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Kathleen

57 year old mother of three, activist, concerned citizen

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  • 'No Wars for the Billionaire Class': A look at a possible Sanders foreign policy
    • 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?

  • Nobody cares that Bernie Sanders is Jewish
    • 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

  • BDS movement faces attack in six state legislatures
  • Oscar swag bag includes ten-day VIP trip to Israel worth $55,000 (Updated)
    • 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

    • My question was for rugal...Not sure if your response was for me Anni

    • The Academy has taken a stand with Israel for decades...ask Vanessa Redgrave what kind of repercussions she suffered back in 78...I believe.

    • who is that? link/

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    • They know...you can bet someone from Israel's rebranding program contacted them. They know.

    • So then I would take away you would support cutting off all U.S. aid to Israel?

    • Big one up

      Military to Military
      Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian war

      link to lrb.co.uk
      "It was this history of co-operation that made it seem possible in 2013 that Damascus would agree to the new indirect intelligence-sharing arrangement with the US. The Joint Chiefs let it be known that in return the US would require four things: Assad must restrain Hizbullah from attacking Israel; he must renew the stalled negotiations with Israel to reach a settlement on the Golan Heights; he must agree to accept Russian and other outside military advisers; and he must commit to holding open elections after the war with a wide range of factions included. ‘We had positive feedback from the Israelis, who were willing to entertain the idea, but they needed to know what the reaction would be from Iran and Syria,’ the JCS adviser told me. ‘The Syrians told us that Assad would not make a decision unilaterally – he needed to have support from his military and Alawite allies. Assad’s worry was that Israel would say yes and then not uphold its end of the bargain.’ A senior adviser to the Kremlin on Middle East affairs told me that in late 2012, after suffering a series of battlefield setbacks and military defections, Assad had approached Israel via a contact in Moscow and offered to reopen the talks on the Golan Heights. The Israelis had rejected the offer. ‘They said, “Assad is finished,”’ the Russian official told me. ‘“He’s close to the end.”’ He said the Turks had told Moscow the same thing. By mid-2013, however, the Syrians believed the worst was behind them, and wanted assurances that the Americans and others were serious about their offers of help."

    • They sure have created a "buzz" The Academy could have said no to the Israel trip...Clearly they did not. They are automatically complicit in this decision to rub apartheid in the faces of all.

    • Doubt very much that these gifts can be cashed in. The Academy opened the door...the nominees who have any commitment to social justice and human rights issues (which are more than likely not many) could make a stink over a stink.

    • Academy out front supporting Israeli massacres...apartheid...institutional approval. This Academy Awards swag bag of shit is going to hit the international human rights and social justice fans.

    • yes one would like to think the situation has changed since Vanessa Redgrave brought up the situation in 1976. Although this swag bag move seems to rub the apartheid state in people's faces almost demanding a response. A frontal assault...public...nothing subtle about it. The Academy has opened up the door wide for a just and clear response....

      Black Lives Matter and BDS can pull together on this one...once again.

    • The Academy is sure exposing their racism and bigotry along with publicly supporting an apartheid state...

      Vanessa Redgrave support for Palestine Pt1

    • They could turn down the prize. Such a great opportunity (an open door) to pile on information about the facts in this conflict.....

    • What an opportunity for the BDS movement...an open door to protest the Oscars. A free trip to an apartheid state...such a deal.

      From the moment that Vanessa Redgrave brought up the ruthlessness of "Zionist hoodlums" in 1976 to 2016 when the Academy is offering a free trip to apartheid Israel.

      link to youtube.com

      Get ripped, fit, skinned, Zionized on your free trip to the apartheid state of Israel.

      Wonder if any of the winners will have the integrity to refuse a free trip to apartheid Israel

      You can bet Saturday Night Live will not touch this gift....SNL is occupied territory

  • In Photos: Israeli forces close down village of 25,000 following deadly attack by three youths
    • The three young men who killed the Israeli soldier are dead...a whole village of 25,000 shut down...now they say for a month....

      contact link to hrw.org

    • Israel needs to get out of the West Bank decades ago.

      " the Universal Declaration of Human Right's preamble (adopted and proclaimed by General Assembly Resolution 217 A (III) of December 10, 1948), reads: "Whereas it is essential if man is not compelled as a last resort to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law."

      " Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Convention of 1949, (Act 1 C4), passed in 1977, declared that armed struggle can be used, as a last resort, as a method of exercising the right of self-determination. One can hardly argue that Israel's decades long occupation of Palestinian land, the full-fledged apartheid regime it instituted in the Occupied Territories, the loud violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention, the seizer of the land, the destruction of property, and most importantly, the refusal to honor nearly 70 United Nations Resolutions amid daily killings and assassinations of Palestinians, acts recognized by the Convention and by leading human rights groups as war crimes, qualify Palestinians, as it always did to fight back using armed struggle."

      Given the Palestinians depressing circumstances and the Israeli governments concerted effort to steal more land, Palestinians homes, integrity, live not difficult to understand why they turn to violence

      Study: Israel Leads in Ignoring Security Council Resolutions

      NEW YORK - Israel holds the record for ignoring United Nations Security Council resolutions, according to a study by San Francisco University political science professor Steven Zunes.
      read more: link to haaretz.com

  • Generational sea change within the Democratic party will also include policy towards Israel
    • agree ex pat

    • Silencing Critics of Israel
      02/06/2016 07:54 am ET | Updated 3 hours ago
      link to huffingtonpost.com

    • For those of us who have worked our asses off on the P/I issue for decades and tried like hell for truly progressive candidates, marched in the halls of congress, put together petitions having to do with not invading Iraq signed by thousands, petitions sent to Rep begging, demanding foreign aid stop being fed to Israel etc etc etc. What the hell do you suggest?

    • Classic comment over at Huff Po

      Iowa Caucus Deals Death Blow To The Establishment

      link to huffingtonpost.com

      "Glenn Klotz · University of California, Santa Barbara
      Elizabeth Warren it's your moment to be at the pivot point of history. You can stand by and let the battle rage for the soul of this country and watch as the enormous power of the still very powerful establishments crush the building Rebellion on the left or you can jump into the fray now and endorse Bernie and rally your following to his banner. Or you can sit tight and wait for another moment some time in the future that might never come. CARPE DIEM !!"

    • Terrific analysis Adam, However I don't think people are so much leaning away from Israel based on internationally recognized borders but towards real justice for the Palestinians. Turning towards justice.

      If Israel had not and was not continuing to steal Palestinian land, destroying homes, imprisoning children, killing so many Palestinians, humiliating Palestinians.....the problem would not be so catastrophic.

      I really don't know what I base my feelings on because Bernie's voting record is not much different than Hillary's when it comes to bending over to Israel and the I lobby. Has to be his vote against Iraq invasion and his early support for the Iran deal. He just seems like a much more reasonable and honest person. Clearly he has a keen intellect but also real compassion. There is something so Walter Cronkite about him...however do not think Cronkite was so progressive on so many issues.

      You just want to hug Bernie hoping his clarity and commitment to what is good for our nation (know he is not all we want in the middle east) rubs off on all of us. The man is brave....because the forces he is pushing up against ( Wall Street, Big Pharm, Insurance companies will be gunning for him. I actually worry about his safety. There are some greedy fucks out there who he poses a real threat to.

      Hoping folks are sending his campaign money and volunteering. His team makes it all so easy to do.

  • Biggest loser in Iowa was foreign policy
    • link to elections.huffingtonpost.com

      As the nation becomes more and more aware of Bernie and what he stands for. If they look at his record and find out how he has generally walked his talk.....I believe his support wtill defy gravitational pull. Just think about how his popularity trajectory has grown in six months. We have not seen a truly progressive candidate on domestic issues and some foreign policy issues get this far in a very long time.

      I love watching my 87 ( has had numerous strokes in the last few years but still plenty with it) year old mother (die hard Dem) every time she hears Bernie speak. She over and over again sits straight up in her lounge chair and says "he is like the Democrats from decades ago. He reminds me of Franklin Roosevelt; She also gets really excited by Senator Warren. She so wants a woman to become President before she dies and she loves Hillary, but she loves Bernie more. Hard for her because of the woman issue.

    • I believe you are right. Ok take him off list....would Steve Clemons qualify? Charles Freeman he might not be up for the abuse

    • Bernie " “the economic establishment, the political establishment and by the way, to the media establishment.”

      My comment about how the MSM will not ask Hillary about foreign policy decisions. Nothing. This was at Meet The Press FB page this past Sunday

      "Meet the Press
      January 31 at 12:00pm ·

      Just 24 hours out from the Iowa caucuses, Bernie Sanders makes his final Sunday show pitch, and talks up the differences between his vision and former Sec. Hillary Clinton’s vision for America.

      Kathleen Galt Finally this morning on MTP, Tom Brokaw brought up how no one is talking about foreign policy with candidates...including you Chuck Todd. Then Brokaw (clearly a Hillary supporter) takes an opportunity to take a shot at Sanders who he did ask about foreign policy and Brokaw said was "all over the place." Sanders has repeatedly said the U.s. needs to focus on IS. What Brokaw and all of the other people around that discussion table have completely failed to do is ask Hillary Clinton about her very deadly war hawkish stands as a member of the Senate voting for the Iraq war resolution in 2002 and her continued aggressive and deadly push as Secretary of State for a military intervention in Libya and arming rebels in Syria. All three of these regime change efforts have cost hundreds of thousands of lives, injuries and millions of refugees. Yet somehow you Meet The Press folks and MSNBC folks have failed to bring this neocon war hawk stance of Clinton's to the fore front. How convenient, selective and oh so telling. What it tells is that you have played softball or no ball at all with Clinton's aggressive and deadly war policy. Even Joy Reid played the game and said that Rubio's neocon status was to be examined. Yet Joy Reid completely failed to bring up Clinton's deadly neocon war record. Nothing brought up about this critical issue on Melissa Harris Perry's show either where Joy was a guest. Joy said progressives are upset with Obama based on his cave to Wall Street (Eric Holder and Obama Wall Street players, along with Hillary), not getting Single payer. What Joy failed to do is bring up people being rightfully pissed off with Clinton (Iraq) and Obama and then Secretary of State Clinton's deadly war strategies in Libya and Syria. A huge and calculated over sight by Joy.... Shameful and dishonest on all of your parts. Does not reflect a healthy or unbiased media.......Not sure why Sanders has not gone after Clinton based on the facts with Clinton's war record. h I still support him based on his voting record, his focus on the corruption in this country and he is far more reasonable than Hillary Clinton on foreign policy. Far more
      Like · Reply · January 31 at 2:05pm · Edited"

    • I generally agree with Walt however this statement is absurd and basically a lie "“the fate of the Middle East is going to be determined by the people who live there and not by us, though we might be able to play a constructive role on occasion. And the sooner Americans recognize that they’re better off coaching from the sidelines, instead of getting bloodied on the field, the better off they’ll be.” Christ all mighty both the Bush administrations and Obama's administration have interfered, killed, maimed, invaded, toppled dictators, armed rebels and who knows what else sordid activities in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen.

      After the U.S. has been very much been the actual perpetrator or armed the perpetrators what a twisted time to step back to allow those who are armed to the teeth (many using U.S. left behind or recently supplied arms" not the people of those countries who are going to determine the fate of their worlds. Those with the most weapons and comfortable with complete brutality who will determine the fate of the region. The U.S., U,K. etc have created quite a deadly cesspool with all of their bloody meddling...

      Sanders should pick up Hillary and Flynt Mann Leverett, Paul Pillar, Dr. B, as foreign policy advisers. Professor Cole. How about Plame and Wilson? At the top of the list should be the Leverett's.

      We cam be sure not one MSM talking head will ask Hillary about her war record in the next debate.

      Come on Sanders is not a hawk. No vote on Iraq came out early supporting deal with Iran. During the one debate Hillary came out and said Sanders supported the military intervention in Libya but cannot find any evidence of that. Since they did not have to vote how can you prove that he supported that intervention and toppling. We have heard him come right out and say that a big difference between him and Hillary is that he is just not that into "regime change."

      Clearly he and his handlers have decided to steer away from foreign policy and locked down into the common anger among Dems, Republicans and Independents about Wall Street crime and other special interest influence on our elections. That recent ad of his applies to Hillary, Rubio, Cruz, Bush etc.

      I am for one doing everything I can for Bernie. He is by far the best bet for the majority of the American people and a more sane foreign policy.

  • Parody New York Times 'supplement' criticizing paper's coverage of Israel/Palestine distributed on streets of NYC
  • After 'tepid' welcome at Israeli Embassy, Obama's pro-Israel speech brought down the house
  • Iraq war hangover is fueling anti-establishment candidates
    • Great analysis Phil. MSM talking heads never ever bring up HIllary's war hawk record. Not Iraq, not Libya, not Syria.. total silence.

      And that latest Bernie ad being defined as "negative" because it points out facts that just do not apply to Hillary but to Rubio, Cruz, Bush etc.

      The Intercept has had some great articles up about the growing challenge from Bernie and his supporters (I am solidly behind him and been doing everything I can).

      link to theintercept.com

      link to theintercept.com

      Many more great pieces about the race over there. Worth the time to read

  • Cut the Gordian Knot -- a response to Ban Ki-moon's landmark speech
    • The harsh reality:
      BBC Documentary 2015 - Children of the Gaza War

      link to youtube.com

      Death in Gaza

    • As Annie has pointed out not a whisper in msm...except when BB flips the script...again

    • Juan Cole comes out and flat out calls Netanyahu a liar...a professional liar. He is a master at flipping the script. Gets away with it.

      Israel is sure turning up the theft of land during a U.S. election year.

    • Why Israel’s Netanyahu has no standing to accuse UN Sec. Ban of inciting Terrorism

      link to juancole.com

      By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

      UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke out this week in an address to the UN Security Council against Israel’s policy of stealing Palestinian land in the West Bank (allotted to Palestinians in the 1947 UN General Assembly partition plan that Israelis celebrate so fiercely), and of building ever more squatter homes in occupied Palestine. Ban went on to say that it is natural for Palestinians to resist this assault on their basic human rights. That is, Ban described the Palestinians as wronged and as rational actors:

      “Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process.

      Some have taken me to task for pointing out this indisputable truth.

      Yet, as oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.

      So-called facts on the ground in the occupied West Bank are steadily chipping away the viability of a Palestinian state and the ability of Palestinian people to live in dignity.”
      -

  • Video: Life inside Hebron's closed military zone
    • Why Israel’s Netanyahu has no standing to accuse UN Sec. Ban of inciting Terrorism

      link to juancole.com

      By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – –

      UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke out this week in an address to the UN Security Council against Israel’s policy of stealing Palestinian land in the West Bank (allotted to Palestinians in the 1947 UN General Assembly partition plan that Israelis celebrate so fiercely), and of building ever more squatter homes in occupied Palestine. Ban went on to say that it is natural for Palestinians to resist this assault on their basic human rights. That is, Ban described the Palestinians as wronged and as rational actors:

      “Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process.

      Some have taken me to task for pointing out this indisputable truth.

      Yet, as oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.

      So-called facts on the ground in the occupied West Bank are steadily chipping away the viability of a Palestinian state and the ability of Palestinian people to live in dignity.”

    • Thank you for the video clips. One can easily imagine how it would be to have some arrogant, sellf consumed fanatics stealing your land that the international community recognizes as belonging to you a Palestinians and your family. Not hard to imagine why Palestinians try to defend their homes, land and families through violent means. The Israeli military and government hh as and continues to be completely complicit in these human rights crimes.

      The settlements should be emptied of these arrogant, self consumed, evil illegal settlers and the buildings should be blown into rubble.

      Since everyone knows that is not going to happen. folks should continue to do everything they can to push for one state. Israel has left no other choice.

  • Among the settlers
    • Goes along with his other delusions. Because our Jewish god said so as he shared with Jewish men that these lands belong to the Jewish people and the Jewish people only said the Jewish illegal settlers . Enough of the fundamentalist on all sides.

    • There are quite a few. Now days you have to dig a bit more. You tube has them categorized for adults now. One more way to keep the visuals out of people's reach. Last time I looked you can keep accessing just a bit more involved

    • Read for the second time. So nauseating. What bigots and ethno centric's, Just one more article confirming Israel is an apartheid state. Shameless one at that.

      If it is accurate that no one knew who you were wondering if they will get wind of this?

      Shameless bigots, thieves and human rights criminals.

    • " I don’t need to lock my door, none of the wifi networks needs a password, and I can go anywhere I like in the kibbutz, though my walks will end when I come to the high fence topped with barbed wire." -

      So interesting that no one googled your name.

    • Violent Israeli Settlers Terrorize Palestinians

      link to youtube.com

      so many clips of settler violence on Palestinians now available on line. Violence that has been written and talked about for decades now on line.

    • Great piece Phil. Although I would think most illegal settlers have access to computers and could so easily look up your name and associations. Odd

      The ethno centric make up of so many illegal settlers is so deeply disturbing.

      2011
      link to filmsforaction.org

      "Do you believe Palestinians and Jews are equal" Illegal settler "NO" No hesitation no shame at all.

  • Kerry and Shapiro bring the one-state news the NYT failed to deliver
    • However Sibiriak Netanyahu and many Israeli's agree (along with Zionist in this country) "it's never going to happen, Everybody knows it is never going to happen" Given those stances "it's never going to happen"

      Totally understandable that Palestinians facing these facts would be pushing hard for one state....exposing the apartheid facts on the ground more clearly for the rest of the world.

    • link to youtube.com

      Carter referencing apartheid being enforced by Israel in the West Bank, Gaza

    • Prof Mearsheimer explains the situation best. How Israel has and will continue to try to maintain an apartheid state.

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    • Mearsheimer has indicated for quite a long time that the trajectory looks like the only solution is a one state solution based on Israel's actions that they really have no desire for a two state solution. "inevitability of one state" or what is taking place now ...apartheid

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

      Carter's book "Palestine: Peace Now Not Apartheid" is full of sound reasoning about how the opportunities for a two state solution had slipped away. Do not have the time to look now. He has also addressed the closing door more recently.

      What do you think about how Netanyahu has confirmed that "it's not going to happen" Not going to happen

    • Phil " Cohen and Brooks are at least transparent about it."

      Accepting "it" Israel is an apartheid state

    • As Walt and Mearsheimer, Carter and others have so clearly provided verifiable material for in their books about the lobby and conflict is that the two state solution has been over for a very long time.

      Netanyahu confirms that fact during his press conference with Obama where he clearly states the internationally recognized 67 line at 1:24.

      link to pbs.org

      BB "it's not going to happen. Everybody knows it's not going to happen. And I think it's time to tell the Palestinians forth rightly it's not going to happen"

      The Palestinians have known this for a very long time. Netanyahu has said it very clearly "it's not going to happen"

      BB did not hesitate to publicly acknowledge his apartheid state that he very much helped create

      One state, one person, one vote.

  • Clinton baits Sanders over 'destruction of Israel'
    • BB' It's not going to happen. Everybody knows it's not going to happen"

    • link to theintercept.com

      STAGE 1: Polite condescension toward what is perceived to be harmless (we think it’s really wonderful that your views are being aired).

      STAGE 2: Light, casual mockery as the self-belief among supporters grows (no, dears, a left-wing extremist will not win, but it’s nice to see you excited).

      STAGE 3: Self-pity and angry etiquette lectures directed at supporters upon realization that they are not performing their duty of meek surrender, flavored with heavy doses of concern trolling (nobody but nobody is as rude and gauche online to journalists as these crusaders, and it’s unfortunately hurting their candidate’s cause!).

      STAGE 4: Smear the candidate and his supporters with innuendos of sexism and racism by falsely claiming only white men support them (you like this candidate because he’s white and male like you, not because of ideology or policy or contempt for the party establishment’s corporatist, pro-war approach).

      STAGE 5: Brazen invocation of right-wing attacks to marginalize and demonize, as polls prove the candidate is a credible threat (he’s weak on terrorism, will surrender to ISIS, has crazy associations, and is a clone of Mao and Stalin).

      STAGE 6: Issuance of grave and hysterical warnings about the pending apocalypse if the establishment candidate is rejected, as the possibility of losing becomes imminent (you are destined for decades, perhaps even generations, of powerlessness if you disobey our decrees about who to select).

      STAGE 7: Full-scale and unrestrained meltdown, panic, lashing-out, threats, recriminations, self-important foot-stomping, overt union with the Right, complete fury (I can no longer in good conscience support this party of misfits, terrorist-lovers, communists, and heathens).

    • Glenn Greenwald nails it again. link to theintercept.com

    • Annie no way for Hillary to switch over to small donation folks now. Of course she can pretend that smaller donors are important. However she has all ready cast the die to the millionaire but mostly billionaire class. No way to turn tail now and look authentic,

      Have been really examining why I can't support Hillary. I want to witness a woman become President almost as much as anyone. However I loathe anyone who supports unnecessary invasions (Iraq) and unwarranted military interventions (Libya and Syria). Clinton we know supported Iraq and pushed for Libya and Syria. Despicable in my book and she should line up behind Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz and team for being complicit in war crimes. Obama and Clinton belong in line for being held responsible for complicity in the disasters in Libya and Syria. I despise war hawks. She is one.

      On top of that her Wall Street dependency by choice is too much to swallow. She is a living example of how power corrupts in such murderous ways.

      Sanders is by far the best bet for the majority of the American people and for a far less insane and murderous foreign policy. I get it that he and Hillary are not much different on Israel and Palestine. However I really think Sanders still has a conscience.

    • In that video clip of Jake Sullivan repeating the lies that Iran seeks to destroy Israel some how he fails to mention that Hillary Clinton and team supplied arsonist (rebel groups) with their deadly matches that have fueled death and destruction in Syria. Clinton helped light Syria on fire. As well as Iraq and Libya. Somehow slipped Jake's mind

    • Just finished watching "Netanyahu at war" I knew Obama had played hardball with BB at the beginning of his administration. Had forgotten his first phone call was to Mahmoud Abbas Came in blazing.

    • And that lie has been repeated in our media for over a decade. Along with Hillary Clinton repeating via violent and very deadly regime change in Libya and Syria

      Clinton more than willing to walk right over hundreds of thousands of dead, injured and millions of displaced peoples in Iraq,, Libya and Syria towards her goal. All in a days work for a hard driving war hawk

    • And that lie has been repeated in our media for over a decade. Along with Hillary Clinton repeating it

    • And the last person's suggestion that the international community should demand more nuclear transparency from Israel. Phillips had her radical prejudices handed to her on a platter....The audience said it all...

  • Video: Children of the Camp
    • I have avoided watching this video. Just did. Have read so much about how the occupation has traumatized children...Amazing these children can smile. Humans can be so resilient...

    • yes...clearly Israel does not want a two state solution. One state, one person, one vote

  • Israeli restrictions and escalating violence threaten to turn Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter into a ghost town
    • Allison thanks for this report. The tension in the report is palpable. So depressing. The whole area is a tinder box. U.S. actions in the region have made everything so much worse

  • 'NYT's next Jerusalem chief routinely offers Israel as a model for American conduct
    • "The only question for me is whether they consciously choose to be biased or if it is just reflexive, something so deeply embedded in them they write like this by instinct. "

      What is the real difference? If a thinking person chooses to ignore what is embedded they are consciously choosing to be biased. The New York Bloody Times has been buying the facts on the ground in this conflict for decades, although it is to be respected that MW keeps exposing

  • Groundbreaking Human Rights Watch report shows how settlement businesses contribute to Israeli occupation
  • Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia (Updated)
  • Video: Israeli sniper praised for shooting Palestinian protestors
    • Interesting way for a cultural arts center in Boulder Colorado how to celebrate Martin Luther King day. Promoting a Jewish civil rights activist..hmmm

      link to tickets.thedairy.org::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=84B00CD7-4782-4D3A-AC1B-A9C0C913DC42

  • United Methodist Church pension fund rules 5 top Israeli banks off-limits for investment
    • Question...Is the disregard that Hillary, Obama, Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz and many Americans have for the hundreds of thousands of mostly Muslims killed, injured, and millions of refugees as a direct consequence of our foreign policy actions fundamentally racist? I think so.

    • Interesting way for a cultural arts center "The Dairy" in Boulder Colorado chose to celebrate Martin Luther King day...promoting a Jewish civil rights activist (Rosenwald). This center has a Jewish film festival but not a Muslim film festival.

      link to tickets.thedairy.org::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=84B00CD7-4782-4D3A-AC1B-A9C0C913DC42

  • The sons of Sa'ir
    • Am always amazed when people of deep spiritual and human rights convictions like Art, .Peggy, Max, Phil, Jeff Halper etc put their own safety on the line for others. Deep respect...

    • More Palestinian boys and young adults fighting and dying for their freedom. One does not need to wonder for long about what conditions push these very young people to try to stab their oppressors (of course one always questions the Israeli reports). Of course we will not be hearing Chris Matthews or Rachel Maddow reporting about these killings.

      Heard stories like this (written and spoken) by human rights activist Art Gish for decades. Who like you Phil put his own life in danger to bring light to the situation starting in the early 80's . You and your team more recently. A healthy growth of awareness. Although as you point out Phil still no MSM western media reporting from the area. And of course with distorted reporting like Jodi Ruderon's exposing the apartheid state of Israel is more than difficult

      Art always said the will of the Palestinian people was like steel. Impenetrable in so many ways. These massive human rights crimes in an apartheid state are not going away, In fact if Hillary Clinton is elected I believe the situation will get much worse. She is partially owned by Haim Saban, and as you know has come right out and shared harsh words for the BDS movement. I think Sanders still has a conscience intact and would deal with the situation there much more honestly. Even though their voting records on these issues fall in line. I just think Sanders is more reasonable.

      Phil you project that if Zionist could see the horrific crimes being committed against Palestinians that they would care. I know from directly hearing Zionist saying that "Jews lives are more valuable than Palestinians lives" that that is not the case. Many Zionist and others do not care and that is the real sickness that this horrific situation illustrates

      Not sure why you decide to use myths like "Lands promised to the Jews in the Bible?" Why fuel these myths? Such bullshit. A bunch of Jewish guys writing about talks with their imagined monotheistic god, putting their centuries long efforts to seal the deal on that land being above logical and historical reproach. Why fuel these myths?

  • Sick of Zionism’s stranglehold on Jewish culture? There is an alternative.
    • What an "amazing project" Opening eyes.

      Have met and talked with 9 young adults who had all gone on Birthright trips. Three of the nine had gone off the planned path of Birthright. Those three young Jewish men and woman all had chosen to really find out what has been and continues to go on in the apartheid state of Israel. They were activated to support Palestinian solidarity efforts. Birthright does backfire.

      Birthed awareness in open minded, fact interested young people and now Birthwrong...

      Sounds like Max may fuel a Birthwrong movement here in the states.

  • My one word interrogation at Ben Gurion airport
    • Michael you have had some of your own experiences. You rank right up there with some other activist turned away. I know Norman Finkelstein is on the most not wanted list in Israel. I think Noam Chomsky has a hard time getting in too. Medea?

      I met Seymour Hersh in D.C.'s union station in a Starbucks line. Had quite the conversation with him and his wife (sorry can't remember her name) He had just been turned away from getting in the Gaza during the last massacre.

      Just do not get how MW folks get right in. Clearly for some reason not considered a threat. Don't get it.

  • Goodbye to all that (my Jewish-WASP shtik)
  • Trump calls out Clinton for her support for Israel's separation wall
    • Citizen I have spent some time over at the Trump fb page. Trying to taunt Trump and team a bit along with bashing Clinton and cheerleading for Bernie.

      Early on kept encouraging the Trump team to use hundreds of comments by MSM talking heads and pundits saying "Trump has gone too far now"...."iteat's over for him after that comment" yada yada. Would be a great ad. Chris Matthews, Mika, David Corn etc comments will make a great ad confirming Trump defied their prophecies.

      Have to admit I like the way Trump goes after the MSM.

    • Trump could take a lot of votes from Hillary on the Dem side. Pulling from the same socio-economic group he is pulling from on Republican and Independent sides.

    • When Hillary was making a deal out of Trump's Muslim comments saying that they would be used by terrorist. MSNBC's Katy Tur was asked by Chris Matthews if this was such a wise strategy by Clinton. Tur went to bat hard for Clinton saying something really close to "there will more than likely be evidence of how terrorist will use Trumps words"

      Tur sounded like a hack for Hillary.

  • Roger Waters points out that Palestinian children can't visit the sea
    • So admire Roger Waters using his power and position for human rights and social justice. So called human rights activist etc should be taking notes.

  • US spying on Israel reveals cynical heart of the 'special relationship'
    • "Human rights crimes committed against Palestinians"...

    • The fact based information about the power of Israel and the I lobby on U.S. is not going away. The fact based information about the human rights crimes that have and continue to be committed against is not going away.hi

      The fact based information about U.S. global hegemony agenda (talked about a great deal here and at many other websites) is not going away.

      The efforts to expose the destructive results of both are not going away. The efforts to curb (lobbying, protest, teach ins, leaflet dropping etc etc this website) these destructive forces are not going away.

      Folks should do all they can to keep Senator Sanders in the running. While his voting record is not much different than Clinton's on the I/P issue, he provides far more possibilities when it comes to the Bush and OBama's bloody love affairs with regime change

    • D let's be grown up and stick to the written script. I have never written or said that the "U.S. is a tool for Israel" I have and will continue to say that Israel and the I lobby have a destructive and disproportionate amount of influence on U.S. foreign policy.

      Yes as said earlier the Iran deal was very different. In fact one of the first times Israel has been publicly backed down.

      Sure seems to get under your skin when people provide evidence to back up the disproportionate and destructive influence that Israel has had.

      And as I also said earlier U.S. global hegemony has been an issue many of us have focused on for decades. Along with the power of Israel and the I lobby

      Times are a changing.

      A grown up sticks to the written script and does not attempt to put their words into others mouths.

    • Remember when BB was taped saying "America is a thing you can move very easily"

    • Great points Annie

    • Finkelstein was out on the front lines of the stand against crimes being committed against Palestinians early on. Suffered serious personal consequences for having a conscience and a commitment to justice.

      Have always appreciated his focus on international law in the I/P conflict

      The only thing I have heard Finkelstein say or write that was not "illuminating" were his comments about BDS being a "cult"

    • Anyone watch the Chris Matthews interview with Clinton last night (Tuesday?) He did ask her about her Iraq vote and her war hawkishness. Was looking for the transcript(unable to find). However what I remember is Matthews saying something about Sanders saying she was into "regime change" (which clearly she is). Clinton answered with something like "that is not true" (got to find the script)....

      Chris Matthews did not challenge her at all. Let her slip right through.

      Clinton is clearly into "regime change" as well as supporting Israel no mater what they do. I truly believe Sanders is the more reasonable candidate. Think his conscience is far more intact...as well as not being as corrupted by the millions that the Clinton's have packaged

    • I too have challenged, protested, gone to jail based on challenging "U.S. global hegemony" Vietnam, Central American issues, invasion of Iraq (which was clearly a confluence of oil, neo, theo cons). However understanding the power of the I Lobby is a key issue for the public to understand as well.

      That is why I am in complete support for Senator Sanders for President. I believe he is our best bet for challenging "U.S. global hegemony" and also believe he is actually far more likely to be open to real solutions in the I/P conflict.

      While I would love to see a woman President and clearly Clinton is totally capable. She is an extreme war hawk far more into "regime change" than Bernie and quite honestly do not feel an ounce of shame or compassion for those she has been more than willing to be an integral part of the death, destruction, refugee issue that is all a result of the expansion of "U.S. global hegemony"

      However not being willing to examine how Israel and the I lobbies efforts to promote the invasion of Iraq , disrupt negotiations with Iran, undermine U.S. national security (Aipac espionage investigation, I/P conflict) etc is simply irresponsible and stupid.

    • As I said Green has throughout this thread denied and tried to distract from the power of the I lobby and Israel's disproportionate amount of influence on U.S. foreign policy. He continues to do so.

      Anyone reading this thread and the public in general should assess for themselves by reading about Israel's efforts to destroy the Iran deal, interfere with the Aipac espionage investigation etc etc.

    • Green has throughout this thread dodged and dismissed evidence supporting the disproportionate amount of power and influence that the I lobby has had. The Iran deal going through does demonstrate a loss of punch.

      However for those interested in the facts and the reality of that power. How at times the power of the I lobby has interfered in U.S. National Security. Take your time and read some of these pieces. As well as Mearsheimer and Walt's book.

      Aipac espionage investigation...and 9 time delayed trial which was eventually dismissed.

      1. link to thenation.com
       Spy Story: Harman, Saban, and AIPAC

      The trial on espionage-related charges for two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee starts this summer, unless -- as the Washington Post has demanded -- the Justice Department drops the charges.

      Now we know, thanks to Jeff Stein of CQ, that a reported offer from Rep. Jane Harman to intervene in the case on behalf of AIPAC -- to "waddle into" it, as she put it -- was caught on tape on a court-ordered (and court-sanctioned) wiretap. According to Stein, perhaps Washington's very best reporter on intelligence, an FBI probe of Harman's pledge to run interference for AIPAC was dropped on orders from Alberto Gonzalez, President Bush's attorney general, who wanted Harman's cooperation to protect the secret (and illegal) domestic surveillance program.

      2.link to salon.com
      Monday, Apr 20, 2009 05:35 AM MDT
      Major scandal erupts involving Rep. Jane Harman, Alberto Gonzales and AIPAC
      CQ reports that a key member of Congress was caught on wiretaps agreeing to intervene in a criminal prosecution of AIPAC officials, but Bush's AG protected her
      Glenn Greenwald

      3.link to washingtonnote.com
      Jane Harman is Going to Have Bad Day
      Representative Jane Harman denies that she agreed to lobby on behalf of two AIPAC employees facing espionage-related charges in exchanging for AIPAC lobbying Nancy Pelosi to allow Harman to assume the chair of the House Intelligence Committee.
      But there’s growing clamor over an National Security Agency intercept that, if true, seems to call into question Representative Harman’s insistence that she would not do this — even if she didn’t.

      4. link to antiwar.com
      AIPAC's Overt and Covert Ops

      by Juan Cole

      CBS is reporting that a Defense Intelligence Agency analyst detailed to Undersecretary of Defense for Planning Douglas Feith's Office of Special Plans is under FBI investigation for spying for Israel. The person passed to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) confidential documents, including those detailing Bush administration policy toward Iran, and AIPAC then passed them to Israel. There are wiretaps and photographs backing up the FBI case (the FBI agents involved are extremely brave to take this on).

      5. Read some of the federal Aipac espionage investigation case files. Wonder why it never went to trial. No I lobby influence there. Green is here to divert from facts, evidence

      link to fas.org
      USA v. Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman ("The AIPAC Case"): Selected Case Files
      On May 1, 2009 the government filed a motion to dismiss the superseding indictment against Rosen and Weissman, effectively terminating the case.

      Hearing on Reduction of Sentence for Lawrence A. Franklin, June 11, 2009
      Memorandum Order Denying Motion to Quash and Ordering William Leonard to Comply with Subpoena, February 17, 2009
      J. William Leonard's Motion to Quash Defendants' Subpoena, August 28, 2008
      Subpoena of J. William Leonard to Testify at Trial for the defense, July 25, 2008
      Defendants' Reply to Opposition to Testimony of J. William Leonard, April 11, 2008
      Government's Opposition to Order Authorizing Testimony of J. William Leonard as a Defense Expert, March 31, 2008
      Defense Motion to Authorize Testimony of J. William Leonard, March 19, 2008
      Hearing on Motions (transcript), November 8, 2007
      Court Authorizes Subpoena of Condoleezza Rice, Other Officials, November 2, 2007
      Memorandum Opinion on the Application of the Classified Information Procedures Act, November 1, 2007
      Order Denying Defendants' Motion for Reciprocal Discovery, October 24, 2007
      Memorandum Opinion Denying Defense Motion for Dismissal, May 8, 2007
      Transcript of Status Hearing, April 19, 2007
      Memorandum Opinion Denying Govt Motion to Close Portions of the Trial, April 19, 2007
      Hearing on Motion to Limit Public Access to Evidence, April 16, 2007
      Proposed Amicus Brief filed by Amcha Coalition for Jewish Concerns, April 12, 2007 (denied April 12, 2007)
      News Organizations Petition for Leave to Intervene, April 9, 2007 (denied April 12, 2007)
      Govt Response to Defense Motion to Strike, March 29, 2007
      Defendants' Supplemental Motion to Strike Govt's Request to Close the Trial, March 21, 2007
      Hearing on Motions, March 15, 2007
      Memorandum Opinion Denying Defense Rule 15 Motion, February 14, 2007
      Order Denying Defendants' Motion to Suppress, February 14, 2007
      Memorandum Opinion Rejecting Defense Motion for Show Cause Hearing on Alleged Grand Jury Leaks, January 26, 2007
      Hearing on Pending Motions, November 16, 2006
      Government Motion for Clarification of August 9 Court Order, August 18, 2006
      Court Order Denying Defendants' Motion on FISA Surveillance Matters, August 14, 2006
      Court Order Denying Govt Motion to Show Document Requested by Defendant was Classified, August 11, 2006
      Court Order Denying Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Counts I and III, August 9, 2006
      Defendants' Motion to Dismiss on Fifth, Sixth Amendment Grounds, July 18, 2006
      Defendants' Notice of Supreme Court Decisions Relevant to Pending Motion to Dismiss, June 2, 2006
      USA v. Rosen, Weissman: Second Hearing on Motions to Dismiss, April 21, 2006
      Defendants' Reply to Government's Supplemental Response to Motion to Dismiss, April 6, 2006
      Defendants' Supplemental Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss, March 31, 2006
      Government's Supplemental Response to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss the Superseding Indictment, March 31, 2006
      USA v. Rosen, Weissman: Hearing on Motions to Dismiss, March 24, 2006
      Court Denies Amicus Status to Reporters Committee, February 27, 2006
      Government's Consolidated Responses to Pretrial Defense Motions, filed January 30, 2006
      Motion to Dismiss the Superseding Indictment of Former AIPAC Officials Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman, E.Dist. Va., filed January 19, 2006. (Superseding Indictment, August 4, 2005)
      Sentencing Hearing for Lawrence A. Franklin, transcript, January 20, 2006 (1.2 MB PDF)
      USA v. Franklin: Plea Agreement, October 5, 2005
      USA v. Franklin: Statement of Facts, October 5, 2005

      Green demonstrates complete arrogance claiming that Charles Freeman "made a complete fool of himself" calling out the I lobby. Actually quite the contrary. Freeman demonstrated real fortitude and bravery calling out just who had rallied their comrades to take him out of the running for a top intelligence position..

      Folks really interested in the facts should read for themselves.

      1. link to politico.com
      Freeman hits 'Israel lobby' on way out

      Then Freeman issued his barnburner of a statement saying it was all about “a Lobby intent on enforcing the will and interests of a foreign government.” “There is a special irony in having been accused of improper regard for the opinions of foreign governments and societies by a group so clearly intent on enforcing adherence to the policies of a foreign government—in this case, the government of Israel,” he wrote. “This is not just a tragedy for Israelis and their neighbors in the Middle East; it is doing widening damage to the national security of the United States.”

      2. Interview With Charles Freeman
      link to thenation.com

      3. Senator Schumer led the attack on Charles Freeman. No I lobby influence there. Schumer voted against the Iran deal.

      The agenda of Chuck Schumer
      The Democratic Senator was a key supporter of even the most radical Bush appointees, and then led the way in sinking an Obama appointee who made "statements against Israel."
      Glenn Greenwald
      link to salon.com
      link to thenation.com

       Since February 26, I've written several times (here, here, here, and here) about the battle over the nomination of Charles W. ("Chas") Freeman as chairman of the National Intelligence Committee. On Tuesday, he withdrew his name from consideration after what I called a "thunderous, coordinated assault" against him by the Israel lobby and its neoconservative allies.

      On Friday, three days after he withdrew -- in the midst of a media storm, including front page stories in the New York Times and the Washington Post -- Freeman and I spoke in an exclusive interview for The Nation. Here is the unedited transcript:

    • JVP is not the most credible group. They may have the money and quite a bit of power. Ali Abunimah seems to be going with that program.

      Can anyone tell me if there are any non Jews on JVP's staff?

    • Allison (following in Paul Findlay's foot steps) has made available a tremendous amount of accurate information at her site and to the public through her brochures etc. She has taken great risk. I watched a group of hoodlums continuously verbally attack her at one of the Move Over Aipac protest in D.C. She has written in great detail about the history of the occupation.

      Her work is valuable.

      JVP's effort to target her and take her out of play is despicable . They have made her guilty via association. I lost all respect for JVP.

    • Agree Ech...the threat was/is Americans getting the facts. Allison has been effective...can't have the facts getting out

    • Annie I also read JVP's complaints against Allison. All guilty by association charges. My sense is they want to give her the bump because of her successful efforts for over a decade. Some sort of competitive move.

    • JVP credible...cough. JVP appears to be made up of biased individuals who like to shut down the deeper debate by herding people into what they have determined are "anti semitic" into a corral. Their goal seems to be to divert the conversation and really do sense they are actually anti gentile.

      Green your effort to claim that Israel and the I lobby have not been disproportionately influential over decades holds no water at all. The proof/evidence far outweighs your bias and efforts to divert.

      Although I will give it to you that U.S.global hegemony continues to be a driving force. I will always add that I lobby/Israel's influence over decades is equal too that force.

      You seem committed to diversion
      .

    • David that Israel and the I lobby failed miserably on their latest lobbying efforts to destroy this international agreement with Iran was as you know a real shift in U.S. foreign policy. This was as you know the first time that pro Israel no matter what Dems took a public stand against what Israel was demanding was a first. You know this. This stance was not demonstrative of decades of going along with whatever Israel and the I lobby wanted in regard to U.S. foreign policy in that neck of the woods. You know this.

      There are plenty of examples of the I lobby working their will on the U.S. congress. Ask Charles Freeman about the power of the I lobby. Ask Norman Finkelstein, Jimmy Carter, Vanessa Redgrave etc etc. Ask those who were on the USS Liberty who have and continue to call for justice for Israel's attack on that ship

      You know the I lobby has been a successful and destructive lobbying force. You know if Senator Chuck Schumer and crew could have shut down the Iran deal they would have. This was a first.

      Ask those who wanted the Aipac espionage investigation trial too come to fruition. Ask them about Jane "waddling on over to interfere in the Aipac investigation" Harman. How her efforts to shut it down were successful. Ask Haim Saban about his conversation with Harman asking her to use her power and position to shut that investigation and that 9 time delayed and then dismissed trial down.

      Are you really trying to say that the power of the I lobby and Israel have not been a very powerful force? Total diversion from historical facts.

      Hillary Mann and Flynt Leverett have written extensively about Israel's behind the scenes (for decades) interference of any U.S. efforts to make peace with Iran

    • No evidence..BB's lobbying congress to push back against the Iran deal in public, strong evidence of just how far BB was willing to go.

    • If the Obama administration wanted the deal to make it they had to keep a 'close watch" on BB and team. Otherwise the deal would have been obliterated.

  • A Christmas message in dark times
    • Interesting piece. Grew up Catholic...although not a believer. Took me way too long to get comfortable with that and say it out loud. So I say "Happy Holidaze." Mostly because so many folks are crazed by the consumption push. Sad...really. Like the family, friends, festive activities.

      Will even go so far to honor others beliefs by taking my 87 year old mother and her 93 year old sister (2 of 11) into a beautiful Catholic chapel to light candles before the statue of Jesus and kneel and pray. Quiet as I wander around looking at the incredibly beautiful stained glassed windows, chalices on the alter, angels guarding the tabernacle, stations of the cross Always aware of the heart felt prayers, intent, chants, etc that take place in churches, synagogues, mosques etc. Honor this need in folks. Have always felt open to those often beautiful intentions. Just not a believer that Jesus is the "only way" to a higher consciousness. So many great examples out there...Jesus, Gandhi Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, Buddha etc etc. Stay open...allow. Not offended by anyones deep belief in any religious or spiritual beliefs.. Just hope folks don't want to kill anyone over their beliefs.

      Fascinating that Christians made such an effort to trump pagan dates (solstice etc) with Christian holidays. Also have been fascinated with St Augustine's "just wars" arguments. When they are used to justify slaughters.

      Breathing in breathing out the intention of peace

  • After 10 years of ignoring an important story, 'NYT' finally gets to 'Breaking the Silence'
    • Heard one Breaking the Silence soldier speak in D.C. some years back...one in Boulder. Had been aware of their website and testimonials years back and have always been moved by their bravery...and willingness to speak out. Of course reminded me of the Winter Soldier hearings during Vietnam. Completely horrifying but necessary.

      Who knows maybe Melissa Harris Perry will invite some of them on her program.....Chris Hayes could be a contender with some nerves too.

  • My journey from loss to empathy to action
    • What a great piece Robyn. Said's writings and Vanessa Redgrave's actions were the first people back in the 70's to help open my eyes and mind. To think so much tragedy and abuse had all ready taken place by then.

      Sorry for your very sad losses in your own life. Yes personal tragedy can open the heart and mind more and help develop empathy and as you pointed out close hearts and way too often crimes committed by those who have been terribly abused.

      However I think empathy and compassion are in people from birth either to be cultivated or smothered by personal needs that are encouraged.

      Whatever the source for empathy it is growing by leaps and bounds via Mondoweiss and other outlets committed to justice in the I/P conflict.

      Thank you so much for sharing your journey.

  • Israel should give back the Golan
    • You can be sure one of the reasons Israel and the neocons (PNAC, Securing the Realm) have been pushing the destruction of Syria as we all knew it was just so they would never be expected to give back the land that belonged to Syria

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