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April 22


An interesting story in Haaretz about racism in Jerusalem schools and what the Education Ministry is and isn't doing, along with teachers' efforts to address this important situation with students.

Click on the image below for the full article:





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For OSers who are readers and fans of Chris Hedges here's a photo I shot of him in October, 2011 when I was down at Occupy Wall Street taking lots of photos and video footage. This teach-in by Chris was just across the street from the park. While I had… Read full post »


I imagine many of you will recognize the title of this post as being a quote from the 007 movie "Moonraker." That was a question posed to Dr. Holly Goodhead by James Bond.

Two visits to the Vassar campus this week provided the opportunity to take some photos of what… Read full post »


I've got a twofer today: Pat Buchanan writing about Hillary Clinton with regard to foreign policy and Mark Perry discussing how U.S. military officers were "stunned" by Israel's shelling of Shujaiya in Gaza.

An excerpt is provided from each piece in addition to the link to the full story which… Read full post »


For OSers who live in Massachusetts and are curious about Sen. Warren's current view of Gaza/Israel wonder no more. A recent public appearance with a Q&A resulted in questions about this subject with the resulting answers from the Senator. An excerpt is below and for the full story click o… Read full post »

AUGUST 27, 2014 9:39PM

POTUS is coming!


In the two terms of the President's administration we haven't had him come to our general neck of the woods many times, but he's arriving on Friday for some high flying fundraising. Unfortunately, the timing meshes with the beginning of the Labor Day Weekend traffic.

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"Stupid is as stupid does." If you read Glenn Greenwald's piece linked below you may agree that what we've done in Syria comes close to this familiar phrase. As always, click on the image below for the full story:

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I present the following for informational purposes and as a counterpoint of opinion. Recently, Jon Voight weighed in on the Gaza conflict--on the side of Israel. I was critical of his comments being bandied about by the media as anything significant.

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Dramatic footage in a video uploaded within an hour or so ago of a 12 story Gaza apartment building collapsing after taking two hits from Israeli forces.



The ABC report--click on the image for more:




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A story out yesterday on The Guardian with an updated assessment of Gaza's factories, livestock, and farmland in the aftermath of military action. Click on the image for the full story.

Reader warning: a photo of dead camels and a dead cow are contained in the article.

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AUGUST 22, 2014 11:10AM

NY Times: A Terrorist Horror, Then Golf


A story out today in The New York Times about the President and reaction to his public appearances in the wake of James Foley being executed. Click on the image for the full story and an excerpt is also below the image for some highlights of this story:

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I imagine there's a good chance that some other OSers came across this story from yesterday since it involves the Common Dreams web site. I used to be on the site more during the days of Dubya, but I still check it out from time to time these days.

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The first notice I had yesterday about the terrible beheading of reporter James Foley was on a friend's Twitter feed. If there's one thing that's consistent these days it's tragedy after tragedy coming from the Middle East. As noted on many recent blogs here, Gaza by itself is a never… Read full post »


Through memberships in a variety of animal-centric and humane organizations over the years I have read many times in the past of municipal zoos caught in the middle of mililary action.

And, so it is with Gaza...

The UK based paper The Daily Mail has a story about the devastation… Read full post »


A new article up this morning from Joan Walsh over at Big Salon regarding the gubernatorial race in New York State. Zephyr Teachout is challenging incumbent Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming election. 

Andrew Cuomo's disbanding of the recent Moreland Commission (which he started) before it had… Read full post »



Another story out today that relates to Gaza and specifically Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. These two organizations have encountered a bureaucratic barrier in their desire to enter Gaza for investigative purposes. As the article notes they are not barred from Israel prop… Read full post »


Another must read story about conditions in Gaza courtesy of the Times. Click on the image below for the story:




"On Sunday, more than 235,000 people were still crammed into 81 of the United Nations’ 156 schools, where classes are supposed to startRead full post »


Here's a story especially worth reading which I spotted late yesterday in The New York Times and other readers here on OS may have seen it as well since it was also covered in Haaretz.com.

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So many stories to read this week that I'm backlogged big time!

In case any readers missed Wired's interview of Edward Snowden I have the link here (click on the image below). There's so much to this lengthy interview that I haven't pulled out any paragraphs to highlight but instead… Read full post »


The Wall Street Journal has a lot of maps and charts related to the destruction in Gaza. I have reproduced a few items from the page and the link is here. The WSJ is a pay site which I subscribe to so I'm not sure if all readers will be… Read full post »


Another important and timely story from Glenn Greenwald. Click on the image for his full story:


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"The intensive militarization of America’s police forces is a serious menace about which a small number of people have been loudly warning for years, withRead full post »


A story out today from Truthdig by Jeff Bachman regarding the President and various and sundry war crimes issues.

As always, click on the image below for the complete story which in this case runs over two web pages:




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AUGUST 13, 2014 11:03AM

Glenn Greenwald: A Quiz


Did you like quizzes when you were in school? Here's one from Glenn Greenwald that you might just enjoy. Click on the image below for the whole enchilada:









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A new story late today from Reuters regarding Gaza and formation of a U.N. panel to investigate war crimes.

Click on the image for the full story:




An excerpt:

"The U.N. statement said the independent team will investigate "all violations of international humanitarianRead full post »


It may be illegal to yell "Fire" in a crowded movie theater, but it's legal to make bogus claims about our country being attacked. Raw Story has this short article about Lindsey Graham and his claim that an American city will be in flames if Obama doesn't go to war… Read full post »