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Kathleen

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  • Beinart: Time for a Jewish conversation about Jewish power and responsibility
    • "It is time for a Jewish conversation that faces—rather than evades—the realities of our time." Way way over time!

  • MSM jailbreak: Chris Hayes devotes 2 hours to conflict with panel of 2 Zionists and 2 Palestinians
    • Her rapid eye movement was crazy as one of the comments John made over at Chris Hayes blog pointed out
      "What follows was something very spooky in Mizrahi's Rapid Eye Movements during the interchange between Hayes and Chafets (at 13:35 of the segment)

      And what the former spokesperson for Likud's PM Begin was saying was what Hayes brushed aside as descriptive. Chafets is well known for his polemical assaults on opponents of Israel and what he regards as a pro Palestinian bias in the intelligentsia. Yet on Hayes' show this expert on opinion is assuming the mantle of journalistic objectivity. Why? His message- the critical message warranting Mirahi's close monitoring- was just how united the US and Israel perspectives are and how bipartisan we are about it (excepting the "Blips" such as with with Carter). So he presents his fiction as fact by wearing the clothes of the journalist. Then comes Hayes' response:"
      link to upwithchrishayes.msnbc.msn.com

    • Spent some time with Grant Smith at the Occupy Aipac conference. He Allison Weir, and Jeffrey Blankfort have done so much incredible research on Aipac, the conflict etc. Incredible resources. Was very sorry to hear that Jeffrey Blankfort was banned here at Mondoweiss. A real loss

    • I think Hayes focus on the Esther story was to demonstrate how ridiculous this was. Now I will agree that Hayes allowed far too many unsubstantiated claims to be repeated but he did have Rula on who basically pounded on the fact that the illegal settlements keep expanding and the two state option has been closed by Israel.

      One thing I found so interesting was how Hayes let a complete contradiction by General Gazit get by with no challenges what so ever

      General Shlomo Gazit settlements "makes a two state solution almost impossible" Amazing that he went ahead and said this. But then went onto say that the way to resolve the conflict is for Israel to say that they will stop expanding illegal settlements but absolutely nothing about Israel dismantling any of the illegal settlements. Nothing. No concessions by Israel in that. No concessions at all.
      link to upwithchrishayes.msnbc.msn.com

    • Annie glad you are tuning into the MSM. Real strides taking place. Folks should not under estimate how pushing MSM outlets can have an effect. Chris Hayes producer is way way open to suggestions

  • Warning to Obama: 'The Jewish community will remember in November'
    • Senator James Abourezk: "Palling Around with Terrorists"
      link to councilforthenationalinterest.org

    • "As I watched these ads, I couldn't help thinking, Why do you think Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush were one-term presidents? " Looks like the plan for Obama. With Romney's foreign policy aides Max Boot, Kagan and Romney's untimely war rhetoric looks like the plan. I lobby wants to take Obama out. Not marching to the war drum enough.

      link to non-intervention.com
      Slavery in America? You bet — listen to Obama and Romney
      By mike | Published: March 5, 2012

      Even in the Internet Age, some news seems to travel slowly. Take, for example, the recent activities and words of President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in regard to the coming war with Iran. Neither seems aware that the U.S. Constitution was long ago amended to outlaw slavery.

      Last weekend, Barack Obama dutifully reported to the AIPAC meeting and pathetically begged his audience of wealthy and disloyal U.S. citizens to be patient with him as he needs more time to prepare to attack Iran. To protect his reelection chances, Obama in essence explained, he needs to keep pursuing sanctions against Iran to prove to his party’s Pacifist/peace wing that he has exhausted all non-military options. (This, in itself, is a certain sign of Obama’s innate duplicity as there obviously is no Pacifist or pro-peace wing in the Democratic Party — nor is there an American peace movement — unless there is a Republican president in the White House.)

      “Please, please, please — oh, please!,” the enslaved-to-AIPAC Obama pleaded, give me a few more months to fool the American electorate with talk of effective sanctions and then I will go to war for you against Iran and provide as many of America’s soldier-children as necessary to be killed for the Israeli theocracy. This sort of supine “Yes, Boss” performance meant to elicit campaign contributions must have been galling to an African-American like Obama — at least I hope it was. Tragically, such unmanly groveling before AIPAC is now a regular practice whoever is the president of our once-proud and once-independent republic.

    • funds and vote

  • Anthony Shadid was shot by an Israeli soldier, he said
    • Shadid. Some other great links to his story at this site

      link to anthonyshadid.com

    • "no accounting" you know that

      Anthony Shadids writings and interviews about Iraq etc have always been so moving. When I heard he had passed I sat in my truck and wept. What a huge loss to his family and to those around the world interested in the truth.
      May he rest in peace.

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      Ever notice how Shadid's voice, tone sounds like Thomas Friedmans? Noticed this the first time I heard his voice.

      Another voice match up is the new Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Dempsey and Congressman Kucinich. They sound so much alike. We are weeping in Ohio losing Kucinich

  • NIAC's Jamal Abdi: AIPAC-backed resolutions are 'blank check for war'
    • Was a very well informed panel. Fact based. Also very compassionate. There were cameras there so someone taped

      As Medea Benjaman so articulately pointed out "where was CSpan" Where was the larger MSM outlets? When will they let the American public about press conferences like this one?

      Washington Journal has had five Iran war pushers on in a six month period. Two individuals Mr Jain and Mr Singh from the WINEP , Yoghi Dreazen, Anne Marie Slaugher and Barbara Slavin who soft pedaled an attack on Iran. NpR's Robert Siegel just had Micheal Oren on and allowed him to repeat unsubstantiated claims about Iran. No challenges...just Siegel verbally head nodding.
      Israeli Ambassador Weighs In On Netanyahu Visit
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      link to npr.org
      Washington Journal, NPR, etc not hosting Flynt , Hillary more fact based guest on their programs.

  • Israel Firster
    • "Unfortunately, the liberal left has little influence in this arena"
      The "liberal left" in congress has been pressured or were all ready blind in their support of Israel no matter what they do for decades. That would go for the alleged "liberal left" in the Jewish community also. Well except in the last five or so years when folks like Phil Weiss and others have decided to turn on the light in their heads

    • Many of the students that Aipac bussed in came across the street to see what was going on with the protest. Some important debates went on. Some great listening and exchanges.

    • Aipac officials caught red handed allowing Israeli officials to access US classified intelligence on Iran etc. Not working for Israel... no one believes that.

    • Aipac "It does not work directly for the state of Israel or its government." Really no one believes that and the facts just do not back up that lame claim.

      Aipac Rosen/Weissman espionage investigation and 9 time delayed and then dismissed trial. link to fas.org

      link to irmep.org
      link to ifamericansknew.org

    • my take on what she said is that the debate the pressure, the behind the scenes agreement is focused on pressuring Iran to give up their legal right to enrich uranium all together and more seriously an attack on Iran will be based on this.

    • Grant Smith of IRMEP history of Aipac's ability to slide out of registering under the Foreign Agents Registration Act
      link to irmep.org

      Scott Horton's interview with Hillary Mann Leverett. Hillary states that Netanyahu has extracted a very dangerous agreement with Obama based on Iran getting rid of their enrichment program all together. That the fact that Iran signed the NPT and that there is no solid evidence to verify that Iran is enriching uranium beyond what they are legally able does not matter.
      link to antiwar.com

  • Walt and Mearsheimer don't think Israel will attack Iran, and neither will we
    • He has been on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Chris Matthews Hardball, Diane Rehm show recently. He does not sound optimistic. He thinks Israel may attack Iran before the November election.

    • “I think it is extremely unlikely that the New York Times would ask us to write such a piece,” Mearsheimer said. “It’s hardly surprising that a newspaper outside the United States asked us to write on Netanyahu’s visit, and an American newspaper like the Times or the Washington Post did not.”..

      And when have you seen or heard Mearsheimer, Walt, Hillary or Flynt Leverett etc on any of the MSM TV outlets? Or NPR? Yet NPR's Robert Siegel has Israeli officials on to promote an attack on Iran and does not get near a challenge when Micheal Oren repeats absolute lies? Siegel continues to help set the stage for an attackMiddle East
      Israeli Ambassador Weighs In On Netanyahu Visit
      [4 min 32 sec]ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

      Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Obama at the White House. The number one topic on their agenda was Iran's nuclear program. Mr. Obama appealed to the Israeli leader to allow more time to pass for sanctions against Tehran to work rather than resort to military action soon. But Netanyahu insisted that his country remain master of its own fate. And here to talk with us about what all this means is Israel's ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren. Good to see you again.

      MICHAEL OREN: Always good to be with you, Robert.

      SIEGEL: The president says the U.S. has Israel's back, while Prime Minister Netanyahu reserves the right to strike preemptively. Does Israel accept that for several months the world can wait to see if Iran is responsive to sanctions?

      OREN: Well, we think that there is time, but there's not a lot. Keep in mind we have been warning about this Iranian nuclear program for close to two decades now. We appreciate President Obama's great commitment. But keep in mind Israel also lives in a very tough neighborhood.

      SIEGEL: Does Israel acknowledge, though, that the current round of sanctions, not all of which have taken effect yet, are indeed tougher than what has been applied to Tehran in the past?

      OREN: Definitely tougher. And we've seen that they have had an impact on the Iranian economy. What they have not impacted yet is the Iranian nuclear program.

      SIEGEL: But Israel says that after a strike against Iran, if there is such a strike, there should be a regime of tough sanctions applied against Iran to prevent them from restarting. This was, I believe, Prime Minister Netanyahu's statement. There obviously is an acceptance by Israel in that case of the logic of sanctions.

      OREN: The main goal will always be to prevent Iran from acquiring the ability to make nuclear weapons. This is a regime that is sponsoring terror worldwide. It's actually the largest state sponsor of terror, giving, you know, tens of thousands of rockets to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas. It's supporting terror in Africa, in South America. This is all they're doing without a nuclear weapon. Imagine what they would do with a nuclear weapon.

      SIEGEL: But today, are Israel and the United States essentially in agreement about how to treat the Iranian nuclear program, or would you describe Israel's view of it as being in some way qualitatively different from that of the U.S.?

      OREN: It's qualitatively different only in the sense that we are right next to Iran. We're a much smaller country. We're less than 1 percent the size of the United States. And the Iranian regime is openly saying it wants these weapons to wipe Israel off the map.

      SIEGEL: Well, what do you make of Iran never conceding that it's making a nuclear weapon?

      OREN: Well, Iran has systematically lied about its nuclear program for three decades now. They've said that they weren't enriching uranium to 20 percent; they're enriching uranium to 20 percent. There's lie after lie after lie here. The way we see that this could be resolved peacefully is that if Iran would give up its nuclear-enriched stockpile of uranium, it would cease enriching, and it would dismantle that secret facility at Qom. I think that's the way we could be assured that Iran is no longer threatening to wipe Israel, as they say, off the map.

      SIEGEL: The prime minister said that for Iran, the U.S. is the great Satan; Israel is the little Satan. For them, he said, we are you, and you are us. And he said on that point, they're right. We are you, and you are us. We're together. That togetherness would also apply to Iranian reprisals for a strike, that is if the U.S. struck at Iran, the Iranian terror counterstrikes could be at Israel or vice versa. In that case, wouldn't an Israeli preemptive strike be something that the U.S. should be on board with and approve of if we're going into the risk together?

      OREN: Let's understand that Iran has already killed hundreds, if not thousands of Americans, whether it be the 241 Marines killed in Beirut or the American soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq by Iran. But rather than focusing on the price of what happens if there's any type of action against Iran, let's pause for a second and consider what will be the price of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

      Imagine Iran which today has a bunch of speedboats trying to close the Strait of Hormuz. Imagine if Iran has a nuclear weapon. Imagine if they could hold the entire world oil market blackmailed. Imagine if Iran is conducting terrorist organizations through its terrorist proxies - Hamas, Hezbollah. Now we know there's a connection with al-Qaida. You can't respond to them because they have an atomic weapon.

      SIEGEL: Yes. You're saying the consequences of Iran going nuclear are potentially global, and the consequences of a U.S. strike on Iran might also be further such attacks against the United States. Why shouldn't the U.S. be informed of any Israeli plan to strike at Tehran given the fact that, as the prime minister says, you are us and we are you?

      OREN: We have very close relationships with the Obama administration, as with the previous administrations. This is a historic alliance between the American and Israeli peoples. And, of course, America's interests are part of our calculus in anything we do. At the end of the day, though, Israel must have responsibility for itself.

      SIEGEL: Ambassador Michael Oren of Israel, thank you very much for talking with us.

      OREN: As always, thank you, Robert.

      Have never heard NPR's Robert Siegel have Mearsheimer, Walt, the Leveretts on to discuss Iran.
      Can you imagine hearing any of them say "as always , thank you, Robert"

    • Dr. Brzezinski thinks it will happen before the election. Have not heard anyone but Brezezinski say that President Obama should tell Netanyahu that Israel cannot use US controlled air space to conduct a pre-emptive strike on Iran
      link to thedianerehmshow.org
      AIPAC, ISRAEL, AND AMERICA’S IRAN DEBATE

      Posted on March 7th, 2012
      link to raceforiran.com

  • Israel's lobby (updated)
    • "the Jewish community will remember in November" Ruh roh. Netanyahu trying to take out Obama. With Kagan and Max Boot setting Romney's foreign policy stances the I lobby will likely line up behind Romney.....
      President Obama asking that Israel recognize the 67 border...what a concept

    • Hillary Mann Leverett's interview with Anti war's Scott Horton
      link to antiwar.com

    • On this issue there is no difference. As Mearsheimer has said they all say their "pledge of allegiance to Israel" And as Mearsheimer and other experts have so often pointed out US and Israel's interest in the region are very different and have never been the same.
      link to raceforiran.com

      Even though Aipac, Jinsa, Netanyahu, Micheal Oren etc all keep repeating that US and Israeli interest are one and the same. Just not the truth no matter how many times they keep repeating this myth

    • Hillary and Flynt Mann Leverett have some great post up.
      link to raceforiran.com

      Really appreciated how Occupy Aipac attendees kept asking why are there sanctions against Iran? Based on what?

      The press conference with retired Lt Colonel Anne Wright, Medea Benjaman and Veterans for Peace National President Retired US Navy Commander Leah Bolger

      link to occupyaipac.org

      This was an especially moving press conference. All panelist addressed facts on the ground as well as heartfelt compassionate statements about the people in Iran etc. Hope someone puts up a link to the live conference. Powerful statements

      Press Conference at National Press Club on AIPAC and Israel’s Policy on Iran, followed by protest at White House
      March 5th, 2012 · Posted by Occupy AIPAC!

      For Immediate Release

      Press Conference: 11am, Monday, March 5, 2012, Morrow Room, National Press Club, 529 14th Street, Washington, DC 20045
      Protest: 12:30pm, White House (Pennsylvania Ave)

      Washington, DC—Veteran, Iranian-American and interfaith groups will challenge The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and its support for an Israeli attack on Iran in a press conference, at 11am, Monday, March 5, 2012 as President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The Conference and protest are timed to coincide with AIPAC’s annual conference, which has been laying the groundwork for a military confrontation with Iran.

      Veterans for Peace National President Retired US Navy Commander Leah Bolger said, “Obama needs to talk sense to Netanyahu when he meets him on Monday.” Bolger emphasized that “we need the President to announce that he will not allow the United States to be drawn into war if Israel attacks Iran or provokes hostilities in some other way.”

      Retired US Army Colonel and former US diplomat Ann Wright said, “President Obama in his speech to AIPAC said that a nuclear-armed Iran would thoroughly undermine the nonproliferation regime that we’ve done so much to build, yet Iran has signed the non-proliferation treaty and has submitted its facilities to international inspection while Israeli has not signed the NPT, nor allowed international inspectors into its nuclear facilities that have produced from 400-600 nuclear weapons.” Wright insists that must challenge the rhetoric of the Obama and Netanyahu governments concerning Iran’s nuclear program and not let them force the United States into another war.

      Also speaking will be National Iranian American Council (NIAC) representative Jamal Adbi, who said, “In the past three years, the Obama administration has had discussions with the Iranian government for only 45 minutes –that is hardly what one would call ‘diplomacy’.”

      At the 12:30pm protest, demonstrators will be out in front of the White House when Obama meets with Netanyahu to promote the message of diplomacy. Visuals will include giant letters to spell out “NO WAR ON IRAN”, puppets, mock checkpoint and Annexation Wall.

      At 7:00PM, Another protest will take place outside of the AIPAC conference as Congressional representatives and dignitaries arrive for the Gala night. Night visuals will include a lit-up banner and visuals projected unto the Convention Center.

      The Occupy AIPAC coalition is gathering to urge Obama to reject the Israeli administration’s push for war on Iran and insist on respect for Palestinian rights. Timed to coincide with the annual AIPAC policy conference from March 3-6, the Occupy AIPAC summit will be a long weekend of events and protests that draw attention to the role of AIPAC as a special interest lobby that maintains a stranglehold over US policies. As the Occupy Movement has focused public ire on the role of large corporations and powerful lobby groups, hundreds will gather in DC to protest AIPAC’s push for war.

      Occupy Aipac..Occupy Ros Lehtinens persistent efforts to take the US to war with Iran

    • Just returned from the Occupy Aipac conference actions in DC. Most of us have read about the Aipac (I lobby) for decades. Many of us have lobbied against the disproportionate amount of power and influence that the lobby has on US foreign policy for decades But as is often the case when you see the numbers (thousands) of people standing outside of congressional buildings in DC to go in and talk, lobby their Reps to vote a particular way say on Senate Resolution 380 etc you visually get what kind of pressure our Reps are under. Went to see and talk with legislative aides in both Ohio Senator Portmans and Senator Sherrod Browns offices about why they both co sponsored Senate Resolution 380 which the Aipac lobbyist were pushing for this week. Both legislative aides repeated almost identical responses. “capability” of Iran. “red line” Senator Sherrod Browns legislative aide also mentioned “constituent pressure” I mentioned to both aides that they should come to this site as well as RACE FOR IRAN to learn more about the facts on the ground. Reminded them that Iran has the right to enrich uranium up to 20% and that they were not going to give up that right under the NPT. That SR 380 demand that Iran give up their right to enrich which is not going to happen.

      The legislative aide in Senator Portmans (oh) office seemed dangerously uninformed about the Iran issue.

      As I drove back from DC to Ohio I heard NPR’s Robert Siegel interviewing Micheal Oren on All Things Considered. Oren was repeating inflammatory rhetoric about Iran as well as complete lies “Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map” Siegel did not challenge Oren’s false claims once. Not once. NPR’s Robert Siegel once again allows a push for an attack on Iran to be promoted under his watch as well as lies to be repeated about Iran

      The link to Robert Siegel allowing Micheal Oren to repeat lies about Iran
      Middle East
      link to npr.org
      Israeli Ambassador Weighs In On Netanyahu Visit
      [4 min 32 sec]
      ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

      Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Obama at the White House. The number one topic on their agenda was Iran’s nuclear program. Mr. Obama appealed to the Israeli leader to allow more time to pass for sanctions against Tehran to work rather than resort to military action soon. But Netanyahu insisted that his country remain master of its own fate. And here to talk with us about what all this means is Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren. Good to see you again.

      MICHAEL OREN: Always good to be with you, Robert.

      SIEGEL: The president says the U.S. has Israel’s back, while Prime Minister Netanyahu reserves the right to strike preemptively. Does Israel accept that for several months the world can wait to see if Iran is responsive to sanctions?

      OREN: Well, we think that there is time, but there’s not a lot. Keep in mind we have been warning about this Iranian nuclear program for close to two decades now. We appreciate President Obama’s great commitment. But keep in mind Israel also lives in a very tough neighborhood.

      SIEGEL: Does Israel acknowledge, though, that the current round of sanctions, not all of which have taken effect yet, are indeed tougher than what has been applied to Tehran in the past?

      OREN: Definitely tougher. And we’ve seen that they have had an impact on the Iranian economy. What they have not impacted yet is the Iranian nuclear program.

      SIEGEL: But Israel says that after a strike against Iran, if there is such a strike, there should be a regime of tough sanctions applied against Iran to prevent them from restarting. This was, I believe, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s statement. There obviously is an acceptance by Israel in that case of the logic of sanctions.

      OREN: The main goal will always be to prevent Iran from acquiring the ability to make nuclear weapons. This is a regime that is sponsoring terror worldwide. It’s actually the largest state sponsor of terror, giving, you know, tens of thousands of rockets to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas. It’s supporting terror in Africa, in South America. This is all they’re doing without a nuclear weapon. Imagine what they would do with a nuclear weapon.

      SIEGEL: But today, are Israel and the United States essentially in agreement about how to treat the Iranian nuclear program, or would you describe Israel’s view of it as being in some way qualitatively different from that of the U.S.?

      OREN: It’s qualitatively different only in the sense that we are right next to Iran. We’re a much smaller country. We’re less than 1 percent the size of the United States. And the Iranian regime is openly saying it wants these weapons to wipe Israel off the map.

      SIEGEL: Well, what do you make of Iran never conceding that it’s making a nuclear weapon?

      OREN: Well, Iran has systematically lied about its nuclear program for three decades now. They’ve said that they weren’t enriching uranium to 20 percent; they’re enriching uranium to 20 percent. There’s lie after lie after lie here. The way we see that this could be resolved peacefully is that if Iran would give up its nuclear-enriched stockpile of uranium, it would cease enriching, and it would dismantle that secret facility at Qom. I think that’s the way we could be assured that Iran is no longer threatening to wipe Israel, as they say, off the map.

      SIEGEL: The prime minister said that for Iran, the U.S. is the great Satan; Israel is the little Satan. For them, he said, we are you, and you are us. And he said on that point, they’re right. We are you, and you are us. We’re together. That togetherness would also apply to Iranian reprisals for a strike, that is if the U.S. struck at Iran, the Iranian terror counterstrikes could be at Israel or vice versa. In that case, wouldn’t an Israeli preemptive strike be something that the U.S. should be on board with and approve of if we’re going into the risk together?

      OREN: Let’s understand that Iran has already killed hundreds, if not thousands of Americans, whether it be the 241 Marines killed in Beirut or the American soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq by Iran. But rather than focusing on the price of what happens if there’s any type of action against Iran, let’s pause for a second and consider what will be the price of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

      Imagine Iran which today has a bunch of speedboats trying to close the Strait of Hormuz. Imagine if Iran has a nuclear weapon. Imagine if they could hold the entire world oil market blackmailed. Imagine if Iran is conducting terrorist organizations through its terrorist proxies – Hamas, Hezbollah. Now we know there’s a connection with al-Qaida. You can’t respond to them because they have an atomic weapon.

      SIEGEL: Yes. You’re saying the consequences of Iran going nuclear are potentially global, and the consequences of a U.S. strike on Iran might also be further such attacks against the United States. Why shouldn’t the U.S. be informed of any Israeli plan to strike at Tehran given the fact that, as the prime minister says, you are us and we are you?

      OREN: We have very close relationships with the Obama administration, as with the previous administrations. This is a historic alliance between the American and Israeli peoples. And, of course, America’s interests are part of our calculus in anything we do. At the end of the day, though, Israel must have responsibility for itself.

      SIEGEL: Ambassador Michael Oren of Israel, thank you very much for talking with us.

      OREN: As always, thank you, Robert.

      WHEN HAS ROBERT SIEGEL HAD FLYNT OR HILLARY MANN LEVERETT ON HIS PROGRAM? WHEN HAVE YOU HEARD FLYNT OR HILLARY SAY “AS ALWAYS, THANK YOU, ROBERT”

  • Jon Stewart's Triple Threat
    • No but did see this full page add
      link to commondreams.org

      And this add
      link to occupyaipac.org

    • Israel and the I lobby have been threatening Iran almost daily for years now. Far far more than the other way around. Making it seem like both sides have been threatening each other in the same ways is total bull. Israel is the aggressor here.

    • Stewart and his team have really been breaking from their silence on this issue for decades the last few years. A much needed change.

      The only problem with the following is the fact that Israel the I lobby in the US congress along with Gaffney, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Condi "mushroom cloud" Rice, Woolsey, Bolton, Cheney, Wolofowitz, Yoo, Addington, Robert Kagan, NPR's Terri Gross and more recently Mr Singh, Mr. Jain from WINEP, Anne Marie Slaughter have been endlessly threatening Iran for a solid 9 years. By repeating unsubstantiated claims about Iran on MSM outlets. This saber rattling and repetition of false claims about Iran has set the stage for an attack on Iran. This is not a recent development

      "Jon turns to Camera 3 to speak with Iran: “Here’s the thing. You’ve probably been hearing a lot of talk about America and bombs... on you. Um. Let me explain to you why we’re saying this. Are you familiar with Florida? It’s a region in the South that we’ve filled with old Jews and young Christians. And whoever wins it wins the presidency. And in Florida, they would like to bomb you if they could. So the talk of war is not actually meant for you, it’s meant for Florida. It’s an election season. Our rhetoric gets somewhat distorted, hyperbolic. Probably a cultural thing.”

      [Fox news reveals that Iran is having elections of its own soon.]

      Jon to Iran: “This explains your rhetoric! You’re having an election, too! ... Israel, meet me at Camera 2.”

      To Israel: “I don’t think Iran’s really gearing up to nuke Tel Aviv. It’s just crazy overblown election rhetoric. ... The United States and Iran are slaves to their electoral calendars... So it’s up to you guys not to get caught up, and perhaps muffle the drums of war a little bit, Israel.”

      Then Jon realizes: “Netanyahu could be calling parliamentary elections as soon as this fall? So your over-heated rhetoric is all just pre-election schvantz-waving, too? Son of a... America! Camera one!”

  • Responding to commenters on recent bannings
    • I kind of liked him. He could be reasonable at times..when he was willing to give up the bad ass act

    • Annie I sit with my WWII father and his WWII all union buddies in a nursing home. Most of them are Catholics. Sometimes we watch religious stations not for long quite frankly. All of these guys( a group of six) are ages 85-93. When we are watching the Arch bishops, the Pope etc in Rome conducting a mass or ceremony of some sort in their fancy golden robes, miters (fancy hats) and Italian leather shoes I always throw out the same line "those bishops should give that money that they bought those fancy clothes with to the poor" All six older gents look over at me (they're minds come and go) and giggle. These older folks are so easy to make laugh

    • "Also Jeff sought to have a discussion of the Jewish historical role in the rise of the Nazis in Germany here. As we have made clear, this is not a subject we want any part of. It generally leads to anti-semitism and Holocaust denial, which we won't tolerate on the site, and unquestionably hurts our ability to reach out."

      Quite honestly I had never heard Jeffrey focus on that topic. Phil and Adam did you get some complaints from others outside of the Mondoweiss community about Jeffrey having brought this topic up? And if Jeffrey were documenting what he was saying what is wrong with giving a piece of history if it is accurate? If others take facts and turn that into alleged and false reasons for the Holocaust then kick them off not Blankfort.

      I am so sorry to hear that Blankfort is banned. Is he? He added so much to the conversations.

  • Journalists Mike Murphy of NBC and Donna Brazile of CNN to speak at conference promoting Iran war
  • The Israeli case for war in 'The New York Times'
    • link to raceforiran.com
      AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI ON THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC AND THE “BIG SIN” OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

      Posted on February 29th,

      "We want to prove to the world that nuclear weapons do not bring about power. This is because the nuclear powers are suffering from the biggest problems today. They dominated the world through nuclear threats, but today such threats are no longer effective. We want to say that we are not after nuclear weapons, that we do not believe nuclear weapons bring about power and that we can break the kind of power that is based on nuclear weapons. By Allah’s favor, our nation will do this.

      Of course, you know that the pressure they exert on us – the pressure of sanctions, threats, assassinations and other such things – is a sign of their weakness. It shows that whatever they do will only strengthen our nation. Their actions will only convince our people that they have chosen the right goal and that their movement is continuing in an appropriate way. As a result, the enemy has been infuriated.

      This movement is not just a nuclear movement. Today their pretext is the nuclear issue. They use the nuclear pretext to impose sanctions on us. How long is it since the nuclear issue was first brought up? The sanctions have been there for thirty years. Why were they imposing sanctions on us when the nuclear issue did not exist? It is just a matter of fighting a nation that has decided to become independent, a nation that has decided to resist oppression, a nation that has decided to expose oppression, a nation that has decided to stand up against oppressors and oppression, a nation that is determined to convey this message to the entire world. We have tried to convey this message and by Allah’s favor, we will try even harder in the future. Sanctions, political pressure and other such things will not be effective. When a nation decides to stand firm, when a nation believes in divine assistance and its domestic power and capacities, nothing can stand in its way."

    • If Israel attacks Iran they are well within their rights to strike Israel back

    • From the article
      "Today, Israel sees the prospect of a nuclear Iran that calls for our annihilation as an existential threat. An Israeli strike against Iran would be a last resort, if all else failed to persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program. "

      Total lies. Iran has never called for Israel's annihilation. But Israel daily threatens Iran.

      Israel striking Iran is the first resort. There is absolutely no hard evidence that Iran has a nuclear weapons program. But Israel and the I lobby just keep repeating the lie over and over again

    • Watch and listen to what Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski had to say this past Sunday about the upcoming Obama/Netanyahu meeting. Dr. Zbig basically said Obama backed down to Netanyahu. Needs to take a stand this time around. Will not support Israel if they attack and no flying through US air space to attack.
      link to globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com

    • I love Hillary. She looks like a 23 year old and then just knocks her opponents out with one fact after another. And then her direct experience negotiating with Iran. But the MSM just will not have the Leveretts on. Too afraid of facts

    • The Bush administration should be on trial at the Hague for the disaster in Iraq. Hopefully an Iraqi Simon Wiesenthal will surface.

    • Greta always rolls over when it comes to Israel in regard to Iran. So obvious in her line of questioning when someone is questioning Israel's intentions but never ever challenges guest or callers when they repeat inflammatory comments about Iran. Never questions goes along with the ride

  • Will the US act as Israel's proxy against Iran?
    • No my argument is this based on facts. It is Israel who daily threatens Iran. It is Israel who continues to refuse to sign the Non proliferation treaty. Iran signed the NPT and there is absolutely no hard evidence to back up Israeli and the Israeli lobbies claim that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. Iran has the right to enrich uranium up to 20% for peaceful purposes. Israel is the aggressor here...and they are trying their best to drag the US into another unnecessary military confrontation. That is my argument.

    • Dr. Zbig, Former President Jimmy Carter and Norman Finklestein have all strongly suggested that this is a possibility.

    • It is understandable that Jews would want a homeland. But the confiscation of Palestinian land legally and illegally started happening long before the Holocaust. Israel became a state in 47 or was it 48 based on the 67 border. They have never stopped confiscating more Palestinian land after they became a state. The holocaust is no excuse for killing, stealing, knocking over Palestinian homes and creating an apartheid state.

    • Official Summary
      2/16/2012--Introduced.Affirms that it is a vital national interest of the United States to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability and warns that time is limited to prevent that from happening. Urges increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran to secure an agreement that includes:
      (1) suspension of all uranium enrichment-related and reprocessing activities,
      (2) complete cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding Iran's nuclear activities, and
      (3) a permanent agreement that verifiably assures that Iran's nuclear program is entirely peaceful. Supports:
      (1) the universal rights and democratic aspirations of the Iranian people, and
      (2) U.S. policy to prevent the Iranian government from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. Rejects any U.S. policy that would rely on efforts to contain a nuclear weapons-capable Iran. Urges the President to reaffirm the unacceptability of an Iran with nuclear-weapons capability and oppose any policy that would rely on containment as an option in response to the Iranian nuclear threat.

      IRAN HAS THE RIGHT TO ENRICH URANIUM UP TO 20% AS A SIGNATORY TO THE NPT. THEY WILL NOT GIVE UP THIS RIGHT TO ENRICH FOR PEACEFUL PURPOSES.
      THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO. INSANE DEMANDS

    • Call your Reps no no no to Senate Resolution 380

    • "At the request of some Democratic senators, a sentence was added to mention diplomatic efforts as a means of reaching the goal. Still, several key Democrats from the Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees have yet to sign on."

      Yes remember when Senators like Hillary Clinton signed the Iraq war resolution then later tried to squirm out by saying the resolution said "all other means exhausted" When according to former IAEa weapons inspector Scott Ritter (inspector in Iraq during the Clinton administration) said that Clinton knew there were no WMD's in Iraq. Keep in mind that IAEA weapons inspectors were pulled out of Iraq just a bit before the invasion. Not allowed to finish the inspections.
      ----------------------------------------------------

      Obama likely to resist pressure to further toughen Iran stance
      The Israelis, along with GOP presidential hopefuls and senators and some hawkish Democrats, want Obama to keep Iran from potentially building a nuclear weapon.
      At the LA Times
      By Paul Richter and Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times

      February 28, 2012, 6:06 p.m.
      Reporting from Washington— The White House indicated Tuesday that President Obama would resist pressure for a tougher Iran policy coming from Israel and some U.S. lawmakers who argue that Tehran should not be allowed to acquire even the capability to eventually develop a nuclear weapon.

      The push to toughen the administration's policy comes ahead of a visit to Washington by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As part of the war of nerves that the U.S. and Israel are conducting with Iran — and to some extent with each other — Netanyahu's government has broadly hinted at using airstrikes against Iran's nuclear sites should it determine that Tehran had developed the scientific knowledge and industrial means to build a nuclear bomb.

      That is a lower threshold than the Obama administration's so-called red line of preventing Iran from building a nuclear device. Senior Pentagon and intelligence officials have told Congress that it would take Iran several years to build a deliverable bomb, and that they don't believe Iran's leaders have decided to do so.

      Call you Reps. We need to take the "likely" out of that equation. Call your Senators. No no no to this

    • Annie so glad you keep bringing people's attention to this. Was thinking about how Israel refers to Palestinian land that they are stealing as Area's A B C...as you pointed out the other day. So sterile. Trying to sterilize the fact that they are stealing internationally recognized Palestinian land

    • There is no hard evidence to back up Israels claims that Iran is pursuing or has a nuclear weapons program. No hard evidence.
      Iran has the right to enrich uranium up to 20% for peaceful purposes as signatories of the NPT.
      Israel should be pressured to sign the NPT. Their stockpiles of un inspected nuclear, biological and chemical weapons have been a threat to peace in the middle east for decades.
      [PDF]
      Israeli Nuclear Capabilities and Threatwww.iaea.org/About/Policy/GC/GC50/.../English/gc50-17_en.pdfSimilar

    • With the new Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Dempsey coming out on Fareed Zakaria's GPS program 10 or so days ago and saying "the Iranian regime is a rational actor" And that they have not determined that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program. That an attack on Iran "would be destabilizing"

      Then Dr. Zbig on GPS this Sunday really laying it out for Obama saying he needs to draw the line with Netanyahu. Let Netanyahu know that the US will not back them up if they attack and Zbig goes further saying that Obama should let them know that they cannot use US controlled airspace to conduct an attack. Really heating up

      Now this
      The latest assessment by 16 American spy agencies revealed that there is no hard evidence for Iran trying to build a nuclear bomb, The New York Times reported on Friday. However, the EU and the US have imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran over its nuclear energy program.

      link to presstv.com

      U.S. does not believe Iran is trying to build nuclear bomb
      The latest U.S. intelligence report indicates Iran is pursuing research that could enable it to build a nuclear weapon, but that it has not sought to do so.
      Revolutionary Guard personnel watch the launch of a Zelzal missile in June… (Raouf Mohseni / Mehr News Agency)February 23, 2012|By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles TimesReporting from Washington — As U.S. and Israeli officials talk publicly about the prospect of a military strike against Iran's nuclear program, one fact is often overlooked: U.S. intelligence agencies don't believe Iran is actively trying to build an atomic bomb.

      A highly classified U.S. intelligence assessment circulated to policymakers early last year largely affirms that view, originally made in 2007. Both reports, known as national intelligence estimates, conclude that Tehran halted efforts to develop and build a nuclear warhead in 2003

  • Ten reasons why AIPAC is so dangerous
    • Clearly Israel would like OBama to lose the next election.

    • From the article:
      "But the apparent decision to keep the U.S. in the dark also stems from Israel's frustration with the White House. After a visit by National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, they became convinced the Americans would neither take military action, nor go along with unilateral action by Israel against Iran. The Israelis concluded they would have to conduct a strike unilaterally - a point they are likely to hammer home in a series of meetings over the next two weeks in Washington, the official said.

      Barak will meet with top administration and congressional officials during his visit. Netanyahu arrives in Washington for meetings with President Barack Obama next week."

      Pressure on Obama to state clearly to Netanyahu that Israel can not use US air space. That we will not follow them if the situation escalates. Israel on their own. That is what Dr. Zbig Brzezinski had to say on Fareed Zakaria's GPS sunday news program this past Sunday. And the week before the new Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Dempsey said "the Iranian regime is a rational actor" That they are not convinced that Iran has decided to weaponize their nuclear program.

    • Have spent a great deal of time at Aipac's website (like so many of us) over the years. Their action alert/legislation section of the website has been pushing for a confrontation with Iran for years now.

    • Dr, Zbigniew Brzezinski really laid out a challenge for President OBama on Fareed Zakaria's GPS program this past Sunday. Dr. Zbig said President Obama needs to draw a clear line during his meeting with Netanyahu on March 5th. Make it clear that the US will not support an attack on Iran, will not support Israel in any way shape or form, in fact let them know that they can not fly through US controlled air space. The transcript for the Fareed interview with Dr. Brzezinksi is not up yet.
      Fareed Zakaria GPS - YouTubewww.youtube.com/show/fareedzakariagps-

    • "AIPAC is very responsible in it’s lobbying efforts and I seriously doubt our President, Secretary of Defense and a whole host of Congressional leaders would be speaking at the upcoming conference if that were not the case. " Absolute hooey

      link to fas.org
      USA v. Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman: Selected Case Files

      Aipac as an organization that should really have been completely broken up due to two top officials Steve Rosen and Weisman being caught red handed accessing classified US intelligence on Iran as well as passing this classified information off to Israeli officials they have for decades undermined US national security by never ever taking a solid stance against continued illegal expansion of illegal settlements and illegal housing in E Jerusalem, writing and promoting legislation that isolated Hamas after a fair election, targeting elected officials who have attempted to take a fair and balanced stance on the I/P issue etc etc.

      Aipac has been extremely irresponsible in their often successful lobbying efforts. Aipac has persistently undermined US National Security and continues to do so. Aipac should be required to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act at the very least. All of those who lobby their Reps are lobbying for a foreign nation.

      Remember that at one of the Aipac conferences they set up a Hollywood set of an alleged Iranian nuclear weapons facility. There is absolutely no hard evidence that Iran has a nuclear weapons program. Iran has a right to enrich uranium up to 20% for peaceful purposes. Iran signed the Non proliferation treaty. Israel continues to refuse to sign. It is Israel and the Israeli lobby in the states that threatens Iran daily
      http://www.raceforiran.com
      Key Documents
      Turkey-Brazil-Iran Nuclear Agreement
      UNSCRs
      IAEA Reports
      Iranian Proposals
      Western And P5+1 Proposals
      Energy and Economics
      Resources on US Policy
      Videos
      Rules and Regulations For http://www.RaceforIran.com

    • Hit it out of the park here Medea.....Medea one powerful force of nature. Go. Hope folks are coming to the conference.

  • Dershowitz wants MJ Rosenberg fired for daring to stop Iran war push
    • MJ some really important Iran, Israel, NPT conversations on Chris Hayes Sunday news program UP. Scahill and Anne Marie Slaughter went a few rounds. Facts won out.
      Also Dr. Zbig Brzezinski had a great deal to say about the upcoming visit with Obama and Netanyahu. Dr. Zbig said President Obama really needs to draw the line letting Netanyahu know the US does not support a military strike on Iran, we will not back them up. He went even further and said let Israel know that they can not fly through US controlled air space. Know he has said this in the past. Important coversations on both those shows on Sunday.

      Also a Mr. Dickers (economist I think) on Up and a Mr. Stockman on GPS both went into detail about oil speculators betting on an attack on Iran by Israel and the effects of the sanctions in July.

    • Pro Palestine
      Pro Israel (67 border)
      Pro Peace

      MJ thanks for reporting based on facts and truth. Keep shining your light. Am sure that Phil and team will let us know exactly what we can do to support you with Dersh on your back

    • Without a doubt. Letter after letter from leaders in that part of the world at the IAEA website expressing fears about Israel's nuclear capabilities that go un inspected. Israel needs to sign the NPT

    • Don't forget Jinsa

    • With you Annie

    • Dersh is unhinged. He shouts and screams when he does not like what someone is saying or writing. Especially when they are telling the truth about the I/P issue.

  • Lobby's bedfellows: CAP's new PR outfit also worked for Sheldon Adelson's pet project
    • Interesting choice by CAP. CAP's head was on a question and answer segment on CSPAN. Dr. Zbig sure had a great deal to say about Netanyahu's upcoming visit with President Obama on March 5th during Zbig's visit to Fareed Zakarias GPS program. Dr. Zbig said Obama really need to draw a solid line between US and Israel's national interest. Phil know you would be interested

  • BDS Victory in Japan: Distributor drops Ahava because of the company’s illegal practices
  • Iran's Oscar win reveals Israeli movie-goers to be brainwashed bumpkins
    • Zing...sometimes the truth makes those with a conscience go silent. Zing indeed

    • Heard a figure that the Globe committee is 94% male. We can also bet they have their leanings And you can bet in the past it was even worse.

    • Here in the U.S., a new Zogby poll reveals that "78% [of Americans] believe Iran is actively pursuing nuclear weapons production" and that "68% say it is likely Iran would attack another nation if it produces nuclear weapons and has the ability to deliver them." Zogby also reports, "When asked what the US should do if it believes Iran has nuclear weapons, 37% support aerial attacks and another 7% would prefer both an invasion of Iran and aerial attacks. Increased economic and political sanctions are backed by 33%, while 10% would want no changes in current US policy toward Iran," while "79% are concerned that attacks on Iran could lead to higher fuel prices."

      What can you expect when US MSM host, moderators of debates, etc have allowed guest to repeat complete lies about Iran's nuclear program. Often calling it a nuclear weapons program. These same host allow guest to repeat the debunked claim that "Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map" This was debunked by Professor Cole and others several years ago. The host of these programs never ever challenge these unsubstantiated claims. Never. Now I did hear Iranian expert Flynt Leverett challenge Charlie Rose when Rose repeated the "wipe off the map" lie. On top of thes MSM host allowing these claims to be repeated...some of the host like NPR's Terri Gross has endlessly repeated this clap trap herself.

      No need to wonder why the American public believes this bull...The warmongers have been setting this go get Iran stage for a solid 9 years. Started soon after the invasion of Iraq....they started hammering away and our MSM learned zero from their pathetic and criminal failings to challenge the false WMD claims in the run up to the invasion of Iraq

  • Harvard's 'one-state' conference spurs 'National Review Online' to suggest expelling Palestinians from Jewish state
  • 'Kissinger believes Israelis are in panic and will attack Iran' (2010)
    • And on CNN's Fareed Zakaria's GPS Sunday program Dr Zbiniew Brzezinski stated that President Obama really needed to be very clear when Netanyahu and Obama meet on March 5th. Draw the line let Israel no the US does not in any way shape or form support an attack on Iran, that the US will not back them up and in fact Dr. Zbig said block Israel from flying through US controlled air space. (would that be over Iraq) folks should go listen to Dr. Zbig on that program

  • Neocons and AIPAC both want war-- but AIPAC has the Dems
    • Abrams spinning the facts. Before the invasion of Iraq in Aipacs action alert section there was a continual push for the invasion of Iraq. Most of the neo cons are associated with Aipac, Jinsa other pro pro Israel organizations.

      Phil/Others today on Chris Hayes Sunday program up so much there about Iran, I/P conflict, Syria. Jeremy Scahill on with Anne Marie Slaughter who went inflammatory rhetoric and Scahill just brought her down with one fact after another. Great 2 hour program. Lots there. Chris Hayes did allow AMS to repeat the debunked "Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map" hooey. Chris Hayes also asked AMS if the US could do anything to stop an attack on Iran by Israel if they decide to do it. Slaughter "no" But right after that show I watched Fareed Zakaria's GPS program. He had Dr. Zbig on who had plenty to say about US middle east foreign policy with Iran and Israel. He made it clear that he thinks Obama really needs to draw the line with Netanyahu on March 5th. That the US needs to let Israel know we do not support the attack in very clear terms. That we will not follow them into such an action and will not allow them to fly through US controlled airspace. Lots of material on both of those shows today. Encourage others to watch and listen.

      Scahill said "the elephant in the room is Israels stockpilies of nuclear weapons" Good programs to watch. Both of them. As well as General Dempsey on Fareed Zakaria last Sunday

  • Surprise-- courageous Elizabeth Warren is craven on Israel lobby
    • Phil so much about Israel, Netanyahu's visit with Obama, Iran on both Chris Hayes Up program on Sunday and on CNN's Fareed Zakaria's GPS program on Sunday. So much. Jeremy Scahill rolled right over Anne Marie Slaughters inflammatory claims about Iran. Although she did get on last shot in at the very end when she repeated the lie that Iran "wants to wipe Israel off the map" Scahill was amazing and so informative as usual
      upwithchrishayes.msnbc.msn.com

      Dr. Zbig Bryzezinski said many things that would have answered one of the questions that Chris Hayes asked Slaughter about whether there was anything the US could do to stop Israel from striking Iran. Slaughter said "no"
      Dr. Zbig had lots of suggestions to stop Israel from making such a huge mistake
      globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com

    • I wondered when this would happen. Have heard her make comments about Iran awhile back that really put me on alert. One would hope that she has her head and brain in a brown bag on this issue and just has not accessed the facts. Hard to imagine for such a brilliant person. Terribly dissapointing. Folks should think about contacting her. Sending or handing her factual information. Terribly dissapointing.

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  • Look over there! All eyes on Iran as Israel quietly devours Area C
    • Annie/Phil all Chris Hayes new program UP was filled with conversation about Syria, Iran, the Israeli Palestinian conflict today (Sunday) Jeremy Scahill mopped up the floor with Anne Marie Slaughters assertions with fact after fact. Anne Marie resorted to throwing out inflammatory rhetoric about Iran. She ended one of the segments with but "Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map" I was shocked that Chris Hayes allowered her to get away with this endlessly repeated lie. I warned him and his producer at his site. Scahill also talked about the "elephant in the room" Israel having massive stockpiles of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons that go un inspected. No one talked about how Israel should be pressured to sign the NPT.

      When Chris Hayes asked Anne Marie Slaughter about whether the US could do anything to stop Israel from striking Iran. Slaughter said "no" Which we know is total bullshit. Cut off aid.

      There was so much material covered on UP this morning lots to chew on. Iraq, torture, whistleblowers, Syria

      Then on Fareed Zakaria's Sunday program GPS Dr. Zbig Brezesinski (love that man) was on. He went through a list of things that the US could do to stop Israel from attacking Iran cutting off aid, letting them know they can not fly through US controlled air space or Iraqi air space (cannot remember his exact words) and letting Israel know we will not follow them into a conflict. Dr. Zbig really drew the line between Israel and the US and said that Obama needed to take a stand. Dr. Zbig beat up Obama a bit on his Israeli Palestinian negotiations. Said Obama really needed to make it clear to Netanyahu on March 5th that the US does not support a strike on Iran in any way shape or form.

      During a round table on Fareeds a Mr. Stockman said very similar things about drawing the line with Israel. That this potential conflict was clearly pushing up oil prices due to speculation that on July 1 (date for new Iranian sanctions) the fact that Iranian oil would be taken off the market is driving speculators to buy because they see an impending strike by Israel on Iran.

      I highly recommend watching, listening to Chris Hayes Up today as well as Fareed Zakarias program today. So much there

    • Annie incredible post.
      "No East Jeruslaem, no Area C and what is our mainstream media, our politicians and our public focused on? Iran." Our mainstream media is at times focused on mostly the false claims about Iran. Never the facts. Well except for CNN's Fareed Zakaria's interview with the new Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Dempsey.

      Seldom if ever a mention about what is going on in Area C, E Jerusalem. I did get a plug in during former Senator Feingolds visit on Washington Journal the other day. Mentioned the illegal settlement expansion, illegal housing in E Jerusalem. 28,ooo,ooo people listen to Cspan weekly. Especially Washington Journal. Folks should give a call a try. Facebook etc about these critical issues.

      Annie Israel is shutting the door to a two state solution. They are making more enemies

  • 'Center for American Progress' doubles down with lobby
    • "Earlier this week, Ilene Cohen made the pointed observation that in the eyes of many in the Jewish community, the New York Times is a Jewish house organ and not the paper of record."

      And in the eyes of milions of non Jews also.

    • Neera Tanden on the Progressive Movement
      Feb 19, 2012
      C-SPAN | Washington Journal

      Neera Tanden talked about progressives' attitudes toward toward President Obama and his policies. She talked about views on job growth, debt reduction, and taxation policies, as well as the priorities of the progressive wing of

    • "Obama raised $1.2 million last June at a dinner at the home of David Cohen, the executive vice president of the company that owns NBC and MSNBC. You can be sure that many of the people who gave $10,000 came from Cohen's network at the Jewish Federations, which he had headed-- and an organization that CAP's new p.r. firm also represented. "

      Comcast...is that right? No need to wonder why Bashir, Ratigan, Matthews, Al Sharpton, Ed, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence will not get anywhere near reporting about the Israeli Palestinian conflict or Iran fairly...if at all.

      Now Ratigan did rip it up one time with Greenwald when they went up against Cliff May's spin. And Rachel Maddow finally had former President Jimmy Carter on to say the things that not one of the MSNBC crowd (other than Ratigan) have the nerve or integrity to report. But the complicity goes even further than that. Chris Matthews, Rachel, Al etc do not even have the integrity or the interest to try to educate the public with facts about Iran or US history of negotiations or lack of negotiations. They do not even have the balls to say that IRAN HAS THE RIGHT TO ENRICH URANIUM UP TO 20% FOR PEACEFUL PURPOSES UNDER THE NPT THAT IRAN SIGNED AND ISRAEL CONTINUES TO REFUSE TO SIGN. Not one of the MSNBC host or producers have the integrity to have former Bush administration officials and Iranian experts Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett on their programs to educate the public. We are not talking about having some lefties on. No the MSNBC host of news programs are yellow bellied cowards on these critical issues. The all mighty dollars wins out for them. And they will be blamed for being complicit if there is an attack on Iran. They have helped set the stage for an attack on Iran by allowing unsubstantiated claims about Iran to be repeated and not attempting to educate the public with facts

  • Sunlight on the lobby: AIPAC's push for war exposed in 'Atlantic' magazine blog
    • Citizen my name was Mary on Cspan yesterday. My confirmation name . Remember 28,000,000 listen to Cspan each week. Good way to bring traffic to this site as well as others that deal honestly with this issue as well as Iran. Mention Race for Iran and Mondoweiss etc when ever I can. Keep in mind you can get quite a bit of factual information out there via these news outlets

    • The I lobby will fund the individuals opponent. Does not matter how many pro pro Israel constituents are in the district. They will go after you one way or the other. Less so than a decade ago

    • A poll mentioned on Washington Journal about how many Americans would support an attack on Iran was at 48%. Not long before the I lobby and Israel tip those numbers. As long as you have people like Rachel Maddow pushing for parades for returned Iraq war Vets instead of where we are headed...Iran if Israel has their way that 48% can easily be tipped their way.

      Has anyone seen or heard one returning Iraq war Vet on any MSNBC show? Are they getting their needs met? What do they really think? Hell no. Not a one

    • He was very articulate and careful. Chose his words so well while telling the truth. Amazed that his comments did not get more attention in the so called liberal blog world

    • At Occupy Aipac's website

      Question: What do you and Benjamin Netanyahu have in common?
      February 14th, 2012 · Posted by Occupy AIPAC! Answer: you will both be in Washington DC for policy conferences in just a few weeks…

      Dear friends,

      It’s true. This year, both Netanyahu and Peres will be present at the annual AIPAC Policy Conference, along with a high number of our Congressional representatives. With the objective of pushing for war on Iran and justifying the ongoing, egregious violations of Palestinian rights, AIPAC will convene in Washington DC.

      Register now to join the hundreds of people who will be coming between March 2 and 6 to protest against AIPAC and take part in the Occupy AIPAC counter-summit.

      Under the banner of Occupy AIPAC, this long weekend will include a policy summit with panels on Iran, the Arab uprisings, Palestine/Israel and AIPAC, film screenings, mass protests, a teach-in on diplomacy and alternatives to war, creative actions, a cultural night, workshops, and a Capitol Hill policy briefing on the impact of U.S. military aid to Israel on Palestinians.

      Featured speakers and performers will include author Suad Amiry, Egyptian activist Dina Darwish, Managing Editor of The Nation Roane Carey, Iranian activist Sanam Anderlini, lawyer and advocate Diana Buttu, Jadaliyya co-founder and editor Bassam Haddad, poet Remi Kanazi, AMP co-founder Hatem Bazian, comedian Said Durrah, activist Bill Fletcher Jr., Iran analyst Jamal Abdi, author Phyllis Bennis, and more!

      Now is the time to make a large, people-powered push to oppose the Israel lobby’s stranglehold of our government. During this weekend, we will challenge the Israel lobby in their pursuit of war with Iran and promote a just foreign policy in the Middle East- in the streets and with our teach-ins and discussions.

      Register for the conference and/or support this summit with a donation. Your outreach and presence is critical to help us ensure a strong turnout, because now is the time to Occupy AIPAC, not Palestine!

    • Occupy Aipac's schedule. Notice lobbying day on Tuesday

      Schedule

      REGISTER NOW FOR THE MARCH 2012 OCCUPY AIPAC SUMMIT!

      Please continue to check in as we update our program and see our list of confirmed speakers.

      Friday, March 2: Evening Film Screening
      5:00pm – 7:00pm: Sneak preview screening of clips from Hip Hop is Bigger than Occupation & Roadmap to Apartheid Hip Hop is Bigger than Occupation is a documentary about a ten day journey of artists traveling through Palestine, teaching and performing Non Violent Resistance through the arts. Roadmap to Apartheid explores in detail the apartheid comparison as it is used in the enduring Israel-Palestine conflict. (Busboys and Poets on 5th&K)

      Saturday, March 3: Occupy AIPAC Summit
      Unless noted otherwise, all events will take place at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church (900 Massachusetts Ave). To attend the summit, you must register in advance.

      8:00am – 9:00am: Registration

      9:00am – 10:30am: Welcome with Codepink co-founder Medea Benjamin and Rev. Grayland Hagler

      10:30am – 12:00pm: Preventing War, Promoting Peace: Shifting US Policy Toward Real Diplomacy with Iran Featuring Sanam Anderlini, Jamal Abdi, Kate Gould, and Robert Naiman

      12:00pm – 1:00pm: Catered lunch from The Jerusalem Restaurant Note: Lunch included in registration cost

      1:00pm – 2:30pm: From the Arab Uprisings to the Occupy Movement: Freedom & Justice vs. the Right-wing Israel Lobby Featuring Bassam Haddad and Dina Darwish

      2:30pm – 4:00pm: Palestine, Israel & the U.S. – Changing Discourse, Challenging Policy Featuring Roane Carey, Omar Baddar, Phyllis Bennis, and Felicia Eaves

      4:00pm – 5:00pm: Closing with Chris Hedges, Rae Abileah and Rev. Lennox Yearwood

      5:30-7:30: AIPAC – What it is, who its allies are, why it’s dangerous and how to stop it A workshop organized by CNI, If Americans Knew, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) featuring Hatem Bazian, Jeffrey Blankfort, Janet McMahon, Grant F. Smith and Alison Weir.
      Click here for more details

      8:00pm – 10:00pm: Poets, Comedians and Musicians – Tears and Laughter for Palestine A night of culture featuring Suad Amiry, Remi Kanazi, Said Durrah and others
      Click here for more details

      Sunday, March 4: Main Action Day
      Unless noted otherwise, all events to take place outside the AIPAC Conference (corner of Massachusetts and 9th)

      10:00am – 11:00am: Nonviolence Training, Create Group Visual

      11:00am – 2:00pm: Rally at the Convention Center, All Out for NO WAR ON IRAN during AIPAC Convention
      Click here for more details

      12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch (click for dining options near Convention Center)

      12:30pm – 1:30pm: Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions – A workshop with Adalah-NY featuring Nancy Kricorian and Felice Gelman (Busboys and Poets on 5th&K)

      1:30pm – 4:00pm: Ongoing creative actions outside AIPAC conference

      4:00pm – 6:00pm: Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere: Palestine and the African American Experience An event organized by Interfaith Peace Builders featuring Bill Fletcher Jr., Rev. Carolyn Boyd, Rev. Heber Brown, Sterling Pack, Darryl Jordan, and Felicia Eaves
      Click here for more details (900 Massachusetts Ave)

      7:00pm – 9:00pm: Alternatives to War: Diplomacy in Theory and Practice An event to examine the ways in which individuals practice alternatives to war in their daily lives with Dr. Mohammed Abu Nimer on Palestine, Filipe Nasser on Iran and others (Busboys and Poets on 5th&K)

      Monday, March 5: A Gala Affair
      12:00pm – 1:00pm: Ending Military Aid to Israel – A workshop on how to challenge U.S. military aid to Israel featuring Josh Ruebner
      Click here for more details (Busboys and Poets on 5th&K)

      5:00pm – 7:30pm: Creative action preparations: art-making & non-violence training (corner of Massachusetts and 9th)

      7:30pm – 9:00pm: Creative action outside the AIPAC Gala Banquet (corner of Massachusetts and 9th)

      Tuesday, March 6: Lobbying Day
      10:00am – 2:00pm: Briefing on the Hill An event organized by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation featuring Diana Buttu, Josh Ruebner and others.

    • Ritzl... Medea Benjaman and Occupy Aipac's amazing crew started organized lobbying efforts last year. Will be much bigger this year. Now I have as well as many other human rights activist from Athens Ohio and across the nation have lobbied our Reps for years about this issue. Decades. Have met in groups with our legislators about the lop sided and twisted support for Israel no matter what they do and how wrong this is and how it has and continues to be a threat to US national security. Amazing what Reps will say "off the record" Nothing anti Jewish but absolutely anti radically wrong Israeli policies against the Palestinians. Have heard them also say that they know what would happen to them if they tried to take a stand. Although if you ever listen to Rep Kucinich on this issue he has actually stood up to the I lobby a few times and not been taken out.

    • Hope folks contact their Senators and encourage, push them to vote no on this legislation.

      Aipac , Jinsa, other I lobby organizations had their prints all over the Iraq war. Many were talking about this at the anti invasion marches in New York, DC, Ohio and other anti invasion of Iraq marches that I attended. Anyone following the Aipac website then was well aware of how in their action alerts section there was always a push for the invasion of Iraq. Then soon after the invasion of Iraq that little action alert box moved onto Iran, and soon after the Palestinian election that Carters election watch group was involved in Lieberman, Ros Lehtinen and others started creating and passing legislation to isolate Hamas . All of those pushes up in that action alert box. With all of the information to contact reps etc.

      Then we watched the Aipac espionage investigation and 9 time delayed trial be dismissed. The investigation Jane "waddling on over" to interfere in the Aipac investigation and caught red handed interfereing in a federal investigation..dropped.

      The false claims about Iran have been repeated all over our MSM for a solid 9 years. Cheney was on Tim Russerts soon after the invasion of Iraq repeating all sorts of outlandish claims. Tim Russert went right along. John Bolton on Talk of the Nation has repeated these false claims about Iran. Neal Conan just rolled right over. Reuel Marc Gerecht and others on the Diane Rehm show etc etc. The stage for an attack on Iran has been carefully set by many of the same individuals who lied this nation into Iraq.

      Lindsay Graham, Lieberman etc still pushing hard. Call your Reps. No no no military action against Iran. No support for Israel doing so.

      Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett have some great ones up over at Race for Iran. The last two post are especially good. Listen to Hillary and Flynt and you will learn so much about US failings with Iran. As well as that interview with General Dempsey on Fareed Zakaria's GPS program

    • On Hardball a week or so ago Chris Matthews shows a clip of Gillibrand saying that "Iran is threatening the US"
      "Iran proclaims nuclear advances"...Listen to Gillibrand sounds like she is ready to go to Iran
      link to msnbc.msn.com
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      I would say for about a month the new talking point being repeated by those pushing for a military confrontation with Iran is that Iran is a direct threat to the US. As well as alleged experts on Iran like Barbara Slavin, Marie Slaughter, Mr. Jain and Mr. Singh from WINEP and Yoghi Dreazin repeating that "negotiations with Iran have been exhausted" Mr. Jain and Mr. Singh repeated that Iran is a direct threat to the US. This is the new and dangerous song and dance coming out of the lets go get Iran crowd.

      Just yesterday former Senator Feingold was on Washington Journal talking about his new book "While Americans Sleep" and he repeated the false claim that Iran is threatening the US. Mary from Bellbrook Ohio (31:34)had a very interesting comment and question for former Sentor Feingold about General Dempsey's statements about Iran, about Feingolds claim that Iran is a direct threat to the US, and about why so many folks in the middle east hate what America does in that part of the world

      Washington Journal for Friday, February 24 | C-SPANwww.c-span.org/Events/Washington-Journal-for.../10737428536/Cached

    • I was surprised the new Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Dempsey's interview on CNN's Fareed Zakaria's GPS Sunday program did not get picked up here at Mondoweiss. Brought this interview up several times here right after I saw and heard the interview. General Dempsey said "Iranian regime a rational actor". That "an attack at this time (many experts believe at any time) would be destabilizing" General Dempsey calmly drew the line between US and Israel's National Security. He had a fair amount to say about Syria as well

      Interview with Gen. Martin Dempsey - CNNedition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/.../fzgps.01.html - United KingdomCached

      ZAKARIA: Another difficult military challenge: do you believe that Israel has the capacity to strike Iran in a way that would significantly retard its nuclear -- its nuclear program?

      DEMPSEY: I think that Israel has the capability to strike Iran and to delay the production or the capability of Iran to achieve a nuclear weapons status, probably for a couple of years. But some of the targets are probably beyond their reach and, of course, that's what -- that's what concerns them. That's this notion of a zone of immunity that they discuss.

      ZAKARIA: And if that were to happen, do you -- do you believe that Iran would engage in retaliatory measures, not just against Israel, but against United States' interests in Iraq and Afghanistan?

      DEMPSEY: That's the -- that's the question with which we all wrestle, and the reason that we think that it's not prudent at this point to decide to attack Iran. I mean, that's been our counsel to our allies, the Israelis, well-known, well-documented.

      And we also know -- or believe we know -- that the -- that the Iranian regime has not decided that they will embark on the effort to weaponize their nuclear capability.

      ZAKARIA: Do you think that is still unclear, that they're moving on a path for nuclear technology, but whether or not they choose to make a nuclear weapon is unclear?

      DEMPSEY: It is. I believe it is unclear, and on that basis I think it would be premature to exclusively decide that the time for a military option was upon us. I mean, I think that the economic sanctions and the international cooperation that we've been able to gather around sanctions is beginning to have an effect. I think our diplomacy is having an effect, and our preparedness.

      I mean, fundamentally we have to be prepared, and that includes, for the most part at this point, being prepared defensively. But just as I mentioned in the earlier segment about our preparedness to provide options should the nation decide to do something in Syria, we have to have the same options available should the nation decide to do something in Iran. ZAKARIA: When you observe Iranian behavior, does it strike you as highly irrational? Does it strike you as sort of unpredictable, or do they seem to follow their national interests in a fairly calculating way?

      DEMPSEY: That is a great question, and I'll tell you that I've been confronting that question since I commanded Central Command in 2008. And we are of the opinion that the Iranian regime is a rational actor. And it's for that reason, I think, that we think the current path we're on is the most prudent path at this point.

      ZAKARIA: Do you think that the Israelis understand that the United States is counseling them not to strike, and do you think that they will be deterred from striking in the near future?

      DEMPSEY: Well, I'm confident that they understand our concerns, that a strike at this time would be destabilizing and wouldn't achieve their long-term objectives. But, I mean, I also understand that Israel has national interests that are unique to them. And, of course, they consider Iran to be an existential threat in a way that we have not concluded that Iran is an existential threat.

      So I don't -- I wouldn't suggest, sitting here today, that we've persuaded them that our view is the correct view and that they are acting in an ill-advised fashion, but we've had a very candid, collaborative conversation. We've shared intelligence. And I was in Israel about three weeks ago and spent two days there with the senior leaders, and so we're -- you know, we are continuing that dialogue.

      ZAKARIA: If you were a betting man, would you bet that Israel won't strike?

      DEMPSEY: Well, fortunately, I'm not a betting man.

  • Video: Protesters are attacked at an 'Israel Alliance' event at U of New Mexico
    • I am always torn about interrupting conferences. Know it shakes people out of complacency and often the only think that does. But I still have some reservations. The man at 17 seconds was so angry he could barely maintain. Well he did not. And the woman with the blue shirt was also out of control. Awareness is growing.

  • Israeli generals who oppose gungho Iran plans are afraid to speak out
    • Opposition from the Obama administration comes in the form of the appointment of General Dempsey as the new Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff. Dempsey on Fared Zakaria's GPS show last Sunday "Iranian regime a rational actor" Dempsey " a strike now would be destabilizing" General Dempsey basically drew the line between US and Israel's national security issues.

      Phil if you have not listened to that interview over at GPS and read the transcript it is a must. Appointing General Dempsey is a clear move in opposition to what Israel and the I lobby are demanding

  • Sanity check on Iran
    • " and the slow lead up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003." That lead up started immediately after the invasion of Iraq. Cheney, Wolfowitz, Condi "mushroom cloud" Rice, Bolton, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Woolsey, Perle were all over the place focusing on Iran. The MSM immediately allowed them to repeat unsubstantiated claims about Iran. Cheney was on Tim Russerts not long after the invasion of Iraq saying go get Iran. Russert did not challenge him. Many more examples of the MSM rolling over when false claims about Iran would be repeated on Face the Nation, George Stephanopolous's program etc etc

    • Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett's efforts to educate the public about the facts on the ground in Iran and US Iranian policy has been monumental! Race for Iran their website is a national treasure for facts

  • In Jerusalem, the Nakba is a fresh memory
    • Great post Phil. I had the honor of talking with many older Palestinian individuals who had experienced the Nakba at a pro Palestinian march (pro peace) in Washington DC at least 10 or so years ago. Actually videotaped some of the folks I interviewed which were almost all older. The stories were horrifying. What was so noticable was that I did not hear one cruel anti Jewish comment. Even when the camera was off. Not one comment full of hatred. Lots of comments and stories filled with grief and shock. This was not the case when I talked with anti Palestinian young Jewish men attending Ohio State and who I encountered after a Palestinian solidarity conference at Ohio State many somewhere between 8-10 years ago. Those young men were full of hatred and anger towards the Palestinians.

      I brought this up yesterday. On Sunday on Fareed Zakaria's GPS news program. Big news on Iran. The new Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Dempsey really drew a clear line between US policy on Iran and Israel's. He said that they have determined that Iran "regime is a rational actor" and that "a strike at this time would be destabilizing" It was an amazing interview. General Dempsey cultivated a sense of reason based on facts and sanity. He also basically said that the US and Israel's national security issues are different. Important lines were drawn

  • Mark Perry: Israel and Iran's 'low-level war' is 'dangerous stuff'
    • This morning on Fareed Zakaria's GPS the new Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff General Dempsey had the most rational, fact based takes on foreign policy and the use of our military that I have heard in a long time. He said that they have determined that the "Iranian regime is a rational actor" That "diplomacy is having an effect" He also had a great deal to say about sanctions against Iran. A real conficence builder. Sanity

  • Right wing to Rudoren: Are you now, or have you ever been, a Zionist?
    • I really like Oklahoma I have a mother in law in Lonewolf Oklahoma..near Hobart. One drive through the state to her house I counted 47 read tailed hawks. Gorgeous state in certain areas. When I am in Lonewolf I go down to the Co-op Cotton Gin and talk to many of the farmers about how they are a bunch of commie pinkos. The world Co-op is every where. And most of these guys are Republicans. Have fun ribbing them. I'm sure they have some words for me after I leave the gin

  • BDS interview fallout: Finkelstein 'showed his own fear of the paradigm shift in discourse on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict'
    • "He acknowledges Israel’s existence as a state, then contests that Israel has a “right to exist” as a Jewish State, but then again insists that Israel’s existence would be “destroyed” by the return of millions of non-Jewish refugees (a very unlikely prospect even if full right of return were offered). But how would Israel be “destroyed”? Only as a Jewish State. By making this argument, Norman is clearly assuming and even trying to protect Israel’s existence as a Jewish State, though he won’t say it. "

      Agree. Round and round. During that conversation (more like a lecture) by Finkelstein many contradictions. More than I have ever heard out of him. Although has for a very long time argued that the international agreements, UN resolutions etc should be focused on. Arguments that are "defensible"

    • Such great points above "Shouldn’t Israel face consequences for refusing to adopt the international consensus, and in fact making it more difficult to the point of impossibility to obtain?" Yes..but they have not at all. But I believe they are doing themselves great harm

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