Vanunu Returns To Prison And The End Of Israel’s Nuclear Ambiguity By Eileen Fleming

11 May, 2010 —

vanunu.jpgOn May 11, 2010, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that Mordechai Vanunu, will “serve a three-month jail sentence handed to him by Jerusalem District Court and not community service.”[1]

The ‘justices’ refused Vanunu’s offer to do community service in occupied east Jerusalem, because they do not view that side of town to be a part of their community.

On April 30, 2007, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, convicted Vanunu on 14 [out of 21] counts of violating a court order prohibiting him from speaking to foreign journalists in 2004. Vanunu was also convicted for traveling the four miles from Jerusalem to Bethlehem when he hoped to attend Christmas Eve mass at the Church of the Nativity, his first Christmas after being released from 18 years in jail [most of it in solitary] on April 21, 2004.

On July 2, 2007, Israel sentenced Vanunu to six more months in jail for speaking to foreign media in 2004.

On September 23, 2008, the Jerusalem District Court reduced Vanunu’s sentence to three months, “In light of (Vanunu’s) ailing health and the absence of claims that his actions put the country’s security in jeopardy.” [2]

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Training that makes killing civilians acceptable

12 May, 2010 — The Real News Network

Josh Stieber: In boot camp we trained with songs that joked about killing women and children

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Josh Stieber enlisted in the army after graduating high school. He was deployed to Baghdad from Feb 07- Apr 08 with the military company shown on the ground in the Collater Murder video. Upon his return from Iraq, Josh was granted conscientious objector status.

Love Police ruins Conservative Party Press Statement

12 May, 2010 — Charlie Veitch

Brilliant voiceover the video as George Osborne (personal wealth £4.3 million) and William Hague enter No.10. What Charlie Veitch calls ‘ambush journalism’. Good on yer Charlie!

Postscript: Ken Clarke becomes lord chancellor, George Osborne becomes chancellor of the exchequer, the Liberal Democrat David Laws becomes treasury chief secretary and Theresa May becomes home secretary.

Marxism Is the Mother Lode for all Critiques of Capitalism: An Interview with Alexander Saxton by Jonah Raskin

11 May, 2010 — MRZine-monthly Review

A longtime reader of Monthly Review, and a Marxist for all his adult life, Alexander Saxton might be one of the oldest, continuously active radicals in the United States. Born in Manhattan in 1919, he met the novelist, John Dos Passos, and the poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, when he was a young man, and decided to become a writer. In World War II, he served in the Merchant Marine; later, he was an organizer for the Longshoremen’s Union in the San Francisco Bay Area. Near the height of McCarthyism, he was subpoenaed to testified before the House Committee on Un-American Activities and refused to cooperate. Readers won’t find Saxton in dictionaries of American literature, but he is one of the fathers of the radical novel. He published Grand Crossing in 1943, The Great Midland in 1948, and Bright Web in the Darkness, which is about an African-American woman and a blue-collar worker, in 1958. After completing his Ph.D., he taught American history at the University of California in Los Angeles for twenty years and wrote two books about race and racism: The Indispensable Enemy and The Rise and Fall of the White Republic. I met Saxton in 2000 though our mutual friend, Tillie Olsen, the author of Tell Me a Riddle and Yonnondio. Ever since then, we have continued to write to one another and to talk about the issues of the day. Now living in Southern California, he uses email and writes on his computer, though at 91 he no longer drives a car. — Jonah Raskin

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Joe Bageant: Lost on the Fearless Plain

12 May, 2010 — Joe Bageant

Big Brother’s got that ju-ju, Gaia’s got the blues — hologram, carry me home


Ajijic, Mexico — I’ve spent most of this week watching American television and movies. I leave the TV on all night long. I toss and turn with my bad back, and bad lungs, catch a rerun episode of Two and a Half Men, or CSI, and conk out again. Then I awaken to the U.S. morning talk shows. It’s a grueling regimen, only for the strong. Or the lonely. For periodic relief, I switch to Mexican television (be patient, I really am going somewhere with this). Mexican TV is not one iota better than US television, but is veeerrry heavy on the booty. More than heavy. Astronomical. Think all-but-bare tits and ass close-ups every fifteen seconds, straight through commercials, dramas, comedy shows, history shows, and even the news where possible. Every show but the bullfights and that old nun who comes on at ten PM, who invariably drives me back to the U.S. channels.

Ahhhh … Safely in the American national illusion, where all the world’s a shopping expedition. Or a terrorist threat. No matter, as long as it is colorful and wiggles on the theater state’s 400 million screens. Plug in and be lit up by the American Hologram.

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GazaFriends: Israel bans the basics of life

12 May, 2010 — Free Gaza Movement

As we get ready to launch our cargo ship and Israel rattles its sabers threatening to violently stop our 8-boat flotilla, the 1.5 million Palestinians of Gaza cannot be forgotten. It is they who pay the price for the inaction of governments, particularly in the EU and the US.

According to the BCC and Amira Hass in columns last week, Israel allows only 81 items into Gaza for basic and bare necessity life. These items, many of them that have nothing to do with rebuilding a shattered infrastructure after Israel’s brutal Operation Cast Lead at the beginning of 2009, are mostly ‘added to the list’ of imports because of pressure from Israeli merchants who make a great deal of money if their item gets on the approved list.

Watch the video and look at the absurdity of banned items… chocolate, jam, sheets, pillows, and all rebuilding supplies. Taking these supplies into Gaza is exactly what the Freedom Flotilla intends to do.

Then watch the flotilla on our website, pressure your government officials to advocate for our safe passage, and continue to donate what you can for our fuel, captain and crew.

We want to thank everyone of you who have donated, advocated, written and called your representatives. This initiative has grown from a few supporters to thousands around the world.

In the words Alice Walker, poet and author:

Goddess Speed your boat. You are doing the work of The Collective as it attempts to bring Comfort, Support and Abiding Love and Solidarity to Itself. What you demonstrate is what we all, deep in our hearts, can know: We are One People, existing in one Love. The Gazans are us, living in a beleaguered place too small for us, dangerous for us, deadly for us.  Just as the air connects us, so does this knowing wisdom of being one expression – human – of an infinitely creative Universe.

I send you my blessings, my prayers for your safety, and my love,

Greta Berlin
Free Gaza Movement