Gabriel Snyder, editor of the New Republic, said new writers “will be diverse in race, gender, and background.” The magazine “can no longer afford to represent the views of one privileged class, nor appeal solely to a small demographic of political elites.”
Category Archives: US Politics
Fired artistic director Ari Roth says security escorted him from Washington DC Jewish center after he bucked its edict not to present any plays about Israel and Palestine
The Gaza slaughter has divided the Jewish community, with mainstream orgs doubling down for Israel; that is why the DC Jewish Community Center fired Ari Roth, theater director and dissident
Ben Carson, retired surgeon, is considering a run for president as a rightwing Republican. First stop, Israel!
Racism in the US press: Imagine the New York Times saying about any other ethnic group in the world, that if it was a majority in the country, it would “endanger the country’s democratic ideals.” Palestinians are different.
This weekend, UC-Berkeley honors its graduates and Bill Maher’s Anti-Muslimism, together. According to Maher the entire spectrum of American Muslims are at fault for matters outside of their control, involving people that they’ve never met. For actions that they don’t condone, by subcultures that are different from their own. For mentalities that they don’t share, by groups whose names they can’t even pronounce. All because they happen to fall under the same category of religious identity. Congratulations UC-Berkeley, this Saturday, December 20, you’ll be on the wrong side of history.
Hold Jewish institutions accountable, Jewish Voice for Peace declares in a moving Hanukkah message that shows Jews how to celebrate tradition in the wake of the Gaza slaughter.
Obama hired Clinton as sec’y of state in 2009 because he “needed someone to lend him credibility with the Israeli government and its American defenders,’ and reached out to Malcolm Hoenlein to make the hire, NYT reveals, openly acknowledging power of Israel lobby in presidential politics
Recent disclosures over CIA torture practices may be a relief to some who feared they had no place in respectable society.
Steven Salaita’s rude tweets served to change American society on the Gaza onslaught, which should have provoked moral outrage but did not, says UMass philosophy prof Joseph Levine
In recent days, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has offered herself as the great progressive hope of the Democratic Party but remains silence on the Israeli occupation. Well, here’s some encouragement to Warren to move left on the question. Shibley Telhami reports Democratic Party politicians are out of touch with their grass roots on Israel/Palestine. Women, African-Americans, Hispanics and young Dems all want the U.S. to show less favoritism to Israel than it does now.
How do you tell children about the atrocities of Gaza? Emma Williams, Ibrahim Quraishi and Jean Stein came up with the answer: a modern fable for children about the donkey who is painted to look like a zebra to entertain the besieged children in the strip.
“Israel exceptionalism” and the “vengeance of the Jewish establishment” stops liberal Jews who protest police killings in the U.S. from saying a word against the occupation in Palestine, Shaul Magid writes at Tikkun
Sarah Helm’s riveting account of visiting Gaza for Newsweek describes all 1.8 million people as “human shields” because civilians had no place to go when the missiles landed
Arieh King wants Jerusalem for the Jews but when he comes to NY, the public can’t attend his speech. You have to apply for admission. Desperate times in the Israel lobby.
The regime change at the New Republic is continuing to command headlines and two storylines sympathetic to Chris Hughes are emerging. One is technocratic/neoliberal: He bought the goddamn magazine, what did they expect? The other is political: despite the New Republic’s claim to being a progressive leader, the old regime was not liberal; it was racist and neoconservative/rightwing Zionist. More evidence the Hughes putsch is epochal: it ends an era in which neoconservatism was fanned inside the liberal Democratic political community, out of concern for maintaining US support for the Jewish state.
34 department heads at the U of Illinois have written to the president that the unfair firing of Steven Salaita for outspokenness on Gaza has “damaged” the school because excellent scholars don’t trust it to honor free speech and will not come there to teach.