Evolution of Dispossession

Evolution of Dispossession
How to Steal a Country?

Friday, May 30, 2008

Cluster Bombs and the US

111 countries ratified a ban on the use of cluster bombs. Most notable in their absence to this summit were the US, Russia, and China. While Americans should not be happy about Russia and China not participating in this agreement, we Americans have to hold our government accountable and not worry about other peoples and their governments.

The US claims to be a leader in human rights globally, but juxtapose this claim with the actual record of the US and one becomes appalled.

Punish the Victim

8 students from Gaza have had their Fulbright scholarships canceled. This is outrageous and sickening at the same time. These scholarships are awarded solely on merit, and I find the reason offered in the article very lame.

Israel has NO right to limit the movement of people in the Gaza, especially for these students to go to college in the US. These students could attend university in the US and then return home and explain to their brethren that the American people are clueless on the issue of Israel-Palestinian, not because of any ill-will or pre-conceived notions, but because of the evident bias in the reporting from the MSM (I'm being euphemistic).

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Ron Paul Gets 24% in Idaho, 5 Delegates

Continued to be ignored as far as his campaign goes, Ron Paul has continued to try and deliver his message to hungry Americans who are tired of false choices from a corrupt two-party dictatorship.

24% and 5 delegates can be interpreted one of two ways ; either a vote of no-confidence for John McCain or a sign that Paul should run Independent.

I like these Idahoans !

Monday, May 26, 2008

Carter's Interview on Gaza

When you read the transcript of Jimmy Carter's Q&A session about his visit with Hamas and his end-goal, ask yourself does the portrait painted of Carter painted by the MSM match the person we see from his lucid responses.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Israel Deports Finkelstein

Israel has deported Norman Finkelstein and banned him from Israel for 10 years. Not the exact treatment one would expect for the son of Holocaust survivors and a so-called democratic state.

Finkelstein was in the process of visiting the occupied territories.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Everyone Must Answer to God's Chosen

Obama must prove that he supports Israel ....

What a weird notion this is, that a man running for President of the US must worry about a small sub-group of Americans and convince this subgroup that he will treat another nation favorably.

Just how low has our political process sunk?

Sunday, May 18, 2008

McCain's Corruptive Ties

This article explains why McCain fought against a contract for Boeing and for Airbus, a French company. If this article is any indication what type of President he would be, at least we are learning about this stuff before the convention.

Maybe McCain will do the honorable thing and fall on his sword and let Ron Paul go up against Obama ....

Nice Essay from a "terrorist"

I hope this essay makes very clear why the Palestinians are resisting. It should dispel familiar canards about the conflict, and I agree with the author that the Europeans made this mess, in particular the British, and they should take a more pro-active approach in its just resolution, since it is very clear the Americans keep playing games.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Great Quick Point by Ron Paul

This guy combines basic common sense with a firm understanding of history and he has clearly-defined goals, which is not evident from the other candidates.

In years to come, Americans will rue their passivity with not learning more about this guy and his platform.

Nice point here that Paul makes on why his supporters are challenging the direction of the party.

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Courageous Few

Principles of justice apply to all people. Every time I read a piece like this one I rekindle some hope that the reasonable people of the world will eventually push the unreasonable people to the margins of history.

The brave young students took a stand for a basic moral principle they believe strongly in, and this ought to be commended by all.

Bravo and continue the fight !

Saturday, May 10, 2008

A Conversation with a Colleague

Recently a colleague of mine who read my bumper sticker which says "Roadmap to Peace : Stop US Aid to Israel" confronted me about my 'anti-Jewish' bumper sticker. I had to explain very carefully that the bumper sticker contained no inherent anti-Jewish connotations, but was instead a statement of opposition to the illegal occupation and the US tax dollars which fund this misery. I had to explain the existence of many Jewish peace groups like JATO et al in which Jewish scholars and activists are equally opposed to the illegal and immoral occupation, and that if these groups can vocally criticize the Israeli occupation, then why can't I? After explaining to her that Israel has contravened UN resolutions and international law and Geneva convention protocols since 1967 (some since 1948) she promptly replied that the Jewish people have suffered historically, I guess in an attempt to excuse Israel's behavior today. So my comments really did not seem to make a dent. I asked her if she wanted a good book to read on the subject, and she said "I am not that interested in it."

Dead Palestinian Children

This article linked above is very incisive. Either the Israeli armed forces are the most inept in the world, or these killings are systemic.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

How Do Israeli Arabs Feel About Israel's 60th Birthday?

Israel's Arab minority ambivalent about Independence Day

By DIAA HADID and IAN DEITCH, Associated Press Writers 52 minutes ago

KUFR QASSEM, Israel - The highway leading to this Arab town in central Israel was lined with blue-and-white Israeli flags Wednesday to mark the country's 60th Independence Day. But no banners fluttered in Kufr Qassem itself.

Israeli Arabs, who make up a fifth of the population of 7.25 million, weren't celebrating the founding of the Jewish state.

They mix their Arabic with Hebrew and participate in Israel's democracy. But for the most part, they define themselves as Palestinians who live in Israel, and remain a distinct and largely disadvantaged minority.

"It doesn't mean anything to me," Umm Ziad, owner of a bookshop in Kufr Qassem, said of the festivities in the Jewish community of Rosh Haayin just a few hundred yards away. "It's not our party," added the 32-year-old mother of three, dressed in a maroon robe and white veil.

Many Israeli Arabs are torn between two loyalties.

Israel gives them more freedoms than most Arabs have in the Middle East — even though they spent the first 18 years of Israel's history under military rule — and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza tend to resent them for their more comfortable lives. Yet Israeli Arabs are distrusted by the Jewish majority and have been subjected to decades of official discrimination.

"We are ready to build bridges with parts of the Jewish community, but coexistence can only happen when there are equal rights," said Ahmed Tibi, an Arab member of Israel's parliament and a longtime adviser to the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Tibi said Israeli Arabs face unequal treatment in all walks of life, from land allocation to education. He noted only 4 percent of Israel's development budget is spent in Arab communities.

Kufr Qassem, with 20,000 residents, hasn't been allocated an industrial zone, although the mayor, Sami Issa, said he has lobbied for years for the Israeli government to invest in one.

That would help earn tax money to fix the town's bumpy roads and shabby buildings, adorned with garish Arabic and Hebrew signs. The 50,000 people in nearby Rosh Haayin have smooth roads, chic coffee shops, a large industrial district and gleaming buildings that house international companies.

Over the past 60 years, Israel's Arab and Jewish communities have largely remained separate. Intermarriage is taboo, and only a few towns, such as Haifa, Jaffa and Ramle, have mixed populations.

Israeli Arabs are less educated, on average, and earn less than their Jewish counterparts. Arab families are generally larger than Jewish ones, and Israeli Jews fret over statistics that show Israeli Arabs have one of the highest birth rates in the region, ahead of Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.

Kufr Qassem, a conservative Muslim town, is considered well off because of its proximity to Tel Aviv, Israel's business capital, which offers plenty of jobs. Residents freely admit economic opportunity is one reason they want to stay in Israel.

They don't like recent talk by hard-line Israeli politicians who want Arab towns in Israel to become part of a future Palestinian state, in a swap for Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Ismail Issa, 39, a barber and poet who is a distant relative of the mayor, said he would like to see a bi-national country of Arabs and Jews between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, rather than the separate Jewish and Palestinian states envisioned in current peace efforts.

In the meantime, he said, "I carry an Israeli passport, and I have to respect it."

A monument in Kufr Qassem commemorates the events of 1956 when nearly 50 villagers were shot to death by Israeli border police as they returned home — unaware a curfew had been imposed on Israeli Arabs on the eve of Israel's Sinai campaign.

Every year, thousands of Israeli Arabs gather at the monument, and townspeople frequently refer to the massacre by way of emphasizing that they will stay here, regardless of what happens.

The fate of Israel's growing Arab minority is seen as the key to Israel's future. Further alienation could one day destabilize the Jewish state, while Arab citizens with a sense of belonging could build bridges to Israel's neighbors.

For now, the future doesn't look bright, said Kufr Qassem's mayor, Sami Issa.

"People here, generation after generation, don't have hope, and don't feel like they have a future. That's very dangerous," he said. "If you are full and live next to a hungry man, he might not hurt you today. But he'll hurt you tomorrow."

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Monsanto's Scare Tactics

This company get tax subsidies from Americans. They threaten and intimidate farmers over products like seeds (this article's content) and their dairy hormone (which makes milk more productive but with added pus).

Outrageous !

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Boycott Leviev

This Israeli billionaire has been blocked by Dubai and the UAE from opening stores there. Leviev builds illegal settlements in the occupied territories and also is a force in the Angola diamond trade popularized by a recent movie.

This is positively the best way for a moral world to deal with immoral and unscrupulous capitalists who benefit from contraventions of international law.