Progressive Notes: Israeli Middle Class Takes to the Streets for Social Justice

By |August 12th, 2011|

Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. An anthem of the protestors has been "If I were a rich man" from Fiddler on the Roof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jB3qK4_7l2w&feature=related The social justice protest movement in Israel, one which is growing by the day, is finally getting some American media attention. Some. It is a huge story [...]

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Progressive Notes: Al Gore Calls on Us, New Progressive Alliance, Van Os Urges His Party to Wake Up, and Other Doings

By |August 6th, 2011|

Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. So much to discuss this epic week, a turning point for many activists. Kudos to Russ Feingold, Keith Olbermann, Rep. Cleaver and many other saying NO to this devil sandwich. Al Gore's words on Olbermann are stirring. He says our system is totally corrupt, [...]

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‘In the News’, Politics and Beyond

By |July 17th, 2011|

"In the News" is now its own blog, since our upgrade. You can tweet or FB any post there, too. Anyone can post or cross-post from his or her blog. It's getting quite a lot of reader traffic. Give it a try! Post a news blurb about anything, including items non-political. I was pretty surprised [...]

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Knesset Outlaws Anti-Israel Boycotts, Threatens Democratic Status

By |July 12th, 2011|

Israel has just hoisted on itself the equivalence of a McCarthy-like witch hunt for those it feels might be traitors to the Greater Israel cause. These kinds of loyalty oath stunts and such government brittleness undermine democracy and narrow national debate during times when its smarter to keep the gates of ideas as widely open [...]

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Let’s Play ‘Who’s More Pro-Israel?’

By |July 3rd, 2011|

Let's see, Gaza or gossip, which shall it be? For almost every news outlet this week it was the latter, while the former is where the action is. From James Zogby writing over at Huffington Post: When it comes to issues involving Israel, politicians in Washington can become quite hysterical, making the dumbest remarks or [...]

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Tim Pawlenty’s Neoconservative Spring

By |June 28th, 2011|

It's like the ghost of George W. Bush, but with smoother segues. ...and so it begins: Now is not the time to retreat from freedom's rise. [...] Yet at the same time, we know these revolutions can bring to power forces that are neither democratic nor forward-looking. Just as the people of Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, [...]

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Israel Drops Threats Against Journalists Covering Gaza Flotilla

By |June 27th, 2011|

If there was anything dumber for the Israeli government to do I don't know what it could have been. Threatening journalists who are covering the Gaza flotilla backfired, as it should. Netanyahu said in a statement that the policy for journalists covering the flotilla should not be the same as against infiltrators and those who [...]

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Daniel Levy on Assad Brutality, Israel and Preferred Devils

By |June 8th, 2011|

Daniel Levy wrote a very important post for Foreign Policy yesterday, After Golan clashes, is Israel rethinking the Assad (or Palestine) file? Here's a snippet: [...] And Israel is none-too-enamored of the alternatives in Damascus. One alternative to the Assad regime -- a democratic Syria with greater soft power diplomatic heft and perhaps with Islamists [...]

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Netanyahu Dismisses Fatah & Hamas Deal

By |April 27th, 2011|

"You can't have peace with both Israel and Hamas," Netanyahu said, in remarks directed at Abbas. "Choose peace with Israel." - Fatah and Hamas agree to historic Palestinian reconciliation deal Haaretz (and Reuters) calls it "historic." PM Netanyahu's reaction proves he doesn't want to deal with the Palestinians at all (as if we needed it). [...]

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War Hawks and Neocons

By |April 23rd, 2011|

Security forces in Syria met thousands of demonstrators with fusillades of live ammunition after noon prayers on Friday, killing at least 81 people in the bloodiest day of the five-week-old Syrian uprising, according to protesters, witnesses and accounts on social networking sites. - Security Forces Kill Dozens in Uprisings Around Syria We will never be [...]

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