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Promoting regime change in Iraq paved the way to regime change at the New Republic

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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.

Chris Hughes brings down the curtain on neoconservative New Republic

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Chris Hughes

The journalism world is up in arms today that Chris Hughes the Facebook mogul who bought The New Republic magazine had the temerity to fire editor Franklin Foer and literary editor Leon Wieseltier. This is a landmark in the era of the Jewish establishment. It’s petering out in an elite generation of far greater diversity. The New Republic has been supported by one neocon after another, from Michael Steinhardt to Bruce Kovner to Roger Hertog. An era is over, and the Israel lobby (whose influence the magazine sought to deny) is losing power.

For CNN and NYT, Jewish lives matter more than Palestinian ones

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New York Times headquarters. (Photo: Wikimedia)

The NYT’s account of the killing of four Jews in a Jerusalem synagogue in a Palestinian terror attack leaves the death of a Palestinian bus driver, said by Palestinians to have been lynched, to the 13th paragraph. Jews count more than Palestinians to the newspaper of record

Caltech prof says Israeli scientist passed NASA rocket secrets to his government

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Troian with her attorney, Dan Stormer

A professor of physics at Caltech says that an Israeli scientist at the school shared secrets from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL, with Israeli government rocket scientists in violation of federal law, but that when she reported the matter to Caltech authorities, she was punished for the disclosure.

NYT takes on Europe’s recognition of a Palestinian state

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The question of Palestine, or rather the question of Palestinian statehood is plaguing the Israeli government and now the pages of the New York Times. In a round table of op-eds Nadia Hijab, Avital Leibovich, Efraim Halevy, Nathan Thrall, Caroline B. Glick, Richard Ottaway, and Omar Barghouti, weigh in on the domino effect of declarations of sovereignty over the occupied territories from the past month.

Israel’s Dead Soul: Steven Salaita’s critical scholarship explains his dismissal from the University of Illinois

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Steven Salaita speaking at the University of Illinois, September 9, 2014. (Photo: Facebook)

Steven Salaita’s book “Israel’s Dead Soul” (2011) merits serious attention and ultimately effusive praise. It contains five critical essays that not only offer brilliant insight into the cultural and ideological practices of Zionism in both Israel and the United States, but implicitly explain why his conscientious efforts would be denigrated and rejected by the ostensibly liberal aspects of this culture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.