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Robert Draper’s exclusive in GQ that Donald Rumsfeld’s top-secret intelligence briefings, called “World Intelligence Update,” included cover sheets of war images juxtaposed with Biblical quotes is a must read. These briefings were hand delivered by Rumsfeld himself to the White House. Let us also not forget that Bush himself referred to the “war on terror” […]

now, the statue of limitations on all of our semi-rational exuberance over the symbolism of the current presidency has not yet run out. i figure, based on my friends and family, that it has somewhere between three and nine months left. so i’m not expecting anyone to do anything about this right now. once the memories of the election-night street parties are a little bit more faded, though, it’ll be useful to have these pieces of information ready to hand.

i don’t love posting press releases, but as a new yorker this makes me happy. not as proud as i’d be were i in toronto, montréal, LA or san francisco, but nonetheless. after last week’s demonstration, which brought together the full range of jewish opposition to the israeli government’s war on gaza, from Women in […]

Notes on Gaza

In: Anti-war, Gaza, Hamas, Israel, Middle East, Opinion, Palestine, War

I’ve been wanting to write about the current war in Gaza for a while now, but it’s been hard to find the words for what I wanted to say. But today I started writing a letter to a friend, and found that in addressing a single person I was able to find words. So this […]

all of the journalistic words have been, are being, said already.

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to me, there’s only one thing worth saying on the journalistic side:
24 israelis have been killed by rocket or mortar attacks from gaza, ever.
more than 300 palestinians have been killed by the israeli blitzkrieg in gaza in the past 2 days.
more than 3,300 palestinians have been killed by the israeli military in gaza since 2000.
and it needs to be said over and over and over again.

beyond the journalistic. words aren’t worth much, or are everything.

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Brilliant video by MoveOn. Pass this one on folks. We heard again this week. What do they want? Six more months? How long have we been hearing this call for six more months? Repeat it with me now: Too long! Almost $500 billion spent on this war, and while many of us were saying five […]

Greenwald and Sanders take on FOX, launching FOX Attacks: Condemning the Fox News Channel as a warmonger that’s agitating for a U.S. attack on Iran, documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald and independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders announced an “online viral video campaign” Wednesday calling on television news organizations “not to follow Fox down the road to […]

A Quality of Mercy

In: Anti-war, Imperialism, Peace, War

Sixteen years after the atom bomb was dropped on Japan, the Twilight Zone episode “A Quality of Mercy” aired in the United States. The story was set at the end of World War II and involved an American soldier who found himself more or less literally walking in the shoes of a Japanese soldier. In […]

So, yes, it shouldn’t have taken another report about how Olmert’s actions in bombing the sh**t out of Lebanon was a huge, devastating, horrible disaster, but hey, I’ll take it if it means people are protesting loudly, as they are. Here’s just one report from BBC: Tens of thousands of Israelis have rallied in Tel […]

Look before you leap!

In: Bush, Government Corruption, Iraq, War

Let’s see, which head of state blazed into an unnecessary war without a solid long-term plan, without preparation, and without justification? A. Bush B. Olmert C. Both of the above I’ll give you three guesses…


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