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Kathleen

57 year old mother of three, activist, concerned citizen

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  • Beinart's Jewish double-bind: Support oppression or you're out of the family
    • This does explain why Jewish involvement with the pro justice and human rights Palestinian movement is relatively new (last 10 years or so) A good thing. Although always important to point that new development out. Many Jews financially or politically have kept the wall of silence intact over the decades about a decades long human rights issue.

      The possibility of being rejected by family or family members is a tough one. However as many of us did long ago if you had a racist member in your family standing up to that racism ultimately helps them. Standing up to the illness as an addicted and abusive brother can ultimately help them.

  • Norman Finkelstein on Sanders, the first intifada, BDS, and ten years of unemployment
    • That "immoral army" has had the wall of silence kept intact for decades by a complicit and powerful media in the U.S. Along with an organization who should be required to register under FARA... Aipac who has bought and paid for the U.S. congress to not only make sure that "immoral army" and government can operate an apartheid government full speed ahead and never pay any price for it.

    • Reading a second time.. Have to respond to this one now. Finkelstein you nail it once again "Who would have predicted that African Americans would sink the most radical Presidential candidate in living memory?"

      Yes indeed however let's not forget that millions of so called white progressives have also helped sink Sanders. We should not forget our so called white allegedly progressive friends who have gone with proven war hawk Hillary from the very beginning repeatedly saying things like "oh I like Bernie but he just can't make it." So disgusted by how many times I heard things like this.

      Sure would like to hear Norman zoom in on this phenomena. When has such a proven war hawk like Hillary moved so far so fast as a Dem candidate. And why would Chomsky and sounds as if you may too Norman roll over and vote for Hillary if a miracle does not happen for us and Sanders.

      Would so have been on those work buses for Sanders if I were not caught between taking care of grandchildren and an 88 year old mother. Had about six years off between getting youngest into and through college and doing what I wanted (working tirelessly on campaigns). Have done would I can for Sanders in Colorado and Ohio. Know I will not see such an honorable and decent candidate with such integrity, humanitarian record as Sanders in my lifetime. The young people and older folks too that I met in Denver at the rally and on his campaign here in Colorado were as Norman said well thought out, informed and inspired... as Bernie has for so many of us

      So is it through Israeli data mining, companies Amdocs, Comverse Infosys and forensic software companies like Cellirbite that Israel is able to bring down people who report facts like Goldstone?

    • Huge contribution.

  • Donna Edwards ends insurgent campaign by taking on Democratic Party orthodoxy, and supporters vow to continue the fight
    • Keep wondering what happened to the legislation that was passed to keep these types of all expenses paid trips for Reps by special interest groups. Legislation passed after the Ney hanky panky buy him scandal

    • What a shame that Maryland voters could not see through o who owns Van Hollen. Interesting that Clinhton came out in support of Edwards and the Black Caucus did not. What is up with the Black Caucus.

      Bernie being able to put a dent in Clinton's more war plans is going to be almost impossible. She is a diehard neocon.war hawk. No need for Cheney any more, now Clinton is there

  • Sanders 'put everything on the line' for Palestine because BDS movement has changed US conversation -- Peled
    • Thanks Phil but Peled claiming that the racism that many Israeli's feel towards Palestinian being born in recent years is a myth. Edward Said, Illan Pappe, Vanessa Redgrave, Barghouti, Art Gish have all written about the racism that has been alive and well among Israeli's has been around for decades. People now capturing the racist acts and more facts coming out the last 10 years

  • Chabon calls occupation 'the most grievous injustice I have ever seen in my life' and says he is 'culpable'
    • Agree about the lack of accountability..no punishment. Although I still honor them for stepping up to the plate and often admitting their guilt and shame. Then letting others know. No one holding a gun to their heads. Making a conscious choice. I find this remarkable and healthy.

      Have heard three Breaking the Silence members (former soldiers) speak. Powerful choices. They must suffer personal consequences of some kind

    • Yes let's acknowledge his eyes opening but "honor" is a another issue. As you bring up several times in your piece people who have come late to the movement have more than likely been supporting Israel's decades long human rights crimes. or just had their heads buried in the sand by choice. They truly need to dig deep on that issue. Why? Then of course move forward.

      However ,when one is not willing to honestly reflect about the reasons why there was no outrage before this moment the true nature of that denial and avoidance beast is never acknowledged and never fully known.

      I honor the members of "Breaking the Silence" I hate many of the crimes many of the former soldiers have admitted to committing...I honor their sincere willingness to acknowledge and atone for their crimes by being so brutally honest.

  • Donna Edwards's campaign unsettles the Israel lobby inside the Democratic Party
    • Joan Walsh is a huge Hillary supporter. Shocked by how many so called progressives support such a die hard war hawk like Hillary. People willing to close their eyes, to death and destruction in the middle east that Hillary has very much been a part of.

      Great to know about Donna Edwards....compassion and logic applied

    • People in many communities have been waking up via the internet, movements on campus, churches etc addressing the I/P disasters.

  • Another interview on Israeli TV
    • I was taken by what the young man said about a 3 year old Palestinian child throwing rocks at an Israeli tank coming to destroy the child's family home. Powerful...

      Would like to ask Alice what kept her from speaking out earlier than 2004? She is clearly a bright woman and had access to writings by Edward Said, Barghouti etc about the horrific conditions Palestinians were dealt by the apartheid government of Israel. We know that complicity by Jews and others protected Israel from facing themselves and the human rights abuses that have been taking place for decades. What was it that made her choose to help keep the lid on this disastrous and criminal situation? Chosen ignorance, fear, denial...what?

      Clearly what Alice is doing to educate people about the facts on the ground is honorable. Although the need to claim that Jews are heading many of the boycott movements is odd. Better to acknowledge that many Palestinians have been working hard for decades to educate the world about that crisis. Now more than ever before Jews are joining those righteous efforts.

  • Trump, Sanders and the battle of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn for blue collar Arabs and whites
    • I do consider it an illness/sickness. To be able to put one foot in front of the other after you have been an integral part to such human disasters. Sick and shameful.

      So shocked by so many Dems being wiling to put her horrific war record aside, If you took the being a woman element out of the race would it be different...I think so. Take the Clinton legacy out of the equation would it be different...I think so. However she is a woman and a Clinton. When you look at her war record one should be horrified in my book

    • Clinton certainly lacks a conscience.

    • Thanks for this piece. Insightful.

      I think many of the Sanders supporters will not go Clinton's way if she gets the nomination. I am 64 started working on Dem campaigns when I was 16. This is the first time I will throw away my vote if Clinton is the choice. I will more than likely vote for the third party candidate Jill Stein Will not vote for a proven and very deadly war hawk like Clinton. Her bloody fingerprints are all over Iraq, Libya, Syria. She is a fundamentalist when it comes to Israel.
      Can't remember such a die hard war hawk getting so close to the Presidency. Clinton seems to thrive on instigating human disasters. In many ways true signs of being a socio path. I mean this. Amazing to me how so many Dems are willing to support her. Guess that says something about Americans

  • Obama's November surprise
    • Clinton would not go along or maintain any such effort. She would drop the ball like a hot potato....

      Hell I don't think Samantha Powers would do Obama's bidding ...bet she would push back hard.

  • Sanders's leftwing base made him take on Netanyahu
    • Let's hope the polls are wrong just like they were in Michigan. If all of the folks who have come to hear Bernie speak vote and get others to vote.....we could be in for a wonderful surprise

      I figure this will be the last time a candidate of Bernie's caliber will get this close to the Presidency in my life time.. The man has his soul intact. ..Go Bernie and New York team.

    • Long time coming. Bernie does it in New York right before an election. The earth moved under our feet a bit even though Carole King knocking on doors in New York for war hawk Clinton. Such a shame.

      Was too bad illegal settlements did not come up ...at all.

  • Clinton propagates false understanding of Camp David
    • My alert button went up when she repeated that falsehood. How about the first time her role in pushing for the disastrous military intervention in Libya and arming rebels in Syria really came on. Then she inferred that Obama had ixnayed the arming of rebels which was another falsehood. She surely committed to more intervention in Syria in that debate. Not much talk about this.

      Was just thinking about how war hawk Clinton is attending a 350,000 dollar a plate fund raiser being put on by war hawk supporter George Clooney. Hell one plate at this dinner cost more than Jane and Bernie Sanders make in one year. Telling and shameful.

  • Introducing Mondoweiss In Print: 'The World the Settlers Made'
    • Settlers just sounds so cozy. We all know that is not the case Will certainly read.

      The New York media "elite" are sure going after Sanders. Hope Sanders adds that term "media elite" back into his lexicon. "Political, corporate and media elite" Had been incorporated in his speeches for awhile. Hope he puts it back in.

      This morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe Mika and Joe opened up their conversation with Clinton with the New York Daily headline focused on Bernie, Sandy Hook, and guns. Not on Bernie's win in Wisconsin.

      Again allowed Clinton to skate on her horrific war record.

      Mika did ask Clinton about how she planned to try to win over the massive amounts of young people supporting Bernie if she won the nomination. At least Clinton has quit smirking.

      What many of these talking heads just do not get is that Bernie represents many values and a record that Clinton does not have. Just start with not accepting Super Pac money and go from there

  • Sanders is in Jewish tradition that rejected exceptionalist nationalism of Zionism
    • This is one of the sentences that does reflect stereotypes.

    • Bernie's no vote on 2002 Iraq war resolution was "yuge." Just because you continue to be unwilling to digest that one that is your choice.

      Then continue to Bernie's reasonable speech for Aipac . He is light years away from Clinton on this issue and "regime change" in the middle east

    • "Our egalitarian commitment was replaced by exceptionalism. Our agitation against war was undermined by ceaseless colonialism in Palestine. Jews have been instructed that the cluster bombs and night patrols blanketing the Holy Land are necessary to preserve our heritage. We have to wonder: Has the shift to militant nationalism robbed us of a Jewish heritage worth preserving? "

      Yowser.

      And MW has been a huge part of helping this ongoing shift of attitudes and awareness to grow.

      The "yuge" differences between Clinton's (die hard neocon) Aipac speech and Sanders Aipac speech (not read at Aipac) demonstrate the massive difference between Clinton's foreign policy leanings (actions in Iraq, Libya, Syria) and Sanders far more reasonable and sane foreign policy leanings

  • As NY primary approaches, Clinton and Sanders separate, somewhat, on Israel
    • Mika has been demonstrating some distance from hawking for Hillary. They have been putting a tiny spotlight on Bernie and his supporters. about 15 minutes on him the other morning. In the opening of the show. Shocking

    • Clearly I communicated questions about Obama's delivery and lack of important questions by the press. Thanks for your input

    • Listened to Obama's overview of the Nuclear security summit. Pakistan and India's nuclear weapons brought up. However once again Israel's massive (un-inspected by the international over sight bodies) nuclear and chemical weapons stockpiles were not brought up at all. Hmmmm

      Obama brought up the use of inflammatory nuclear language by candidates. We know he was talking about Trump. MSM host are doing the same. However no one talking about how candidate Clinton used "dangerous" and "inflammatory rhetoric" having to do with Iran's alleged nuclear weapon program. She said she would "totally obliterate" Iran. another HMMM.

      No one in the press brought up any of these facts up.

      Hell just awhile back even Obama brought up how complicit the MSM continues to be. Once again right there in the press conference having to do with the Nuclear security summit they all keep they all roll over so easily. Pathetic. Where was Matt Lee?

    • Yes put that up here at MW the day Sachs was on Morning Joe again. Not as frequent as he used to be. And they sure did not keep him on long this last time....they have to go cover Trump aud nauseum which they have been doing for months.

      I think I heard during that segment that Sachs is a foreign policy advisor for Sanders. Did I hear that?

      Wish Sanders would take on the Leverett's as advisors. Clinton and the rest of the neocons would flip out.

    • Great piece Phil. Saw that segment with Kushner...rang hollow.

      MSNBC Morning Joe opened this morning (Friday) focused on Bernie for around 15 minutes. Remarkable. Talking about the crowds. What is motivating people. Katy Tur reported about the enthusiasm. Although she did say something about Clinton being a "historic" figure given the woman piece. However failed to include the historic value of Bernie being Jewish and being this close to the Presidency.

      Went to Morning Joe fb page encouraging them to get their media team out there talking with the tens of thousands going to the Bernie rallies. I was so moved by what the many people I talked with had to say at the Denver rally. How Bernie had "never sold out his values" Inspired by his commitment to social justice and human rights (especially domestically).

      Phil have you been to a Bernie rally. Would be great for some on the street reporting there in New York. People are so inspired and articulate. When Mika ask "what is going on?" They need to get out there and find out.

      Richard Haas was on promoting Hillary Clinton's foreign policy "expertise" Lord have mercy how can anyone consider her Iraq, Libya, Syria stances as foreign policy "expertise?" Her bloody fingerprints are all over the hundreds of thousands of people dead, injured and millions of refugees in Iraq, Libya, Syria.

  • 'Road to South Africa has never been shorter' -- as U of Chicago launches divestment campaign
    • Good news...thanks Phil. Interesting that Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow play softball with Hillary having to do with her proven war record. Well Matthews did ask her a few questions in her his latest interview with her. But barely scratched.

      Maddow's interview with her last night was totally a softball game. Never even got close to challenging Clinton on her war record.

      Dr. Jeffrey Sachs was on Morning Joe this morning (Thursday) going after Clinton's war jugular. They did not allow Sachs on very long. Sachs "Hillary the warmonger in this campaign. Sanders the candidate of peace" Worth watching.

      Chris Matthews willing to dig into Trump on his nuclear weapon statements but of course never touched Clinton's inflammatory "totally obliterate" claims about Iran not so long ago.

  • Jewish settlers threaten life of Palestinian who shot video of execution
    • The photos, video's of these executions, humiliation, abuse, theft of Palestinians land, homes, etc cannot be swept under the rug as they were for decades. This is not new behavior by the land thieves (so tired of the word settler sounds so non threatening)...now being documented.

      Now going after the individual who documented the murder.....The land thieves and the Israeli soldiers who protect the theft have no shame at all!

  • Trump abandons 'neutral' Israel position, Sanders adopts it
    • Anyone hear this one on NPR this morning. Pretty damn good.
      First thought Emily was going down the rabbit hole.

      Parallels - World News

      Can Israelis And Palestinians Change Their Minds?

      The rival positions are so entrenched that change can seem impossible. NPR Jerusalem correspondent Emily Harris talks to two Israelis and two Palestinians who explain why they changed their thinking.

    • At the Intercept
      The U.S. Government Is Still Fighting to Bury the Senate Torture Report

    • "Sanders’s speech counts as a landmark, I guess, because in the middle of a presidential campaign he called for evenhandedness "

      Bernie is by far the most sane on foreign policy. Appears to have his conscience in working order. Although was disappointing to her him admonish BDS. Did he do the same to the world wide (South African) anti apartheid movement? Don't think so

      Hillary, Cruz completely pledged their allegiance to Israel no matter how many international laws, UN resolutions, human rights crimes the commit against the Palestinians. Of course we could not expect anything different out of Clinton who has done so for decades.

      Questioned the same things that Joy Reid did on MSNBC yesterday when Cruz went as far as he did with the BDS movement and any group of campus in support. Cruz going right up to the edge of second amendment rights in the U.S. Forget the name of the news person she was being interviewed with by Chris Matthews when he also had Congressman Brad Sherman on. So tired of people like Sherman being called a Progressive by MSM host.

      Trump did refer to Palestine as ' Palestine" at Aipac. Have to give him that one.

  • Read the speech Bernie Sanders planned to give to AIPAC
  • Trump 'has no business being president' because he would be 'neutral' to Israel -- Clinton tells AIPAC
  • 'NYT' columnist says Hillary Clinton is not pro-Israel enough!
    • "America readers, do you really give a f***** f*** what Netanyahu wants? -" You know many of the NYBloodyTimes readers do...care

      FF one of my favorite curse terms...what a concept.

  • What Bernie Sanders should say at AIPAC (and cause a political revolution)
    • We can dream.

      However is this April fools day early here at MW.

      So sad that so many Dem voters in Ohio were willing to ignore Clinton's proven and very bloody war record and of course her ties to Wall Street. Sanders has proven he is not into "regime change" and what an incredible candidate he is.

  • Sanders's outreach to Arab Americans on Islamophobia helped deliver Michigan surprise
    • No vote on the 2002 Iraq war resolution. Willing to admit that Israel has disproportionately responded with out of control force to any aggression. Ok he does not go as far as saying that Israel often fuels the aggression. But there is a sizable distance between Clinton and Bernie on foreign policy.

    • He is light years better than neocon war hawk HIllary. Light years better. At least he still resembles a human with a conscience...

  • Romney echoes neocons: Trump will lead U.S. 'into the abyss'
    • Many on the list are partially responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands in the middle east and they accuse Trump of "bigotry" Which of course he is...however their crimes against humanity are far more serious at this point. Surely hope Trump never gets the chance to demonstrate if he is more deadly than the foreign policy that most of the signatories of that letter have supported and pushed hard.

      They are headed Hillary's way. They know their deadly interest are safe with her...she has very much been a part of pushing that destructive policy in Libya, Syria.

      Do we know of another Dem candidate who has had such a bloody war record? Her horrific decisions have basically been off the table during the debates. Shameful

  • Neocon savages Christie for failing 'months and months of careful coaching' by foreign policy experts
  • Israel's ethnic cleansing of its parliament
    • " Fearful of more protests, Israel has demanded that the families bury the bodies in secret, without autopsies, and in plots outside Jerusalem. "

      "without autopsies" telling.

      " But in this case, the majority will be Jewish MPs oppressing their Palestinian colleagues. - "

      Not like this would be the first time they would be "oppressing their Palestinian colleagues"

      + Does anyone know whether there is a clip where all of the extremely rude hecklers words are translated?

      UN Report having to do with the Israeli massacre on the Mavi Marmara
      link to un.org

  • Most US Jewish students don't see Israel as 'civilized' or a 'democracy,' Luntz tells secret anti-BDS conference
    • One can only hope, pray and keep pushing hard that the truth (the facts on the ground) really hurts the apartheid state of Israel.

  • Videos: Proof of Sanders's lifelong anti-racist activism breaks on eve of Nevada Caucus
    • I sure hope so. Doing everything in my power. folks in Colorado are sure committed...working so hard.

      Did you see this one. link to huffingtonpost.com

      Bernie just nails my own feelings. I know he really believes what he is saying here. No bullshit

      I think he is reaching down into people's cores and lifting them up. He has actions to back up his words. I know he is not perfect on foreign policy...however light years from the warmongering Hillary.

      If she gets the nomination no bs first time in 45 years for voting and working my ass off for Dems in national elections that I will consider voting for a third party candidate (Jill Stein I think). I just will not be able to stomach voting for a serious and deadly war hawk like Clinton. Would be like voting for Bush or Cheney...Wolfowitz. Can not do it

    • Palestinians and Appalachian folk have things in common. Trapped in many ways by their circumstances. Systematic oppression by unfair distribution of education funds, few choices in jobs, poor wages.

      Of course the Palestinians are in a much more serious, oppressive,and deadly situation. With sickening humiliation, an apartheid road system, destruction of their homes, persistent theft of land, children in prisons, killing of innocents, night time raids.

      Ok ok a million times worse...which is why many of us keep pushing hard for their human rights. Enough

      It's Time to Admit It. Israeli Policy Is What It Is: Apartheid

      I used to be one of those people who took issue with the label of apartheid as applied to Israel. Not anymore.
      Bradley Burston Aug 17, 2015 2:23 PM
      read more: link to haaretz.com

      link to haaretz.com

      link to jpost.com

    • I would encourage you to come and spend some time in Appalachia. Southeastern Ohio, West Virginia, hills of Arkansas etc. Do not think there is an equivalent in Germany.

      How about an area around Snowshoe West Virginia a ski area that was plopped down in the middle of Appalachia where a man I talked in great detail with who was operating a ski lift making 12.00 an hour. He used to work in the coal mines making 30.oo years ago.

      When I asked him about forming a union he said that the owners of the corporation(not sure who owns them now) link to snowbrains.com fires anyone who they find out is union talking.

      These areas are some of the most beautiful in my opinion. However have a serious history of being exploited for timber, coal, etc and now so called eco tourism taking advantage in pay due to the lack of opportunities for people in those regions to make fair wages

    • Also German Lefty all of those projections of yours "dumb" and "i uninformed" are just that your projections. Not mine.

      What I will say about many in the Appalachian population that I have worked with still believe that they will have access to that financial ladder to live a middle or upper income life. With the loss of union jobs in these areas the access to a middle income has become almost impossible. With schools where kids have far less spent on children than wealthier areas, a massive digital divide, up until Obama care often people without health care. Many people will vote for Republicans (more than in the past again with union jobs) Republicans (who have voted against health care, raising the minimum wage etc) based on this idea of the "American Dream" Often believing this hooey about "we don't want you to be making minimum wage, we want you to climb the ladder and make executive wages" Heard Chris Christie and other Repub's hand out this bshit.

      Will say there are voters in these areas who have been fooled into voting against their own self interest. Access to a better education, health care, higher wages.

    • German Lefty for the record I did not say anything about these Appalachian areas being "uneducated" Also for the record the public schools spend far less on each individual kid than where the ax base is higher. Sad to say that money is parsed to the schools based on this unconstitutional method. Leaving kids with less access to more information etc from the get go.
      link to dispatch.com

      What I did find in these areas is that because people are not formally educated or the fact that there is a huge digital divide the hands on experiences of growing up in rural Appalachia has it own rich value. Often the ability to fix anything, grow your own food, can, hunt etc. A real information divide between those adults who had been union members when there were more jobs in the region etc and those who had never experienced the direct benefits that unions provided for our nation and these regions

      link to proceedings.informingscience.org

      link to nytimes.com

    • Interesting point. However I have worked in areas of Appalachia for decades where poor folks have been convinced that some day they are going to be one of the fat cats. Many believe the horse shit that Republicans were tossing out recently "we don't want to you just make a better wage, we want you to really prosper"

      Right "prosper" working at the only jobs left in your region at Wal Mart,. since previous union jobs have been shipped over seas so those fat cats can make massive profits instead of paying people fair wages

      It may sound "patronizing" however I came to this conclusion by talking with literally thousands of Americans and promoting voting mostly for Dems in poverty stricken areas. And while I clearly do not like the way Dem's like Clinton and so many others have made millions off of and are beholden to Wall Street. How Clinton's vote for the Iraq war resulted in many mostly young men from these regions being shipped off to serious disasters in Afghanistan and Iraq....I have mostly pushed Dem's in these areas. Because generally Dem's are more committed to equity in education, health care for all and fair wages.

      Too many people believe that they will be one of these extremely rich fucks one day. The
      American dream you know. So instead of demanding fair wages, access to college they hang onto the "American Dream" while they make minimum wage.

      They are voting against their own self interest by voting for a warmongering candidate like Clinton who is far more committed to those at the top of the ladder than those at the bottom.

      George Carlin describes my views best. Hillary Clinton represents the owners not the interest of the folks I have worked my ass off for in the past "you have owners" link to youtube.com

      Sanders provides a real choice which defies the "owners"

      However will not

    • Always a crying shame when people vote against their own best interest. Clearly what happened in Nevada today. Pathetic that voters supporting Hillary just do not seem to care at all about her horrific war record. About her ties to Wall Street.

  • Roger Waters warns Paul Bronfman that young Jews are unmoved by his 'economic muscle' and 'bullying'
  • Hillary Clinton once dreamed of 'revenge' on Kissinger for Vietnam 'carnage'. Then she got over it
    • Weiss "Clinton overcame her idealism" Bernie never has...and that is part of his huge appeal

      Not only has Clinton overcome her idealism she has become corrupt beyond measure.

  • Clinton has frequently differed with Obama-- on foreign policy
    • Mooser ...So what would be the objection to saying it up front. If they are not willing to say it they would lose hordes of people

    • So in the case of another nation using WMD's first you don't think that a President has to say "all options" are on the table? I do

      Not saying that that would be the automatic response...however there is something to the strategy of MAD..."mutually assured destruction" Sick but there is something to it.

    • Weiss "Sanders would have to emphatically reject the idea of militarism against Iran, reject ground forces in Syria, and reject Clinton’s embrace of Netanyahu. -"

      Why would he have to "emphatically reject the idea of militarism against Iran?" I think any President has to always say "all options are on the table" However Bernie has and will continue to say that diplomacy will always be the most important and logical option on the table. The use of WMD's is another issue in regard to a response.

      I think Bernie is inching his way towards hammering her on the Clinton war policies and either Obama going along with or basically supporting her neocon agenda in Libya, Syria.

      Finally so many pieces on Clinton's deep involvement with the military intervention in Libya and arming rebels etc in Syria. Basically off the radar for almost all MSM outlets over the last four years. All we heard was "Assad must go, Assad must go" repeated on many outlets.

      Military to Military
      Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war
      link to lrb.co.uk

      Jeffrey Sachs has been understandably relentless with the facts
      link to huffingtonpost.com
      link to huffingtonpost.com

      Former head inspector for the IAEA Scott Ritter
      link to huffingtonpost.com

      Ralph Nader on Hillary's bloody war record
      link to huffingtonpost.com

      at the Intercept

      Henry Kissinger’s War Crimes Are Central to the Divide Between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
      link to theintercept.com

  • The list of foreign policy experts Bernie Sanders should be consulting
    • Have folks seen this one up?

      Netanyahu's Wife Abused Household Staff, Court Rules
      The verdict found the Israeli prime minister's wife guilty of "insults and humiliation."

      link to huffingtonpost.com

    • Yes...and your larger commitment to human rights and social justice clearly on the I/P issue...However you as far as I know are not running for an office....do you ever think about it Annie? You would be good

    • I was at many Obama events in Ohio and Colorado in the run up to the nomination and the election. Was at Hillary events too. Worked closely with our counties former chair of the Dem party. for some time. Talked with many people of all ages. St Johns arena in Columbus, event in Dayton, Boulder, Denver events...yes young and old were enthusiastic.

      However talking with many participants my senses (eyes, ears etc) tell me Bernie is touching people much more deeply because of his decades old voting record being so demonstrative of his words now...which have been the same for decades. This fact really moves many..

      From my vantage this campaign is touching people's humanity in a much deeper way. Can't quite explain it

    • Many of the young folk I talked with (around 30 of them) were so moved by Bernie. Only talked with some of them about their thoughts about Hillary. Basically agree with you on the resistance of Sanders voters being more hesitant to vote for Hillary. Although many of the older voters at the Bernie rally that I spoke with will cast their vote for Hillary if Sanders is not the nominee.

      Annie you would have loved being there when I talked with a bunch of the folks who were in the over flow room of the Bernie event. I left the Bernie rally about 15 minutes before he was done and as I came out the folks in the over flow room were streaming out of the large room they were in which did not have a screen or very good audio from what I gathered. Contacted the Bernie campaign about this. They are really going to have the over flow rooms together as the movement keeps growing.

      Anyway talked with three young (15, 16,18) Palestinian boys who had been in the over flow room. We were on the I/P issue almost immediately. Was so sad to hear about the both young boys experiences as students at public school's in Denver. They had both experienced being really and seriously harassed as Arab's. Called terrorist, hit, screamed a by other studentst etc. We talked about how the school administrations had dealt with this discrimination. Not well at all according to both of the boys in high school. We talked about contacting the ACLU (they did not know about the organization) the local BDS group in Denver and also contacting newspapers. I told them not to wait. Also let them know about Mondoweiss which they put on their phones

    • Would be tough for me to stomach voting for Clinton based on her deadly war record. The big argument for having to vote for her if she is the nominee was the possibility of a seat coming up on Supreme Court. If Obama can get a nominee through the Republicans hell and high water then less pressure to vote for Clinton no matter what. Now I have never not voted for the Dem Presidential nominee in my decades of voting. However voting for her based on foreign policy decisions would be like voting for Cheney or Wolfowitz for me.

      link to thenation.com

      For some reason having a hard time linking the one at the Washington Post (because I am not a subscriber and have been linking their articles quite often...used up my free time I guess) titled "If the Republicans block Obama's Supreme Court nomination, he wins anyway"

    • Aipac, Jinsa, Israel would go ape shit. Same with Carter being on any foreign policy team of Sanders.

    • Ok folks clearly I am not a writer...I am an obsessive reader. However a few things I saw and people I talked with at the Bernie rally in Denver this past Saturday. Trying...

      At my fb page which is almost totally focused on politics.

      link to facebook.com

      Senator Sanders love and compassion in action!

      Yesterday Saturday Feb 13th I attended the Bernie rally in Denver. This morning I woke up crying because of what I saw and the many people I talked with. Crying because of what Senator Sanders stirs up and motivates in people. Yes many of them young however plenty of older people too. Will just share a few stories about some of the people I talked with.

      On the free RTD (ecopass) bus from Boulder to Denver I talked with Frank who has been a political participant for decades more than likely around 40. He talked about Bernie's sincerity and voting record. How Bernie "gets under his skin" when he talks about single payer health care, paid leave for parents. I asked him to focus on the feeling he described as Bernie "getting under his skin" Frank thought quietly and then said it was not only Bernie's voting record which backed up what Bernie has been saying during his campaign it was Bernie's "humility." Humility, yes I said Frank had nailed his feelings down and expressed a quality that Bernie exudes...humility wrapped around an incredible voting record and ongoing intentions focused on the well being of the majority of people in this nation.

      On that same bus ride from Boulder to Denver I spoke at length with the young lady sitting next to me Miranda Kennedy who is 22 and lives in Boulder, She is a musician and will be playing at the Boulder Theater next weekend. Quite the vivacious young lady with a pierced nose, tatoos on her arms and an enthusiasm for Bernie that "berns" brightly. She had been listening to my conversation with Frank and had jumped in, I asked her "why?" What was it that Bernie was stirring up in her? First she shared she had never been involved with any campaigns then she went onto share that Bernie "touched her mind and her heart." That what he was saying about the system "being rigged" resonated with her. His push for free or inexpensive access to college for all. Later she said she looked up his voting record on line and that verified for her that he was "walking his talk." I asked her about Hillary and these are her exact words "I never would have thought that I'd be voting for an old white man over a woman," We laughed and then Miranda went on. "Hillary's connections to Wall Street, the money she has made from her connections to Wall Street. Clinton's willingness to take money from Super Pac's" Miranda went onto talk for quite some time about the sensations she had when Bernie spoke about issues. Of course I wish I had written down her exact words. All I can say is she was fired up and very sincere.

      As I got off the free bus shuttle on the Denver 16th street mall I walked to the Colorado convention center with another young lady who was 21. Another nose ring and tatoos (ok I don't get this stuff) At first I asked her why she was involved and asked her to tell me a little bit about herself. She had grown up as a Jehovah Witness and left the community. She had not talked with her parents in over a year and her eyes filled with tears. She explained that Jehovah's Witness shun those who leave the community as I believe certain segments of the Amish do. We talked about this "shunning" how it felt for about five minutes and then we went onto her motivation with the Bernie campaign. Again this is a young woman who has never been involved with a campaign and she said she was doing a great deal of research about Bernie and had yet to fully make up her mind but was attending the rally as a result of hearing Bernie talk about health care for all and tuition free college. We parted and I encouraged her to "keep that mind open."

      I will continue with all of the people I talked with later because I interacted with many and I am not a writer. So please excuse the lack of commas and quotation marks where they belong etc. However I am an individual who loves to find out where people are at, what motivates them to be involved. What makes them tick. Basically I love people's stories.. So I will finish my day of interactions when I have more time because it is lengthy.

      Going to end this now with one of the last scenes in the room at the Colorado Convention Center where Bernie spoke to an overflow crowd (I had bet someone that the crowd was around 20,000) I was close. . I spent most of my time in that room not only listening to Bernie I looked at and watched the thousands of people's faces, Kept my eyes and head slowly moving and this is what makes me cry. The yearning that I saw on individuals faces was overwhelming. The intensity with which they were listening to every word Bernie spoke about going after big banks, providing health care for all and moving towards taking this industry away from private insurance companies, paid leave for parents, raising the minimum wage, revamping the prison system, immigration reform etc . I believe Bernie reaches below the surface and speaks to people's humanity what Abraham Lincoln referred to in his first inaugural address as the "better angels of our natures." Senator Sanders is going deep and wide with sincerity and precision. The hunger for real change that I saw on these faces almost brought me to my knees. I did start crying as I looked at many of the Bernie believers faces. The hopes, dreams and belief that as a nation we can do much, much better. What Bernie has stirred up in people is beyond inspirational. Transcendent in many ways. The way he rocked that room was mesmerizing and reminded me of John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Obama and yes Elizabeth Warren.

      Without saying it I believe Bernie is talking about loving our neighbor, feeling compassion and putting it into action!

      The Bernie campaign is authentic on the move and growing! I am on the bus...

    • Leverett's should be at the top of the list in my book.

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    • great point

    • Was so great to hear Bernie bring up the horrific history of the U.S. genocide in Vietnam, overthrowing a democratically elected leader in Iran and came out swinging about Clinton claiming that he voted for the military intervention in Libya. I believe he voted in favor of it going to UN.

      Hope he goes much further with Obama's (Clinton's warmongering in LIbya and Syria. How disastrous and deadly it has been.

      What the hell is up with Maollary criticizing Sanders for criticizing Obama on issues that should be criticized. She just wants Sanders and all of us to shut up, get in line and start marching. For those of use who worked our asses off for the Obama campaigns we earned our right to criticize some of this deadly policies. Even if you did not work your ass off you have that very right to criticize our leaders...it is your birthright. WTF.

      And then Hillary claiming numerous times now that she fucking initiated the Iran deal. WTF is that about?

      Let's hope that Bernie picks up the Leveretts as his top middle east policy advisers. Can folks think of anyone better to be at the top of the foreign policy list for Bernie?

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    • Bernie does not wear his Jewish heritage like a shield or a banner. He is wrapped up in human rights and social justice values....that is his appeal. Along with his voting record and very brave stance on Wall Street corruption and fairness. Ok sure wish he would grow some on the I/P issue. Although I think that people in the middle east stand a better chance of not suffering even more under Bernie rather than Clinton.

  • Did 'Hashomer Hatzair' shape Sanders's views on socialism and Israel?
    • Ech not sure whether Bernie is a Zionist or not. However we know Hillary is. We know she is a deadly warmonger I think Bernie is by far the more reasonable of the two candidates on domestic and international issues.

    • If he were to look to the Leveretts for foreign policy advice I would push even harder for Bernie. I tell you Colorado is batty for Bernie. So many people out canvassing, calling, etc etc. Young and old. If you look on the Bernie campaign page and look at the events page the list of activities for Bernie is off the charts.

      I have run and assisted in running GOTV campaigns in University towns and blue collar neighborhoods back in the just paper and some computer campaign days. Tough to get volunteers at times. Nof for Bernie..people of all ages coming out of the woodwork.

      Amazing the enthusiasm

    • There is no way Bernie can expose exactly what he feels about Zionism or what Israel has and continues to do today. So unlikely to happen. Although he has gone out on a tiny edge in the past

      "Sanders offered support for Jackson’s position, and went further when asked about Israeli treatment of Palestinians during the first intifada (uprising against the occupation). “The sight of Israeli soldiers breaking the arms and legs of Arabs is reprehensible. The idea of Israel closing down towns and sealing them off is unacceptable,” Sanders said.

      “The United States of America is pouring billions of dollars into arms and into other types of aid in the Middle East. Has the United States of America used its clout, the tremendous clout that it has by providing all kinds of aid to the Middle East, to demand that these countries sit down and talk about a reasonable settlement which will guarantee Israel’s sovereignty, which must be guaranteed, but will begin to deal with the rights of Palestinian refugees,” said Sanders.

      A reporter asked if Sanders was asking the United States to impose sanctions. He said he wasn’t, but did say that “you have the ability when you are the United States of America, which is supporting the armies of the Middle East, to demand that these people sit down and support a reasonable settlement.”

      “Or else what?” asked another reporter.

      “Or else you cut off arms,” suggested Sanders. “If the United States goes into the Middle East and demands a reasonable, a responsible, and a peaceful solution to the conflict that has gone there because of its clout because of the tremendous amounts of money that it is pouring into that region I think we can do it.”

      Watch the full exchange:"
      link to truthdig.com

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    • Ok went on over to Vanessa Redgrave's alleged fb pagee (or someone's fb page about VR) and posted the Mondoweiss article. Mentioned that if she comes there to read comments come on over and visit MW. You just never know

      link to facebook.com

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