Progresive Calendar 08.04.10
From: David Shove (
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2010 16:32:46 -0700 (PDT)
             P R O G R E S S I V E   C A L E N D A R   08.04.10

1, Eagan peace vigil  8.05 4:30pm
2. Northtown vigil    8.05 5pm
3. Vs Target-Emmer/AZ 8.05 5:30pm
4. Vs buckthorn       8.05 6pm
5. Defend education   8.05 6:30pm
6. Pakistan/labor     8.05 7pm

7. Hiroshima vigil    8.06 11am
8. Ffunch back        8.06 11:30am
9. Palestine vigil    8.06 4:15pm
10. Pentel for gov    8.06 6pm

11. Conn Hallinan - Behind the Colombia/Venezuela tensions
12. Jonathan Cook - Israeli rabbi preaches "slaughter" of gentile babies
13. Stephen Lendman - The liberal media: rest in peace

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From: Greg and Sue Skog <family4peace [at]>
Subject: Eagan peace vigil 8.05 4:30pm

PEACE VIGIL EVERY THURSDAY from 4:30-5:30pm on the Northwest corner of
Pilot Knob Road and Yankee Doodle Road in Eagan. We have signs and
candles. Say "NO to war!" The weekly vigil is sponsored by: Friends south
of the river speaking out against war.

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From: EKalamboki [at]
Subject: Northtown vigil 8.05 5pm

NORTHTOWN Peace Vigil every Thursday 5-6pm, at the intersection of Co. Hwy
10 and University Ave NE (SE corner across from Denny's), in Blaine.

Communities situated near the Northtown Mall include: Blaine, Mounds View,
New Brighton, Roseville, Shoreview, Arden Hills, Spring Lake Park,
Fridley, and Coon Rapids.  We'll have extra signs.

For more information people can contact Evangelos Kalambokidis by phone or
email: (763)574-9615, ekalamboki [at]

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From: Boycott Arizona - Minnesota <baminnesota [at]>
Subject: vs Target-Emmer/AZ 8.05 5:30pm

Protest Target's Support of Extremist Tom Emmer (RSVP
Thursday, August 5th 2010 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Target - Lake St. and Hiawatha Minneapolis, MN

Target donated $150,000 to Anti-immigrant, anti-gay, and anti-minimum wage
Republican candidate for Governor Tom Emmer.

Join us to demand Target stop funding this extremist candidate!

Anti-Immigrant: Emmer says that AZ law SB1070 is a wonderful first step,
and continues to be a vocal supporter of it, even after a court has ruled
much of the bill to be unconstitutional and promoting of racial profiling.

Anti-LGBTQ: Emmer supports a Christian rock band in Minnesota that travels
around the state saying that it's moral and righteous for religious people
to kill gays and lesbians.

Anti-Minimum Wage: Emmer has said he wants to cut minimum for servers,
claiming many make over $100,000 a year.

This makes Target one of the very first companies to take advantage of the
Supreme Court's Citizens United decision allowing unlimited corporate cash
in elections.

Bring signs and friends!

For more info on Target's support of Emmer:<>

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From: sue rich <srich [at]>
Subject: Vs buckthorn 8.05 6pm

Hello River Gorge Stewards!

As many of you know, a vandal recently cut down 28 newly planted trees in
the Mississippi River Gorge. (Details are in next Monday's Mississippi
Messages e-newsletter <> and also on our
While there's no great silver lining to this type of senseless
violence, the response has been affirming: People clearly love the River

Because of this, we continue to have a solid volunteer restoration season.
In late June, some 35 people helped weed the Crosby interpretive and
surrounding prairie in St. Paul!

And Thursday, August 5th will be the first Gorge Stewards restoration event
in a different section of this riverfront gem: the Crosby shoreline!
Volunteers are needed to help with the first step in this exciting project -
removing invasive buckthorn. It's a 2-hour event, 6-8 p.m., but as usual we
aim to have enough volunteers to see a difference in this short of time.

As always, staff will provide all guidance, tools, and gloves needed for a
productive and fun event. Children accompanied by a parent or guardian are
welcome, but there will be tools around so close supervision is required.
And volunteers will be the first to be invited to continue the restoration
project (a possible shoreline planting is being considered) in the future.

To sign up, please reply to this email! I will reply with details and
directions next Thursday. Additional details on this and other upcoming FMR
events are available at our calendar,

Thanks to you all for actively caring for the treasure that is the
Mississippi River Gorge. And thanks to our August 5th event partners (for
whom you will also be volunteering), Capitol Region Watershed District, St.
Paul Parks & Recreation and the National Park Service.

sue rich
FMR Volunteer Coordinator / 651.222.2193 x14 / srich [at]

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From: Eli Meyerhoff <eli.meyerhoff [at]>
Subject: Defend education 8.05 6:30pm

AUG 7: Meeting to Organize for MN Oct 7th Day of Actions in Defense
of Public Education
Thursday, August 5  6:30pm - 8:30pm
MCTC, above the library - room L.3000 1501 Hennepin Avenue Minneapolis, MN
(childcare available in room L.3100)

A meeting to plan and build towards actions in defense of public education
across Minnesota on October 7th.

At our last meeting, 26 people from many schools participated (MCTC, MSU
Mankato, U of M, Hamline, South Central College Mankato, and some high
schools).  A group from the last meeting is drafting a local version of a
call to action, and a big part of this meeting will be devoted to
collectively writing that call.  For the national call, see .  The meeting will also include breakout
groups to make organizing plans for actions at our different schools.
See below for an agenda...

- intros (10 mins.)
- present the MN-wide call to action (someone from the sub-committee who
is drafting this) (5)
- break into small groups (4-5 people) to discuss the call to action (20)
- assign someone from each group to come back with concerns, questions,
and amendments for the drafters to bring to bear on the call
- (purpose: everyone at the meeting should feel able to take ownership
over the call)
- regroup and discuss the call (20)
- break into constituency-based groups (e.g., K-12, U of M, other
colleges) to discuss organizing plans (20)
- (to assist this, we'll have a worksheet with a blank timeframe so each
group can map out goals to accomplish each week)
- (purpose: to recognize the short timespan and to come up with more clear
and concrete organizing plans for our target constituencies -- e.g., in
the 1st week of classes, have people out flyering for a big meeting the
next week to draw in more people and figure out issues to integrate into
local demos)
- regroup to reportback and discuss organizing plans (10)
- decide on a name of this statewide group (10)
- (we came up with a few suggestions -- Education Action Coalition
Minnesota, Liberate Education Minnesota, Education Justice Alliance
Minnesota, Grassroots Education Movement Minnesota -- but bring your ideas
- outreach plans (10)
- designing and making publicity materials (posters, buttons, stickers,
etc. -- make a subcommittee for this) (5)
- making petitions (as a tool for starting dialogue with people and for
organizing -- make a subcommittee for this to make a template of a
petition that can be customized for each local constituency) (5)

The subcommittee for writing the local call is working on it now. We will
have a draft of it sent out to everyone by next Tuesday (8/3), and we'll
bring copies to the meeting.

RSVP at the facebook

If you have any questions, email or call Eli
- eli.meyerhoff [at] / 763-607-7034.  We hope you can make it!

 Invite all your friends!

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From: Peter Rachleff <rachleff [at]>
From: micvisit <micvisit [at]>
Subject: Pakistan/labor 8.05 7pm

We will meet on Thursday evening, August 5, from 7-8:30PM in the 4th floor
lounge of Old Main on the Macalester College campus.

You are invited to attend a presentation and conversation with Pakistani
authorities who are visiting the U.S. to discuss their problems of bonded
labor, labor trafficking, and forced child labor.  This conversation is
being made possible by the University of Minnesota's International Center
and its International Visitors Leadership Program.

Given the increasing tensions in U.S./Pakistani relations, the growing
significance within the U.S. labor movement of USLAW (U.S. Labor Against
War), and continuing concerns within out labor community about sweatshop
production, the globalization of manufacturing, and the role of human
trafficking in compelling workers across the world, this is a great
opportunity to get an on-the-ground report and make some personal contacts
with Pakistanis.  Please join us!

Peter Rachleff Professor of History Macalester College


In 2008 Pakistan fell to Tier 2 Watchlist in the Trafficking in Persons
(TIP) Report, largely due to a lack of progress in addressing the
country's largest human trafficking problem of bonded labor and forced
child labor. These problems are largely concentrated in Punjab's brick
kilns and other industries, and Sindh's agricultural sector, which also
happen to be situated in these provinces' areas of extreme poverty that
are most vulnerable to militant and extremist recruitment.

Local law enforcement and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have first
contact with the victims of bonded, forced and trafficked labor and often
must collaborate to protect the victims and to encourage prosecutions (two
of the critical areas of need in the TIP Report recommendations). We
nominated 6 members of police and 2 NGO representatives from Sindh and
Punjab provinces whose demonstrated work and dedication to tackling these
trafficking practices serve to both help Pakistan move towards improving
its TIP report ranking, as well as to combat the potential for extremism
and militant recruitment.

This program will be for provincial law enforcement officials and members
of national and provincial social service organizations. The program will
examine the issues surrounding forced labor prosecution, victim services
such as trauma counseling, and collaboration with NGOs on service
provision and legal representation. (In Pakistan many NGOs provide legal
services to bonded labor victims, but there is a need to assist them to
more effectively collaborate with police.) Participants will also learn
about initiatives to protect, assist and provide social reintegration of
victims of forced labor.

To introduce the 6 police officers and 2 NGO officials who work on bonded
labor issues to:
            -efforts to combat forced labor and labor trafficking
            -victim ID and protection services
            -collaborative NGO-law enforcement efforts

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From: Erin Parrish <erin [at]>
Subject: Hiroshima vigil 8.06 11am

August 6: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, MN Metro
Branch Hiroshima commemoration and vigil. Women in Black will be taking
part in the Hiroshima commemoration at the Peace garden by Lake Harriet.
Vigil at Sadako sculpture at 11 AM which will consist of standing with
the girls visiting from Japan. RSVP.

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From: David Shove <shove001 [at]>
Subject: Ffunch back 8.06 11:30am

Neither rain nor snow nor light of day can keep these self-appointed
eater-talkers from their rounds.

Join us.

Ffunch 8.06 11:30am

First Friday Lunch (FFUNCH) for progressives.
Informal political talk and hanging out.

Day By Day Cafe 477 W 7th Av St Paul.
Meet on the far south side.

Day By Day has soups, salads, sandwiches, and dangerous
apple pie; is close to downtown St Paul & on major bus lines

(begin mumbling:)
 ffunch        ffunch        ffunch        ffunch
        ffunch        ffunch        ffunch        ffunch

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From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at]>
Subject: Palestine vigil 8.06 4:15pm

The weekly vigil for the liberation of Palestine continues at the
intersection of Snelling and Summit Aves in St. Paul. The Friday demo
starts at 4:15 and ends around 5:30. There are usually extra signs

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From: PRO826 [at]
Subject: Pentel for gov 8.06 6pm

Ken Pentel for Governor  with the Ecology Democracy  Party
_www.kenpentel.org_ (

Campaign Fundraiser
August 6th, 6p - 9p
Help Us Make the  Change
Ken Pentel for Governor ~ Silent Auction and Fundraiser

Are you tired of politics as usual in Minnesota?  Do you believe that we
have a responsibility to our Earth and future generations? Let's get

Ken, Erin and the campaign team will be diligent in espousing the three
main mandates of the Ecology Democracy Party through November 2nd which

 Proportional representation for the Minnesota House of Representatives
 To end big money and corporate interference in the Minnesota political
 To transform our state into an ecological economy

Now is the time for a third party to stand firm in their conviction of
opening up the political system to more voices, concepts and ideas.

On August 6th the Ecology Democracy Party will host a Silent Auction and
Fundraiser for the Ken Pentel for Governor campaign at the Walker
Community Church in Minneapolis from 6 to 9 pm.  Meet Ken and hear how
together we can bring proportional representation to the Minnesota House
so that all viewpoints are represented in our government, how bringing
ecologically sane industries to Minnesota will help heal our planet and
revive our economy, and how getting corporate sponsorship of our
legislature will inevitably lead us into a future where a healthy and
educated citizenship will thrive!

There will be food, music, and like-minded people.  Expect to have some
fun and make a difference.

Friday August 6th  - 6 - 9 pm.
Walker Community Church
3104  16th Ave.  S.
Mpls, MN

**If you can volunteer time, donate food or bring items for the silent
auction (goods, services, crafts, art, homemade food, etc), your help
would be greatly appreciated!  Please contact Kristen at
_krisrose07 [at] gmail.com_ (mailto:krisrose07 [at]  for more

If you cannot make the event but can donate $5, $10, $50, or any amount to
the campaign, please mail to:

Ken Pentel for Governor
P.O. Box 3872
Minneapolis, MN  55403

Danene Provencher Kelsey Miller KP4G Campaign Managers _www.kenpentel.org_
( 952-472-7863

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Operation False Positive
Behind the Colombia / Venezuela Tensions
August 3, 2010

If you want to understand what's behind the recent tension between
Colombia and Venezuela, think "smokescreen," and then go back several
months to some sick children in the Department of Meta, just south of
Bogota. The children fell ill after drinking from a local stream, a stream
contaminated by the bodies of more than 2,000 people, secretly buried by
the Colombian military.

According to the Colombian high command, the mass grave just outside the
army base at La Macarena contains the bodies of guerilla fighters killed
between 2002 and 2009 in that country's long-running civil war. But given
the army's involvement in the so-called "false positive" scandal, human
rights groups are highly skeptical that the dead are members of the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the National Liberation Army,
the two insurgent groups fighting the central government.

"False positive" is the name given to the Colombian armed forces operation
that murdered civilians and then dressed them up in insurgent uniforms in
order to demonstrate the success of the army's counterinsurgency strategy,
thus winning more aid from the U.S. According to the human rights
organizations Comision de Derechos Homanos del Bajo Ariari and Colectivo
Orlando Fals Borda, some 2,000 civilians have been murdered under the

The bodies at La Macarena have not been identified yet, but suspicion is
that they represent victims of the "false-positive" program, as well as
rural activists and trade unionists. The incoming Colombian president,
Juan Manuel Santos, was defense secretary when the murders were taking
place. Santos also oversaw a brief invasion of Ecuador in 2008 that
reportedly killed a number of insurgents. The invasion was widely
condemned throughout Latin America.

Diverting attention is what outgoing Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is
all about. While his foreign minister, Luis Alfonso Hoyos, was laying out
photos and intelligence claiming that Venezuela was hosting upwards of
1500 Colombian insurgents, a group of Latin American NGOs were uncovering
a vast scheme by Uribe's Department of Administrative Security (DAS) to
sabotage the activities of journalists, judges, NGOs, international
organizations and political opponents. Some of these "dirty tricks"
included death threats.

Because the U.S. - which has pumped more than $7 billion in military aid
to Colombia - supplies the DAS with surveillance technology, Washington
may end up implicated in the scandal.

The U.S. may also be tarred with the murder of Colombian trade unionists.
According to Kelly Nichollas of the U.S. Office on Colombia, testimony at
the trial of former DAS director Jorge Noguera indicated that the U.S.
trained a special Colombian intelligence unit that tracked trade

Colombia is currently the most dangerous country in the world for trade
unionists. According to the International Trade Unionist Confederation's
(ITUC) Annual Survey of Trade Union Rights, out of the 101 unionists
murdered in 2009, 48 were in Colombia. So far, 20 more Colombian trade
unionists have been murdered in 2010. In the case of Hernan Abdiel
Ordonez, treasurer of the prison worker's union, who had complained about
corruption, the government refused to provide him security in spite of
receiving numerous death threats. He was gunned down by assassins on a

"Colombia was once again the country where standing up for fundamental
rights of workers is more likely than anywhere else to mean a death
sentence, despite the Colombian government's public relations campaign,"
said ITCU General Secretary Guy Ryder. "The Colombian authorities must
take urgent and effective measures to guarantee the physical integrality
of Colombian trade unionists".

Uribe certainly has reason to shift the attention away from Colombia and
toward Venezuela. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is
pressing its investigation of the "false-positives" murders, and Uribe's
brother has been accused of working with death squads. Santiago Canton, an
Argentinean and former head of the rights commission, said "If you put all
this together, the extrajudicial executions, the espionage of human rights
defenders, it's all really consistent over the years".

And where was the [pro-dictator anti-democracy anti-union -ed] Obama
Administration in all this? Firmly supporting Uribe, railing against
Venezuela's suspension of diplomacy with Bogota, and, according to an
investigation by the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA),
secretly funneling money to the media operations of Chavez's right-wing
opponents. Right-wingers in Bolivia and Nicaragua are also receiving

"Between 2007 and 2009, the State Department's little known Bureau of
Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor channeled at least $4 million to
journalists in Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela through the Pan American
Development Foundation (PADF)," says NACLA's Jeremy Bigwood. In doing
this, the State Department violated its own rules requiring that "all
publications" receiving money "acknowledge that support". According to
Bigwood, the U.S. waived that requirement for PADF.

Colombia is Washington's closest ally in the region, so it hardly
surprising that Uribe's right-wing government and Washington's visceral
hatred of Chavez should find common ground. But the attack on Chavez is
also a proxy assault on the newly formed, 32-member Community of Latin
American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the first regional organization not
to include the U.S., Canada, or European countries. [More power to it!

Meeting in Caracas this past July, CELAC selected Chavez and the newly
elected conservative president of Chile, Sabastian Pinera, as co-chairs of
the forum that will draft statutes for the organization. While it seems
like an odd pairing, the U.S. media's cartoonish characterization of
Chavez is not shared widely in Latin America. "Chavez...has shown himself
adaptable to making major compromises in order to further Latin American
and regional integration," says Alexander Main of the Center for Economic
and Policy Research in Washington, D.C.

And while Pinera is very conservative, according to Main, "his toned down
approach to international relations indicates that he too is prepared to
act pragmatically".

The Caracas meeting called for "political, economic, social and cultural
integration" and affirmed the right of "each state to constitute its own
political system free of threats, aggressions and unilateral coercive
measures". Tellingly, there was no mention of "free trade" or "open
markets," the so-called "Washington consensus" that characterized U.S.
economic doctrine in the region over the past several decades.

As Latin America grows in economic strength and political independence,
U.S. policy seems locked into a previous century when it was the major
power in the region. Rather than retooling its diplomatic approach to fit
the new reality in Latin America, Washington is expanding its military

It is will soon be operating out of seven military bases in Colombia and
has reactivated its 4th Fleet, both highly unpopular moves in Latin
America. Rather than taking the advice of countries in the region to
demilitarize its war on drugs, the U.S. recently announced it is deploying
46 warships and 7,000 soldiers to Costa Rica to "interdict" drug traffic
and money laundering. From 2000 to 2009, less than 40 percent of U.S. aid
to the region went to Latin America's militaries and police. The Obama
Administration has raised that figure to 47 per cent.

Washington and Bogota may try to demonize Venezuela, but they are playing
to a very small audience, and one that grows smaller - and more
irrelevant - by the day.

Conn Hallinan can be reached at: ringoanne [at]

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Settlers Ramp Up "Price Tag" Policy
Israeli Rabbi Preaches "Slaughter" of Gentile Babies
August 2, 2010


A rabbi from one of the most violent settlements in the West Bank was
questioned on suspicion of incitement last week as Israeli police stepped
up their investigation into a book in which he sanctions the killing of
non-Jews, including children and babies.

Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira is one of the leading ideologues of the most extreme
wing of the religious settler movement. He is known to be a champion of
the "price-tag" policy of reprisal attacks on Palestinians, including
punishing them for attempts by officials to enforce Israeli law against
the settlements.

So far the policy has chiefly involved violent harassment of Palestinians,
with settlers inflicting beatings, attacking homes, throwing stones,
burning fields, killing livestock and poisoning wells.

It is feared, however, that Shapira's book The King's Torah, published
last year, is intended to offer ideological justifications for widening
the scope of such attacks to include killing Palestinians, even children.

Although Shapira was released a few hours after his questioning last
Monday, dozens of rabbis, as well as several members of parliament,
rallied to his side, condemning the arrest.

Shlomo Aviner, one of the settlement movement's leaders, defended the
book's arguments as a "legitimate stance" and one that should be taught in
Jewish seminaries.

But in a sign of mounting official unease at Shapira's influence on the
settlement movement, the Israeli military authorities also threatened last
week to enforce a decade-old demolition order on Yitzhar's seminary, which
was built without a permit.

Dror Etkes, a Tel Aviv-based expert on the settlements, said the order was
unlikely to be carried out but was a way to pressure Yitzhar's 500
inhabitants to rein in their more violent attacks.

He said the authorities had begun taking a harder line against Yitzhar
only since Shapira and several of his students were suspected of torching
a mosque in the neighboring village of Yasuf last December.

"Shapira is trying to redefine the conflict with the Palestinians, turning
it from a national conflict into a religious one. That frightens Israel.
It doesn't want to look as though it is fighting the whole Islamic world,"
Etkes said.

He added that the rabbi and his supporters were closely associated with
Kach, a movement founded by the late Rabbi Meir Kahane that demands the
expulsion of all Palestinians from a "Greater Israel". Despite Kach being
banned, officials have largely turned a blind eye as its ideology has
flourished in the settlements.

"It may be illegal to call oneself Kach but the authorities are more than
tolerant of settlers who hold such views and carry out violent attacks. In
fact, what Kahane was doing in the 1980s seems like child's play compared
with today's settlers".

In the 230-page book, Shapira and his co-author, Rabbi Yosef Elitzur, also
from Yitzhar, argue that Jewish law permits the killing of non-Jews in a
wide variety of circumstances. The terms "gentiles" and "non-Jews" in the
book are widely understood as references to Palestinians.

They write that Jews have the right to kill gentiles in any situation in
which "a non-Jew's presence endangers Jewish lives" even if the gentile is
"not at all guilty for the situation that has been created".

The book sanctions the killing of non-Jewish children and babies: "There
is justification for killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up
to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and
not only during combat with adults".

The rabbis suggest that harming the children of non-Jewish leaders is
justified if it is likely to bring pressure to bear on them to change

The authors also advocate committing "cruel deeds to create the proper
balance of terror" and treating all members of an "enemy nation" as
targets for retaliation, even if they are not directly participating in
hostile activities.

The rabbis appear to be offering justifications in Jewish law for
collective punishment and other war crimes of the kind committed by the
Israeli army in its attack on Gaza in the winter of 2008.

Pamphlets similarly calling on soldiers to "show no mercy" were
distributed by the army's rabbinate as troops prepared for the Gaza
operation, in which 1,400 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians,
were killed. Religious settlers have come to dominate many combat units.

An investigation last year by Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights group,
found Shapira's seminary had received government funds worth at least
$300,000 in recent years. American and British groups have also
contributed tens of thousands of dollars in tax-deductible donations.

According to the Jerusalem Post newspaper, the Yitzhar settlers have
responded to the demolition order against their seminary by threatening to
publish documents showing that the housing and transport ministries were
closely involved in the project too.

The settlers have repeatedly rampaged through nearby Palestinian villages,
most notoriously in September 2008, when they were filmed shooting at
homes in Assira al-Kabaliya, smashing properties and daubing Stars of
David on homes. Ehud Olmert, the prime minister of the time, termed the
settlers' actions a "pogrom".

The same year a religious student from Yitzhar was arrested for firing
home-made rockets at Palestinian villages close by.

In April, Yitzhar's settlers marched through the village of Huwara and
pelted a Palestinian family's home with stones in "reprisal" for the
arrest of 11 of their number.

A settler from Yitzhar was questioned last month over the fatal shooting
of a 16-year-old Palestinian, Aysar Zaban, in May, reportedly after stones
were thrown at the settler's car. The teenager was shot in the back.

Last week, the settlers attacked Burin, shooting at villagers and burning

In most of these cases, the settlers who were arrested were released a
short time later either by the police or the courts. In January, a
Jerusalem judge freed Rabbi Shapira for lack of evidence in the arson
attack on the mosque.

Yitzhak Ginsburg, an authority on Jewish law and a mentor to Shapira, was
questioned by police last Thursday over his endorsement of the book. In
the past Ginsburg has praised Baruch Goldstein, a settler who opened fire
in Hebron's Ibrahimi mosque in 1994, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers.

In 2003 Ginsburg was accused of incitement for publishing a book that
called for the expulsion of Palestinians from Israel and the occupied
territories, but the charges were dropped after he issued a "clarification

A group calling itself "Students of Yitzhak Ginsburg" recently distributed
a leaflet urging Israeli soldiers to "spare your lives and the lives of
your friends and show no concern for a population that surrounds us and
harms us".

Kach was founded in 1971 by the late Meir Kahane, an American rabbi who
immigrated to Israel. He won a seat in the Israeli parliament in 1984 on a
platform of expelling all Palestinians from Israel and the occupied
territories. As an MP, he drafted legislation to revoke the Israeli
citizenship of non-Jews and ban sexual relations between Jews and

The political party was banned from running for the Israeli parliament in
1988 and the movement was outlawed six years later. Although the group is
considered a terrorist organization in the United States and most of
Europe, its ideology has been allowed to thrive in the settlements.

Today, dozens of rabbis espouse an interpretation of Jewish religious law
identical to or worse than Kahane's.

Michael Ben Ari, a former Kach leader, was elected as an MP last year for
the far-right National Union party, which holds four seats in the
120-member parliament.

Avigdor Lieberman, who leads the parliament's third largest party and is
foreign minister, briefly joined the party before it was banned. His own
party's anti-Arab "No loyalty, no citizenship" program includes echoes of
Kahane's ideology.

Jonathan Cook is a writer and journalist based in Nazareth, Israel. His
latest books are "Israel and the Clash of Civilisations: Iraq, Iran and
the Plan to Remake the Middle East" (Pluto Press) and "Disappearing
Palestine: Israel's Experiments in Human Despair" (Zed Books). His website

[Never turn your back on a baby, is how I see it. Mean little buggars,
creeping and pissing and pooping, all on the nice new Alderbalsam carpet,
making spots that will never go away. Take it on Antiques Roadshow, and
the expert will KNOW just where and when a baby pissed and pooped on the
precious carpet, lowering its value from $25,000 to $133 on a good day
with a buyer who is distracted by an oncoming heart attack. Babies - who
needs 'em? (Unless of course they are Zionist babies, favored by Yahweh,
in which case their pissing and pooping is a delightful foreshadowing of
their future Zionist actions against the evil Palestinians.) -ed

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[Primarily an expose of The Nation Magazine; but also of others - Rachel
Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Daniel Schorr - toward the end. -ed]

The Liberal Media: Rest in Peace
by Stephen Lendman
August 4th, 2010
Dissident Voice

The New York Times never qualified, run exclusively as a voice for power
and privilege. The same, of course, holds for virtually all mainstream
publications, including The Nation magazine, suppressing, sanitizing, and
distorting truths, betraying its readers since 1865.

Its founding prospectus said it "will not be the organ of any party, sect,
or body. It will, on the contrary, make an earnest effort to bring to the
discussion of political and social questions a really critical spirit, and
to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and
misrepresentation by which so much of the political writing of the day is

Today it claims, "Nobody owns the Nation". We are a wholly owned
subsidiary of our own conscience".

Yet, in disservice to its readers, its record since inception has been
shameless. It was unapologetic about slavery, then didn't support
minority, labor, or women's rights. It championed 19th century laissez
faire, attacked the Grangers, Populists, trade unions and socialists. In
1999, it called the US/NATO Serbia/Kosovo aggression "humanitarian

After 9/11, it backed the official explanation despite convincing evidence
debunking it. Initially it supported the Iraq war, and until recently the
Afghan one. More on that below.

It also ignored the blatant 2000 fraud for George Bush, claimed "no
evidence" showed the 2004 election was stolen, and in January 2006, ran an
offensive full-page anti-Muslim ad titled "Arabian Fables," claiming
Palestinians are prone to violence and deception. Two months later, it
said Haiti's Jean-Bertrand Aristide was "feared and despised," then blamed
Haitians for their own misery.

After the January 2010 earthquake, it backed America's intervention,
Washington correspondent, John Nichols, praising Obama's "dignity and
determination," saying:

At a time when there is so much disappointment regarding the unmet promise
of a presidency that finished its first year on a bitter note of a lost
Senate seat, Obama responded to the crisis in a spirit that has the
potential to reassure not just Haitians but Americans.

The reality is far different, and Nichols knows it or should. Haiti is
occupied and oppressed for the duration. Conditions on the ground are
horrific. Essential aid is obstructed and limited. A health emergency
continues. Malnutrition is rampant, clean water scarce, sanitation nearly
non-existant, and only a small fraction of those needing tents and other
essentials have them, leaving hundreds of thousands out of luck and on
their own.

Yet for Nichols, Obama "has projected a concern and a commitment that
meets the moment," when, in fact, he militarized Haiti, blocked essential
food, medical, and other supplies, and plans more sweatshops, resource
exploitation, and commercial development instead of vital aid, Nichols
saying, thanks to Obama, Haitians are in good hands.

In June 2007, The Nation ran a slanderous anti-Hugo Chavez diatribe by
contributor, Joaquin Villalobos, a neocon Colombian government
advisor/assassin of Roque Dalton, the renown leftist Salvadoran

Long a notorious Democrat party flack, it cheerled Obama's candidacy,
extolled his election, sees in him a "sea-change of course (for)
progressive-driven reform, (the) end of the Reagan era, an end of the
occupation of Iraq, and a socially liberal new beginning".

Eighteen months later, The Nation writers are still supportive, ignoring
Obama's lies, deceptions, contradictions, and crimes - campaign promises
made and broken, including permanent occupations; raging imperial wars;
others threatened in the Middle East, Horn of Africa, Asia and South
America; shameless handouts to Wall Street bandits and other corporate
favorites; and hardline homeland repression against Muslims, undocumented
immigrants and minorities, while millions of Americans are impoverished,
jobless, homeless, hungry and cheated by a president who doesn't give a

Neither does The Nation, including its editor, Katrina vanden Heuvel, an
establishment figure, a regular on corporate TV, and member of the elitist
Council on Foreign Relations (CRF), an organization committed to one-world
government based on centralized financial control, historian, Arthur
Schlesinger, Jr., once calling it a "front organization (for) the heart of
the American Establishment".

Her maternal grandfather, Jules Stein, founded MCA, the entertainment
conglomerate. Her father, William, was executive assistant to William
Donovan, former Thailand ambassador involved in the CIA's creation. Father
William was also a Farfield Foundation board member, a CIA front group
active during the Cold War, and later special assistant to New York
Governor, Averill Harriman, and US Attorney General, Robert Kennedy.

Vanden Heuvel is a Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (FERI) Board
of Governors member. Others include former Senator Paul Sarbanes, former
Democrat vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, and John Brademas,
former New York University president and National Endowment for Democracy
board member, a US foreign policy instrument funding anti-democracy groups

Initially an Afghan war supporter, vanden Heuvel and The Nation writers
then backed humanitarian intervention to make the country and region
"secure" and "stable". Yet after WikiLeaks revelations, she showed unease
in her July 29 editorial (published on July 27 in her weekly Washington
Post column) titled, "Could WikiLeaks Offer a Way Out of War," saying:

"The war in Afghanistan just got a little foggier - or a little more
transparent - depending on how you choose to see" the WikiLeaks dump,
quoting a London Guardian editorial "show(ing) a conflict that is brutally
messy, confused and immediate," neither she nor the editorial writer
exposing the conflict's lawlessness, mindless slaughter, daily war crimes,
and shocking atrocities, including torture in America's offshore gulag.
Instead, she quotes The New York Times saying:

The documents illuminate the extraordinary difficulty of what the United
States and its allies have undertaken in a way that other accounts have
not," responding only that "Perhaps a new take on an old war is just what
we need to extract ourselves from another quagmire. (We've seen) enough to
know that (Obama's) strategy cannot work, and enough to understand that
the cost of continuing the war far outstrip any conceivable benefits".

"Benefits?" Only for imperial pillagers, criminal politicians, media
hacks, and war profiteers, none for beleaguered Afghans and cheated
Americans, lied to and denied vital services when they most need them -
she and the editorial expressing no moral outrage, no sympathy for massive
suffering, and no concern for the truth, just support for winnable wars,
not ones that "cannot work".

In response to Obama's Nobel Peace Prize award, vanden Heuvel was effusive
in her October 11, 2009 article titled, "The Burden & The Nobel," calling
it "an ingenious leap of faith - the endorsement of the hope and the
promise represented by America's new President... I think those who argue
that the Prize is cheapened are just plain silly. The Prize doesn't go to
only those who succeeded in their efforts, nor is it a lifetime
achievement award. Instead, it is often and wisely given to endorse and
encourage those who are working to bring about a better and more peaceful

This writer's October 12, 2009 article titled, "October Surprise - Peace
Prize to a War Criminal" expressed another view.

In his Nobel acceptance speech, Obama argued for continued war, saying:
"the instruments of war do have a role in preserving the peace, (that) all
responsible nations must embrace the role that militaries with a clear
mandate can play to keep the peace," and imperial warlords should be
honored "not as makers of war, but as wagers of peace" - "War is peace,"
Orwellian doublethink, the Nobel Committee legitimizing wars and leaders
who wage them, not peacemakers wanting swords turned into plowshares.

The Nation writers, however, enthused, John Nichols calling Obama's speech
"a glimpse of (him) at his best," vanden Heuvel saying it reflected
"humility and grace," endorsing the Obama Doctrine - wars without end, for
historians Charles Beard (1874-1948), Harry Elmer Barnes (1889-1968), and
Gore Vidal - Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, the title of Barnes' 1953
book and Vidal's in 2002, saying "our rulers for more than half a century
have made sure that we are never to be told the truth about anything that
our government has done to other people, not to mention our own".

A worried Barnes wrote:

If trends continue as they have during the last fifteen years, we shall
soon reach this point of no return, and can only anticipate interminable
wars, disguised as noble gestures for peace. Such an era could only
culminate in a third world war which might well, as (historian) Arnold J.
Toynbee has suggested, leave only the pygmies in remote jungles, or even
the apes and ants, to carry on "the cultural traditions" of mankind.

Thanks to the Bush and Obama Doctrines, we've surged closer to the abyss.
No matter, the Nation remains rapturously supportive, a voice for power,
privilege and imperial wars, mindless of their destructive consequences,
its readers betrayed by its anti-populist tradition, its backing wrong
over right, and indifference to human suffering - lacking vision, honor
and moral courage to report truths.

Three Other Faux Liberals

The liberal media landscape is strewn with others like vanden Heuvel and
The Nation's stable of writers, two notables on MSNBC, betraying their
viewers the same way, establishment figures in good standing.

Rachael Maddow for one. Calling herself a "national security liberal," she
says "I'm undoubtedly a liberal, which means that I'm in almost total
agreement with the Eisenhower-era Republican party platform".

In August 2008, The Nation magazine called her a "ballsy gremlin of the
left, (an) explosive star, (a) popular guest analyst on MSNBC (now likely
to) get her own show (as) one of the few left-liberal women to bust open
the world of TV punditry, (not by) bluster and bravado but with a
combination of crisp thinking and 'galumphing' good cheer".

The New York Times calls her a "defense policy wonk" reporting embedded in
July from Afghanistan, supporting the war, not how bad it's going, yet
opposing withdrawal, defending power and privilege like other faux
liberals. Some call them liberal fascists, well paid to suppress, sanitize
and distort truths, support imperial wars, and why not.

Maddow represents upwardly mobile middle class values. She's a Democrat
party stalwart, indifferent to working class needs or suffering imperial
wars cause, let alone why fought, reasons unrelated to democracy, human
rights, and moral principles, notions never considered by her or other
fake liberals.

At a time of deepening economic crisis, unemployment, poverty, and other
needs aren't discussed, nor is Obama's public trust betrayal and permanent
war agenda, one Maddow supports.

On his nightly Countdown program, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann is another
unabashed Democrat party supporter, uncritical of outrageous Obama
policies, including:

. imperial wars without end;

. anti-labor opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), and agenda
to destroy, not create, jobs when most needed;

. a "Race to the Top" scheme to destroy public education;

. stiff-arming budget-strapped states, and freezing out millions trapped
by poverty, homelessness, hunger and despair;

. militarizing Haiti and backing the Honduran coup, ousting a
democratically elected leader;

. supporting banker bailouts and bogus financial reform for Wall Street,
not main street;

. endorsing preventive detention, police state surveillance, and plans to
assassinate US citizens named terrorists, with or without proof; and,

. bogus health care reform, for many weeks the top Countdown story,
Olbermann flacking for Obamacare, now passed - a destructive program to
enrich insurers and drug giants, making a dysfunctional system worse.

For months, he was unabashedly one-sided, feigning liberalism for a
pro-business agenda - shamelessly pro-Obama when not jousting with Fox
News or his nightly buffoonery, acting more like Bozo the Clown than a
newsman, why critic David Forsmark calls his program "Meltdown," nightly
"public ravings," not real news and information, evident by his topics,
choice of guests, and discussions, supporting Democrat party politics, not
good governance and public needs.

Georgetown history Professor Michael Kazin, calls him "O'Reilly on the
left - completely predictable, unfunny, and arrogant". University of
Chicago Professor, Harold Pollack, said he "can be smart and funny, but
I've basically had my fill. My life is full of shticky and rude blowhards
already. Why add another?" Harper's editor, Luke Mitchell, described him
as "irritating and his obvious sexism is reprehensible," despite some
positive attributes.

On June 23, 2008, New Yorker writer, Peter Boyer, called him "One Angry
Man," saying:

At home one night, he penned 'the first draft of a lacerating indictment
of Bush, a twelve-minute-long j'accuse, addressed personally to" (him).
The denunciation hit the high notes of the most fevered antiwar rhetoric,
accusing Bush. his alleged puppet master (Dick Cheney and those around
them) of perpetrating a "panoramic and murderous deceit" on America and
the world, (saying) "you yoked this nation and your place in history to
the wrong war, in the wrong place, against the wrong people," -
accusations applying to Obama never aired on Countdown, in reports or
commentaries, Democrats exempted from jeremiads, reserved exclusively for
Republicans and Teapartyers, bashed separately in a nightly Tea Time

In the 1980s, he was a CNN sportscaster, later co-hosting ESPN's
Sportscenter from 1992-1997, switching over to Fox Sports amid
controversy, Olbermann calling it "the pressure of working in daily
long-form television. not the broadcasts. an inability to digest all that
led up to those hours (in) a medium so complex it would've made Rube
Goldberg blanch". Others said he was fired for being caustic and thinking
he was bigger than the network.

After Fox, he rejoined MSNBC in 2003 hosting Countdown, a sportscaster
turned newsman, impersonating a progressive, calling himself "not a
liberal, an American," his specialty - flacking for Democrats, bashing the
political right, feuding with Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh,
and Sarah Palin, and including nightly buffoonery/junk food news segments.

He should have stuck with sportscasting, the right venue for fun and
games, pranks, horseplay, and tomfoolery. Consumers of real news and
information won't find much on Countdown.

Nor from National Public Radio, including from its now departed Daniel
Schorr, recounting in his memoir that "being poor, fat, Jewish (and)
fatherless" made him feel like an outsider, later "achiev(ing) identity"
through journalism, reporting for over 70 years until passing on July 23
at age 93.

NPR rhapsodized in numerous tributes, comparing him to Edward R. Murrow,
citing his many awards, his analysis "broadened by his firsthand
perspective" on history, starting as a journalist at the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency (JTA) and Jewish Daily Bulletin from 1934-1941,
followed by the Dutch news agency. In 1946, he was a foreign
correspondent, later covering the Cold War, 1953 McCarthy hearings, the
Clinton impeachment ones, and Nixon era, a noted member of his enemies

He observed superpower summits, from Krushchev to Gorbachev, worked for
Army intelligence in WW II, later the Christian Science Monitor, New York
Times, CBS, and CNN before joining NPR in 1985 as a senior news analyst.

Hold the plaudits, Nation magazine's eulogy notwithstanding, lauding him
for "making the right enemies, (his) unofficial beat always. the abuse of
power, relentless questioning, (then) NPR's resident truth teller" until
his death.

Others see him differently, notably his quarter century at NPR, recent
critics citing his waltzing with Bibi, one-sidedly supporting Israel with
comments like:

Netanyahu will not accept the Palestinian state with its own defense
capability. The Palestinians will not accept a Jewish state that nibbles
away with settlements in Occupied Territory.

Nibbles? Over 42% of the West Bank has been stolen, total Judaization of
East Jerusalem is planned, and some observers expect mass expulsions
throughout the Territories for a Greater Israel, besides keeping Gaza
besieged, and daily incursions, mass arrests, targeted killings, torture,
and intermittent wars, unmentioned in Schorr commentaries, a committed
Zionist until death. A man who lied on air about the Mossad's role in
assassinating Hamas official, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in Dubai last February.

Last December, commenting on Obama's West Point speech announcing a 30,000
Afghanistan force surge, he said:

I would characterize it as being a statesmanlike speech, (explaining the)
need to send more troops, (and try to placate) many liberals in the
Democrat party," saying withdrawal will begin in 18 months. According to
Schorr, "not really a very wise thing to do if you want to get the Taliban
and Al-Qaeda out of there. You don't say just hang around, we'll be
leaving in 18 months".

Not a word about an illegal war; imperial agenda, daily slaughter;
appalling atrocities; willful targeting of civilians; millions killed,
displaced, oppressed, and immiserated; and a shocking betrayal of the
public trust to be there or in Iraq in the first place - suggesting only
that the war continue and be won.

Ignoring the dire economy, he supported Obama's approach, suggesting
conditions are headed in the right direction when they're worsening.
Production is falling. Housing crashed. Consumer confidence plunged.
Leading indicators point down. Jobless benefits have been extended seven
times in the past two years. Nearly half the unemployed have been looking
for six months or longer.

Youth unemployment is 25%. For Black and Latino youths it's far higher, in
major US cities topping 80%, according to a report by the Northeastern
University Center for Labor Market Studies. Since January, over 100 banks
folded. The federal deficit is out of control. Consumer credit and
spending are falling, but Schorr sounded like a CNBC pundit. Not to worry.
Things are looking up.

Earlier he was positive about Obamacare, finance reform, and other
pro-business measures, not their harm and betrayal of the public trust.

Yet, The Nation's, John Nichols, hailed his "art of making the right
enemies". Others said he was aggressive, tenacious, a pioneer. NPR called
him a "legend... speaking truth to power". Most often he spoke for it

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. Contact him at:
lendmanstephen [at] Also visit his blog site and listen to The
Global Research News Hour on Mondays from
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