Identity and Exile
Al Jazeera's Matthew Cassel examines why so many American Jews defend Israeli policies regardless of the issue or cost.
[ Video (2 x 48 Min.) ]
Ilan Pappé on the Duty to Ask Questions
Few, if any, historians have done more to unearth the truth about Israel than Ilan Pappe.
His 2006 book "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine" documents how the uprooting of more than 750,000 Palestinians was the direct consequence of a plan drawn up by Zionist leaders in 1947. It arguably remains the most serious study published yet of the Nakba (catastrophe), the violent expulsion of Palestinians leading to Israel’s formation the following year.
Pappe’s outspoken criticisms of Israel have resulted in him being isolated by many of his Israeli peers. When he supported a Palestinian-led campaign for an academic boycott of Israel in 2005, the president of Haifa University called on Pappe to resign his teaching post at that college. Since moving to the UK, Pappe has remained a prolific writer on both Israel’s past and present.
He spoke to The Electronic Intifada contributor Frank Barat. A longer version of this interview can be seen in the video.
22.12.2013, The Palestine Chronicle:
We Don’t Have the Luxury to Wait Any Longer
The Military-Industrial Pundits:
Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests
Who Urged Syrian War
New research shows many so-called experts who appeared on television making the case for U.S. strikes on Syria had undisclosed ties to military contractors. A new report by the Public Accountability Initiative identifies 22 commentators with industry ties. While they appeared on television or were quoted as experts 111 times, their links to military firms were disclosed only 13 of those times. The report focuses largely on Stephen Hadley, who served as national security adviser to President George W. Bush. During the debate on Syria, he appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and Bloomberg TV. None of these stations informed viewers that Hadley currently serves as a director of the weapons manufacturer Raytheon that makes Tomahawk cruise missiles widely touted as the weapon of choice for bombing Syria. He also owns over 11,000 shares of Raytheon stock, which traded at all-time highs during the Syria debate. We speak to Kevin Connor of the Public Accountability Initiative, a co-author of the report.
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more: [ 15.09.2014 ]
The Chance Putin Has Given Obama for Diplomacy
Nation writer Stephen F. Cohen went on CNN Saturday to discuss how Russian President Vladimir V. Putin "has given President Obama the chance to be an international statesman." He said Obama should so-operate with the Russians on disarming Syrian chemical weapons, and that Russian and US national interests in the Middle East are aligned. He said Russian leaders were worried about terrorism spreading among their own population off the back of unrest in Syria. "[Russia] fears, and reasonably, that the spreading chaos in the Middle East—the jihadism, the terrorism—will spread back into Russia," He said. "This is very much in Russia's national interest"
[ CNN (ca. 7 Min.) ]
Ron Paul Completely Destroys MSNBC's Alex Wagner On Syria
[ Interview ] (in Englisch, ca. 14 Min.)
Tariq Ali discusses Syria on Democracy Now!
Speaking on Demoncracy Now!, Tariq Ali discusses the Syrian situation with Steven Clemons.
Lindsey German interviewed about the Syria crisis
Syria: as in Iraq, western military intervention will be catastrophic
Lindsey German from Stop the War Coalition interviewed on BBC News, 28th August 2013. Lindsey makes the case that military intervention by the western powers in the middle east has brought nothing but catastrophe to the region. Instead of threatening to attack and pouring arms into the country, America and Britain should stop blocking attempts to find a political solution to the Syrian civil war.
[ Interview ] (ca. 3 min.)
The United States: The First and Last Global Empire
Tariq Ali delivers a lecture in memory of writer, journalist and film critic K. Ravindran (Chintha Ravi) at the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Hall Trichur Kerala India on July 7.
Dying Iraq War Veteran Tomas Young
Explains Decision to End His Life
In the week marking the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, we spend the hour looking at the remarkable life and imminent death of Iraq War veteran Tomas Young. Citing his overwhelming physical pain from wounds that left him paralyzed in Iraq, Young recently announced he has decided to end his life by discontinuing his medicine and nourishment, which comes in the form of liquid through a feeding tube. Young joins to explain his decision from his home in Kansas City, along with his wife Claudia Cuellar. We’re also joined by Phil Donahue, the legendary TV talk show host, whose 2007 documentary, "Body of War," follows Tomas’ rehabilitation and his political awakening to become one of the most prominent antiwar U.S. veterans speaking out against the invasion and occupation of Iraq. "I am, on one hand, sick and tired of being sick and tired," Young says. "And on the other, I don’t want to watch my body waste away." Donahue calls Tomas’ announcement "a very unusual act of moral courage. He wants people to see this, because he came home from the most sanitized war of my lifetime. We don’t see this. But less than 5 percent of us, maybe 1 percent ... have made a personal sacrifice for this war. And Tomas is one of them.
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[ Young Reads "Last Letter" to President Bush and Dick Cheney (ca. 8 Min.) ]