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Kathleen

57 year old mother of three, activist, concerned citizen

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  • 'Al Jazeera' examines Jewish constellation of lobby elites, and marginalized 'universalists'
    • "I see a need to transform that Jewish presence, to embrace Palestinian human rights the same way we support civil rights here. "

      That is the way the majority of dedicated human rights activist have seen this issue for decades. Good thing this discussion is taking place in the Jewish community.

  • Video: Israeli soldiers detain 6-year-old child on his way to school in Hebron
    • Hey Phil you think Terry Gross one of the people you consider to be "one of the best interviewers around" will be doing a story on this abuse or any interviews with the witnesses of this abuse by the IDF's and illegal settlers abuse of Palestinian children on her program? Been going on for decades. You can be sure if the tables were turned and these were Jewish children being abused daily by Palestinians she would be all over the story.

      You had to be kidding the other day when you said that about Gross right?

    • IDF link to youtube.com
      Many more video's at you tube

      IDF soldiers talk about their training and the abuse of Palestinian children.

      link to breakingthesilence.org.il

      Goal to break their spirits. Systematically humiliate and abuse them

    • This abusive treatment of Palestinian children by the IDF (and they are on good behavior because they know they are being filmed) and illegal settlers has been going on for decades....decades. Dear friend Art Gish who used to walk Palestinian children in the Hebron area to school. He witnessed such abuse. He talked about illegal settlers spitting on Palestinian kids.

    • Page: 105
  • A Jew who visited Palestine responds to 'NYT' assertion that Palestinians want to kill all Jews
    • I have met Ted in D.C. at a "Move over Aipac" event or some other Pro Palestinian Pro Peace gathering. What a sweetheart. "on the contrary I felt more safe in Palestinian homes than in New York"

      Great topic Phil...why is it that the NYBloodyTimes still perpetrates these falsehoods. Oh did I say bloody. Because the NYBT is just that...bloody

  • Israeli settlers release wild boars on Palestinian farmland to destroy crops
  • Snowden revealed a world of conspiracies I once would have scoffed at-- Bryan Burrough
    • Phillip you have to be kidding.."Terry Gross one of the best interviewers around" You have got to be kidding...really? She is biased, comes to the plate with a heavy agenda. Her interviews are often superficial and her discriminatory attitude obvious. She has to be one of the host of NPR shows that entered that NPR sphere under the "pervasive cronyism" that exist on NPR to this day.

      Amy Goodman, Bill Moyers, Phil Donahue may be the all time best. Terry does not even get close

  • Stephen Walt: publishing 'Israel lobby' ended any thought of serving in US gov't
    • Lots of experts back up the not so new findings of Walt and Mearsheimer and warn against the decades long consequences.

      link to c-span.org

      How Israel's illegal and immoral actions have and continue to effect U.S. National Security even mentioned in the 9/11 Commission report
      link to 9-11commission.gov

      link to rt.com

    • The reality

      English subtitles

    • "Its not a Buddhist Lobby doing this, and there is no way to avoid the Jewish connection…so to imply its ‘only a topic’ because of Jews or Jew hatred is absurd.
      And saying no one should write about the harmful effects of the Lobby just because it is Jewish connected is also absurd."

      Some great articles written before and during the Iraq war and who lobbied hard. Who created, cherry picked and disseminated the false intelligence.
      Wednesday, Mar 10, 2004 01:13 PM MDT
      The new Pentagon papers
      A high-ranking military officer reveals how Defense Department extremists suppressed information and twisted the truth to drive the country to war

      link to salon.com

      One of the very best articles about this group of war pushers

      The Men From JINSA and CSP
      They want not just a US invasion of Iraq but "total war" against Arab regimes.
      Jason Vest
      link to thenation.com

      Also
      Weekend Edition Feb 28-Mar 02, 2004

      Serving Two Flags
      Neo-Cons, Israel and the Bush Administration
      by STEPHEN GREEN
      link to counterpunch.org

    • Was thinking about Charles Freeman as I read this piece and comments. Thanks.

    • Ding ding

    • Walt and Mearsheimer did the world a huge favor writing that fact based book

  • Haaretz joins Rush Limbaugh and company in trying to link Max Blumenthal to KC shooter suspect
    • Max quotes the ravings of racist and clearly explains how Israel's government is institutionally racist. An apartheid government. As others have been pointing out for decades. Max provides even more facts and figures.

    • "Haaretz did not explicitly blame Blumenthal for the Kansas shootings, but the timing, the accusations, and the pretense of relevance implied such. After all, would Haaretz have published an article headlined “Kansas Murderer Really Liked Chocolate”? The very act of publishing such an article at such a time would only be to connect the killer’s alleged influences to his motives for killing."

      Haaretz should be shamed and apologize for the "timing, the accusations and the pretense of relevance." The whole thing is so redongdiculous. Everything Max seems to be about is stopping racist killings, abuse and any kind of violence. The total opposite of what the madman Miller was about. Insane projections of connections.

      "What’s clear is that the current right-wing campaign is a continuation of attacks against Blumenthal over his book Goliath. Protective of Israel’s image and worried that Blumenthal’s book could contribute to the changing debate over the country in the U.S., they’re throwing the kitchen sink at unflinching critics of Zionism."

      Blumenthal's fact based book has all ready contributed "to the changing debate." Book club in Denver reading his book together. A Palestinian man in his early 80's (would have to ask if I can put his name up here) who was ousted from his home during the Nakba picked up Max's book and with tears in his eyes said "I lived what Max has written about. Everything in here is true, I lived it. I thank Max for writing about it." Go Max. You know you are getting under their skin with the facts. We are right behind you brother.

    • Thanks for the chuckle

  • Handling holy hypocrisy at holiday season
  • Alterman says BDS is helping Netanyahu
    • "Obama called for an end to settlements in 2009 and then promptly reversed himself, lest he lose Haim Saban and other major backers. The Democratic Party has endlessly supported Israel’s colonization of Jerusalem; and the American Jewish community has also been a passive supporter — “breakfast at the Regency,” as David Remnick put it."

      And both Clinton's are entrenched in Haim Saban's world of influence.

  • Alleged K.C. killer: 'If Jews can have a state of their own, why can't we have a White Christian state?'
    • This is a horrible tragedy. Prayers for these souls and their families. Then the killer uses racism to excuse racism.

      How insane that these twitter folks are trying to blame MB who is committed to writing about the facts on the ground for this fiend's horrific actions. So fucking opportunistic and creepy

  • 'Secret' London conference seeks to link BDS to... terrorism
    • Yes

      I have attended about 15 Passover gatherings. I almost choked the first time I heard this part of one of the prayers said. How can you not think of the Palestinians being seriously oppressed by Israeli's and Jews and Evangelical Christians etc sending money to oppress the Palestinians?

      " And so we pray for all who are still fettered, still denied their human rights. Let all God's children sit at his table, drink the wine of deliverance, and eat the bread of freedom:

      freedom from bondage
      and freedom from oppression,

      freedom from hunger
      and freedom from want,

      freedom from hatred
      and freedom from fear,"

  • Why are two Republican congressmen doing a walkabout on the Temple Mount?
    • Have you seen this interview with Netanyahu and Bill Maher. Maher goes along with Netanyahu's picture of Iran. Netanyahu says Iran has "nuclear weapons" and Maher does not object in fact says Netanyahu is right.

      link to youtube.com

    • "Worse, while many or even most Jews support Israel, what they broadly seem to want is a ‘nice’ Israel – one that is democratic, doesn’t shoot children, etc."

      Really? Sure no push from "most Jews" to accurately have our MSM report about Palestinian children's deaths. In fact no push at all

      link to ifamericansknew.org

      Study of NPR's Coverage of Deaths in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
      link to fair.org

    • Who paid for these trips? I know there have been other congress folks who have taken paid for trips in recent years to Israel. I thought all of that hanky panky was supposed to come to a halt after the Bob Ney debacle?

      Does your Congressperson represent you – or Israel?
      Medea Benjamin on August 9, 2011
      link to mondoweiss.net
      "Instead, this August one out of every five representatives will be taking a junket to Israel, compliments of an affiliate of the Israel lobby AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) but still clocked in on the taxpayer’s dime."

  • To reach the 'moveable middle' in Jewish life, you must be inside the tent
    • There was no 7. It was a 5/4 split. The only other time a similar situation happened in our elections it was sent to congress to cast the votes. Forget what year that was but reading all about it when this debacle took place.

      On the recount. They should have recounted the whole state. But in general I am with Hostage on the "antiquated" electoral system being the big problem When it should be a direct vote of citizens that elect the President.

      Nader had every right to run and every right to stay in the race.

    • Bingo Marco

    • Bingo Marco

    • I post this one of Carlin getting down to the nitty gritty all of the time. "they don't give a fuck about you"

    • A Supreme Court Judicial coup. A selection of a President not an election. Anyone who blames Nader was not paying attention. Made it into the Bush V Gore Supreme c Court hearing for about an hour. They were rotating the peasants in and out of the court room. We had stood in line for hours.

  • Amid 'climate of fear' at Vassar, president comes out against 'action and protest' re Israel
  • Israel's brand rides high on NPR
    • The NPR contact page is not available at this time. But always worth it to contact them. Some of us believe it was our collective pressure that pushed Linda Granstein's (Grandstand's) very biased regular reports from the middle east off of NPR.

      You can only try link to npr.org

    • Phil and team are having a measurable impact on the discussion. Getting factual information out there. Have been encouraging all sorts of folks to come to this site since it's inception. Professors, students, activist, MSNBC host, those not in the know. I think MW has had a huge impact on shifting the debate. Huge impact

    • Is there a possibility that your ear was not as attuned to hearing the pro Israel, persistent coverage of Jewish history and promoting Jewish authors guest etc on NPR. Or the disproportionate amount of host upper echelon that are and had been Jewish. This is not new.

    • Anyone hear anything on any of the NPR programs about Kerry calling Israel's responsibility for negotiation failures out into the public eye and how unusual this was? Anything?

    • Rather telling that NPR went out of their way to promote the new face of apartheid Johannson and then failed to mention she was forced to step down from Oxfam,

      Today Scott Simon did two pieces from the Aipac perspective on Iran with Deborah Amos who somehow failed that little piece of history that the U.S. put together a coup of a democratically elected leader in Iran during the 50's. Just somehow slipped her mind.link to npr.org

      Then Scott went next to interviewing Jeffrey Goldberg about US AID contractor Alan Gross in prison in Cuba. Scott Simon even had the nerve to say "we are talking about a human life here" Ever hear Scott refer to the Palestinians situation by saying "we are talking about human lives here" Scott Simon is sure far more jaded than I had ever thought. link to npr.org

      Those PR companies that Israel hired are working over time. But with NPR not really necessary. Never has been.

      One of the issues that I have always thought was never really dug into were some former NPR employees who were let go or quit because of what they called an environment of "pervasive cronyism" at NPR. Especially in regard to who gets a show, who host, what issues are covered etc. Allegedly there was an outside investigative group that came into assess these charges against NPR. That this report has never been released to the public link to current.org

      link to current.org

      Reporter Sunni Khalid files employment discrimination suit against NPR

      Originally published in Current, Feb. 3, 1997

      Sunni Khalid, who recently reported from the Middle East for NPR, has filed a racial and religious discrimination lawsuit against the network and its foreign desk editor, Loren Jenkins. Khalid is seeking more than $2 million in damages.

      Khalid, an African-American and Muslim, charges that NPR failed to provide him the same assignments, compensation, promotions and support that it has given white reporters. This is the fifth discrimination suit to be brought against NPR since 1995.

      NPR spokesperson Kathy Scott says Khalid is "interpreting our efforts to correct serious performance problems with racial discrimination, which we categorically deny and intend to fight in court...." NPR has removed Khalid from his foreign reporting position but offered him other jobs here, Scott says. Though his overseas contract is up, he remains an NPR employee.

      As a result of Khalid's complaints prior to the suit, NPR brought in a team of investigators to explore the treatment of minorities in the newsroom. NPR's Scott wouldn't reveal the results of that investigation. But Khalid's lawyers say the report found longstanding discrimination at NPR. They also say that NPR's new human resources director, Kathleen Jackson, told the NPR Board that racism was "pervasive" in the newsroom, and that a two-tiered salary structure had been maintained, one for whites, one for African-Americans. Scott says that claim is "a bunch of baloney."

      Khalid's suit charges that:

      NPR managers including Jenkins have made discrimnatory remarks.
      NPR News never fulfilled a repeated promise that Khalid would be assigned to Johannesburg. Khalid banked on the assignment, turning down a job offer from a "major commercial news organization."
      During his first three months as Cairo Bureau chief, NPR failed to provide Khalid the same support it gave other foreign reporters--specifically, a car, studio, office assistance, driver, translator and Arabic lessons.
      NPR refused to promote Khalid to correspondent, despite a "highly favorable" performance review.
      Jenkins retaliated against Khalid when he made complaints, criticizing him unfairly and giving him lousy assignments

      Fair
      Study of NPR's Coverage of Deaths in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
      link to fair.org

      Seldom listen to NPR any more unless I am trapped in my car and unable to get the BBC or Democracy Now.

    • Sorry to miss most of the conference this year. Heard the panel on Iran was fact based also. Started out with folks talking about how Iran signed the NPT has the right to enrich uranium up to 20% and how Israel refuses to sign on.

      Most of the talks I wanted to attend were in the day..not able.

      Glad the questions were fact based.

    • NPR has been "obedient" for decades

  • Dershowitz plays McCarthy, and John Dingell is labeled 'anti-Israel'
    • W Jones "If we are in a movement for radical egalitarianism, then there can be no suspicion of anti-semitism or racism. If one were to say that the oppression of blacks, native Americans, or the victims of genocides are not important, then one could think that the person saying those things is racist. But if they oppose those things, then it is with an anti-racist perspective that they turn to the suffering in the Holy Land. As a result, one cannot justifiably suspect people of anti-semitism for making egalitarian arguments. The belief that all people are equal and should have full political rights is not a racist idea. "

      Yes yes yes

    • I struggle with all of these issues. One line really gets to me "not like my wife or my friends are very Christian" The core values that I still retain from being brought up Catholic/Christian are the values that I think Phil in so many ways exemplifies... compassion, deep humanitarian concerns, willing to stand his ground on serious human rights issues. For me Phil and others work here at MW is a stand up example of those alleged core religious values. I find so many hiding behind their alleged religious values. Phil and team are walking the talk

  • Florida university president who condemned boycott has financial ties to settlements
    • Great digging and reporting.

      Ouch.
      "USF international law professor Harry E. Vanden says the boycott against Israeli institutions is analogous to the academic boycotts started in 1965 against institutions operating within the South African apartheid regime. The boycotts halted in 1990 upon the end of apartheid.

      “It is certainly legitimate to consider sanctioning [Israel] to force it to come in line with certain precepts of international law,” opined Vanden. “The same way it was legitimate to bring pressure against the state of South Africa to bring its practice into concert with international law, specifically its use of apartheid and racism.”

      Some USF faculty expressed concern over Genshaft’s failure to consult them before issuing the anti-boycott statement on behalf of the university.

      “I’m not sure why [Genshaft] felt obliged to make a statement on the part of the university. It almost seems that she was trying to satisfy the needs of some other group outside the university,” said Vanden. “If indeed a statement were to be made, it should come from all bodies of the university, or at least they should be consulted. I don’t think any of us were [consulted], or were even aware that she was going to do that.”

  • 'No decision has been made on Jonathan Pollard,' says State Dep't
    • Ael there was no way Israel could come out and make a stand on Russia's takeover of Crimea and "territorial integrity, UN charter and international law" They are in violation of all of the above. But then again so is the U.S. But we have no shame and either does Israel but they are really being focused on right now.

    • With you HarryLaw. "A win win for Israel again"

    • The majority of Americans have no idea who Jonathan Pollard is and how horrific his crimes were against the National Security of the U.S. Hell most of the files have never been released. So even people who have been paying attention can not find out how much damage was done. That is why Pollard signed the deal that he did.

      How the hell does the U.S. benefit from this? So Israel is required to release the Palestinian prisoners that they had all ready agreed to release. Why give into their bs again and again?

      Have read as American said above that CIA and FBI agents who are well aware of the damage done will go ape shit. But the MSM will not touch any of this...much

    • Israel stringing it out. All the while expanding illegal housing in E Jerusalem. and illegal settlements in the West Bank. Why go along with this. The one state solution is the only solution. Israel is not going to give up the illegal West Bank settlements.

  • Simon Schama's Israel whitewash
  • 6 DC heavyweights tell Kerry, Netanyahu in West Bank is like Putin in Crimea
    • Lee Hamilton was also the Vice Chairman of the 9/11 Commission Report (if you have never read). They even allow facts about how Israel's illegal actions have created incentive for attacks on the U.S. due to the unending support for Israel no matter what they do. Pisses many people in that part of the world off. It's in the report. Forget the pages but it is in there

      link to 9-11commission.gov

    • "Life after Congress

      On March 15, 2006, Congress announced the formation of the Iraq Study Group, organized by the United States Institute of Peace, of which Hamilton is the Democratic co-chairman, along with the former Secretary of State (under President George H.W. Bush) James A. Baker III. Hamilton, like Baker, is considered a master negotiator.

      Since leaving Congress, Mr. Hamilton has served as a member of the Hart-Rudman Commission, and was co-chairman of the Commission to Investigate Certain Security Issues at Los Alamos. He sits on many advisory boards, including those to the CIA, the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council, and the United States Army. Hamilton is an Advisory Board member and Co-Chair for the Partnership for a Secure America, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to recreating the bipartisan center in American national security and foreign policy. He is previously the president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and was appointed to serve as the vice chair of the 9/11 Commission. In 2000-2001, he served as the American member of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, which prepared the U.N policy of Responsibility to Protect, adopted in 2005. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of Albright Stonebridge Group.

      Hamilton serves as a co-chair of the National Security Preparedness Group (NSPG) at the Bipartisan Policy Center.[1] He also serves as an Advisory Board member for the Partnership for a Secure America.

      On February 25, 2011 Mr. Hamilton wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to commute Jonathan Pollard's sentence to time served. Jonathan Pollard is serving a life sentence for providing Israel with classified information, without the intent to harm the United States, a crime which normally carries a sentence of 2 - 4 years. In his letter, he states, "I do believe that he has served a disproportionately severe sentence." He also states, "I have been acquainted for many years with members of his family, especially his parents, and I know how much pain and anguish they have suffered because of their son's incarceration." He concludes that,"commuting his sentence is a matter of basic compassion and justice.[2]"

      Whoa did not know Hamilton wrote a letter asking Obama to release Pollard.

    • Dr. Brezezinski is one of the more intelligent public officials of all times. On top of that he was very clear that he was against the invasion of Iraq, tried as much as possible to let people know that there were quite a group of brilliant officials, former CIA analyst etc who were questioning the validity of the WMD intelligence before the invasion He is also quite reasonable and bases his stance on the situation with Iran on facts. There is nothing "scary" about Brezezinski. Unless you are afraid of facts and a rational mind...which it appears that you are giladg

    • Recently get a few shots in on Washington Journal about how absurd it was for the U.S. to be shouting at Russia for their illegal actions in Crimea compared to U.S. actions in Iraq and Israel's persistent international law breaking. Really like it that I have my own file over at Camera's Cspan watch. Always keep in mind that Washington Journal has millions of viewers each week. Have mentioned Mondoweiss numerous time during some of my calls into the show. Camera has had a file on me for awhile now about calling in about this issue. Problem is that they missed about 15 years of my phone calls into that program about this critical issue

      link to c-span.org

      link to camera.org

      " Host: STEVE SCULLY ([email protected], [email protected], [email protected]).

      Topic: U.S. sanctions on Russia – is it enough?

      Caller: Kathleen from Dayton, Ohio (click here to view).

      This obsessively anti-Israel caller – whose lengthy, uninterrupted rants are always indulged – is again allowed to violate C-SPAN's ostensible one-call-per-30-days rule. She called only two days prior as "Kathleen from Athens, Ohio" (March 16 – 7:06 AM, click here to view) during a segment also hosted by Scully. Would C-SPAN have people believe that Scully did not recognize from only two days prior, Kathleen's highly distinctive voice and similar spiel? Notice the unusual opening dialogue between Steve and Kathleen. This is a suspicious departure from the norm in which C-SPAN hosts obtain caller's name and location from a computer screen. Scully previously had indulged this caller on Sept. 8, 2013 (click here to view).

      Host: "Good morning, where are you calling from?"

      Caller: "I'm calling from Dayton, Ohio."

      Host: "Yes. Go ahead please – and your name?"

      Caller. "My name is Kathleen."

      Host: "Hi Kathleen."

      Caller: "Hey, you know, the question I have with President Obama – and really many of our presidents – is that when we scream about – well, Obama wasn't screaming – the territorial integrity and the international law, and you know we applied it there – to [Russian President] Putin – but don't apply it to Israel in regards to the West Bank and international law with regards to Israel. You guys just had a recent special on C-SPAN called "Reassessing the U.S.-Israel relationship ." I encourage people to come to your Web site – on Washington Journal – and watch it. There's a double standard about application of certain international laws in regard to Putin but not when it comes to Israel. Those double standards don't fly in the rest of the world. There's hardly been a whisper on MSNBC or anywhere about the Obama meeting with [Palestinian President] Abbas. So, what's with this all the silence on that issue?"

      Host: "Okay. We did cover that story yesterday in the Washington Times ..."

    • Not a mention of Kerry's "poof" statement or how the MSM has actually been reporting a bit more honestly about this issue over at Huffington Post.. Sent them some tips as if they were not aware of this issue. HP seems to have shut down to this issue again. Just making way too much money and still too risky I guess to cover this hot topic for Arianna and team $$$$

  • 'There's a lot of anti-Semitism out there' -- Johansson reviews her role as 'new face of apartheid'
    • "Why isn’t Israel treated like every other stupid tribal war that no one cares about where various factions can line up behind various interests and the public is mostly indifferent?"

      3 billion a year plus billions more in in kind donations to Israel
      link to wrmea.org

      Israel's illegal and immoral actions have been and continue to be a threat to U.S. National Security
      link to prnewswire.com

      Many former CIA middle east analyst have come out over the last 10-15 years and been willing to share their expert analysis with the American public. Israel's illegal and immoral actions are a serious National Security issue for the U.S. Micheal Scheuer, Ray McGovern, Kathleen and Bill Christison, Flynt Leverett etc

      link to c-span.org

      link to c-span.org

    • She clearly has no idea what anti semitism is or apartheid. Clearly willfully ignorant. Or just likes the attention no matter how bad it is or her actions continue to be. Pathetic.

      She is getting mighty close to saying that Oxfam is "anti-semitic" Wondering if Yonah will jump in an call her "stupid" for being so vague. And there we go again with someone throwing "anti-semitic" in such a loosey goosey way.

  • 66 years ago today 42 members of my family were slaughtered in Deir Yassin
  • 'NYT' self-censors, axing headline blaming Israeli settlements
    • Quite the segment on Hardball Chris Matthews with Carter. They talk about illegal settlements, the recent breakdown but Chris Matthews states that the hang up was Netanyahu demanding that the Palestinians have to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. They also veer over to Iran. Carter brings up Israel's nukes

      link to msnbc.com

    • good catch...great that folks are keeping track

  • 'Poof' -- Kerry blames Israel for breakdown of talks (Updated)
    • For now looks like that is the way it is headed. What many expected

    • Hope folks report if they hear a mention of the "poof" on any of these outlets

    • Agree with you about not being "brave" but way overdue. Stating the facts which generally does not seep through the MSM to the American masses.

    • That and the timing of yet more expansion of illegal housing .

    • And this is what Abbas said he would do..

    • " If Abbas keeps it up, and gets the ICC to investigate, she may have to cancel her travel plans." That would be a breath of fresh air.

    • With Netanyahu they never started.

    • Witnessing the increase of hasbara shifts several other places too. Even getting hit on my fb page where I post information about the I/P issue

    • "except the hasbaracuda" they know.

    • I have thought about this. Watched Obama closely while he was Senator. Don't think he has the cajones. Too invested...If he even thought about taking a more solid stand what would he do? Executive order to cut off aid to Israel? Beyond a mutiny. Clinton's would be applying amazing pressure on his to stay in line so Hillary wins. Just do not think Obama has the cajones.

    • Prof Cole.

      Top Ten Ways in which it was Actually the Israeli Gov’t that Derailed the Peace Talks
      By Juan Cole | Apr. 7, 2014
      link to juancole.com

      Nothing specific up at Cole's in response to Kerry's "poof" statement...yet. But he certainly covers Israel's role in the meltdown.

    • Human Rights Watch: The US Is Blocking Palestinian Statehood, Rights
      link to antiwar.com

      Nothing up over at National Review or Weekly Standard to Kerry's "poof" statement. Unless I missed it. Tomorrow to be sure

    • What in the world could that unknown "dynamic" possibly be?

    • Kerry "poof" pointing at the illegal settlements and Israel's refusal to release Palestinian prisoners.

      Aaron David Miller does not bring up illegal settlements, Israel's refusal to release Palestinian prisoners. No surprise
      link to foreignpolicy.com

  • Outspoken Rahm Emanuel goes off-the-record when asked about Israel
    • "old stuff" often lets us know how a person may have developed a particular view or opinion. "old stuff" helps shine the light on how we may have gotten to a particular place.

      Could not stand when Clinton many of our Reps etc were repeating "move on, next chapter, don't be about the past, turn the page" when it came to many of us doing what we could do to push for accountability for the lies created, cherry picked and disseminated to the American public to convince many to support a deadly invasion.

      "old stuff" is often relevant

  • Maryland legislature passes toned down anti-BDS language
    • "Asim Ali, an ASA member and University of Maryland professor, said in a statement e-mailed to reporters. “That legislators would condemn the use of the same tactic that brought an end to Jim Crow, apartheid in South Africa, and supported farm workers’ rights is deeply saddening.”

      Hits the nail on the head!

      Keep pushing hard for the BDS movement in your communities etc. There is no turning back and those who want to protect the apartheid state of Israel know this. Keep pushing.

  • Friedman says Iran's friends include BDS and Jews in Open Hillel movement
    • "He's inciting against Iran. Period" Bingo. And blaming everyone he can for Israel's illegal and immoral actions.

    • Confusing and interesting

      The Red Line and the Rat Line
      Seymour M. Hersh on Obama, Erdoğan and the Syrian rebels

      link to lrb.co.uk

      Keeps getting more absurd
      Israel to prosecute Abbas at the Hague over 'war crimes'

      Sunday, 06 April 2014 13:32

      link to middleeastmonitor.com

    • Israeli Arms Sales to Central America: An Overview
      link to wrmea.org

      Guess Iran, Palestinians etc made Israel sell U.S. classified arms tech to China too.

      With Friends Like This…
      by Justin Raimondo, August 04, 2005
      Print This | Share This

      Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz was due for a visit to Washington last week, but failed to show: the excuse given was another uptick in violence on the West Bank, but Israeli sources indicated the real reason: Mofaz is miffed that the U.S. is now demanding a written apology for Israeli arms sales to China.
      link to original.antiwar.com

    • He is a dangerous Zionist. Why anyone would listen to him about anything is beyond me.

    • Always keep in mind that this bottom dweller Friedman pushed hard hard for the invasion of Iraq. He could give a rats ass who dies in these U.S./Israel pushed wars. As long as they are not Israeli Jews or Jews in general. This is what Friedman cares about and nothing else. He is an elitist arrogant prick.

      Never ever forget how he pushed for the invasion of Iraq. Why would anyone give a flying fuck what he thinks. Covered in Iraqi people's blood and American soldiers blood.

      The whole piece was focused on stirring up hatred towards Iran. Which is where he and his cronies would like the U.S. to do Israel's dirty business next. He blames Iran, he blames the Palestinians, he blames Adelson for Israel's actions.

      Oh and James Canning thanks for bringing everyone's attention to the Friedman piece in a previous thread. Great heads up

  • Apathy in Ramallah as negotiations with Israel dive
    • thanks

    • “To continue the negotiations without a real will to arrive at a solution from the Israeli side is useless. Not only useless, it can harm, because Israel under so-called negotiations,” George explained, “continues the large settlements, creates new settlements, and creates facts in Jerusalem that makes any acceptable solution for the Palestinians, the solution for two-states, impossible'

      Allison thanks for the front row account. So personal and such a smooth and clear read. The message is so sad. Negotiations not working.. again.

  • Adelson would install Netanyahu in the White House if he had his druthers -- Avnery
    • Friedman totally reveals his agenda in his first paragraph.
      Friedman cultivates the false and hateful idea that Iran wants to destroy Israel
      "IT occurred to me the other day that the zealously pro-Israel billionaire Sheldon Adelson and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, actually have one big thing in common. They are both trying to destroy Israel. Adelson is doing it by loving Israel to death and Khamenei by hating Israel to death."

      Friedman tries to blame Iran for Israel's illegal actions.
      " Tehran hopes to keep Israel permanently mired in the West Bank and occupying 2.7 million Palestinians, denying them any statehood and preventing the emergence of a Palestinian state that might recognize Israel and live in peace alongside it. The more Israel is stuck there, the more Palestinians and the world will demand a “one-state solution,” with Palestinians given the right to vote. The more Israel resists that, the more isolated it becomes."
      .
      Friedman blames the negotiation breakdowns on Palestinians once again. He has done this many times in the past.
      Friedman: "I don’t know if Israel has a Palestinian partner for a secure withdrawal from the West Bank, or ever will."

      Never ever forget how hard Friedman pushed for the invasion of Iraq. Never forget that he and his cronies new target is Iran.
      Friedman's head line should read "Blame Blame Blame Blame Blame Iran"...for everything Israel has done. He blames Iran, Sheldon, Palestinians..for Israel's illegal actions.

    • Scrutiny for Casino Mogul’s Frontman in China

      link to nytimes.com

      "The documents show that the Sands paid out more than $70 million to companies tied to Mr. Yang for the trade center and for a Chinese basketball team the Sands sponsored. But several million dollars appear to be unaccounted for after the projects were suddenly shut down by the company, The New York Times found.

      What became of any missing money and whether any of it wound up in the hands of Chinese officials are among the questions being examined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

      Compounding the Sands’s legal headaches in China, several of the company’s subsidiaries came under investigation by Chinese regulators, resulting in a $1.6 million fine, according to Chinese and American corporate records. Mr. Yang said the penalty might have been much higher, but he “coordinated the matter” with the agency.

      Federal investigators began looking into the Sands’s China activities after the former president of the company’s Macau operations filed a wrongful-termination lawsuit in 2010. The former executive, Steven C. Jacobs, charged, among other things, that he had been pressured to exercise improper leverage against government officials in Macau, and that the company had turned a blind eye to Chinese organized crime figures operating in its casinos. (The Jacobs lawsuit raised questions about payments to another well-connected local figure — a lawyer and legislator in Macau — that were recently explored by ProPublica and are also part of the federal bribery investigation.) "

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      Same article:
      " The company set out to cultivate Chinese officials. In the summer of 2001, Mr. Adelson and William P. Weidner, then the Sands’s president, flew to Beijing for meetings arranged by Mr. Suen.

      Chinese leaders at the time were worried about a pending House resolution condemning the country’s bid for the 2008 Olympic Games because of its human rights record. According to Mr. Weidner’s deposition in the Suen case, Mr. Adelson promised Beijing’s mayor he would do what he could. Mr. Adelson called his friend Tom DeLay, then the House majority whip, catching him at a Fourth of July barbecue. Mr. DeLay said he would check on the bill’s status. Several hours later, Mr. DeLay called and told Mr. Adelson he was in luck. The resolution was stuck behind a series of other bills.

      “So you tell your mayor it can be assured that this bill will never see the light of day,” Mr. DeLay said, according to Mr. Weidner"

    • Sheldon Adelson and union busting
      link to bloomberg.com
      Adelson gave to so many Republican, conservative and right-wing groups it's a wonder he can keep track. Perhaps he can't. Here is what he told the Wall Street Journal about his political views:

      "We're pro-abortion rights, pro stem cell research," said Mr. Adelson. He also favors the Dream Act, a law that would allow some illegal immigrants to attain legal status. As for health care, he said, "I'm in favor of a socialized-like health care," similar to the system in Israel. ... Mr. Adelson ... noted that some of his beliefs are at odds with GOP policy.

      Yes, some are. So what drives a pro-choice, socialized-health-care loving billionaire into the arms of the Republican Party? (Did I forget to mention Adelson's "company-wide initiative to make our resorts the most eco-friendly in our industry.") There are many possibilities, including an Obama Justice Department investigation into Adelson's company, and his conservative views on Israel. But the Journal reports that Adelson's opposition to unions is what "divides Mr. Adelson from the Democratic Party."

      So Adelson spent $100 million on electoral politics because he doesn't want to deal with unionized workers? That seems a tad inefficient, doesn't it? If Adelson wanted to keep unions at bay, he could just as easily have given every one of his 40,000 workers a $2,500 bonus this year instead of frittering away $100 million on failed political campaigns espousing beliefs he says he does not share.

      Either something else contributes to Sheldon Adelson's political behavior, or he's one boss who really, really, really hates unions and really, really, really wastes a lot of money showing it."

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      Bribery, Money-Laundering, And Islamophobia: The Sheldon Adelson Story The Media Forgot
      Blog ››› March 31, 2014 3:10 PM EDT ››› HANNAH GROCH-BEGLEY

      "In 2012, Adelson's corporation came under three different investigations from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Justice Department, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), an anti-bribery statute. Additionally, the Times reported at the time that several of the company's subsidiaries also "came under investigation by Chinese regulators."

      Adelson allegedly attempted to bribe the Chief Executive of Macau, where a substantial portion of his casino business was located, and reportedly instructed Sands Corp. to bribe a Macau legislator with about $700,000 in "legal fees." (ProPublica reported that "several Las Vegas Sands executives resigned or were fired after expressing concerns" about the fee.) A former Sands Corp. executive also alleged that Adelson fired him after he refused to engage in illegal activity and protested the presence of Chinese organized crime syndicates in Sands' Macau casinos."
      link to mediamatters.org

    • NPR's history either to ignore Israel's horrific and illegal actions, then went into the spin cycle for over a decade now sounds like they are moving into withholding the critical piece of a story.

    • I think it was Macau.

    • Friedmann's (big pusher of the Iraq invasion) switch and bait strategies turn my stomach. I can barely read anything he writes or listen to anything he says. But I will because you recommended. Would be just like Friedman to try to add on to false reasons to hate Iran. Yeah right now let's blame Iran for Israel's horrific actions in the West Bank.

    • Adelson's effort to "appoint the ruler of the mightiest country on the planet" is not just about protecting the apartheid state of Israel's illegal actions but to keep unions down and his money making empire unscathed by collective bargaining etc.

      Adelson is a walking talking manifestation of all that is wrong in the U.S., Israel and the world. Greed and power out of control.

  • US is 'absolutely adamant' that Palestine not go to ICC and wreck the peace process -- Power
    • Rep Lowey blames Abbas and the PA over and over again for these breakdowns. Not even a whisper about Israel's continued building of illegal settlements during the process the unwillingness to release agreed upon prisoners which ignited the recent breakdown. Not a whisper out of the Reps or Powers....slimy hypocrites. All Israel's Reps.

    • Such a blatant hypocrite. How incredibly dishonest. Speaking with forked tongue.

    • Power "The ICC is of course something that we have been absolutely adamant about. Secretary Kerry has made it very, very clear to the Palestinians, as has the President. I mean, this is something that really poses a profound threat to Israel."

      This would not be a threat this would be a means of holding Israel accountable for decades of human rights crimes. The U.S. including Powers and the Obama administration continue to give Israel cover while they build more illegal settlement units. Enough...

      Have you ever heard Powers say or do anything that would indicate in any way shape or form that she even thinks about being a fair broker?

      At the UN hearings having to do with Russia's aggressive actions in Crimea Powers strong words about "territorial integrity" the breaking of international laws regarding sovereignty were absolutely absurd. Does anyone think that when Kerry or Powers bring up these issues that they are unable to recognize how incredibly hypocritical their words are and how the whole world sees this?

      Lowey mentions that during Powers nominations hearing she had said she would try to change "eliminate anti-Israel bias" at the UN. Israel deserves all of those biases based on their actions. Telling that Powers came right out and said she would be Israel's lackey at the UN. Guess that would be the case for all U.S. Ambassadors to the UN.

      Powers must be getting the effort to "eliminate anti Israel bias" right back in her face. One would think an honest broker (which she is clearly not) would actually confront Israel on being in violation of more UN resolutions than any other nation, Israel's persistent unwillingness to sign the NPT and the Chemical Weapons Treaty, human rights crimes, unwillingness to allow international observers via U.S. UN votes to block any effort. That is what the international community has continued to point out at the UN.

      Powers acts like the attitude towards Israel is unwarranted. What an Israeli lackey she is.

  • 'NYT' readers who objected to calling Abbas 'defiant' have a point, public editor rules
    • "I agree with Mr. Kahn, however, that this does not reflect any larger effort by The Times to lay the impasse at the Palestinians’ feet." Oh really. So why does the New York Bloody Times have such a history of allowing inaccurate headlines and articles to lay the blame of failed negotiations at Palestinians feet? This is not some new strategy. They (NYBTimes) just being called out more often/

  • 'NYT' stamps Jimmy Carter 'radioactive' and not 'a force for good'
  • 'A Painful Price': The escalating war on Palestine solidarity at U of Michigan and beyond

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