Jonathan Cook, “How the Media Annexed East Jerusalem to Israel”

3 June, 2009 – MRZine – Monthly Review

Talks between Barack Obama and the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships over the past fortnight have unleashed a flood of media interest in the settlements Israel has been constructing on Palestinian territory for more than four decades.

The US president’s message is unambiguous: the continuing growth of the settlements makes impossible the establishment of a Palestinian state and therefore peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

It is one he is expected to repeat when he addresses the Muslim world from Cairo tomorrow.

The implication of Mr. Obama’s policy is that, once Israel has frozen the settlements, it will have to begin dismantling a significant number of them to restore territory needed for a Palestinian state.

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Freedom Rider: The Sotomayor Hype By BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

4 June, 2009 – Black Agenda Report

sotomayor-2.jpgBlacks and progressives should prefer a ‘wise Latina’ to the usual Supreme Court fare, any day. ‘The white male perspective has ruled unchallenged for centuries and has done great damage to human beings around the world.’ However, just because Sonia Sotomayor is under attack from raging racists, doesn’t mean she should get a free pass from the Left. ‘Sotomayor should not be allowed to escape scrutiny because of race pride and meaningless swooning from white liberals.’

‘She is called a ‘centrist,’ a label which tells us little in an age when the political pendulum doesn’t ever swing back to the left.’

The nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court should be an opportunity to assess her record, and to critically assess the Obama administration and develop strategic responses to his actions. Instead, most of the discussion post nomination has focused on one speech Sotomayor gave in 2001 and the person of color boot strap story so beloved by the corporate media and liberal whites.

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