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  • The Minds of Others: An interview with Max Blumenthal
    • ". . . and you can see exactly what an elite expects of itself, and others."

      Which, of course, means they are not elites. Elites do not expect things of others, neither do they constantly define themselves to others as elites.

      Elites are in service to others.

      For example, the children of rich WASPs are taught from birth that they are not to take jobs, which their superior education might entitle them to, from the middle-class. They can only enter public service or volunteer. They are told from birth that is the price they pay for their privilege and their money, even as they are also expected to receive and excel in a superior education.

      So what do Jewish elites perceive as their duty to others, to the greater society, apart from attaining power? What are they told from birth that they owe to others? What are their responsibilities?

    • “In my own country, we Jewish-Americans have generally superseded the WASP’s as the new elite, as the new “whites.”

      What is the job, the duty, of the elites in a society apart from attaining power?

  • Muslims' beliefs are 'untrue' and 'ridiculous,' 'Salon' author says, offering support for Maher's intolerance
    • @gamal,

      Footnotes 8 & 9 on the second link (Hadith Commentary) were just fascinating.

    • You can also read Joseph McCabe.

    • The problem is that Maher is fucking uneducated; he's a low-rent thinker. I admit that I went to a then $22Gs, now $55Gs/ year private highschool, and the education was superior even if I didn't pay much attention--it got banged into me--but this guy is a public figure. You'd think he'd hire sufficient producers to cover his lack. You want to read the history of Islam? You want to understand how Europe wouldn't have had any science if it hadn't have been for the Moors (Black Muslims of North Africa) in Cordova who brought literature, culture, science, and math to Europe? Take 20 minutes and start reading Robert Briffault here; start at page 188.

      The profundity of our ignorance here in the US is just gob-smacking. We're getting dumber with each passing day.

  • Support for Israel in the U.S. Jewish community continues to erode
    • The Huffington Post headline for the people shot in the synagogue in Jerusalem screams, "MASSACRE IN JERUSALEM." All caps. It was red. They've dialed it back to black. Six killed?

      Never a headline like that for the deaths of civilians in Palestine last summer. Not once.

  • 'Zionism' is now a dirty word for American opinion elite, Frank Luntz concedes
    • Citizen, that was an incredible interview with Luntz.

    • I was up there visiting this summer when it happened, and there were accusations coming from Toronto that the hip, young radio station anchors on their #1 Millennial rock station were anti-semites for siding with the Palestinians in the then ongoing war. These kids reacted with a quiet fury and called their accusers while on the radio and the talk was frank and something you would never hear on a radio down here. I was driving. I was so stunned I pulled over and listened with my mouth hanging open.

      Alberta is a very conservative province. These kids were having none of Israel's hasbara mouthed through the JDLniks in Toronto. They were so polite, but their arguments were devastating. Their main argument was the injustice, and they hounded it, taking umbrage and scorning anti-semitism slurs. They scoffed when the accuser tried to slip it by, and reverted to their recitation of facts, which they were reading from print and internet accounts. Their most powerful effect was the palpable sense of indignation that they would be brought to account for their sense of fair play.

    • They're all "afraid for their lives" by being hit with a barrage of words? Imagine how Palestinian kids feel with real bombs and bullets?

      Pussies.

    • The video shows a guy named Shane talking about a demonstration in downtown Calgary involving students from the University of Calgary, among others. What a crock of shit. I was there. None of what he said happened. The Jewish groups were organized by the JDL, which is rife in Canada (namely, Toronto) after they got kicked out of the US over 20 years ago. The JDL were flown and bussed in for this demo, and led by Ezra Levant in absentia. Calgary wasn't biting.

      And this kid says he is afraid for his life? Jeezuss. What a bunch of BS. Waiting for the check from Adelson?

  • Caltech prof says Israeli scientist passed NASA rocket secrets to his government
    • Yeah, wasn't this complaint used against Edward Snowden? That he could use the provided channels without retaliation? Look what happens. She should go toGlenn Greenwald. Hope she's reading this column, and takes the hint.

    • Why, Mooser? Isn't it true?

    • ivri,

      And what info has Israel shared with the US? Hmmn? What so-called brilliance does Israel have? Not much. The difference between Dubai, which was an actual sandbox in 1972, and what Israel has created since 1948 is glaring. Those little Muslims leave you in their wake.

    • Is there any way to trigger this feature for particular articles without posting a comment?

      Of course, arrange through your RSS feed.

  • Israel bans renowned doctor and human rights activist Mads Gilbert from entering Gaza for life
  • In mind-boggling contradiction, UNICEF Ambassador Robbie Williams books gig in Tel Aviv
  • 'We will make soap out of you!': Violent right-wing protest against Jerusalem art exhibit reflects rising anti-democratic tide in Israel
  • Sea change down under: Ex-Australian Foreign Minister announces himself a 'Friend of Palestine'
  • Dempsey bucks Obama line by praising Israelis for Gaza tactics
  • Evangelical Christians come under attack as more move to oppose Israeli occupation
  • In and out of love with Israel: Tzvia Thier's story
    • Bornajoo November 8, 2014, 2:24 pm

      According to ancient Chinese philosophy, the 10,000 year-old Navajo prophecies, and a few others with no substantial pedigree, this period will bring about a tremendous change in world religions or usher in their demise. It is to be a period of cataclysmic spiritual revolution that extends from now until 2044, but does not become discernible until 2024.

      I was thinking about that today when I heard that Il Papi ditched the Numero Uno Bishop in the US because the bishop worked against the Pope's efforts to revamp the Church, recognize gays, etc. My cousin worked in the Vatican Library. She said they consulted the prophecies, and ancient astronomical texts all the time. ;-) So who knows what we're in for. The Chinese were very exact about it over 200 years ago.

    • I agree, W jones. I gave the wrong impression above that my friend, Elie Wiesel's nephew (the one who died recently), was born in 1944. He was born in 1949. Wiesel's family stayed on in Sighet, after Elie, Bea, and Hilda left for Paris in 1944 or 45 (would need to check my diary). So people did stay. And as Wiesel described in his book (I explain above), when General Zhukov took Bucharest, he placed "returning Jews" in charge of police functions. Wiesel describes how the Sighet jail was used by Jewish police to punish the Russians who sided with the Nazis. Sighet is on the northernmost border, so one might logically assume that the replacement of local police with Jewish counterparts might have taken place across the country.

    • I agree. Usability trumps everything else.

    • @just,

      That would be explosive. ;-)

    • Citizen November 7, 2014, 11:46 am
      This is a very important witness article; how can we get it read in the US Congress?

      The Smithsonian has an oral story library. Phil should submit it.

    • Don’t forget the circumstances of her childhood. “I was born in Romania, in February 1944,…” and she had to face the choices

      Starting around page 147 (from memory) of Elie Wiesel's All Rivers Run to the Sea: Memoirs (1996), he recounts how the Russians arrived in Bucharest in January 1944. General Zhukov and his Russian troops were bearing down on the Nazis and couldn't spare soldiers to police their newly conquered area, so they hired "returning Jews" as local police. The future chief of Shin Bet, who changed his name to something Israeli-sounding, was one of them (it's in the book). I know from the family that the Russians reached Sighet where Wiesel and his nephew (my friend) were born by May 1944, and Wiesel in this book describes how the Sighet jail was used to punish, hang, and jail the Romanian elite who had sided with Hitler. Romania changed allegiances as soon as the Russians showed up.

  • Israel lobby stakes claim for Jerusalem at Supreme Court, but Kagan isn't buying
    • @Shingo, my final word on the topic on this thread, promise.

      Shingo November 6, 2014, 7:10 pm
      Thanks MRW.

      Will definitely read.

      Actually, Shingo, you just need to glance at it. ;-) It's a chart.

      But if you are willing to read something, here are 3.25 pages that are clear, concise, and really informative. Well worth your time over morning coffee, written by Dr. Pavlina Tcherneva who teaches Economics at Bard College, and is a fellow at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College.
      link to pavlina-tcherneva.net

      It's called "The 2 important charts everyone should see." (One notable point: the "Capital Account" in the chart on the bottom of page 2 is the Foreign Sector. That should help make the info clearer.]

    • Page: 94
    • Shingo, here's a visual of what it's become, but when you look at the 1991-2000 sector, remember that it came about as a result of the private sector going into heavy debt (re-fi-ing their houses to make ends meet) and the chickens came home to roost under Bush and Obama:
      link to mic.com

      This is a chart of what I'm talking about, however inartfully.

    • DoubleStandard November 6, 2014, 9:56 am
      Depends on where the power to issue passports derives from. If it falls under the naturalization and border control powers of Congress, than the law may be constitutional. It’s not so clear that passports are an issue of foreign — and not domestic — policy.

      Congress doesn't have naturalization and border control powers; it has the power to create laws. The power to issue passports currently rests with the Dept of State, part of the the executive branch.

    • Can the mods please fix the improper html in my "MRW November 6, 2014, 6:13 am" post?

      The offending part is book title in my first paragraph: ... National Debt/i>

      You need to add a "<" to complete the italics.

    • Sorry MRW, but that’s just financial gobbledegook.

      A surplus is can only be a nett positive for any country. What you are confusing is clever bookkeeping for finical reality. Clinton didn’t balance the budget. Yes, he was there when it happened. But the record shows that was about the extent of his contribution. […] Spending revenuw that does not exist is equally damaging as it created inflation.

      I’m not going to get into a pissing match with you, Shingo, ;-) this is neither the proper place nor venue. But I want to go on record that this is not financial gobbledegook. It’s macroeconomics, counterintuitive, and how it works is discussed in Frank N. Newman’s (2013-04-22) Freedom from National Debt/i>. He was the Deputy Treasurer of the US Treasury under Clinton 1993-1995. Nobody at Treasury or in Congress calls the IRS to see how much is in the kitty before spending. Congressionally appropriated spending, which comes first, is balanced by the public sale or auction of treasury securities, not tax revenue. The US is not revenue-constrained.

      Under the US system, tax revenue is a thermostat for the economy. You lower them in a cold economy, and increase when the economy is running red hot and there’s a danger of inflation which results (classically) from too much money chasing too few goods.

      As luck would it, I have Marriner Eccles’s “Memorandum for Richmond meeting—May 19, 1938” on my desk right now. Eccles was the brilliant first Federal Reserve chairman and the (Republican + Mormon) architect of FDR's New Deal. Can’t give you a link, I printed it out from the St. Louis Fed’s archives. In it, he discusses how deficit-spending and taxes are used to maintain a proper level of production in the economy, which our current yahoos (D & R) don’t know. That’s why we have financial capitalism and the widening maw between the rich and poor in this country.

    • yeah, i know you know, annie. ;-) and it's more than a little freaky. mo-fos.

    • but the justices are not deciding a political question

      But Lewin is asking them to. She is asking the court to make the issue of foreign policy, which is a sovereign issue under the purview of the President of the USA as Head of State and the Executive branch, a political issue to be decided in our Legislative or political branch. Further, she is asking to change our Constitution.

      We yokels don't like it.

    • Just thought of another one. What if some Taiwanese insist on have Taipei, China listed on their passports?

    • Walid November 5, 2014, 5:45 am
      Annie, I don’t like Hillary either but at least she’s honest and up front with her Israel-firster vocation.

      The danger with Hillary is that she will institute Bill's economic ideas and we'll have another Financial Crisis. Clinton's surplus was the cause. When you have a sovereign non-convertible fiat currency like ours, or Canada's, the government should never have a surplus nor try to balance its budget: it impoverishes the people. (govt surplus = private sector deficit). Fiat currency countries do not need revenue before they can spend because they issue their own currency. How does someone, or an entity, require from someone else that which they create themselves? And there ain't no factory in China manufacturing dollars that we borrow, that's an inanity.

      But state and local govts need revenue. They can't issue their own money; they're like Italy or Spain or Greece who gave up their sovereign currencies for the Euro. State and local govts need to earn income. And that was the problem with Bill; he brought the Arkansas edict to balance the budget to DC and, delayed by the dotcom and housing bubbles, caused the Financial Crisis of 2008, along with the mortgage CEO criminality Geithner refused to prosecute as NYC Fed Head.

      In our 238-year history we have either balanced the budget, or run a surplus, seven times at the federal level. First time? Andrew Jackson, 1836. Each time was followed by a depression. As Bloomberg crowed about the Clinton surplus 14 years ago, we haven't had a surplus like this since 1926-1929. No shit, sherlock.

      So who does Obama hire? The Cllinton surplus architect (Jack Lew), and he wonders why the recovery is at 1-2%.

      So. No. No Hillary.

    • It's even more than that, annie. If this right falls to Congress, think of the ramifications for people wanting their passports to say they live in X and not Y and their ability to pay their congressmen to help them.

      Our President is not only the Head of Government, like a Netanyahu or Stephen Harper, but he is the Head of State, like Peres was or the Queen. Very few countries have that.

      If the justices rule in Lewin's favor, it makes our Head of State a political position, and not a sovereign one. Sotomayor is 100% right on this. Kagan certainly gets it.

      This is ripping up our constitution. Foreign policy is the purview of the head of state, and our constitution states that in no uncertain terms.

      I wish I knew how/where to write to the SC, or if we even can. Do letters get through?

  • Is Israel the wallpaper in US culture?
    • Oh, how to praise himself.

      If there was a European city that movies came from it was Budapest, not Warsaw. Alexander Korda, and his brother Zoltan, Ernst Lubitsch, Ferenc Molnár, and a whole list of others you can read here.

      And don't forget that the "wyn" in Samuel Goldfish's name came from Canadian Archibald Selwyn, who was the brain behind the theatre and silent-film business that Sam Goldwyn hooked up with.

      This isn't to knock Sam Goldwyn, et al, but Hollywood insiders of the era will tell you that it was the Hungarians who brought the art and oomph that made American movies great.

  • Update: Why did Netanyahu respond to chickenshit with 'grassy knoll' remark?
    • Why weren't TPTB as assiduous in correcting Ahmadinejad's 2009 mistranslation? Where was the admin's apology then?

    • amigo,

      “your a fool if you think thats a serious article. or at least you should be ashamed to have been fooled so easily” dabakr

      What could be more foolish than a tribe of people believing they are chosen and the recipients of vast swathes of real estate.

      What could be more foolish than a bunch of people from a bunch of different countries calling themselves a tribe believing . . . .

  • Al Aqsa mosque is closed off for first time in 47 years as tensions flare
  • As AJC and CAMERA go after Jebreal for writing up Israeli 'hate policies,' 'NYT' backs her up
  • Sh*tstirring Jeffrey Goldberg dumps diplomatic sh*tstorm with 'chickensh*t' quote
    • Am I the only one who thinks that Jeffrey made up the quote?

      Count me in. Goldberg would never have published it if it were going to damage Netanyahu.

  • There are some things about Gaza that I still can't wrap my head around
    • Americans should see them. They should see what's being done in their name.

    • I second Mooser's opinion:

      What Israelis are afraid of is the remorseless working of things.

      And his addendum

      that can’t be bought off

      It's called the consequence of living in our time. That is something that Israelis can't escape. They will be judged in our time, not the biblical time they like to present as raison d'être.

      One of the curious things about pro-Israeli NYC Jews that I noticed when I lived there is that they use the present tense when talking about the past. So, is it hard-wired?

    • Everyone should see that "An Israeli Soldier’s Story – Eran Efrati [VIDEO, 40:05]."

      If you can't stand to watch the whole thing, the last 10 minutes will do it.

  • Israeli president's diagnosis -- 'Israel is a sick society' -- doesn't go viral in the U.S.
    • “Because Palestinian society is a society that elected to lead it a terrorist organization.”

      Which is exactly what the Brits said about us in 1776.

  • The ice floe
    • The only way to solve this is through a rights-based legal approach. [...] The guilty get punished. We need to get back on that track.

      Yeah, it's called justice. And it should be applied equally.

  • 'Another Jew!' Speakers at 'Klinghoffer' rally blame Jews for promoting anti-Semitism
  • 'Settlement endorsement should be put on a par with racism, sexism, homophobia and anti-Semitism' --British pol
  • Judt on Brooks and Friedman's role in pushing the criminal invasion of Iraq
    • No shit, Sherlock. Felled by what Ron Unz calls the mediocracy.

    • I miss him, too. I used to call him occasionally before his pain got too bad to gnash my teeth and commiserate with him. He had that knowing little grunt.

    • One minor observation though: I was disappointed to see Judt brandish all and everyone who wasn’t a neocon an “isolationist”.

      He didn't. Reread it the post, since you haven't read the book yet.

  • Europe wearies of Netanyahu's diversions
    • I would be (pleasantly) shocked to read a sympathetic article to Israel in the FT, The (London) Times, The Guardian or The Economist. To be fair this attitude is also present in other (West) European countries

      Ya' think that might be a clue?

    • It's called NSA conversations.

    • ivri, or is it inri?

      Get off Masada.

    • Yeah, but "Europe" has these little irritants called voters.

    • Israel is a theocracy with a messianic complex.

    • Don't forget that Ford and Carter became great friends after Ford's presidency until Ford's death. Carter does not suffer fools. Walter Cronkite said in 2003 when asked who was the smartest Prez of the seven he covered: Carter, by far, he said. Cronkite said that Carter's grasp of macro and micro issues was so prodigious that he had to study for two days before interviewing him. Only President that he had to do that with.

    • Gerald Ford, it was once said, could not chew gum and walk at the same time.

      Because the White House Press Corps specifically and purposefully spent two years destroying him because they were pissed he pardoned Nixon. They used photographic outtakes to make him look like a bumbling fool when, according to Teddy White, Ford was the most physically coordinated and graceful President of the 20th C. They did it on purpose, and crowed afterward that they "made Chevy Chase's career."

    • Everybody is fed up with Israel. It's like a rampaging friend or relative you finally want to march into a shrink.

    • Good points, amigo.

    • OT, but not.

      I highly recommend Christa Tippett's On Being interview this weekend with French-American anthropologist SCOTT ATRAN —
      Hopes and Dreams in a World of Fear
      link to onbeing.org

      An antidote to the screeching pro-Netanyahu/Bennett American extremists we have here in America (note to foreigners here on MW) who have become so tedious, to the Sam Harrises and Bill Mahers that spout Islamophobia to the hoi polloi from their media perches, and to the small-mindedness we exhibit as Americans because we can't imagine an advanced civilization.

  • The Center for Jewish Life is stifling free speech at Princeton University
  • British Parliament votes overwhelmingly to recognize Palestinian state
    • Shmuel,

      I'm not a committee man, but surely you remember the discussion some years ago here about the American Jewish Sephardic tradition doing combat with the newly arrived Ashkenazi tradition in 19th C American Jewish religious life. The Ashkenazis won, btw.

      The Sephardics, (Sephardim) who made up the majority of American Jews from the early 1500s to the mid-1800s, and who were descendent from the migration out of Spain of the noble and educated Jewish class, didn't believe in The Other. Their readings of the Talmud and Torah didn't set up this dichotomy; they resisted and resented the Ashkenazi pilpul because it 'wasn't scientific and rational'. I can't reference files I have in my library about this because they have been wiped from the web. They are from years of reading David Shasha's monthly email newsletters (in an annoying .doc format ;-)) in which he published Jewish Sephardic scholars discussing these arcane points. Extraordinarily thoughtful commentaries.

      Anyway, I think you accused American unfairly of racism. That's all I sayin', my friend.

    • Shmuel, "I see the frustration and the logic, but fighting racism with racism is counter-productive. "

      On this side of the pond, we call it satire . . . we're not as good at it, nor as subtle, as the Brits, but our coarseness gets the point across.

    • But it acts as a testing of the waters. Even though there are 650 MPs, as Boomer quotes Juan Cole below, the public reaction to this will tell the tale. Count on the hasbara teams to go into high gear. Their problem is the revulsion against what happened this past summer. And the fact that the number of Millennials globally ain't gonna' buy it.

  • Andrew Sullivan should stop giving a pass to Sam Harris and Bill Maher's bigotry
    • @Donald,

      . . . it would be a great step forward if people like Sullivan would go so far as to admit that suicide bombings and beheadings are no worse than the preferred Western methods of killing innocents . . .

      I could not agree more. I find that as I age, my lack of patience with the sophistry of nationally sanctioned murder stabs me with visceral derision and disgust. I heard a show on NPR with Millennials this past week, and how they reject the American Exceptionalism poobah and doodah; I do too. The bleating, the highhandedness, the self-righteous presumption that we can end lives because we exist über alles, because we're Americans, leaves me cold, leaves me repulsed by our lack of moral character.

      We've now bought the concept of The Other that we can do anything to when this country was formed on the idea that we are a nation of Others governed by law.

  • Wiesel lauds settlers for 'strengthening the Jewish presence in Jerusalem' -- and expelling Palestinians
    • Smart comment.

    • @Mooser,

      Yeah, I alluded to it here nearly four years ago. I never expected my friend to go first. link to mondoweiss.net

    • Boomer, I wrote about this story, too, above: link to mondoweiss.net

      I didn't know that 'The British guy' was Tim Judah. But it wasn't a "female Arab reporter." It was the Israeli filmmaker Vanessa Lapa. She was promoting her new film, The Decent One.

      It was a remarkable exchange, wasn't it.

    • Tweet

      Guardian: British MPs likely to recognise #Palestine as a state in symbolic vote. link to t.co pic.twitter.com/r727SK06LL

      — Jon Donnison (@JonDonnison) October 10, 2014

    • OT-ish, but related to this.

      To all who live in NYC, You might want to see this film. You have until October 14.

      I just listened to a BBC World Service (show: Weekend, Oct. 11) interview of Vanessa Lapa, an Israeli documentary filmmaker, who made The Decent One...but wait until you hear what she said! First the blurb from NYC's Film Forum website:

      We can have but one desire as to what is said about us: These German officers, these German soldiers – they were decent.” – Heinrich Himmler. A recently discovered cache of hundreds of personal letters, diaries, and photographs belonging to the Nazi Gestapo chief seems to reveal a thoughtful, loving husband and devoted father to his daughter, Gudrun. The documents were hidden in Tel Aviv for decades and sold to the father of the Israeli documentary filmmaker, Vanessa Lapa. She has fashioned a fascinating case study: a portrait of the man responsible for some of the worst atrocities of the Second World War, who thought of himself in heroic terms. Psychologists, historians, and moralists have long debated how seemingly ordinary people can do monstrous things. The jaw-dropping discrepancies Lapa discovers between Himmler’s self-image and his historical role cast a new, piercing light on the human capacity for self-delusion.

      She is showing it across the US.

      In the interview (which we can't access online from the US) with the BBC announcer and another British guy, she says that--and this is a rough paraphrase--considering all that Jews went through in the Holocaust, it is stunning to her that the Israelis would treat the Palestinians as they do. She was describing the reactions to her film before Berlin and Tel Aviv audiences, how it hit them in totally different ways. She said Israelis couldn't see the similarities in themselves.

      Apparently the film is riveting. The British guy had seen it and described it effusively. But when Lapa said that it was imperative for Israelis to realize that what they were doing to the Palestinians is no different than what the 'decent, loving Germans' had done during WWII, the BBC announcer asked the other British guy to comment. Mr. British guy said, "I'm not going there!" Lapa said this is an essential conversation to have and that we must have it. She said that we cannot shove our history under the rug because it's unpleasant. Mr. British guy said, "Well...I...I, I, I...don't agree with many of the things you're saying." Clearly caught off guard and awkward moment, especially with hundreds of millions of BBC listeners are on the other end. Lapa was not being passionate; she was quiet and reflective.

      She kept it up saying that maybe she will be able to provoke a conversation in Los Angeles 'because it must be had' until the BBC announcer managed to get her to change the subject.

      THE DECENT ONE
      12:30, 2:40, 4:50, 7:00, 9:15
      Through Tuesday, October 14
      209 West Houston St. west of 6th Ave.

    • My friend, Elie Wiesel's nephew, died last Sunday night in Romania. Now I can say what Elie's family from Sighet (Romania, where Elie was born) told me to my face. Elie Wiesel was never at Auschwitz and he made up Night. "He's all bullshit," they said. They laughed at him, and at "the stupid Americans" for believing him.

  • Fineman and Robinson blast Sam Harris and HBO for promoting ignorance about Islam
    • Fascinating lecture. Thank you.

    • And Tomasky can put down his iPhone, which is only possible because of discoveries in Islamic Science.

    • Correction: this should read: "An extreme example are the camel-driven tribes of Saudi Arabia deciding over 200 years ago to create Wahhabism, and hating the Sufis until after the start of the 21st C.

    • I agree with Fineman. I watched that painful Maher/Harris glennbecky routine on Islam and cringed at their ignorance, and the always-there-to-make-America-go-along-with-you statement about "women's rights."

      Newsflash. The right and necessity of treating women equal to me is enshrined in the Koran, and has been there since Day One of its writing. The only Abrahamic religion to do so.

      From Dr. Aftab Ahmad Khan's explanation about Muslim women and their religious rights:

      The right in inheritance, 12 centuries before it dawned on European Christians and Jews:

      "Unto the men (of a family) belongeth a share of that which parents and nearer kindred leave, and unto the women a share of that which parents and near kindred leave, whether it be little or much - a legal share" (Koran 4:7)

      Ending the pre-Islamic act of female infanticide when a daughter was considered inauspicious:

      "He hideth himself from the folk because of the evil of that whereof he hath had tidings, (asking himself): Shall he keep it in contempt, or bury it beneath the dust. Verily evil is their judgment" (Koran 16:58-59).

      Education for both men and women is a mandatory requirement in Islam:

      "Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Are those who know equal with those who know not? But only men of understanding will pay heed" (Koran 39:9)

      Forced marriages, "honor" killings, and women's confinement to the home have no endorsement in Islam:

      "O mankind! Be careful of your duty to your Lord Who created you from a single soul and from it created its mate and from them twain hath spread abroad a multitude of men and women. Be careful of your duty toward God in Whom ye claim (your rights) of one another, and toward the wombs (that bear you)" (Koran 4:1)

      There is no priestcraft in Islam, no hierarchy, no Pope, rabbis, pastors, or bishops. They only have scholars. Islam is the relationship between you and God (Allah) and the words of the Koran. There is no idolatry--a big no-no--which is why they get so pissed at people attempting to produce a face of Mohammed.

      The myriad of different sects is the result of groups of like-minded people getting together and saying X passage in the Koran means Y. An extreme example are the camel-driven tribes of Saudi Arabia deciding to create Wahhabism, and hating the Sufis until after the start of the 21st C.

      On the other hand,

      The Kingdom of Morocco under the leadership of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdullah, known as King Mohammed III, was the first country in the world to recognise the United States of America as an independent nation in 1777. This historic act by the North African Muslim kingdom highlights the relationship then existing between America’s Masonic leaders and the Moors. Before exploring this strange connection further we need to understand the part played by the Moors in the transmission of knowledge to Europe.

      Moor is the classical name in Europe of the Muslim people of North Africa. In Spain, where Muslims ruled for over five hundred years, Arabs are still called Moros. The term “Moor” came to be synonymous with “Muslim” in many contexts, for example the Muslim communities in the Philippines are known to this day as Moros. The Supreme Wisdom of the Moors, much of it derived from ancient Egypt, has come to be known as “Moorish Science”.

      The Moors provided the vital link between ancient and modern civilisation. The light of knowledge which illuminated the Moorish lands of Spain and Sicily was instrumental in dispelling the gloom of ignorance that enveloped mediaeval Europe.

      “It was under the influence of Arabian and Moorish revival of culture,” writes Robert Briffault in The Making of Humanity, “and not in the 15th century, that the real renaissance took place. Spain and not Italy, was the cradle of the rebirth of Europe. After sinking lower and lower in barbarism, it had reached the darkest depths of ignorance and degradation when the cities of the Saracenic world Baghdad, Cairo, Cordova, Toledo, were growing centres of civilisation and intellectual activity. It was there that the new life arose which was to grow into a new phase of human evolution. From the time when the influence of their culture made itself felt, began the stirring of a new life.”

      The Orientalist Stanley Lane-Poole acknowledged the great impact Moorish civilisation had on Europe when he wrote:

      For nearly eight centuries under her Muslim rulers Spain set to all Europe a shining example of a civilized and enlightened state. Art, literature and science prospered as they then prospered nowhere else in Europe. Students flocked from France and Germany and England to drink from the fountains of learning which flowed only in the cities of the Moors. The surgeons and doctors of Andalusia were in the vanguard of science; women were encouraged to devote themselves to serious study, and a lady doctor was not unknown among the people of Cordova.1

      1. Stanley Lane-Poole, Studies in a Mosque

  • Bill de Blasio ruins the liberal Zionists' glorious hour
    • DC will be the last place to change, and politicians will only change when they hear from their constituents. All the donor money in the world means nothing if no one will vote for you.

    • But I’m done as an American being a silent stooge while Israeli militarist madness fuels hatred and sets the stage for war.

      Yep. That's how everyone I talk to these days feels, except they haven't spoken out yet. It's going to be a 'hundredth monkey' or 'tipping point' kind of thing, but they've already crossed the rubicon (small r).

    • “Where are you?” and me answering, “by the Kotel, in Jerusalem, in Israel.”

      (1) As if the person calling you wouldn't know that?

      (2) You would have to add "in Israel?" Reminds me of when every seven-year-old discovers, "I live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North America, Northern Hemisphere, Planet Earth, Milky Way, The Universe.

    • The way to take it on is to oppose the root cause, the ideology of Jewish privilege. Liberal Zionists can’t do that.

      But Gentiles can and will. It's already happening sotto voce--believe me--out of ennui and disgust (Gaza). The issue is whether Liberal Zionists (1) understand the need for it, (2) will allow it, especially without the usual label and career-killing cudgels, (3) can embrace the populist American value to expose issues and create transparency, and (4) can endure it without feeling threatened. I doubt it.

  • Read the genocidal sermon a notable Atlanta rabbi gave this Rosh Hashanah
    • "Is it good for the Jews?" ;-)

    • Just because Western politicians and media outlets are (belatedly) paying attention to the group doesn’t mean that either its savagery or the danger it poses is being exaggerated.

      Just because Western politicians and media outlets ignore Israel's massacre of citizens and white phosphorous barbecuing of babies doesn’t mean that either its savagery or the danger it poses is being exaggerated.

    • The rabbi exemplifies either insanity or stupidity: there are 1.4 billion Muslims on the planet, one-fifth the world's population; mostly in places far removed from the Middle East. What he is doing in this country, however, is the rabbinical equivalent of sedition.

    • One thing I noticed about Lewis’s lengthy sermon was that to him it was perfectly self-evident that everything wrong in the world was somebody else’s fault. . . . Am I the only one who feels a certain level of despair about this?

      No, you aren't.

    • Moose, why aren't you there today? ;-)

    • Tribal unity is what done it!

      Yep. And what does it.

    • He sounds like Adelson's daughter; what a mouth on her.

    • Bryan, thoughtful comment.

      Economists of all political stripes will tell you that Marx wrote the most intelligent and enduring explanation of capitalism, and that it stands up today. Einstein had to escape Europe after the uproar across the continent in 1921 (check out The Times of London archives) of his alleged plagiarism of other scientists' relativity work; the Nobel committee had to postpone his announced prize as a result until 1922 to find something else to give him a prize for (they chose the photovoltaic cell). The director of the Freud institute or foundation in NYC discovered in Freud's diaries and letters in the 1970s or 80s that he was a pedophile, and called him a phony; this was a New York City revelation that was squashed and didn't make it much past the Hudson.

  • 'Ethnic cleansing for a better world' -- Richard Cohen says Palestinians brought the Nakba on themselves
    • l“Jewish State” can only be a religion-supremacist construct primarily of and for Jews.

      Or like Iran, only less accommodating of other religions.

    • "but let’s be real."
      How true.

    • It’s useful to have someone lifting the veil and showing how little difference there is between some ISIS thug and their Western counterparts.

      Good line and accurate.

    • Monoculture is stupid IMO. Cuts out too much potential. Spain shouldn’t have expelled its Jews- England didn’t and England did much better in the 17th century.

      Spain expelled first its Muslims (1480s), then its Jews (1492), because Isabella wanted the Pope to relocate The Holy See to Spain. She thought it would burnish Spain's Catholic bonafides. Her real purpose, of course, was in extending her husband's empire.

  • NYT's opening to a 'fringe voice' excites rage from Israeli army, journalism, business leaders
    • In 1967 Nassar was openly calling for the elimination of the Jewish population of Palestine and moved his army up for that purpose.

      What an absolute crock! Complete BS.

      British journalist Alan Hart, who reported for ITN's Panorama throughout the 1967 war, wrote:

      For more than two years previously Dayan had been in the political wilderness. After a number of threats to do so, he had resigned as minister of agriculture in November 1964. The main reason for his departure from government was his opposition to Eshkol’s Sharett-like moderation in general and, in particular, Eshkol’s refusal, supported by Chief of Staff Rabin, to be interested in the Greater Israel project. By responding swiftly and positively to a suggestion from King Hussein for a secret dialogue when he became prime minister, Eshkol had demonstrated that he did want Israel to live within its existing borders and to make peace with the Arabs on that basis. The developing dialogue between Jordan and Israel was, of course, a red rag to Dayan’s bull because it signalled that, in Eshkol’s vision of the future, the West Bank including East Jerusalem (if it was not internationalized by peace) would stay in Arab hands. It would not be up for grabs by gut-Zionism if Eshkol had his way. This view was reinforced by the policy statement that came with Rabin’s five-year plan for the IDF which, as I noted in the previous chapter (in Volume Two), declared that Israel could realise its national goals within existing borders.

      The political wilderness into which Dayan went was not so lonely a place. He had Ben-Gurion and Peres for company after they formed a breakaway party. The three of them had hoped that it would be the vehicle through which, by democratic means, they could oblige Eshkol to do their bidding or resign.

      On the day before Dayan was imposed on Prime Minister Eshkol as minister of defence, I was waiting with my ITN camera crew to doorstep him as he left the office where he devoted time to his hobby, archaeology. Because of the quality of my sources (former DMI Chaim Herzog was one of them), I knew that Israel’s one-eyed warlord was about to become minister of defence. I did not expect him to say anything newsworthy on camera but it was worth a try. He was alone when we filmed him walking towards us to his car. If I asked him, “Do you think there will be war?” he would have said “No.” So I settled for, “How do you see the future?” I asked the question as he was passing the camera without the intention, it seemed, of answering.

      The enigma stopped and smiled. There was no mistaking the conspirator’s twinkle in his one eye. Then, to illustrate the four little words he was about to utter, he made a come-hither gesture with the index finger of his right hand. “The desert is beckoning.” I said to my film crew, “That means Israel will go to war in a matter of days, probably on Monday morning.” (Which would be 5 June.)

      For Dayan the war of 1967 was the unfinished business of 1948-49.

      The main point is that the creation of a Greater Israel, the second Zionist fait accompli, did not come about by design. When it went to war, the IDF’s objective as determined by the government was not the creation of Greater Israel. That just happened on the battlefield as Dayan seized opportunities as they opened up. The opportunities were there because the Arabs were not intending to attack Israel; because of Israel’s overwhelming military superiority; because the Johnson administration delayed a Security Council resolution demanding a ceasefire; and because of what the IDF did to prevent the Johnson administration limiting Dayan’s war aims once the fighting was underway.

      The Great Cover-Up of the 1967 Arab–Israeli war had to do with the IDF’s attack on the American spy ship, the U.S.S. Liberty, and the cold-blooded murder, by Israeli forces, of 34 members of its crew and the wounding of 171 others, 75 of them seriously. It is impossible to make sense of what really happened in June 1967 without understanding why Israeli forces attacked the Liberty.

      The Six Day War marked a turning point—the embrace of Israel by the Jews of the world, who were misled to believe that the Arab Goliath was intending to slay the Israeli David.

  • Netanyahu erases the boundary between world Jewry and Israel in celebration of 'our country'
    • Yeah, I was just going to say that he's comes off as a pope, with an out-of-touch idea of his own importance. He's passing himself off as King of the Jews, isn't he? And making it foundational that all Jews hence forth shall be blamed for the sins of Israel, whether they participate in its policies or not, because Israel--now his world empire--is the virtual nation of all Jews on the planet.

      As long as the host country keeps coughing up. . . .

  • Another scholar cancels at U of Illinois, saying school doesn't 'protect faculty from donors'
    • “This is a book of great importance to our society. It deserves to transform our understanding of integrity and achievement and success. William Deresiewicz is a genuine humanist with a profound faith in the promise of democracy, and he has an uncommon gift for wisdom without platitudes. Excellent Sheep is a withering analysis of the transactional spirit that rules American education and American life, and an inspiring example of a better ideal. A true teacher speaks here. He has my admiration and my gratitude.” (Leon Wieseltier)

      “William Deresiewicz’s book is in and of itself a higher education, and to read it is to learn what’s a college for. The author is an inspired teacher, and his lesson is of a truth sorely needing to be told.” (Lewis Lapham)

      "It might surprise the countless students competing for admission to Harvard, Yale, and Stanford that they could be fighting for a dubious prize. But in this probing indictment, a former Yale professor accuses America’s top universities of turning young people into tunnel-visioned careerists, adept at padding their résumés and filling their bank accounts but unprepared to confront life’s most important questions. . . . An urgent summons to a long-overdue debate over what universities do and how they do it." (Bryce Christensen Booklist (starred review))

    • William Deresiewicz's new book (9/16 pub date?) Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life is one of the more fascinating books I've read in a long time. I'm two-thirds of the way through it, and I'm enthralled. Didn't expect it at all.

  • 'Civility' is for dancing classes, not universities, and is tool of pro-Israel political operatives -- Franke
    • American,

      They attack people like a pack of hyenas , defame, slander them, lie, cost them their jobs. And then demand everyone else be ‘civil’

      Got that right.

      The articles were from Dr. Norman Doidge (correct spelling), who wrote the book The Brain That Changes Itself.

      Doidge said that new neuroscience proved: Our behavior creates the culture, and culture rewires the brain. And not the other way around as was thought throughout the 20th C.

  • US elites are vulnerable to donor pressure on Israel question
    • Jeremy Hardy:

      The world would be a fair more peaceful place if foreign office staff had contented themselves with drawing pudendum on portraits of reigning monarchs, instead of carving out the world from a desk in Whitehall.

      ;-)

    • Should we call it Jewish money? I disagree, because I don’t like lumping all Jews, even if it’s all rich Jews, into one group.

      It's Jewish money. Tell the truth.

      People have no problem labeling a pile of dough "American money" or "Christian money" or "Mafia money" even though it's lumping Americans, Christians, or mobsters into a group. Why should Jews get a pass? That's the question you should be answering.

  • No Surprise Dep't: David Brooks's son is in Israeli army
    • I agree. It matters a lot, especially when it's not talked about, hidden from discussion by the NYT and NPR/PBS, as if it has to be handled delicately.

      It's dual loyalty, and Brooks deserves to be confronted about it.

  • Russell Tribunal on Palestine: Delegitmisation of Israeli apartheid has to happen in the courtroom too
    • This is the story from that link you gave, Mayhem. You have misrepresented what Eva Jasiewicz was doing there, and merely copied the opinion of the writer of the article above.

      Yesterday, Israeli and Polish activists met in the ruins of Warsaw’s old Jewish Ghetto.

      The activists sprayed ‘Liberate All Ghettos’ in Hebrew, followed by ‘Free Gaza and Palestine’ in English on a wall of an original block in the ghetto. The block is across the street from the last fragment of the remaining perimeter wall of the Ghetto. They also hung Palestinian flags from the wall.

      This was first time such an action took place in the ghetto.

      Yonatan Shapira former Israeli Air Force captain and now refusnik and BDS activist said:

      ‘Most of my family came from Poland and many of my relatives were killed in the death camps during the Holocaust. When I walk in what was left from the Warsaw Ghetto I can’t stop thinking about the people of Gaza who are not only locked in an open air prison but are also being bombarded by fighter jets, attack helicopters and drones, flown by people whom I used to serve with before my refusal in 2003.

      I am also thinking about the delegations of young Israelis that are coming to see the history of our people but also are subjected to militaristic and nationalistic brainwashing on a daily basis. Maybe if they see what we wrote here today they will remember that oppression is oppression, occupation is occupation, and crimes against humanity are crimes against humanity, whether they have been committed here in Warsaw or in Gaza’.

      Ewa Jasiewicz, activist with Kampania Palestyna and one of the co-ordinators of the Free Gaza Movement who just returned from participating in the Freedom Flotilla said:

      `Yonatan could have been the pilot in the Blackhawk that dropped commandos onto the Mavi Marmara that killed nine activists from our flotilla. I could have been one of them. Poland is full of the ruins of ghettos and death camps and shrines to those who sacrificed their lives in the defence of not just their communities but in resistance to fascism.

      People here need to wake up and realise that occupations and ghettos did not end with the end of the second world war. These tactics and strategies of domination and control of other people and lands are present in Palestine today and are being perpetrated by the state of Israel. We have a responsibility to free all ghettos and end all occupations’.

    • s it really a big name jury, though? It has people like Vandana Shiva and Roger Waters on the panel. Now Ms Shiva has more gravitas than waters, but her expertise does not lie in war crimes

      Juries are not filled with subject matter experts. It is a jury of your peers, regular folk, although in this case 'big name'.

    • Vandana Shiva views herself primarily as a physicist, which is her training.

  • Keffiyehs in Harlem in 'Ghetto to Gaza' rap
  • The rabbi at the shitshow
    • @annie,

      they even have more concise words to describe this human condition*: link to answers.yahoo.com

      There's an even better word. The Greek word "idiotes."

      “The original Greek word “idiotes” referred to people who might have had a high IQ, but were so self-involved that they focused exclusively on their own life and were both ignorant of and uncaring about public concerns and the common good.”

      [...]
      In the old Greek City States a man who looked after his own affairs exclusively, and did not bear any share of the burdens of public responsibility was called an idiotes.

  • Did Snowden blow the whistle because of the US special relationship with Israel?
  • Senator Warren's progressive supporters demand accountability for her rightwing pro-Israel positioning
    • That's because the Irish read, amigo. Americans don't read history unless it's a university course. Irish high school education is university level here. You wouldn't believe what we're pumping out now.

    • I thought I read somewhere that her Harvard professor husband, Bruce Mann, was heavily involved with Israel, but I can't find a link.

  • The elephant in the room, in Marin County
    • Not too far off, Shmuel. The trunk could hold a US Treasury Credit Card.

    • I think it needs a caption on the bottom for those who won't get it, and it should be plain-speaking:

      What We're Not Allowed To Talk About
      (according to the Israel Lobby)

  • Yale president's office was involved from the gitgo in blowup over Yale chaplain's letter
    • Moreover, it speaks strongly to the Israeli Lobby corruption of American life, values, and intellectual freedom over the last 30 years. We're nearing a tipping point, I fear. How can the Lobby not see that everyone is taking note of this piling on, and that one day it's going to explode? As Andy Dufresne said to the Warden in The Shawshank Redemption, "How can you be so obtuse?"

  • 'Stop$30Billion' coalition unveils new digital billboard in Albuquerque, NM

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