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Plato’s Infinite Scroll

April 12, 2016 6:55 am
If you like Taxi's writing, you might enjoy this site - - - http://yourdailyshakespeare.com/ Most recent essay,  What’s in a name? Nagorno-Karabakh  

Congress is sneakily trying to rewrite American policy on Israeli settlements. It must be stopped – Emily Hauser/TheWeek

January 30, 2016 11:28 pm
Difficult and dangerous, yes.  But must we continue with this parasite sapping our country of blood, treasure, and soul?  Israel and our 5th column Israel-firsters may not be the source of all our woes, (there's also the Deep State and, unfortunately, human nature itself), but the extent to which they have made us complicit in the murderous execution of the Yinon Plan despicable.  They continually gate-keep and coopt our efforts for justice in the ME. So, we need to get smarter about this. and stay alive. ;-)

POW WOW: Happy ThanksGiving America!

December 2, 2015 8:13 pm
Well, I thought this was funny. These guys must be Monty Python fans. When ISIS attacks Muslims but not #Israel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnRKhf4IDu4

Tulsi Gabbard (D) Hawaii is a Refreshing Realist on Syria

November 24, 2015 1:01 am
GABBARD introduced a bill Friday. This could be a real turning point (work with Russia and Assad.) I'd like feedback. http://gabbard.house.gov/index.php/press-releases/520-reps-tulsi-gabbard-austin-scott-introduce-legislation-to-end-illegal-u-s-war-to-overthrow-syrian-government-of-assad "Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), both members of the House Armed Services Committee, introduced H.R. 4108, a bipartisan bill to end U.S. efforts to overthrow the Syrian Arab Republic led by President Bashar al-Assad." I love her "get real" approach, but her bill's co-sponsor says don't attack Assad "for now" so that's still in some minds. The actual text is not yet available (unless it could be leaked from her office.) This may not get support from purist anti-war types who complain about collateral damage, and for sure the French blitz on Raqqa had been blind revenge that killed plenty of civilians, and the US has done its best all along to ruin infrastructure. Of course, there is slim chance this will even get out of committee-- https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr4108

Bombing ISIS Into the Heart of Europe: the New Face War – Patrick Cockburn/CounterPunch

November 15, 2015 8:49 pm
"Gladio cheerleader?" Cockburn is getting a pretty good bitch-slapping from the commenters over at Unz for being a gatekeeper and false-flag denier. http://www.unz.com/pcockburn/paris-attack-isis-has-created-a-new-kind-of-warfare/ Apparently, this was first published in The Independent.

Detroit Radio Show Booted by Pro-Israel Network for Blatant Antisemitic Broadcast – Ruthie Blum/Algemeiner.com

November 12, 2015 9:34 pm
Gilad Atzmon testified (link to transcript) as Expert Witness in the Free Speech trial of Arthur Topham in Canada. Political jewishness should not be shielded from criticism. http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2015/11/9/the-expert-witness-part-1
November 12, 2015 9:27 pm
Canada prosecutes Radical Press publisher Arthur Topham for criticizing Israel. Truth about Israel and Zionism is 'hate-speech' in Canada. "It is important to understand that the prosecution (the Crown), with all of its resources, need only prove ‘hate,’ and then the only available defenses are affirmative, meaning that the burden of proof switches to the defense. " http://dissidentvoice.org/2015/11/the-extraordinary-trial-of-arthur-topham/ Topham's website- http://www.radicalpress.com/

One State, Two State – Miko Peled

November 8, 2015 8:28 am
LOL - Where did that projection come from? The Jews are not the special ones?
November 8, 2015 6:55 pm
"...Israel and Peled can brag all they want about having one law for all," Walid, this is the opposite of what Peled is saying, so it's very strange to read this sentence. What he's actually saying is that Israel and the occupied territories and Gaza and the West Bank, etc., are already de facto a single state because it's all ultimately controlled by the Israeli gov't. and army. And that they have different laws for people in different sections, which is defined as apartheid. As for Israel proper, there may be one law on the books, but it is administered differently. Like segregation was not codified in the US outside the South, but it existed in practice.
November 8, 2015 7:44 am
Hi Taxi, thanks for not leaving that unopposed. Earlier, I conferred with an old (old) friend about how to refute the original contention ("...he's lying...all equal under the law...democracy..." yadda yadda yadda..). You know, some points such as the 'basic law', the lack of a constitution, the current evictions of Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jerrah neighborhood to make room for religious Jews. But he advised me not to bother, that redjeans and his like refuse to see the reality in front of them. (Do they really not see it, or are they just trying to keep others from looking?) Their pants are still red with the blood of the Nakba's ethnic cleansing, Deir Yassin, etc., on up to the last Gaza massacre. Israel's future? Their time is ending. 2021. Make amends.

Meet the Palestinian cartoonist Israelis accuse of incitement – William Booth/The Washington Post

November 5, 2015 6:18 am
Miko Peled wrote, "On the final day of our recent visit to ‪Palestine,‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Fadwa (my better half) and I decided to go to Ramallah to see my friend, the brilliant Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh. He and I always meet at Café Zamn, a trendy café in the heart of the city. " http://ahtribune.com/world/north-africa-south-west-asia/third-intifada/64-a-day-in-palestine.html

7 Steps to an Effective U.S. Peace Policy – Daniel Kurtzer,/The National Interest

November 7, 2015 11:48 pm
Walid, The statistics you selected made me want to throw my hands up, but after reading the full results of the poll, I'm more inclined to take the whole thing with a grain of salt. Pessimism is the main viewpoint, and I can't take at face value responses that may only mean certain goals are not considered attainable, so why try. Some of the results just don't add up While more than 2/3 oppose a 1SS, more than half also oppose a 2SS. While 60% reject the 'French proposal', 48% believe that the "first most vital Palestinian goal" is one almost identical to the French Proposal. 63% support a popular non-violent resistance, but only 24% think popular non-violent resistance is the most effective means of establishing a Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel. I can only conclude there's a lot of uncertainty, and why not. The other conclusion I drew is that if the Palestinians are in such flux about what they want, maybe the best, most effective thing an American can do is work against the Israel Lobby, like Alison Weir. (Even if that means rubbing shoulders with the screaming racist white-supremacist anti-immigrant nut jobs? Maybe.)
November 5, 2015 3:29 am
"...maintaining the goal of a two-state outcome.." renders this plan obsolete. But that goal must remain US policy (as was pointed out to me last year when I criticized a resolution from the office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee) because it is still the official position of the Palestinians. Some argue that 2 states are a necessary stepping stone, that if that were tried and proven untenable, more pressure could be put towards a better solution. On the other hand, doesn't it make more sense to demand 100% equal rights in 1 state? It seems irrelevant to say that the Israeli's would never allow it. 'They' will never allow anything. The pressure will be from outside. (BDS, and much more.) I'd like to hear Palestinian views on this.

Will Islamist Blowback Derail Russia’s Gambit in Syria? – Dan De Luce/Foreign Policy

November 4, 2015 7:27 am
You're assuming the USA is really fighting DAESH, and the blowback against Russia is every bit as likely to be coming from Israel.

Russia Destroys The Greater Israel Dream