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A new story out the other day about the group called the AMCHA Initiative that has published a list of college professors who have called for an academic boycott of Israel in a petition. In the newspaper Haaretz which I have reproduced below the term McCarthyism is displayed as part… Read full post »


"Chris Hedges gave this speech Saturday at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo, Wis., before a crowd of about 2,000.

The Fighting Bob Fest, the annual event at which [he] appeared, brings together progressive speakers from around the country and honors Robert “Fighting Bob”Read full post »


The World Bank has weighed in on the current climate for Palestinian businesses. Click on the image below for the full story from Haaretz:





""It is imperative to alleviate the suffering of the Palestinian people and to provide new horizon for hope,” saidRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 4:46PM

Dick Cheney: the "eyes" have it


That menacing face, and those eyes...I've seen it all before.


(Screen grab from video of Cheney's talk at the American Enterprise Institute the other day.)






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SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 8:42PM

Repost: A look at "Hot Chicks of OWS"


Note: we're on the 3rd anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and I figured I'd hit the celebration off with one of my photo essays from October, 2011. The film link for Stephen Greenstreet's video of the hot chicks of OWS doesn't work, but I've got plenty of photos here!

Update:… Read full post »


I'm beginning to think I'll never see this embargo lifted during my lifetime.

Click on the image for the full story from telesurtv.net:



"The 54-year old commercial ban on the island will be extended for at least one more year.Read full post »


The National which is out of the United Arab Emirates created a graphic that focuses on the potential that could be possible in Gaza. However, the article mentions the blockade, Israeli military action and the like as some of the major hindrances.

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Another double standard to contemplate as a result of Edward Snowden's NSA document collection. The U.S. has criticized other countries such as China for industrial espionage, but guess what--we're into it too!

Click on the image for Glenn Greenwald's full story, plus there's an excerpt below:… Read full post »


Interesting report here from FAIR on some media outlet's handling of the Gaza story.

Click on the image for the full article:




"Striving for a deceptive “balance,” US media miscast the devastating violence of Israel’s attacks on Gaza and obscured theRead full post »


Glenn Greenwald's associate at The Intercept, Dan Froomkin, has some great observations about Bush and Obama vis-a-vis civil liberties 'out the window' and other traditional American values that have been trashed or threatened.

For the full story click on the image below:



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An interesting story in Haaretz about racism in Jerusalem schools and what the Education Ministry is and isn't doing, along with teachers' efforts to address this important situation with students.

Click on the image below for the full article:





"Teachers in JeRead full post »


For OSers who are readers and fans of Chris Hedges here's a photo I shot of him in October, 2011 when I was down at Occupy Wall Street taking lots of photos and video footage. This teach-in by Chris was just across the street from the park. While I had… Read full post »


I imagine many of you will recognize the title of this post as being a quote from the 007 movie "Moonraker." That was a question posed to Dr. Holly Goodhead by James Bond.

Two visits to the Vassar campus this week provided the opportunity to take some photos of what… Read full post »


I've got a twofer today: Pat Buchanan writing about Hillary Clinton with regard to foreign policy and Mark Perry discussing how U.S. military officers were "stunned" by Israel's shelling of Shujaiya in Gaza.

An excerpt is provided from each piece in addition to the link to the full story which… Read full post »


For OSers who live in Massachusetts and are curious about Sen. Warren's current view of Gaza/Israel wonder no more. A recent public appearance with a Q&A resulted in questions about this subject with the resulting answers from the Senator. An excerpt is below and for the full story click o… Read full post »

AUGUST 27, 2014 9:39PM

POTUS is coming!


In the two terms of the President's administration we haven't had him come to our general neck of the woods many times, but he's arriving on Friday for some high flying fundraising. Unfortunately, the timing meshes with the beginning of the Labor Day Weekend traffic.

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"Stupid is as stupid does." If you read Glenn Greenwald's piece linked below you may agree that what we've done in Syria comes close to this familiar phrase. As always, click on the image below for the full story:

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I present the following for informational purposes and as a counterpoint of opinion. Recently, Jon Voight weighed in on the Gaza conflict--on the side of Israel. I was critical of his comments being bandied about by the media as anything significant.

Today in Big Salon we have a post… Read full post »


Dramatic footage in a video uploaded within an hour or so ago of a 12 story Gaza apartment building collapsing after taking two hits from Israeli forces.



The ABC report--click on the image for more:




""People startedRead full post »


A story out yesterday on The Guardian with an updated assessment of Gaza's factories, livestock, and farmland in the aftermath of military action. Click on the image for the full story.

Reader warning: a photo of dead camels and a dead cow are contained in the article.

(Note: the… Read full post »

AUGUST 22, 2014 11:10AM

NY Times: A Terrorist Horror, Then Golf


A story out today in The New York Times about the President and reaction to his public appearances in the wake of James Foley being executed. Click on the image for the full story and an excerpt is also below the image for some highlights of this story:

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I imagine there's a good chance that some other OSers came across this story from yesterday since it involves the Common Dreams web site. I used to be on the site more during the days of Dubya, but I still check it out from time to time these days.

My… Read full post »


The first notice I had yesterday about the terrible beheading of reporter James Foley was on a friend's Twitter feed. If there's one thing that's consistent these days it's tragedy after tragedy coming from the Middle East. As noted on many recent blogs here, Gaza by itself is a never… Read full post »


Through memberships in a variety of animal-centric and humane organizations over the years I have read many times in the past of municipal zoos caught in the middle of mililary action.

And, so it is with Gaza...

The UK based paper The Daily Mail has a story about the devastation… Read full post »


A new article up this morning from Joan Walsh over at Big Salon regarding the gubernatorial race in New York State. Zephyr Teachout is challenging incumbent Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming election. 

Andrew Cuomo's disbanding of the recent Moreland Commission (which he started) before it had… Read full post »