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Computer Nerd Barbie

On today’s list: Speaking more than one language can delay Alzheimer’s, literary tattoos, why they hate us (hint: it’s not our freedom), and Barbie goes geek.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


Helen Thomas Finds Obama ‘Reprehensible’

It’s been a couple of months since former White House press stalwart Helen Thomas, now 90, resigned after causing controversy with her remarks about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it seems she hasn’t forgiven President Obama for his role in that drama.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Hussein Malla

Ahmadinejad and the Limits of American and Israeli Power

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Middle East’s populist answer to the American tea party, has stirred controversy with his trip to Lebanon, which will begin Wednesday.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE


The Bulldozer

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White House / Pete Souza

Israel Offers Settlement Freeze ... With Strings Attached

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made a public offer that Israel will again put a hold on building settlements in the West Bank if Palestinians officially recognize Israel as a Jewish state, according to the BBC.

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Gali Tibbon

Israel Invokes a Loyalty Oath for Non-Jews

Not Jewish in Israel? Repeat after me: Because I’m not Jewish, and because the Israeli government thinks non-Jews are potential threats to its security, I do solemnly swear my allegiance to Israel as a “Jewish and democratic state.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Steve Slep (CC-BY)

Ahmadinejaunt to the Israeli Border

Lebanese officials are expected to approve Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s trip to the country’s border with Israel. Once there, Ahmadinejad may, as reported, throw some stones over the fence. Or he may skip the whole thing, if security concerns prevail.

Posted on Oct 6, 2010 READ MORE


Nuclear Armament Still Our Central Issue

Of all of the sources of strategic delusion and political illusion today, nuclear weapons undoubtedly make the most prodigious contribution to hypocrisy and useless expense.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Abdel Kareem Hana

2 Israeli Soldiers Found Guilty

Two Israeli soldiers were convicted in a military court of using a Palestinian child as a human shield during their army’s siege of the Gaza Strip in 2009. The soldiers, who forced the 9-year-old boy to check for suspected booby traps, are now awaiting sentencing.

Posted on Oct 3, 2010 READ MORE


The Belts

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Posted on Oct 1, 2010 READ MORE


Mental State of Their Own

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Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE    


Ahmadinejad at U.N.

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AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Netanyahu Urges Settler Restraint

With a 10-month moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank about to expire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is urging Israeli settlers to show restraint. President Barack Obama has prodded Israel to extend the moratorium, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says Israel must choose between peace and the continuation of Jewish settlements.

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 READ MORE


Israeli Navy Kills Gaza Fisherman

Just days after an Israeli private security guard killed a Palestinian man and wounded four others, the Israeli navy fired upon a Palestinian fishing boat near Gaza and killed one fisherman. —JCL

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AP / Eyal Warshavsky

Wisdom of the Terrorist’s Son

Whether Gen. David Petraeus or the bearded villains wearing suicide belts, killers perpetuate new cycles of revenge and murder like bad karma. One son of a terrorist is breaking the cycle.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Javier Galeano

The Forever Fidel Obsession

After three hours of conversation, it is clear that Fidel Castro has definitely retired and now spends his time underlining President Obama’s books and reflecting on decades of revolution. Anyone who thinks Cuba is going capitalist, however, should check more carefully with the facts.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE


Avigdor Lieberman
AP / Tsafrir Abayov

Israel’s Lieberman Proposes Redrawing Borders

Israels notoriously racist foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has proposed that any future peace deal with the Palestinians should focus on a redrawing of his country’s borders, excluding much of Israel’s Arab citizenry while including illegal Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian lands.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Mideast Peace Talks Take One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority could implode before they even get off the ground. Hillary Clinton and George Mitchell will have their chaperoning cut out for them, with the PA threatening to withdraw if Israel resumes settlement construction and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing a plan to do just that.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / U.S. Army

Our ‘Dumb Wars’ Will Go On

“It is time to turn the page,” President Barack Obama said as he announced the “end” of combat operations in Iraq. Meanwhile, those who brought us that unnecessary war remain committed to such policies and, if returned to power, are likely to carry them out.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010 READ MORE



Abe Lincoln’s Bromance

Today on the list: the sound and fury of Sarah Palin, Abraham Lincoln’s gay tendencies and Jan Brewer’s WTF debate.

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jason Reed, Pool

Mideast Peace Within a Year?

The mood in Washington on Thursday, the first day of revived peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, was decidedly optimistic, with both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ...

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE


Guess Who’s Coming to the Table?

There is no serious reason to consider direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority anything other than a political pantomime, although believers—if such remain—may pray for a miracle.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE



A Handbook for Killing Non-Jews

Today on the list: The guide to killing goyim, more evidence of Glenn Beck’s self-obsession, and proof that bears do not make the safest pets.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ariel Schalit

Theatrical Resistance

It may be obvious to some, but Palestinians aren’t the only people upset about Israel’s settlement activity. More than 60 Israeli theater professionals have joined a boycott against a new West Bank cultural center in Ariel, an Israeli settlement 12.5 miles within Palestinian territory.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: How About We Don’t Bomb Iran?

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg stopped in at “The Colbert Report” on Tuesday to comment on the whole Iran-bombing hoopla that’s affecting certain world leaders lately (you know who you are), pronouncing that ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and Middle Eastern leaders
AP / Charles Dharapak

Israel and Palestine Talks, Take 154*

For the first time in 20 months, Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed to resume direct negotiations, scheduled for Sept. 2 in Washington, to talk about such thorny things as Israeli settlement activity, the borders of a future Palestinian state, and the right of Palestinian exiles to return to their homeland.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE



Norman Podhoretz in Black and White

Norman Birnbaum, the noted sociologist and thinker, analyzes two worthy new books, by Thomas L. Jeffers and Benjamin Balint, on the longtime editor of Commentary and the magazine he shaped.

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White House / Pete Souza

Change Accomplished

This is a radical break from journalistic convention, I realize, but today I’d like to give credit where it’s due—specifically, to President Obama. Quiet as it’s kept, he’s on a genuine winning streak.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Emilio Morenatti

Formalizing Israel’s Land Grab

Desperate Israeli politicians, watching opposition to their apartheid state mount, have proposed a perverted form of what they term “the one-state solution.”

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bernat Armangue

Israel to Deport 400 Children

Q: What do Arizona and Israel have in common? A: An uncanny disregard for immigrant rights. Two weeks ago the Israeli Cabinet voted to deport 400 children of migrant workers, and even after the wife of the Israeli prime minister wrote a letter pleading for amnesty for them, the Cabinet has refused to reconsider.

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 READ MORE



One-State Solution?

Today on the list: Why academics are still flipping out about television, how Israeli conservatives may be pushing for a one-state solution, and the human brain’s “Life of Brian” mechanism.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE



Nasser Shiyoukhi

The Tears of Gaza Must Be Our Tears

Muslim, Christian or Jew, we ignore this suffering at the peril of our own humanity. As Rachel Corrie wrote in her last letter to her parents, “I could live a comfortable life and possibly, with no effort at all, exist in complete unawareness of my participation in genocide.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Javier Galeano

Castro Back in the Spotlight

A week shy of his 84th birthday, Fidel Castro took to the podium Saturday to address the Cuban parliament on the threat of nuclear war, his first such address in more than four years.

Posted on Aug 7, 2010 READ MORE


Israel and Lebanon clash
bbc.co.uk

Five Killed in Israeli-Lebanese Border Battle

On Tuesday, violence erupted at the border between Lebanon and Israel, leaving five people dead and marking the first significant clash between the neighboring nations since 2006. Both sides claimed that the other had provoked the incident ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Hatem Moussa

Israeli Attack Kills a Hamas Commander

A Hamas military commander, Issa Batran, was killed and 11 other people were wounded in Israel airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, the first such strikes since the massive Israeli offensive against Gaza in January 2009.

Posted on Jul 31, 2010 READ MORE


Israeli Court Convicts Arab of Rape Because He Claimed to be Jewish

A Palestinian man was convicted by a Jerusalem court of “rape by deception” after a Jewish woman he had consensual sex with grew enraged after discovering he had lied to her when he claimed to be Jewish.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE


Netanyahu
World Economic Forum

Netanyahu: The U.S. Is ‘Easy’

The U.S. is easy—or so says Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister was recorded in 2001, apparently without his knowledge, claiming that the U.S. was “easy” to manipulate and that Israel should launch a broad attack against the Palestinian Authority that would be “so painful that the price will be too heavy to be borne.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2010 READ MORE


Pollution and Occupation

We all know the violent side of occupation, but what about the environmental? It may sound ridiculous, but Israeli settlements are dumping untreated waste into a canal that runs into the West Bank while the Israeli government is banning attempts by Palestinians to divert or treat that waste.

Posted on Jul 17, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Nasser

Gaza-Bound Aid Ship Unloads in Egypt

Avoiding the kind of confrontation that led to the flotilla fiasco in May, a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid ship has docked and unloaded its cargo in Egypt after the Israeli navy forbid it to sail directly to Gaza.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Israel Admits Mistakes in Flotilla Raid

Some six weeks after Israeli troops raided a Gaza-bound flotilla and killed nine people aboard, thus rocking the diplomatic boat with Turkey and other nations, Israel has owned up to some “professional mistakes” that occurred during the clash.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE



Photo illustration based on a photo from kremlin.ru

Internet Pranksters Ready to Send Teen Idol to North Korea

Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber invited fans to pick the destination of his next tour. Some clever hooligans over at 4chan decided to hijack the vote and send the teen heartthrob to—where else?—North Korea. With a day and change left to vote, the Hermit Kingdom was beating out second-place Israel and third-place Poland by a few thousand votes.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE


Yossi Gal
bbc.co.uk

Israel Tweaks Gaza Blockade List

Israel responded to widespread censure and criticism from allies and opponents alike on Monday by modifying its blockade list of supplies allowed into Gaza, but some involved parties aren’t satisfied by the extent of the overall changes.

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE


Turkish flag
AP / Nasser Shiyoukhi

Turkey Ratchets Up Tensions With Israel Over Gaza Flotilla Incident

Israel’s raid on a flotilla headed for Gaza happened over a month ago, but Turkish officials haven’t forgotten the divisive incident; in fact, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu threw down the diplomatic gauntlet on Monday ... (continued)

Posted on Jul 5, 2010 READ MORE



Courtesy of crossed-flag-pins.com

They’re Talking Turkey

Secret talks between Turkey’s foreign minister and Israel’s cabinet minister have occurred in an attempt to remedy relations between the two countries in the wake of Israel’s bloody raid on a Turk-led aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip in June.

Posted on Jul 3, 2010 READ MORE


Blair
AP / Paul White

Good Luck With the Whole Gaza List Thing, Tony Blair

Hey, it’s Tony Blair! Remember him? The former British PM now bears the somewhat unlikely title of special peace envoy to the Middle East, and he’s getting down to business on a project having to do with lists, supplies and Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE



Facebook Fatigue

Today on the list: Teens report Facebook fatigue, Israel’s crackdown on boycotts, and where have all the protest songs gone?

Posted on Jul 1, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Ted Green

When the ‘Right War’ Goes Wrong

The Afghanistan situation is worth analysis at two levels, that of the war itself and the domestic political effect of Obama’s misguided decision to replace “Bush’s war” in Iraq with his own in Afghanistan.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky on Iran

It’s a short one this morning, class, so pay close attention: Noam Chomsky sounds off on the Iranian threat, Fox makes stuff up about the oil spill, some nutty professor is claiming Jesus was never crucified and trouble in Israeli academia.

Posted on Jun 29, 2010 READ MORE


Netanyahu
World Economic Forum

Israel to Loosen Up on Gaza Blockade

Responding to mounting international pressure in the wake of its bloody raid on an aid flotilla in May, Israel announced it will ease its three-year-long blockade of the Gaza Strip, forbidding only weapons and related material.

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE


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