Department of the Missing Media Critique
Christopher Brauchli in “With Friends Like These... Intolerance, Saudi-Style” chronicles some seriously unpleasant prosecutions from one of the USA’s closest allies, Saudi Arabia: Read more about Not Enuf Ado About US Ignoble Ally Saudi Arabia
James Petras recently published “Looking Backward, Looking Forward: 2014-2015”. What follows are my distillations of his positive and negative lists of events of 2014 and his 2015 speculations.
Positive Developments in 2014 Read more about James Petras on the Good, Bad & Ugly of 2014
Mychal Denzel Smith in "No Indictment for Darren Wilson, No Justice for Black Lives":
Protesters in Ferguson should not be calm, as they have been admonished by everyone from the president on down. Michael Brown doesn’t need calm. Black boys and girls who grow up in America need their lives to be respected. They need justice.
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Brian J. Foley in “Dissident Thoughts Upon Learning of the ‘Latte Salute’ Scandal” writes:
Obama-haters are hopping mad that Obama saluted troops while holding a cup of café latte in his saluting hand.
Obama supporters (saluters?) and others who just like pointing out hypocrisy have responded by showing that George W. Bush was equally guilty, because he once saluted troops … while holding a dog.
Byran K. Bullock in "Historically, Black Leaders Supported Palestinians; Why Less So Now?"
“The congressional black caucus, the so-called ‘conscience of the congress,’ has not shown an ounce of righteous indignation at the massacre of the Palestinians.”
Fida Qishta was another of the powerful speakers last Thursday night in the Great Hall of NYC's Cooper Union for World Can’t Wait’s consciousness-raising forum (and webcast) over the present Israeli war criminality going on in Gaza. Qishta is a journalist, camerawoman and filmmaker from Rafah City in southern Gaza. She documented the attack and invasion, Operation Cast Lead, by Israel of Gaza at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009. Read more about 8-14 NYC Gaza Forum Part 2: Fida Qishta & Anees Mansour
I entered the Great Hall of Cooper Union in New York City last Thursday night for yet another consciousness-raising forum sponsored and organized by World Can’t Wait under the leadership of its national coordinator, Debra Sweet. This one was focused on Israeli war crimes in Gaza.
I was relieved to see that a huge crowd had turned out. Read more about 8-14 NYC Gaza Forum Part 1: Intro, Marlowe, & Kuttab
“Gaza Is Transforming American Jews: Words from an Overflowing Inbox” by David Harris-Gershon
... what's happening right now is like nothing I've ever experienced. It is a stunning anecdotal phenomenon which reveals the way American Jews in particular, and Americans in general, are being affected by the incredible suffering in Gaza. Read more about A Mighty Moral Challenge for Jewish Americans
It’s hard to fight for human and social justice when one recognizes that the communication of horrifying truths has little chance of penetrating -- SERIOUSLY -- the hearts and minds of so many, many of those still dedicated to crony “truthiness” and the status quo -- hearts and minds of so many low-information and dead-conscienced but stubbornly self-labeled “progressives” of America. Read more about Evil No Longer ‘Lesser’, Even from Ostrich Stance
Harriet Sherwood in “Israelis Gather on Hillsides to Watch and Cheer as Military Drops Bombs on Gaza” writes:
As the sun begins to sink over the Mediterranean, groups of Israelis gather each evening on hilltops close to the Gaza border to cheer, whoop and whistle as bombs rain down on people in a hellish warzone a few miles away.
In reading Dennis Bernstein’s “The Whys Behind Israel’s Gaza Slaughter” I noted his references to a “slaughter war” being waged by Israel on Gaza. In his article Vijay Prashad, professor of international studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut had this to say: Read more about Israel Wages 'Slaughter War' Claiming Victimhood
1) “Collective punishment” is a war crime under the Geneva Conventions. Israel is wreaking “collective punishment” on the population of Gaza with “Operation Protective Edge.” (Marjorie Cohn)
2) The Israeli government wages asymmetrical (excessively one-sided) war against Gaza almost every two years. (James M. Wall) Read more about 67 Vital/Random Considerations re Israeli/Palestinian Crisis
Hayes Brown in “Timeline: The Month That Brought Gaza Back To The Breaking Point” attempts to give a progressive summary of the conflict between the Israeli government and the Palestinians since June 12th.
One year ago, Hayes Brown points out, John Kerry pushed the Israeli government and Palestinian leaderships to try to achieve a two-state solution, stressing that the window of opportunity was fast closing. Read more about Israeli/Palestinian TIMELINE of Past Fateful Month