The Anti-Empire Report November 2nd, 2010: Jon Stewart and the left By William Blum

2 November, 2010 —

Jon Stewart and the left

The left in America is desperate; desperate for someone who can inspire them, if not lead them to a better world; or at least make them laugh. TV star Jon Stewart is sometimes funny, especially when he doesn’t try too hard to be funny, which is not often enough. But as a political leader, or simply political educator for the left, forget it. He’s not even what I would call a genuine, committed leftist. What does he have to teach the left? He himself would certainly not want you to entertain the thought that Jon Stewart is in any way a man of the left.

He billed his October 30 rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC, as the Million Moderate March. Would a person with a real desire for important progressive social and political change, i.e, a “leftist”, so ostentatiously brand himself a “moderate”? Even if by “moderate” he refers mainly to tone of voice or choice of words why is that so important? If a politician strongly supports things which you are passionate about, why should it bother you if the politician is vehement in his arguments, even angry? And if the politician is strongly against what you’re passionate about does it make you feel any better about the guy if he never raises his voice or sharply criticizes those on the other side? What kind of cause is that to commit yourself to?

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How Safe Is Your Ballot? Tracking Voter Suppression, Intimidation on Election Day

2 November, 2010 — Democracy Now

How Safe Is Your Ballot? Tracking Voter Suppression, Intimidation on Election Day

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As millions of voters head to the polls, Democratic and progressive groups are concerned with reports of voter intimidation and efforts to suppress minority and poor voters from casting their ballots. They point to the mushrooming of Republicans and Tea Party-affiliated groups who are raising the specter of voter fraud in states across the country. We speak to Wendy Weiser of the Voting Rights and Election Project at the Brennan Center for Justice. [includes rush transcript]

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Big problems with my desktop Mac! Looks …

Big problems with my desktop Mac! Looks like it’s gotta get fixed and that might take a few days. Luckily I have my Powerbook, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep updating my sites. Bill

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Gilad Atzmon: Julie Sabbath Goy Burchill

2 November,, 2010 — Gilad Atzmon

Julie Burchill

In her desperate attempt to smear Lauren Booth, Independent writer Julie Burchill, a devout Zionist, proves how deceiving British multiculturalism is.

Indeed the Zionification of this Kingdom has left this country in a disastrous ethical limbo.

“Last year I took the first steps towards converting to Judaism; also last year, I abandoned my attempt”, says Burchill.

But I guess that Burchill didn’t really have to convert — She is obviously far more Jewish than anyone I can think of. Burchill can teach Rabbi Ovadia Yosef what self-love is all about. She can teach Paul Wolfowitz, David Aaronovitch and David Miliband what moral-interventionism stands for. She can give Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman a crash course in Hasbara. Burchill can lecture Zionist slander operators on how to spread venom.

But most significantly, she displays an astonishing command of Jewish humour. Burchill is indeed very funny.

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URUK Net Newsletter, 1 November, 2010: Unanswered questions in the Yemen terror scare

1 November, 2010 — URUK Net

Omar Khadr Jury Hammers the Final Nail Into the Coffin of American Justice
Andy Worthington
November 1, 2010 – …With such grotesque distortions of justice taking place over the last week, it is easy to forget that the judge, Army Col. Patrick Parrish, had also prevented Khadr’s lawyers from drawing on their client’s well-chronicled reports of his torture and abuse in US custody. As a result, claims that Khadr was subjected to abusive treatment in Bagram – and was later subjected to variations on the reverse-engineered torture techniques used in Guantánamo and derived from the US military’s Survival Evasion Resistance Escape program (SERE) – were not even mentioned until the final day of his sentencing hearing, In their closing comments, his lawyers managed to introduce a statement, written by Khadr, referring to the terror he felt when an interrogator, Sgt. Joshua Claus, threatened him with being sent to a US jail where he would be raped by “four big black guys.”…

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URUK Net Newsletter, 31 October, 2010: Hate-Preacher Rabbi Provokes Riots in The Galilee

31 October, 2010 — URUK Net

U.S. And NATO Drag Asia Into Afghan Quagmire
Rick Rozoff
October 31, 2010 – On October 7 the American and North Atlantic Treaty Organization war in Afghanistan entered its tenth year and in slightly over two months will be in its eleventh calendar year.There are currently more than 150,000 foreign troops in the nation and the number is steadily rising. As examples, this February Germany raised its troop numbers in Afghanistan from 4,500 to a post-World War Two overseas high of 5,350. Italian Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa recently pledged 1,200 more troops for the war, bringing the nation’s total to 4,000, during a meeting with commander of all U.S. and NATO forces General David Petraeus. This month Italy also announced it was sending three new military helicopters to the war theater and La Russa stated that he was considering authorizing bombings by Italian fighter jets in Afghanistan…

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 1 November, 2010: ‘Israeli society doesn’t feel the need for peace’

1 November, 2010 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israeli Troops Invade Houses in Hebron
IMEMC – 1 Nov 2010 – Monday November 01, 2010 – 12:04, Security sources reported that the Israeli military invaded, on Monday morning, several houses in Hebron.

Erekat: “Egypt Proposed A Joint Plan For Submitting Palestinian Demands To The UN”
IMEMC – 1 Nov 2010 – Monday November 01, 2010 – 08:19, Head of the Negotiations Department at the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated that Egypt proposed that the Palestinians present a plan that represents their demands to the United Nations, and that this plan would also represent a unified Arab stance.

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Israeli police shoot legislator as racists march in Arab town By Jonathan Cook

28 October 2010 — The Electronic Intifada


Israeli police injured two Arab legislators on Wednesday in violent clashes provoked by Jewish right-wing extremists staging a march through the northern Arab town of Umm al-Fahm.

Haneen Zoabi, a parliament member who has become a national hate figure in Israel and received hundreds of death threats since her participation in an aid flotilla to Gaza in the summer, was among those hurt.

Zoabi reported being hit in the back and neck by rubber bullets as she fled the area when police opened fire. In an interview, she said she believed she had been specifically targeted by police snipers after they identified her.

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"No chance for two states": Interview with Knesset member Haneen Zoabi

31 October 2010 — The Electronic Intifada

There is now “no chance” for a two-state solution in Palestine. So said Haneen Zoabi, a Palestinian member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, in an interview with The Electronic Intifada (EI) on 29 October in Chicago.

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“The reality goes more toward the one state solution,” Zoabi said, “whether a democratic one-state solution, or a binational one-state solution.”
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Military Resistance 8K2 2 November, 2010: Deflection Day

2 November, 2010 — Military Project


Taliban Successfully Launch A
Northern Afghanistan Surge:

Insurgents’ Offensive Wrecking The Obama Regime Afghan War Strategy:
“Day By Day, The Taliban Are Advancing Into New Districts”
U.S. Commander Admits That “In Order To Deny That Terrain To The Enemy, You’d Have To Have People All Over Afghanistan In Combat Outposts”

Military Resistance 8K1 1 November, 2010: “He Didn’t Like The Situation”

1 November, 2010 — Military Project

Military Resistance 8K1-011110.pdf

“He Didn’t Like The Situation”
“He Just Didn’t Know Who The
Enemy Was”
“He Said I Will Be Glad When I Can Get
Out Of Here And Get Home”