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  • Young survivors of Gaza beach slaughter three years ago 'lost their minds'
  • Clinton lost because PA, WI, and MI have high casualty rates and saw her as pro-war, study says
    • "But U.S. casualties, though unevenly distributed, are small "

      I think you need to factor in suicide deaths. At an average of 22 a day that number is not small. This is completely understandable. When you send normal people to go kill other normal (albeit different) people you have to expect a significant number will be unable to live with the crimes they've committed. I always watch Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July" on the the 4th to remind myself of how deep the wound of war can be even to those who are not wounded. I think Ron Kovic contemplated suicide but in the end became a force for good. The same can be said of other courageous veterans such as Chelsea Manning. But there are many more who I suppose cannot cope with the guilt of having been involved in the slaughter of innocent men, women and children and cope with it by taking their own lives....

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military_veteran_suicide

  • MIT President meets with rightwing pro-settlement Israeli leader
    • What a hypocrite. His family immigrates to Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and finally the United States so he can have a better life and he doesn't have the humanity to see that his "guest" won't even fathom permitting people indigenous to Palestine returning to their homelands from which they were expelled.

      On the other hand he probably knows this but having a prestigious title, fancy house and BMW are just too precious to risk to stand up against this thug. What a Gollum...

  • Where do we go from here? Our thoughts & yours on the US election
    • "Proceed as you have – provide clear eyed, perspicacious, thoughtful reporting on things related to the ‘War of Ideas in the Middle East’. You provide something that I treasure and support and promote as best I can."

      I couldn't agree more. We need more of what you do. Thanks.

  • Palestinians join Standing Rock Sioux to protest Dakota Access Pipeline
  • Jill Stein defends BDS in CNN town hall
    • Ajuma Baraka's philosophy is very much descendant from Malcom X. I noticed that Cuomo tried to smear him with regard to his calling Obama an "Uncle Tom." Actually that's a direct reference to a great speech given my Malcom at Michigan State University in 1963. And I thought it was appropriate in the context that Malcom describes. The problem is that we have a political class that finds "name calling" of our political figures a much greater crime than say their violent behavior (in Obama's case the use of drones and special forces to kill suspected "terrorists" while killing hundreds of civilians in his path).

      Here's an excerpt:

      "So now you have a twentieth-century-type of house Negro. A twentieth-century Uncle Tom. He's just as much an Uncle Tom today as Uncle Tom was 100 and 200 years ago. Only he's a modern Uncle Tom. That Uncle Tom wore a handkerchief around his head. This Uncle Tom wears a top hat. He's sharp. He dresses just like you do. He speaks the same phraseology, the same language. He tries to speak it better than you do. He speaks with the same accents, same diction. And when you say, "your army," he says, "our army." He hasn't got anybody to defend him, but anytime you say "we" he says "we." "Our president," "our government," "our Senate," "our congressmen," "our this and our that." And he hasn't even got a seat in that "our" even at the end of the line. So this is the twentieth-century Negro. Whenever you say "you," the personal pronoun in the singular or in the plural, he uses it right along with you. When you say you're in trouble, he says, "Yes, we're in trouble."

      http://ccnmtl.columbia.edu/projects/mmt/mxp/speeches/mxa17.html

  • Video: Gaza family mourns children who burned to death
    • Thank you thank you xanadou. Jon S's comment was so pathological I really was too angry to respond. You said it better than I ever could. I'm sick and tired of the apologists for the genocidal sadistic Israelite government.

  • Reebok backtracks on Israel Independence Day-inspired sneaker (Updated)
    • From Ali Abunimah at EI. It sounds like the main Reebok group didn't even know about this and that it was a "consumer initiative" whatever that means.

      https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/reebok-cancels-sneaker-celebrating-israels-independence

      International sportswear maker Reebok has canceled and repudiated plans to market a special edition sneaker celebrating what Israel calls its “Independence Day.”

      “Reebok would like to distance itself from the shoe,” the US-headquartered company told The Electronic Intifada in an emailed statement. “The shoe was a one-off initiative from one of our consumers. We do not support this initiative.”

      Reebok, which is owned by Germany’s Adidas Group, added that its Israel distributor “has withdrawn its plans to auction off this shoe.”

      Palestinians are welcoming the move.

  • Video: Meet Ahmad Dawabshe, the five-year-old survivor of the Duma firebombing
    • Thanks Dan. Ma'an is reporting that Ahmad will be visiting Real Madrid on March 17th. Ahmad is a great fan of Ronaldo and Madrid and I can imagine the excitement he must feel. Rarely do Americans consider the children's lives their tax dollars go to destroy but these children are like our children with the same desires for happiness and hopes and dreams. I cry for them everyday.

      http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=770581

      Best luck to you and Max on the film!

  • Palestinian killed by Israeli army during rescue mission to retrieve soldiers lost after using mobile directions app 'Waze'
    • I have always boycotted the Waze app. What kind of fool would design an app that encourages texting while driving? How many people have been killed or seriously injured in accidents by people texting information in Waze?

  • Roger Waters points out that Palestinian children can't visit the sea
  • Banksy's bold statement on Syrian refugees
    • I'm pretty old so I actually remember watching this commercial in my early 20s. It was around the same time I read Chomsky's seminal work "The Fateful Triangle" and was becoming aware of the P/I conflict.

      Thanks for all you do. I'll continue to support MW as much as I am able.

    • "what appears to be an early model of an Apple computer..."

      Has it been that long? He's carrying the original Macintosh computer introduced by the classic Orwell "1984" ad that was played during the Superbowl.

  • Mourners of Gaza mother and child killed in airstrike urge resistance-- '3rd, 4th, 5th intifada, whatever it takes'
    • Ramzy Baroud nails it in his recent article Of Course it's an Intifada: This is What you must Know

      (http://www.ramzybaroud.net/of-course-it-is-an-intifada-this-is-what-you-must-know/)

      "Much of our current discussion regarding the protests in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and as of late at the Gaza border is centred on Israeli priorities, not Palestinian rights, which is clearly prejudiced. Once more, Israel is speaking of ‘unrest’ and ‘attacks’ originating from the ‘territories’, as if the priority is guaranteeing the safety of the armed occupiers – soldiers and extremist settlers, alike.

      "Rationally, it follows that the opposite state of ‘unrest’, that of ‘quiet’ and ‘lull’, are when millions of Palestinians agree to being subdued, humiliated, occupied, besieged and habitually killed or, in some cases, lynched by Israeli Jewish mobs or burned alive, while embracing their miserable fate and carrying on with life as usual.

      "The return to ‘normalcy’ is thus achieved; obviously, at the high price of blood and violence, which Israel has a monopoly on, while its actions are rarely questioned, Palestinians can then assume the role of the perpetual victim, and their Israeli masters can continue manning military checkpoints, robbing land and building yet more illegal settlements in violation of international law."

  • U.S. is even more implicated in Israeli settlement project than we thought
    • Yes, and it wasn't just the Puritans either. The highest Catholic authorities condoned this genocide as well....

      In 1493, one such bull, the pronouncement Inter Caetera, granted Spain "full and free power, authority, and jurisdiction of every kind" over non-Christian people in the new land. It declared that "the Catholic faith and the Christian religion be exalted and be everywhere increased and spread, that the health of souls be cared for and that barbarous nations be overthrown and brought to the faith itself."

      This bull and others like it gave license to the domination of native peoples, arguing that because they were not Christian, they lacked human rights. Instead of being encountered like human beings, native people were said to have been "discovered," like some new species of animal.

      In time, the bulls grew into an international norm known as the "Doctrine of Discovery," which played a crucial role in justifying European claims in the Americas, and inspired U.S. western expansion

      http://ncronline.org/news/peace-justice/intergenerational-grief-cheyenne-river-indian-reservation

  • Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel clarifies position on campaign to cancel Matisyahu show
    • I visited this website (http://www.rototomsunsplash.com/en/) and the first thing you see in huge letters is "PEACE WINS" and I thought about how in reality most musicians are just looking out for themselves and only have an interest in how much money they can make doing something they like to do. If these other musicians really believed in "PEACE WINS" they would boycott this event and refuse to share the same stage with "Yahu or whatever his name is. But of course they won't because they really don't care whether peace wins or peace loses.

  • Roundtable on the Palestinian solidarity movement and Alison Weir
    • Point taken. Perhaps it was poorly worded. I wasn't trying to denounce the author--I was trying to highlight the JC comment at the beginning of the article. As you said I could have used the text from the remainder of article as well to make the same point. No argument there.

    • A week ago MW published an interesting article about BBC interviewing children in Gaza. Quoting from the article "Did the BBC cover up the anti-Semitism of Gaza’s children?" (http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/semitism-gazas-children#sthash.M5u8UU8P.dpuf)

      "At one point in the film, a Gazan child says the “yahud” are massacring Palestinians. However the TV subtitles read: “Israel is massacring us”. The Jewish Chronicle pointed out to its readers that the correct translation for “yahud” from Arabic to English is “Jew”.

      "Lyse Doucet told the JC:

      "“We talked to people in Gaza, we talked to translators. When [the children] say ‘Jews’, they mean ‘Israelis’. “We felt it was a better translation of it.”

      "The Jewish Chronicle appears to be raising two very important issues. Are Palestinian children in Gaza antisemitic and can we trust the BBC to be fair to Israel?"

      Fair to Israel? Anti-Semitic children? When I read this I thought about seeing a Star of David on the tail wing of an Israeli F-16. Or how often Palestinians find their homes destroyed by Israelis with Stars of David painted everywhere. I see a huge synagogue in the richest part of DC with a banner on its side saying "We support Israel." What does this all imply?

      I think mtorres put it perfectly in her response:

      "As long as that state insists that it is the state for all Jews, and that it speaks for all Jews, all Jews get tarred with the ugliness, even my Jewish husband who has been in the struggle for Palestinian freedom longer than I have – almost 35 years."

      Interestingly my dictionary shows the first definition for the word "Semite" is "a member of any of various ancient and modern peoples originating in southwestern Asia, including the Akkadians, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs." So maybe we could call Israelis Antisemitic because of their treatment of Arabs?

      Also I wanted to add that I have subscribed to Counterpunch when it first came out as a paper newletter edited by Alexander Cockburn and Ken Silverstein. It doesn't have to defend its bonafides to anyone. It publishes a lot of different views and I think that's just fine and dandy. It's the only place I can read Cindy Sheehan, Paul Craig Roberts, Jesse Jackson, Medea Benjamin and Fidel Castro all in one location!

  • Carter says Israeli rejection of 2-states forced US to withdraw as mediator 'for first time in modern history'
    • Yes, and also as Chomsky pointed out in Manufacturing Consent, he poured arms to the Suharto regime during the worst period of the East Timor genocide.

  • A lesson from the New York Times on how to mislead with numbers
    • This is par for the course for the NY Times. I used to subscribe to LOOT (LIes of our Times) back in the late 80s early 90s which detailed regular Times obfuscation in service to the powerful. From Wikipedia: "In 1995, Lies of Our Times won the Orwell Award, given out annually by the National Council of Teachers of English for outstanding contributions to the critical analysis of public discourse. Among its most esteemed contributors was Noam Chomsky, who penned a regular "Letter from Lexington" for the magazine."

  • Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: An argument
    • Just finished watching Peter Kuznick"s and Oliver Stone's The Untold History of the United States. If you want a history lesson in terrorism you need look no farther than our own government. As MLK said in his declaration against the war in Vietnam:

      "They watch as we poison their water, as we kill a million acres of their crops. They must weep as the bulldozers roar through their areas preparing to destroy the precious trees. They wander into the hospitals, with at least twenty casualties from American firepower for one "Vietcong"-inflicted injury. So far we may have killed a million of them -- mostly children. They wander into the towns and see thousands of the children, homeless, without clothes, running in packs on the streets like animals. They see the children, degraded by our soldiers as they beg for food. They see the children selling their sisters to our soldiers, soliciting for their mothers.

      "...I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government. "

  • BDS Victory: Veolia sells Israel businesses targeted by Palestinian-led boycott campaign
  • Racism disguised as liberal anguish
  • A place where Palestine doesn't exist (Notes from a Zionist education)
  • 'My time in the US has come to an end': Dr. Sami al-Arian on his deportation and the fight for justice in post 9/11 America
    • Ask Emma Goldma, Eugene Debs, Martin Luther King, as just a few examples of the many Americans unjustly imprisoned throughout its history.

      From Wikipedia:

      In 1917, Goldman and Berkman were sentenced to two years in jail for conspiring to "induce persons not to register" for the newly instated draft. After their release from prison, they were arrested—along with hundreds of others—and deported to Russia.

      Debs was noted for his oratory, and his speech denouncing American participation in World War I led to his second arrest in 1918. He was convicted under the Espionage Act of 1917 and sentenced to a term of 10 years. President Warren G. Harding commuted his sentence in December 1921. Debs died in 1926, not long after being admitted to a sanatorium.

  • US Jewish voters have more favorable feelings about Netanyahu than Obama
    • My God, given the absolutely hideous and sadistic nature of the latest Gaza attack that 80% figure truly boggles the mind. From what depths of the soul among Jews does this hatredand lack of humanity come?

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