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Kathleen

57 year old mother of three, activist, concerned citizen

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  • Turning Lebanon into Gaza -- Israel's hole card against Iran deal?
    • Huff Po built a bridge to the facts some years ago. 10 years ago their moderators would not allow UN agreement, report links. Would not allow links to Non Proliferation Agreement, Going to Tehran etc. Would not allow links to proven Israeli crimes against humanity Times are a changin at Huff Po (USA Today of websites). They allow many more facts through. Not at the New York Bloody Times.

    • Michael "Niger Documents" Ledeen. Now there is a man you can trust...yuch. Belongs on trial at the Hague.

    • Oops see that is what your whole post is about. Clearly the Iraq/ Iran warmongers will stop at nothing to completely destroy the P5+1 deal.

    • President of the Iranian American Council Trita Parsi (great interview with him on Cspan's Washington Journal not so long ago) and 28 year Veteran of the CIA Paul Pillar (watch the documentary "No End In Sight" had a similar piece up at Huff Po the other day "The Iran Talks Game Changer: An Israeli Hezbollah War"

  • Zionism is tired
  • The U.S. is at last facing the neocon captivity
    • Ok so great that Chris Matthews is clarifying now how the Bush administration was so successful at lying to the public and convincing the majority of folks (by no means all) to support the invasion based on their "pack of lies"

      What Chris Matthews did not do before the invasion was provide the American public with the many experts who were seriously questioning the validity of the Bush administration's so called intelligence. I watched almost every night before invasion. Along with many other sources. Chris had Kristol, Frum, Gaffney etc on and gave them somewhat of a hard time about the false claims. However he did not have Ritter, Dr.Zbig, El Baradei, Ray McGovern and other CIA analyst who were questioning the created, cherry picked and easily disseminated (MSM mostly went along) intelligence coming out of Feith's Office of Special Plans in the Pentagon. Libby and Cheney knocking any push back down. Chris Matthews did not have those questioning on his program.

      So while it is easy to do now after hundreds of thousands are dead, injured and millions displaced because of the Iraq invasion. The bigger question now is whether Chris Matthews and his ilk will provide the American public with expert analysis of the P5+1 on his program. Flynt and HIllary Mann Leverett, Dr.Zbig, former weapons inspector Scott Ritter etc. Will he call out those who are actively trying to undermine the deal? Or will he once again call those undermining and pushing us towards a military confrontation with Iran out in 10 years?

      Call the warmongers out persistently over the next six weeks. Help the American public understand the P5+1. Let the public know Iran signed the IAEA NPT and has the legal right to enrich up to 20%. That Iran is giving up a great deal. That Israel refuses to sign the NPT and the Chemical Weapons Treaty. Do it now not 12 years after a brutal invasion.

    • Just, Phil , others...ok we can congratulate and celebrate Matthews focusing hard on who lied, who got us in until the cows come home. Corn did it before invasion. However Matthews did not play hardball before the invasion. He did have Kristol, Frum, Gaffney on and gave them hard times about their warmongering.

      But he missed the inform the public with accurate information or even having those who were talking at the top of their lungs questioning the validity of the intelligence on his program. People like Ritter, El Baradei, Dr.Zbig, former middle east analyst Ray McGovern. Even David Corn was shouting out against before the invasion.

      I was watching Matthews almost every night before invasion. Along with listening to NPR, Democracy Now, CNN, Washington Journal. Matthews did not play hardball before the invasion like he is now. Not at all.

      So the question is will Matthews and his ilk have on qualified guest now to inform the public on accurate information about Iran. Our history with them the P5+1 negotiations and hopefully what will be a signed agreement. Will he have Hillary Mann Leverett on now? Will he have former IAEA weapons inspector Scott Ritter on now? Will he have qualified guest on to talk about Iran outside of the unqualified MSNBC contributors?

      Or if the same people who lied the U.S. into Iraq are successful at taking down the P5+1 negotiations leading us to more sanctions then to what the neocons hope is a military confrontation with Iran. Will Matthews etc play hardball once again after what possibly could be a future military confrontation with Iran?

      Play hardball now Chris Matthews not after there are serious breakdowns

    • At time for peace. Lt Colonel Karen Kwiatowski's piece came out after the invasion. Jason Vest piece in the Nation in August 2002 "The Men from Jinsa and CSP" was one of the more cutting edge pieces before invasion.

      Ritter, McGovern, and others tried and tried to warn the public before invasion.

    • Great overview Phil. However Corn came out clearly before the invasion that he was against. He had an early blog where he took on some of these warmongers that was relentlessly attacked this is back before the invasion and I believe after. Corn made it clear where he stood and why.

      Now don't get me wrong I love that Matthews is pounding the neocons hard and has been doing so for about four or five nights in a row. And has been doing so off and on since the invasion of Iraq. However easy to do now and ok most folks have swept the invasion of the rug with the hundreds of thousands dead, injured and millions displaced as a direct consequence of the invasion. But before the invasion Chris Matthews chose not to have those questioning the validity of the Bush administrations cherry picked, created and disseminated false pre war intelligence. Chris did not have former IAEA weapons inspector Scott Ritter who was on every outlet that would take him on before the invasion. He was questioning with known facts and his own direct inspection experience in Iraq during the Clinton administration. Matthews did not have IAEA head El Baradei on who came out in early March of 2003 and said the Niger Documents were false. Matthews did not have on Dr.Zbig, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, Kathleen and Bill Christison on who were all questioning the validity of the intelligence. Chris did not get on the streets with the MSNBC cameras right there in his own back yard during the fall of 2002 when cumulatively millions of us hit the streets and halls of congress protesting, petitioning our Reps not to go along. Where was Chris then?

      Where was Chris and his cameras when the anti invasion march in New York in Feb 2003 where the march was being led by 9/11 families against the invasion (I was walking up front with friends who lost a daughter who was an airline stewardess on the United flight) WWII, Korean, Vietnam (some of my friends were in front) Desert Storm Vets were marching against the invasion with the 9/11 families. I pushed a 92 year old WWII Vet in that march. Where were those MSNBC cameras letting the rest of those at home wondering about the validity that millions were against the invasion?

      Ok Chris had Bill Kristol, David Frum, Gaffney and other neocons on and gave them a bit of a hard time. But he did not take it a step further and have reliable experts on who were questioning. Hell Phil Donahue was axed from I believe MSNBC because he was pushing back against invasion. Maybe that is why Chris did not push back hard. $$$$$$

      So now here we are the very same neocons have been and continue to push for more sanctions against Iran, stepping away from the P5+1, they are actively undermining a potential agreement. So will Chris and other MSM host step up to the plate and actually help the American public become better informed about the facts of the P5+1. The U.S. history with Iran. Will Chris have Flynt and HIllary Mann Leverett on? Will he have Professor Juan Cole on? Former head of the inspections in Iraq Scott Ritter on to talk about his book written almost 10 years ago "Target Iran" Or if the those very same neocons are successful at undermining the P5+1 agreement. Will Chris later say "Oh I was always for those agreements" Yet he never did the right thing before a potential destruction of those agreements by having those experts like Hillary Mann Leverett on his program.

      Appears Chris Matthews is still playing it safe in regard to a potential confrontation with Iran.$$$$$$$$

  • Ilan Pappe on the western awakening and what it means for Israel/Palestine
    • Read once. Going to read again. Great interview. What a man of integrity. Very brave and moral. Hope folks are sharing, linking this piece where ever they can

  • Front-page attack in New York Times says BDS movement is driven by minorities' 'hostility toward Jews'
    • Krauss great overview. On target points.

    • "whimper and whine" really. Phil happens to be a I believe co creator of one of most important Middle east sites going. He has taken all sorts of serious risk. I so appreciate his willingness and persistent work targeting the Bloody New York Times role in inaccurately reporting about Israeli human rights crimes and now trying to take down the BDS movement by inaccurately describing what they are about.

      One thing for sure I think Phil is exactly right "The piece is important because it reflects the the growing success of the BDS movement" Thanks Phil and Mondoweiss team for all of your important work. Although the situation for the Palestinians has not changed. Certainly more awareness.

  • 'God bless the young folks who took to the streets': African-American clergy draw parallels between Baltimore and Palestine
    • This connection has been a long time coming. Clearly taking off. Thanks for this great read Bill and the clips.

  • As presidential field broadens, GOP candidates race to show their love for Israel
    • Look I am not wild about Hillary her vote for the 2002 Iraq war resolution was a political move and it ended up back firing. I don't believe she gives any more of a rats ass about the hundreds of thousands dead, injured in Iraq or the millions displaced any more than bloody Bill Kristol (who pushed the kill Hillary's health care bill back during the Clinton administration). However she is different on domestic issues and now finally on Iran. She has been on of the warmongers repeating unsubstantiated claims about Iran for a solid 10 years. Here lately she has been supporting the P5+1 negotiations.

      Jeb Bush's foreign policy adviser is Paul (psychopath) Wolfowitz. He and his blood curdling war team want a war with Iran they can taste the blood. Big difference at this time between Hillary and Jeb.

      Senator Sanders voting record against the Palestinians and for Israel no matter what they do falls into line with almost other so called liberals. Bernie is a PEP and so is HIllary.

      With a Bush administration we get a war with Iran. With HIllary maybe not. Her numbers are looking really good and have for quite some time. We do have to face reality here. Sanders does not have a snow balls chance in hell. But he will make the debate far more interesting

    • Let's get down to it...these candidates do not stand a snowball's chance in hell against Hillary, Now we have Bernie announcing which will at least make for some good debates. Now granted Hillary and Bernie fall into line with the I lobby most of the time however not on the Iran negotiations. And bet they have noticed that there is a serious shift in the populace towards Israel.

      Of course there could be a catastrophic event of some kind that takes Hillary down or somehow she falls totally prey to all of the dark swords being thrown at her, but don't you think she has it? If the election were tomorrow she sure would. And don't get me wrong I certainly do not support her foreign policy warmongering. But she shifted a bit during the Iran negotiations.

      Allison you referenced that Rand Paul had been subsidized by someone for a trip to Israel. Thought all of this buying our Reps trips to foreign countries was supposed to stop after the Ney/Abramoff scandal? Thought there was legislation passed to stop this kind of hanky panky..

      To think that one of the principle architects for the invasion of Iraq Paul Wolowitz is now the head foreign policy adviser for Jeb Bush. The chicken hawk war criminals want to attack Iran so bad

    • good one

  • Human rights activists thank Lauryn Hill for canceling upcoming concert in Israel
  • 'NY Review of Books' says Tony Judt didn't really mean it when he called for the end of a Jewish state
    • So wish Judt were alive to take these claims down. Have always thought it was pathetic to twist someone's stance after they have passed.Especially when they have made it so clear what their stance is...as Phil argues so articulately with many references.

      May be the first time I have seen Phil write "horseshit" Love it.

      Judt was a moral giant for standing up the way he did. Was so saddened by his passing and what he went through. So sad for his family. The world lost a brilliant and moral man.

      Anyone see him on the Israel/Palestine panel with Khalidi, Ben Ami, Dennis Ross, Indyk, Mearsheimer etc at Cooper Union ? There were a few times I thought Judt was going to politely chew Ross up and spit him out. Was a great debate

  • Palestine’s moment of truth for the International Criminal Court
    • Would seem like it. Would be great to hear from the law folk

    • Clear, crisp piece. Thank you Joe. Hoping and praying that the ICC will act with integrity and at long last a real commitment to justice.

  • Annals of the lobby: Edwards is a bad girl, Zakaria posterizes Saban
    • Thanks just

    • Three cheers for Fareed Zakaria. Strongest stand yet on a MSM outlet!

    • Nice J Lewis

    • Wields that power on Dems by the power and influence of the I lobby for decades....Little to no difference. With the exception of those who are finally standing up to the I lobby in regard to the negotiations with Iran. Those efforts led totally by the black caucus.

    • Speaking about "psychopaths." Did you watch Judy "I was fucking right" Miller on the Daily Show. While I object to Stewart giving war criminal Miller a pulpit for more dangerous spinning and helping her sell her book. He did pound her a bit on her "anonymous" sources and being a stenographer for those selling the Iraq invasion to the American people based on the "pack of lies" MIller constantly diverted from accepting any responsibility at all. Kept bringing up Kerry and Clinton's votes for the Iraq war resolution, almost always included all journalist as having failed, blamed all intelligence agencies (and we know they were all not on same page). A real psychopath at work. Thought Stewart gave her too much room to squirm out of her own go to war biases that were evident in her reporting. As if journalist do not have their own agendas wrapped up in some of their reporting,

      Hoping people boycott Miller's book. Why give these deadly wrong warmongers a stage to sell books? Send them off to the Hague like WWII war criminals.

      Miller was very much a willing and complicit accomplice in selling that deadly invasion.

  • 'BirthWrong' in the Cradle of Jewish Culture: Jews gather in southern Spain for tour that aims to repudiate Zionism
    • Was able to be around Ginsburg at Naropa here in Boulder early on when Naropa first started. Ginsburg basically an ego maniac so would imagine that he would be all about Israel and be dismissive of the Palestinians

      Although not sure at all where he stood on this issue.

    • Some have been calling Birthright BIRTHWRONG since it began. Hope the voyage trip turns into a regular event. Go go go Max and team. I have talked with about five young Jewish 20 somethings that said the BIRTHWRONG trip had the opposite effect on them that they believe and is clearly intended.

      Pushed them turn away from Israel as it is,

  • As pressure rises on Robbie Williams and UNICEF over Israel gig, conflict of interest emerges between singer and NGO
  • Night of horror at Ben Gurion airport for two French music students
    • Sorry you had to go through this. However just more evidence of an apartheid state. Not allowed to participate in protest...and you did not...and were still harassed and deported. Israel is not a democracy

    • Israel is not a democratic state. Just more evidence

  • Obama's role model to journalists -- Dorothy Thompson -- turned against Zionism and was silenced
  • Earlham Student Senate passes resolution in support of divestment from Israeli occupation
    • Yes a "profound thank you to the Student Senate of Earlham College" Committed to human rights and social justice!

    • More movement...yes yes yes

      The fb share icon not working. Different set up.

  • Finkelstein goes to Syracuse and the opposition stays home
    • "As in the past, I was inspired by the man's unwavering moral compass" Have so respected this man for decades. He was out on the front lines of this issue when it was NOT easy. He took serious personal hits from those who oppose facts. His books, his website, debates with Dershowitz at Democracy Now all worthwhile to spend time reading and watching.

      Would be interesting if the Mondo crew set up an interview with Vanessa Redgrave who was out on the front lines of this issue back in the mid 70's. How her public stances on this issue affected her acting career, etc. She has a series of interviews on line about this conflict

  • AIPAC-backed legislation targeting BDS movement advances in Congress
    • MHP has stepped out of the box on Iran, the Israeli Palestinian conflict when she has had Hillary Mann Leverett on at least 5 times since last summer. Watch the programs with Leverett on those Iran/middle east panels and you will hear for yourself how MHP has indeed stepped out of line a bit on coverage of these issues and the information people have access too.

    • Too bad Cardin's civil and human rights stances against racism and oppression here in the states and South Africa do not apply to the Palestinians. However most of us know many alleged human rights advocates who are weak in the spine when it comes to the Palestinians having those same human rights.

      Keep calling your Reps letting them know how you stand against this legislation. The movement is growing.

      Bet Melissa Harris Perry might cover this issue if we all pile on over at her facebook page

  • 'Celebration of ethnic cleansing is intolerable': Baltimore JVP crashes 'Israeli Independence Day' party
    • "not so long ago" indeed. A welcome shift is taking place in the Jewish community and elsewhere.

    • I'll agree with you on your point that most "minorities" get it. Don't agree that most "educated Americans" get it. Know too many folks who have college degrees who believe the "we're number one" hooey. Many who could care less that this country was birthed on genocide and slavery.

  • In defense of Cornel West's prophetic voice
    • Just read Max's piece. Incredible. Nails it down once again. However just tried to share on fb from Alternet. When the article pops up to share with his piece up pops a photo of a woman in a black bra lying down looking as if she is about to have sex or something.

      Betsy would you try to share on fb from the alternet piece and see if you are getting the same image. I posted on alternet what was happening. So odd

      Incredible piece

      Ok if you share from the link at the top of the alternet piece Cornell's photo comes up. If you try to share from the comment section of the article an image of the lady comes up when you share the piece. Odd

    • Ech "who cares" Some of us actually look into our officials voting records and public stances. It does matter a great deal.

      Back to one of my original points. So between Obama and Hillary...we chose Obama. Then between McCain and Obama we chose Obama. Wise...best bet

    • Obama was not warmongering in the Senate. He was mostly a fence sitter. While he was not in congress in 2002 so did not have to vote for or against the 2002 Iraq war resolution. He had said loud and clear that he was against the invasion. Distinctly different from Clinton and McCain.

    • Cornell West criticized Obama early on. And has done so consistently.

      Let's see our choices were between warmongering Hillary Clinton and Obama. So most of us chose Obama. Then the choice was between warmongering McCain and Obama. What else were people supposed to do?

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