A concise defense of Palestinians
Cherry-picking Torah is a [favorite] hobby of fundamentalist Christians, but Israel is not America’s [magical] lucky charm. Rather, Israel is a festering injustice that only incubates fanaticism and terrorism [around the world]. On the [assumption biblical presumption] that truth will set you free, consider this alternative to the voodoo exegesis that excuses seven decades of brutal colonial occupation in Palestine.
What scant archaeological evidence exists suggests ancient Israelites were just one … [more]
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Morgan to address Republicans
Jan Morgan, commentator and local Hot Springs businesswoman, will be the featured speaker at the next monthly meeting of the Republican Party of Garland County on Thursday.
The RPGC meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Family Center of First Church of the Nazarene, 3804 Central Ave. Morgan will speak after the monthly business meeting. The public is welcome to attend. Admission is free.
“Morgan is an award-winning television journalist and during … [more]
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What Did Ilhan Omar Say? Here’s the Full Transcript of Her Response to a Question about Anti-Semitism
Institute for Policy Studies, March 6, 2019
This is the transcript of the Rep. Ilhan Omar’s full response to the question about anti-Semitism from the Busboys & Poets event. Her response begins around 1:00:00:
Andy Shallal: [ question about dealing with accusations of anti-Semitism]
Rashida Tlaib – […] this conversation is about human rights for everyone, this conversation around what … [more]
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The Long Life of a Racist Smear
By Ashley Reese, March 5, 2019 CE
Cleanliness is next to godliness, and in the imaginations of racists, it is also next to whiteness—the next best thing or maybe even the same thing. In its absence, so the racist lie goes, you will find everyone else: black people, brown people, immigrants of all shades, groups of marginalized people. Dirty. Filthy.
There too, Trump campaign advisor Jeff Ballabon found Representative Ilhan Omar. … [more]
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Trump’s attack on his own intelligence services was both extraordinary and expected
By Hussein Ibish in The National, Feb 2, 2019
This week starkly illustrated a remarkable feature of Donald Trump’s administration: this president does not do policy; he only does politics.
Policy professionals always struggle to square sound foreign policy with the effective domestic politics that political leaders require. This tension cannot be completely resolved, although its intensity varies, depending on circumstances and personalities.
This conundrum has … [more]
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Filed under America, Christianity, Culture, Foreign Policy, History, Islam, Israel, Palestine, The Middle East, War
January 21, 2019
Time to Break the Silence on Palestine
By Michelle Alexander, Jan. 19, 2019
On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped up to the lectern at the Riverside Church in Manhattan. The United States had been in active combat in Vietnam for two years and tens of thousands of people had been killed, including some 10,000 American troops. The political establishment — from left to right — backed … [more]
Permanent link to this article: https://levantium.com/2019/01/21/my-conscience-leaves-me-no-other-choice/
As I write this, the dust of Tuesday’s election has not yet settled. Either our nation’s lurch towards full-blown fascism continues unabated, replete with swastikas and flag-waving, cross-burning white supremacy, and out-in-the-open Christianist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant bigotry. Or perhaps – and hope springs eternal – reasonable voters have turned out in numbers that shout “our rights shall not be denied!”
My friend Mike Nunn is fond of reminding us we live in strange times. Indeed we do. Ever vigilant … [more]
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