Category: History

Preserve this precious heritage

 

Important!

Several months ago, my friend Betty Halaby, an exile from Palestinian Jerusalem, gave me the following article, printed on three pages in all caps. Searching for an online version to copy here, I ran across this fitting preface:

— Monsieur d’Nalgar, Vendredi 24 novembre 2017 à l’ère commune

 

…it has always been a very short distance from serious social science to parody, and many have enjoyed the trip. Probably the most frequently reprinted example is Horace Miner’s … [more]

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War

Important!

Why must I live in this grim age
When, to a far horizon, God
Has ebbed away, and man, with rage
Now wields the sceptre and the rod?

Man raised his sword, once God had gone,
To slay his brother, and the roar
Of battlefields now casts upon
Our homes the shadow of the war.

The harps to which we sang are hung
On willow boughs, and their refrain
Drowned by the anguish of the young
Whose blood is … [more]

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Memory is stubborn

Invention of the Mizrahim

By Susan Abulhawa, 20 Sept 2017

 

The State of Israel was conceived at the turn of the 20th century in Eastern Europe by a group of elite European Jews who launched a movement called Zionism that sought to establish a physical nation state exclusive to Jews. It was a typical settler colonial enterprise, complete with the narrative of a divine mandate and a non-existent or savage indigenous population, central to which was the myth … [more]

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Shameless wealth transfer

A Tax Plan for a New Gilded Age

By the New York Times Editorial Board, November 2, 2017

 

With their new bill that would slash taxes on the wealthy and blow up the federal budget deficit, House Republicans and President Trump are making it absolutely clear whom they are working for — the top 1 percent — and whom they consider dispensable. Well, that’s pretty much everybody else.

The bill, which House leaders unveiled on Thursday after weeks … [more]

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Half-baked, spurious nationalism

Remarks by Senator John McCain at 2017 Liberty Medal ceremony

October 16, 2017

 

Important!

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) delivered the following remarks after being awarded the National Constitution Center’s annual Liberty Medal. Vice President Joe Biden, Chairman of the National Constitution Center’s Board of Trustees, presented the 2017 Liberty Medal to Senator McCain for his lifetime of sacrifice and service to the nation:

 

“Thank you, Joe, my old, dear friend, for those mostly … [more]

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Because a few inky wretches say so

Important!

Hot Springs, Arkansas, with its deep lakes and “sin city” notoriety, is the unnatural habitat of shallow-thinking, obsessive letter writers (I’d throw in fundamentalist, too, but that would just be piling on tautological tomfoolery).  Little brother Lloyd Hoffman (endlessly quoting Billy’s boy Franklin Graham) and little sister Mary Robinson (oy vey! will she stop already with her “America, bless God” adieus?!) are just two that come to mind…

My latest response to these clannish brethren, these self-righteous christianists trying … [more]

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Distinguished intellectual tradition

Let’s be honest about the Second Amendment

By Matthew Walther, October 6, 2017

 

The Second Amendment clearly and definitively does not say what so many gun-rights absolutists in America claim it does. This is interesting when you consider conservatives’ otherwise consistent adherence to constitutional originalism.

Consider, for instance, that one of the soundest, if clearly not the most persuasive, arguments made against legalized abortion in this country is that the actual text of the 14th Amendment, so far … [more]

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