Black Agenda Report for January 22, 2014: Black Madness! Richard Sherman! Toxic Democrats!

22 January 2014 — Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

A new poll shows “Blacks remain more NSA spy-friendly than whites and Hispanics.” Earlier surveys showed Blacks were the ethnic group most willing to go along with Obama’s threatened air war against Syria. What happened to Black progressivism? “If an individual exhibited such lifelong personality and values reversals, her relatives and friends would immediately suspect an emotional breakdown.” Continue reading

Sodastream boycott: Scarlett Johansson raises an eyebrow

22 January 2014 — Mondoweiss

SodaStream is suddenly facing widespread criticism in the media for making its seltzer devices in the occupied West Bank. The day after we published Rachele Richards jaw-dropping graphic of Scarlett Johansson drenched in red with sparkling bubbles in the background New York Magazine published Kat Stoeffel’s brand-slaying piece, “SodaStream: Guilt-Free Seltzer or Blood Bubbles?” Continue reading

Greece in a Time of Madness and a Time of Badness By Sofiane Ait Chalalet and Chris Jones

22 January 2014 — Socialist Project

Madness and badness are never far away in the world today. Greece provides many examples. The behaviour of the government forces many of us to wonder what drugs ministers are taking as they tell us that the future is looking brighter; that 2014 starts the beginning of the end to austerity; that the sacrifices of the people will be rewarded and so on. It is a joke in the worst possible taste as every single indicator – unemployment, suicide, health crises, bankruptcy, wages, and so on and so on continue to slide in the wrong direction. In any society with a sense of sanity, these ministers would be removed to the asylum.

Email your leader, tell him to protest the cruel removal of Palestinians from their lands in Hebron Hills By David Shulman

22 January 2014 — Mondoweiss

David Shulman is a leading writer in Israel and the U.S. who posted this report from a wrenching day of activism in the Hebron Hills at the Ta’ayush website. There it was titled, “Umm al-Ara’is, Khushiyya and Twaneh.” We publish it in full because of Shulman’s desire that western readers alert politicians to the atrocities he describes. –Ed. Continue reading

Cracks in the alliance: Is there finally daylight between Israel and the US? By Jonathan Cook

22 January 2014 —


Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo: Reuters)

Things have come to a strange state of affairs when Washington regards Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s far-right foreign minister, as the voice of moderation in the Israeli cabinet.

While Lieberman has called the soon-to-be-unveiled US peace plan the best deal Israel is ever likely to get, and has repeatedly flattered its chief author, US secretary of state John Kerry, other ministers have preferred to pull off the diplomatic gloves.

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Geneva II – Syrian Foreign Minister: “The West Publicly Claims to Be Fighting Terrorism, Whilst It Is Covertly Nourishing It.”

22 January 2014 — SANA

Montreux, (SANA) – The international conference on Syria, Geneva2, kicked off on Wednesday morning with the participation of Syria’s official delegation, headed by Deputy Premier, Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Walid al-Moallem.

Minister al-Moallem said at the opening session of the conference:

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Video: Alive Inside: How the Magic of Music Proves Therapeutic for Patients With Alzheimer’s and Dementia

22 January 2014 — Democracy Now!

Could a pair of headphones change the lives of millions of Americans suffering from Alzheimers and dementia? “Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory,” a new documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, follows a social worker named Dan Cohen who has launched a campaign to bring iPods and music therapy to nursing homes. One of the central characters he works with is a 90-something Alzheimer’s patient named Henry Dryer, who was featured in a video posted online that went viral in 2012, with nearly 10 million views. Continue reading

VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 21 January 2014: Settler violence: It comes with the territory

21 January 2014 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Israel Begins Transfer Of Palestinian Remains
IMEMC – On Sunday night, Israel began transferring the remains of 36 Palestinian militants who were previously buried in numbered Israeli military graves for enemy casualties. … 
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Preparing Geneva-2 By Thierry Meyssan

22 January 2014 — Voltaire Network

Damascus – The last days of a war are always the deadliest. Routed armies avenge their defeat by committing futile atrocities, as we have seen in Adra where the tortures inflicted on loyalist workers have nothing to envy those committed during the fall of the Third Reich. But the situation is exacerbated by the collapse of what remains of the international anti-Syria coalition, each ex-partner trying to protect his interests at the expense of his former allies.

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