67 percent of Israelis back nuclear attack on Fiji to restore "deterrence capacity"; 47 percent support nuking galaxy just for the sake of it

On Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 in News.

By Aluf Benn A large majority of Israeli Jews support military action aimed at destroying Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to a survey sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League. According to the poll, co-sponsored by the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, a large majority of those who support a move by the army said they would maintain their support even if the Obama administration opposed it. An overwhelming majority also said they believed close relations with the United States


Change we CAN'T believe in – II

On Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 in News.

By Patrick Cockburn in Kabul ‘Gilded cage’ lifestyle reveals the ugly truth about foreign aid in Afghanistan Vast sums of money are being lavished by Western aid agencies on their own officials in Afghanistan at a time when extreme poverty is driving young Afghans to fight for the Taliban. The going rate paid by the Taliban for an attack on a police checkpoint in the west of the country is $4, but foreign consultants in Kabul, who are paid out


Change we CAN'T believe in

On Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 in News.

“” P {margin-bottom:1.2em;} .ref {font-size: 0.75em;} .caption {font-size: 0.90em;} By Marc W. Herold “We know they don’t intend to kill civilians but we don’t believe they are doing enough not to. If it continues we will see a lot more people joining the fight against the foreigners. It’s inevitable” – Ahmad Zia, a jeweler in Kabul’s busy bazaar (2008) “Today the people in this region hate the Americans whereas they were welcomed when they arrived in 2001” – Raza Nawaz


On witch-hunts and how to fight them

On Monday, May 4th, 2009 in News.

By Peter Schmidt The Anti-Defamation League’s top official met with administrators and faculty members of the University of California at Santa Barbara last month and urged them to investigate a professor for academic misconduct for his harsh criticism of Israel in an e-mail message to students, a university spokesman confirmed on Tuesday. But the spokesman, Paul Desruisseaux, said a university administrator had told Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Jewish advocacy group, that an investigation was already under way


Freedom Flotilla

On Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 in News.

By Free Gaza Movement In most of the world, May 1st is a day of international labor solidarity. It is a day of joy as workers picnic together with their families and celebrate the achievements of one of the most phenomenal movements of the 20th century. It is fitting, then, that the Free Gaza Movement chooses May 1 to announce the launching of the HOPE FLEET TO GAZA. We are leaving on June 1 as an act of solidarity with


“Developments”: Isabel Kershner is so revolting

On Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 in News.

The UN has called on Israel to end house demolition in East Jerusalem, which has displaced 90 people this year, 400 last. Because of Israel’s control over building permits in the occupied territories, which includes East Jerusalem, illegally annexed, 60,000 Palestinians are at risk of losing their homes. The story was covered in the Guardian, the New York Times, and Haaretz. In the Times piece, which is accompanied by a wonderful photo, Isabel Kershner noted today that “more than 195,000


Pelosi v. Peace and Justice

On Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 in News.

By Stephen Zunes Reports by international human rights groups and from within Israel in recent weeks have revealed the massive scale of war-crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law, committed by Israeli forces during their three-week offensive against the Gaza Strip earlier this year. Despite this, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has steadfastly stood by her insistence that the U.S.-backed Israeli government has no legal or moral responsibility for the tragic consequence of the war. This is just


Nazi party on the offensive, again

On Saturday, May 2nd, 2009 in News.

A few weeks ago we posted about ten billboards going up around Albuquerque, NM calling for congress to cut off aid to Israel. They were put up by The Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel, a multi-ethnic, multi-religious coalition working to “end to the ten year commitment of $30 billion in U.S. taxpayer-funded military aid pledged to Israel in 2007 by the Bush administration.” Today, the coalition sent out a press release saying that although Lamar Outdoor Advertising had


Something we can do

On Friday, May 1st, 2009 in News.

Note: Please sign the petition using the link above. You can also view current signatures here. “We had little or no expectations of her; she is after all a woman of color.” A tenured professor in Ithaca College’s Sociology Department included the above statement in an email he wrote to the Sociology Tenure and Promotion Committee at Ithaca College in 2005. The woman to whom he was referring to is Margo Ramlal-Nankoe, an assistant professor seeking tenure in Ithaca College’s



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