web"

      Another breakthrough for the truth!

    • Krauss NYBloodyT has hired middle east correspondence who carry the desired message from Israel and the I lobby for decades. They have been an integral part of keeping the wall of silence/facts solidly intact for Israel...again for decades. Some shifting the last 10 years however basically still carrying water through Ruderon's so called reporting

    • Rusty I heard Carter say I think it was on Hardball that P Obama has never reached out to consult with him. Of course Carter could be bluffing. We know if Carter said Obama was consulting with him the I lobby would go ballistic. They have been ripping Carter apart for years

    • Thanks just.

      Grant Smith continues to do amazing work. His research and website are a real effort for peace and justice.

      Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy - IRmep

      link to irmep.org

    • "gracefully"
      Israeli runs over Palestinian boy - HIT AND RUN - YouTube

      Video for boy hit by Israeli settler you tube▶ 0:26

      link to youtube.com

    • Early on P Obama mentioned he was noticing a shift in the U.S. attitude about the I/P issue. You can bet he or his people follow many websites including this one. Listen to Cspan's Washington Journal callers....repeating facts about the conflict. Accurate reporting in the Msm about the massacre in Gaza. Along with him having the foreign policy credits that both Biden and Kerry have under their belts. Bet his people are listening and documenting shift

      Jewish journalist and other journalist changing their reporting tunes slowly but surely. Reporting more honestly about the decades of failed negotiations, Israel's persistent building of illegal settlements etc

      Carter has said that Obama has never called him to consult about this issue. Too bad. Thought I have heard Obama or someone mention Dr. Zbig's input with the administration.

      Add to all of the signs that the wind has shifted to the fact that Obama seems to really get how Israel's unwillingness to stop building settlements, massacres are horrific but also seriously undermine not only Israel's security based on internationally recognized borders but the U.S.;s national security. He gets it.

    • Persistent comments by Richard Engel, others about the rift being about "personality differences" instead of substantive foreign policy differences. Never thought I would hear Engel selling such bunk. Expected out of Richard Haas but not Engel

    • Obama, Kerry, Biden dealing with decades of facts on the ground finally taking a solid and realistic stand. We are hearing Richard Engel, Richard Haas, now Chris Matthews, Bob Woodward, John McCain, and all of the expected folks asking why Obama seems to be playing hardball. He should stop "throwing tantrums" "accept Netanyau's apologies" etc etc.

      So respect that Obama is feeding the people the reality and not the spin. Finally!

    • Just on the BBC's World Service this morning they did a piece on how Saudi Arabia's decision to bomb could have partially been decided based on SA's wishes to undermine P5+1 negotiations with Iran too. The timing of all of this is suspicious.

      Allegedly Houthis are being supported by Iran. But how do they know this? Of course much more in the report.

    • Ritter has a piece up at Huff Po about Israel and espionage.

      Espionage, by Any Other Name | Scott Ritter - Huffington Post

      "The information reportedly collected by Israel was classified by the U.S. Government, making any effort to gain unauthorized access to it illegal under U.S. law, as would be any subsequent receipt and use of this information by anyone who does not possess both the appropriate security clearance and authorization. Any Israeli involved in the collection of such information would be a spy, and any American who knowingly gained unauthorized access to this information and used it on behalf of a foreign government to disadvantage the United States a criminal. This includes members of Congress not specifically cleared for this information but who received it as a result of briefings provided to them by representatives of the Government of Israel."

      Phil "I’ve never seen anything like this before: the top space of the newspaper turned over to a war- and fear-mongering foreign leader to undermine the US president."

      However we have seen the "top space" and front pages of the New York Bloody Times turned over to a war and fear mongering" administration motivated by oil, neo, theo cons. Judy "I was fucking right" Miller was able to sell that horrific invasion based on lies almost daily on the front pages. We have seen the NYBTimes promote the Israeli view and agenda for decades.

      Phil you have been spotlighting Jodi's foreign agent status for a long time.

  • Why did Herzog run scared? He fears the Israeli people
    • Most MSM guest blaming Obama for the rift. Have only heard Mika Brzezinski make a solid stand against this effort to spin the rift as a "personality" issue instead of what it is really serious foreign policy differences

    • Weiss "I believe he was afraid of his own people" Possibly facing that racism, support for the massacre in Gaza etc are far too alive and well in Israel.

      Phil, Annie, all MSNBC Mika Brzezenski is really playing hardball on Morning Joe in regard to the Netanyahu trying to walk his pre election rejection of a two state solution, racist words towards Arabs (which clearly reflect his actions) back. This morning she asked guest who were blaming Obama for the friction "who will help her cut through the bs" She asked "what are you afraid of."

      Richard Engel and Haas were also part of the team on Morning Joe the last couple of programs saying that the issue was a "personality" issue between Obama and BB. They seem to have a problem with admitting that there are serious policy differences. Serious differences.

      On Monday evening Chris Matthews was also playing closer to the facts about the friction.

  • Bill Maher justifies Netanyahu's racism by saying U.S. has done much worse
    • On foreign policy Maher is generally right wing. On domestic issues a true liberal/progressive. The basic tactic or stand of so many of our Dem Reps for decades.

      One of the best interviews ever with Maher is when he interviewed former head of the CIA's Bin Laden unit Micheal Scheuer. Classic

      Although as of late Maher did an interview with Mercedes Schlapp and Jack Kingston (Just linked to ringoffire link that Max B had up) where Maher seemed to be promoting "let them (Muslims) kill each other" "commit suicide" because of religious rifts strategy. Which I have always believed is sort of a Sabra and Shatilla (divide and conquer) military strategy (which of course the U.S. has used many times too. Take down the containment walls, invade, do not provide safety valves, disband Iraq army and watch the place explode with death and destruction. That link that Just provided via Max B was a worthwhile watch

  • Netanyahu's victory ‐ what is the cost?
    • Maher seems to be pushing the classist, racist attitude promoted by the Iraq invasion. Take down the containment boundaries propped up for years by the U.S. in the region and foment the hatred by disbanding Iraq army creating more chaos, allowing rebel groups to take hold and spread. Back off a bit, let them kill each other. A Sabra and Shatilla military method. Extremely creepy. As if the U.S. has nothing to do with the death and destruction going on.

    • One of the reasons that I have always had a problem with the term "liberal Zionist' No way you can be both. Incompatible because of the core definitions of what Zionism is and has been acted upon. Racist at the core of the belief

    • Netanyahu finally said out loud what many have known for a very long time. Israel does not support a two state solution. His actions have always been much louder than the words.

      During his interview with Andrea Mitchell she allowed him to repeat the unsubstantiated claims that Iranian leaders have said they want to "wipe Israel off the map" Andrea did not challenge at all. She did not ask the Israeli leader why Israel has not signed the NPT and yet screams about Iran's legal right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes while Israel sits on massive stockpiles of nuclear biological and chemical weapons. Not a peep of real challenges out of Andrea.

      Last night on Hardball Howard Fineman went lower than I have ever heard he repeated the false claim that Iran 'wants to destroy Israel" Pathetic on Fineman's part. Was shocked.

      Hillary Mann Leverett has an incredible debate up about Iran on the Levertt's website Going To Tehran. A must listen

  • Who can save Israel now?
    • Last night (Friday) on Hardball (Jonathan Capehart in for Matthews) it was so disappointing to hear Howard Fineman claim that Iran has made "threats to destroy Israel." Fineman fell in line by repeating those lies. Sad

      Capehart keeps singing the praises of Starbuck's Howard Schultz efforts on the race issue here in the states. Seems to be completely aware or incapable of connecting the dots between Schultz full on economic support for whatever Israel does...and how racist it is

    • So sad to watch MSM host and guest always repeat the pledge of allegiance to Israel on programs. We know our Reps constantly back up a bit of criticism of Israel with "Israel is our bff" "our strongest ally" "unbreakable bond" yada yada.

      This morning Jonathan Capehart sitting in for Kornacki on MSNBC's Up said he is "hesitant to say" that the bond between the U.S. and Israel could be broken. Then one of the women on the panel (which had been talking about race issues) came out and said the pledge that the bond between the U.S. and Israel is "unbreakable." The Republican woman on the panel actually came out and said there are real policy "differences" between the Obama administration and Netanyahu. That the policy differences come first then the possibly personality rift between Obama and Netanayahu.

      I think Obama is the first President to really stand up to Israel based on their actions. I know 41 and Baker threatened to withhold aid etc. But Obama's stance is really standing out.

      Wondering if anyone has heard or read anything about how absurd and inconsistent Starbuck's Howard Shultz staunch support for Israeltotally contradict's his effort to focus on race issues here in the states

    • Prof Mearsheimer put the two state solution is dead into the clearest explanation I have ever heard years ago. Former President Jimmy Carter definitely inferred that the 2ss was over years ago but Mearsheimer said it out loud.

    • Mearsheimer explains better than anyone else.

      Prof. John Mearsheimer Analyzes Future of Israel/Palestine: Apartheid to Binational Democracy 1/6

      "Israel is not going to allow the Palestinians to have a viable state of their own in Gaza and the West Bank. Regrettably the two state solution is now a fantasy. Instead those territories will be incorporated into a greater Israel which will be an apartheid state bearing marked resemblance to white ruled South Africa."

    • Many of the better late than never crowd came out the last 10 years ultimately to save Israel based on the internationally recognized borders. They could see the way it was heading. Not necessarily committed to real human rights stances they could see the way the wind was shifting. The exposure of the apartheid state of Israel

    • Axelrod was busy on MSM outlets making excuses for Netanyau's racism and clear support of an apartheid Israel by saying BB was an incredible politician. Basically doing what he had to do to keep his spot.

      Scarborough made excuses for BB on his program this (Thursday) morning. He totally flipped the script...again. Scarborough "will the Palestinians be a willing partner" As if BB publicly saying what most of us all ready knew he does not support a "two state solution."

    • "A couple of years ago Beinart said that Zionism was in crisis. But that crisis for American Jews is over now. Zionism is what Netanyahu has shown us it is, in his frank calls on Jews to hold the land and deny the vote to non-Jews. This is what Palestinian intellectuals from Ghada Karmi to Edward Said to Raja Shehadeh to Lila Abu-Lughod to Saree Makdisi to Ali Abunimah, really the list is endless, have been telling us Zionism is for many years, and they have been marginalized and smeared for saying so."

      And some who have clung to the myths that the majority of Israeli's really and truly wanted two states are faced with hard cold facts. Those like Beinart who finally admitted their silence and complicity over the years are now faced with apartheid Israel staring them in the eyes daring them to admit this fact or roll over as they have in the past.

    • All of BB's actions have demonstrated that he has never supported a "two state solution." Now he has said it publicly. Many have known the two state solution was dead for quite some time. BB has said it publicly.

      Mearsheimer predicted this trajectory quite some time ago. The embedded apartheid system that is alive in Israel can no longer be hidden in the shadows.

  • Israelis go to the polls today--and nobody knows who will win (Updated)
  • Surging support for Palestine fuels JVP's biggest meeting yet
  • The farewell party of the mezuzah-kissers

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