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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Why Record Numbers of Americans Are Renouncing Their Citizenship | The National Interest Blog

Why Record Numbers of Americans Are Renouncing Their Citizenship | The National Interest Blog

US Provocation and North Korea: Pretext for War with China - The Unz Review

US Provocation and North Korea: Pretext for War with China - The Unz Review

Chinese Media: North Korea Will "Cross the Point Of No Return" with Sixth Nuclear Test | The National Interest Blog

Chinese Media: North Korea Will "Cross the Point Of No Return" with Sixth Nuclear Test | The National Interest Blog

Sic Semper Tyrannis : Grooming the Senate? For what or why?

Sic Semper Tyrannis : Grooming the Senate? For what or why?

Japan Releases "What To Do If North Korea Nukes You" Guide | The National Interest Blog

Japan Releases "What To Do If North Korea Nukes You" Guide | The National Interest Blog

Making Sense of the Deportation Debate How Bill Clinton and Barack Obama Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Immigration Policies

Making Sense of the Deportation Debate
How Bill Clinton and Barack Obama Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Immigration Policies
By Aviva Chomsky
Ever since he rode a Trump Tower escalator into the presidential race in June 2015 and swore to build his “great wall” and stop Mexican “rapists” from entering the country, undocumented immigrants have been the focus of Donald Trump’s ire. Now that he’s in the Oval Office, the news has been grim. A drumbeat of frightening headlines and panicked social media posts have highlighted his incendiary language, his plans and executive orders when it comes to immigrants, and the early acts of the Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents when it comes to round-ups and deportations.  The temperature has soared on the deportation debate, so if you think we’re in a completely unprecedented moment when it comes to immigration and immigrants, you’re in good company.
Click here to read more of this dispatch.http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176271/tomgram%3A_aviva_chomsky%2C_the_criminalization_of_immigrants_from_clinton_to_trump/#more

MoA - Chlorine, Not Sarin, Was Used In The Khan Sheikhun Incident

MoA - Chlorine, Not Sarin, Was Used In The Khan Sheikhun Incident

Riyadh and Washington are growing ever closer | The National

Riyadh and Washington are growing ever closer | The National

Trump and the CIA Borrowing From Nixon's Playbook

Trump and the CIA

Borrowing From Nixon's Playbook



https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/2017-04-24/trump-and-cia

Did Christ Appear First to His Mother after Resurrection? By Dr. Taylor Marshall


Did Christ Appear First to His Mother after Resurrection?

By Dr. Taylor Marshall
All the Gospel writers specifically describe Christ appearing first to Saint Mary Magdalene on the morning of His resurrection from the dead: “He appeared first to Mary Magdalene” (Mark 16:9).
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There is however a [late] Christian tradition that Christ first appeared to His Mother Mary and then afterwards appeared to Saint Mary Magdalene as depicted in the Gospel accounts. This would explain why the Blessed Mother felt no need to go to the tomb of Christ. She already knew and believed that He had risen from the dead early Sunday morning.
It also explains why Christ is not at the tomb Sunday morning when Mary Magdalene arrives. He is somewhere else and then arrives to speak with her. Where was He at that moment? Well, some say Christ was visiting His mother on the third day – just as she also discovered Christ again “in His Father’s house” when she had lost Him at age twelve in the Temple after three days.

So did Christ appear first to His Mother Mary?

We find Saint Anselm as the first Catholic Doctor of the Church to teach that Christ secretly appeared to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and then appeared to Saint Mary Magdalene. This is the opinion of Saint Ignatius Loyola and Saint Teresa of Avila.
The visionary Blessed Maria of Agreda also received a vision showing that Christ first appeared to the Blessed Mother before visiting Saint Mary Magdalene. Even Saint John Paul II affirmed the possibility that Christ secretly appeared to His Mother first of all:
“It is legitimate to think that the Mother may really have been the first person to whom the risen Jesus appeared.” (Saint John Paul II, May 21, 1997)
We already explored the idea that Mary was not at the tomb Sunday morning because Christ had already appeared to her and she was confirmed already in her belief in the resurrection. However, one might assert that the Mother of God’s faith was already so strong that she had not need to see the resurrected Christ. She already believed without proof.
My own opinion (which carries no weight) is that Mary’s soul was so united to that of Christ at His death and even to His soul’s descent to the dead that she was aware of His ministry to the dead (including her husband Saint Joseph and her kinfoll such as Saint John the Baptist, Saint Zechariah, and Saint Elizabeth, Saint Anna, et al.), that she knew the precise moment of His resurrection and saw it in her soul. Whether Christ appeared outwardly to her physical eyes or only in her heart – her perception of Christ by Faith was more than any saint will have when they “see” Jesus Christ.
Christos anesti,
Dr. Taylor Marshall

Meltdown of Toshiba’s Nuclear Business Dooms New Construction in the U.S. - MIT Technology Review

Meltdown of Toshiba’s Nuclear Business Dooms New Construction in the U.S. - MIT Technology Review

The 3-D Printer That Could Finally Change Manufacturing - MIT Technology Review

The 3-D Printer That Could Finally Change Manufacturing - MIT Technology Review

The U.S. Makes It Easy for Parents to Get College Loans—Repaying Them Is Another Story - WSJ

The U.S. Makes It Easy for Parents to Get College Loans—Repaying Them Is Another Story - WSJ

The fading American dream: Trends in absolute income mobility since 1940


The fading American dream: Trends in absolute income mobility since 1940

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2017/04/21/science.aal4617.full

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Pro-War Twist of the ‘Resistance’ – Consortiumnews

The Pro-War Twist of the ‘Resistance’ – Consortiumnews

Why Do We Want a Cooperative Relationship With Russia? | The American Conservative

Why Do We Want a Cooperative Relationship With Russia? | The American Conservative

‘Egypt: Pastoral, Ecumenical and Interreligious Journey,’ Says Greg Burke – ZENIT – English

‘Egypt: Pastoral, Ecumenical and Interreligious Journey,’ Says Greg Burke – ZENIT – English

Pope at St Bartholomew’s: The Church Needs Daily Witnesses and Also Martyrs – ZENIT – English

Pope at St Bartholomew’s: The Church Needs Daily Witnesses and Also Martyrs – ZENIT – English

As Jared Bernstein Now Admits, Social Security And Medicare Have Been Underfunded For Decades

As Jared Bernstein Now Admits, Social Security And Medicare Have Been Underfunded For Decades

Number of cord-cutters in 2017, according to The Convergence Research Group - Business Insider

Number of cord-cutters in 2017, according to The Convergence Research Group - Business Insider

Ranked: The 50 Best Cities For Millennials To Live Right Now

Ranked: The 50 Best Cities For Millennials To Live Right Now

New Poll Shows Vast Majority Of Americans Believe Democratic Party Out Of Touch

New Poll Shows Vast Majority Of Americans Believe Democratic Party Out Of Touch

If Any Chinese Car Company Will Take On The World, It's This One

If Any Chinese Car Company Will Take On The World, It's This One


https://www.forbes.com/sites/bertelschmitt/2017/04/24/if-any-chinese-car-company-will-take-on-the-world-then-this-one/#553e5ea66c1a

New Approaches to Israel-Palestine Peace Efforts: Can Regional Powers Make a Difference?

 
New Approaches to Israel-Palestine Peace Efforts: Can Regional Powers Make a Difference?
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Israel, Palestine and Nonterritorial Governance: A Reconfigured Status Quo
Steven Deets
"The conflict over the future of the West Bank and Gaza Strip has long been at a stalemate. While many issues make a two-state solution difficult, particularly the intertwined controversies of settlements, borders and security, most core concerns are tied to land. With growing pessimism on all sides,1 voices across the political spectrum, both in Israel and among Palestinians, have discussed the need for alternatives to a two-state solution."
 
Derek Chollet, Jake Sullivan, Dimitri Simes, Mary Beth Long
"The following is a transcript of the eighty-seventh in a series of Capitol Hill conferences convened by the Middle East Policy Council. The meeting was held at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, on January 11, 2017, with Richard J. Schmierer, chairman of the board of directors of the Middle East Policy Council moderating, and Thomas R. Mattair, executive director of the Middle East Policy Council, serving as discussant."
"Chris has asked me to lay out the foreign policy issues the next president will face upon taking office this coming January. If you go by what each candidate has said, she or he just needs to kill a few foreign leaders and renegotiate some alliances and trade deals."

James N. Miller, Nabeel Khoury, Paul Pillar, Sara Vakhshouri
"The agreement requires Iran to remove two-thirds of its installed centrifuges, so it's allowed to operate about 5,000 centrifuges at Natanz. It allows Iran to use only the less capable so-called IR-1 centrifuges for the next 10 years and to enrich only to 3.7 percent, less than highly enriched and also less than the 20 percent or so that was a concern in recent years."

"The Middle East Policy Council convened its 84th Capitol Hill Conference on Tuesday, April 12. "The Saudi-Iranian Rivalry and the Obama Doctrine" explored competition between these two regional powers through the lens of journalist Jeffrey Goldberg's recent essay in The Atlantic titled "The Obama Doctrine.
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Please join us for our 88th Capitol Hill Conference on Wednesday, April 26 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Our panelists will discuss whether there are new opportunities to work with regional powers to realize a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.
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Chas W. Freeman, Jr.
Chairman, Projects International Inc.
Former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Former U.S.  Assistant Secretary of Defense
Former President, Middle East Policy Council

Hady Amr
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution
Former Deputy Special Envoy, Israeli-Palestinian Relations, U.S. Department of State
Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, Middle East, USAID 

Ian Lustick
Professor, Bess W. Heyman chair, University of Pennsylvania
Former President, Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association
Member, Council on Foreign Relations

Riad Khawaji
Founder and CEO, INEGMA
Middle East Bureau Chief, Defense News
Middle East Correspondent, Jane's Defense Weekly
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Moderator
Richard J. Schmierer
Chairman, Board of Directors, Middle East Policy Council
Former Ambassador, Sultanate of Oman

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Executive Director, Middle East Policy Council

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017; 1:00p.m. - 3:30p.m.
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Taliban Target CIA - Special Forces Base In Afghanistan


Taliban Target CIA - Special Forces Base In Afghanistan

http://warnewsupdates.blogspot.com/2017/04/taliban-target-cia-special-forces-base.html

Evacuation is America’s Moral and Strategic Imperative in Idlib

Evacuation is America’s Moral and Strategic Imperative in Idlib

The Main Issue in the French Presidential Election: National Sovereignty

The Main Issue in the French Presidential Election: National Sovereignty

We Just Paid our Taxes — are They Making the U.S. and the World Safer?

We Just Paid our Taxes — are They Making the U.S. and the World Safer?

Why Is There So Little Popular Protest Against Today’s Threats of Nuclear War?

Why Is There So Little Popular Protest Against Today’s Threats of Nuclear War?

Democrat Disunity: Hypocritical Media Attacks on Sanders | naked capitalism

Democrat Disunity: Hypocritical Media Attacks on Sanders | naked capitalism

Why Would North Korea Launch a Nuclear Missile? | The National Interest Blog

Why Would North Korea Launch a Nuclear Missile? | The National Interest Blog

Newspaper Owned By Fracking Billionaire Leaks Memo Calling Pipeline Opponents Potential "Terrorists" | naked capitalism

Newspaper Owned By Fracking Billionaire Leaks Memo Calling Pipeline Opponents Potential "Terrorists" | naked capitalism

Our American Pravda - The Unz Review

Our American Pravda - The Unz Review

Is Mad Dog Planning to Invade East Syria? - The Unz Review

Is Mad Dog Planning to Invade East Syria? - The Unz Review

9/11 Destroyed America

9/11 Destroyed America


http://www.unz.com/proberts/911-destroyed-america/

War News Updates: A Chinese Assessment On Strength Comparison Between The Chinese Navy And The U.S. Navy

War News Updates: A Chinese Assessment On Strength Comparison Between The Chinese Navy And The U.S. Navy

Macron and Le Pen Fight for the French Presidency and the Definition of Patriotism

Macron and Le Pen Fight for the French Presidency and the Definition of Patriotism

War News Updates: Global Military Spending Increases Again In 2016

War News Updates: Global Military Spending Increases Again In 2016

The Future of U.S.-China Relations Depends on North Korea | RealClearWorld

The Future of U.S.-China Relations Depends on North Korea | RealClearWorld

Why Does North Korea Want Nukes? | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Why Does North Korea Want Nukes? | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

IMPORTANT CORRECTION TO The Nerve Agent Attack that Did Not Occur

IMPORTANT CORRECTION TO The Nerve Agent Attack that Did Not Occur

War News Updates: Is There A Russian Mole Inside The NSA/CIA?

War News Updates: Is There A Russian Mole Inside The NSA/CIA?

War News Updates: This Is How The Pentagon Plans To Beat Russian And Chinese Air Defenses In A War

War News Updates: This Is How The Pentagon Plans To Beat Russian And Chinese Air Defenses In A War

America Is 'a Democracy on Life Support — It Can’t Breathe' | Alternet

America Is 'a Democracy on Life Support — It Can’t Breathe' | Alternet

Noam Chomsky: What Trump's Election Means for Humanity's 'Prospects of Survival' | Alternet

Noam Chomsky: What Trump's Election Means for Humanity's 'Prospects of Survival' | Alternet

International Tribunal Says Monsanto Has Violated the Basic Human Right to a Healthy Environment and Food | Alternet

International Tribunal Says Monsanto Has Violated the Basic Human Right to a Healthy Environment and Food | Alternet

Syria's broken people: how Assad destroyed a nation

Syria's broken people: how Assad destroyed a nation

Japan Made Secret Deals with the NSA that Expanded Global Surveillance

Japan Made Secret Deals with the NSA that Expanded Global Surveillance

If You Want Your Child To Succeed At School, Put Down Your Smartphone

If You Want Your Child To Succeed At School, Put Down Your Smartphone

The Handmaid's Tale And Surveillance: Silicon Valley Acts As Trump's Eyes, Whether Willing Or Not

The Handmaid's Tale And Surveillance: Silicon Valley Acts As Trump's Eyes, Whether Willing Or Not

War News Updates: A Look At The 8 Most Elite Special Forces In The World

War News Updates: A Look At The 8 Most Elite Special Forces In The World

Marine Le Pen Wins 1st Round: The System Has Stifled Debate Until Now (ENGLISH) | Video | RealClearWorld

Marine Le Pen Wins 1st Round: The System Has Stifled Debate Until Now (ENGLISH) | Video | RealClearWorld

Articles: Who Is Obama?

Articles: Who Is Obama?

Ukraine, Korea, Syria, Iran... Falsifying History Is Uncle Sam's Way To War | Zero Hedge

Ukraine, Korea, Syria, Iran... Falsifying History Is Uncle Sam's Way To War | Zero Hedge

More to Science Than Government-Funded Jobs | RealClearScience

More to Science Than Government-Funded Jobs | RealClearScience

The Stunning Disappearance of Candidate Trump

The Stunning Disappearance of Candidate Trump


http://www.realclearpolicy.com/2017/04/24/the_stunning_disappearance_of_candidate_trump_34692.html

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Regina Coeli Address: Divine Mercy Sunday

Regina Coeli Address: Divine Mercy Sunday

“This Sunday Invites Us to Take Up Forcefully the Grace that Comes from God’s Mercy”


https://zenit.org/articles/regina-coeli-address-divine-mercy-sunday/

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Chameleon Presidency

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Chameleon Presidency 
http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176270/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_the_chameleon_presidency/#more

Georgetown Gets It Right | The American Spectator

Georgetown Gets It Right | The American Spectator

Trial and Terror

Trial and Terror

Trump's Foreign-Policy Strategy Will Be Driven by Current Events | The National Interest

Trump's Foreign-Policy Strategy Will Be Driven by Current Events | The National Interest

An archipelago of empire: America’s seven-decade history as Asia’s indispensable power | The Economist

An archipelago of empire: America’s seven-decade history as Asia’s indispensable power | The Economist

Straining to be Anti-Iran « LobeLog

Straining to be Anti-Iran « LobeLog

The Unbearable BS of Gwyneth Paltrow | RealClearScience

The Unbearable BS of Gwyneth Paltrow | RealClearScience

War News Updates: These Maps Explain The Geopolitics Of Nuclear Weapons

War News Updates: These Maps Explain The Geopolitics Of Nuclear Weapons

War News Updates: Who Do Americans See As An Enemy

War News Updates: Who Do Americans See As An Enemy

A scholar asks, ‘Can democracy survive the Internet?’ - The Washington Post

A scholar asks, ‘Can democracy survive the Internet?’ - The Washington Post

Google Isn't A Monopoly - So Don't Break It Up Or Regulate It Like One

Google Isn't A Monopoly - So Don't Break It Up Or Regulate It Like One

Military Alliances: Russia Backs Iran’s Full Membership in Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Military Alliances: Russia Backs Iran’s Full Membership in Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

The Class Of 2017 Face A Reality Check When They Graduate College

The Class Of 2017 Face A Reality Check When They Graduate College

It is Not Just Assad Who is “Responsible” for the Rise of ISIS

It is Not Just Assad Who is “Responsible” for the Rise of ISIS

Why the North Korea Problem Is Far Worse Than You Think | The National Interest

Why the North Korea Problem Is Far Worse Than You Think | The National Interest

Mark Levin’s legal fund pushes FISA court for investigation… – The Right Scoop

Mark Levin’s legal fund pushes FISA court for investigation… – The Right Scoop

Sic Semper Tyrannis : Does history repeat itself? (FB Ali)

Sic Semper Tyrannis : Does history repeat itself? (FB Ali)

The Looming Neocon Invasion of Trumpland

The Looming Neocon Invasion of Trumpland

Japan Loves Hitler - The Globalist

Japan Loves Hitler - The Globalist

Why can’t the Clintons just go away? | New York Post

Why can’t the Clintons just go away? | New York Post

The Chelsea Class’s Vie En Rose | The American Conservative

The Chelsea Class’s Vie En Rose | The American Conservative

Elizabeth Warren on Big Banks and Their (Cozy Bedmate) Regulators - The New York Times

Elizabeth Warren on Big Banks and Their (Cozy Bedmate) Regulators - The New York Times

Is the Silicon Valley Dynasty Coming to an End? | Vanity Fair

Is the Silicon Valley Dynasty Coming to an End? | Vanity Fair

The evidence is piling up — Silicon Valley is being destroyed - Business Insider

The evidence is piling up — Silicon Valley is being destroyed - Business Insider

Is It Time to Break Up Google? - The New York Times

Is It Time to Break Up Google? - The New York Times

North Korea warns Australia of possible nuclear strike if it 'blindly toes US line' | World news | The Guardian

North Korea warns Australia of possible nuclear strike if it 'blindly toes US line' | World news | The Guardian

US business schools failing on climate change

US business schools failing on climate change

The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast. - LA Times

The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast. - LA Times

Michael Klare: Climate Change as Genocide: Inaction Equals Annihilation | naked capitalism

Michael Klare: Climate Change as Genocide: Inaction Equals Annihilation | naked capitalism

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Federal Budget’s Threat to Foreign Policy - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Federal Budget’s Threat to Foreign Policy - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Tillerson’s Diplomatic Approach in Venezuela is Paying Off | Foreign Policy

Tillerson’s Diplomatic Approach in Venezuela is Paying Off | Foreign Policy

The Extinction Invention - MIT Technology Review

The Extinction Invention - MIT Technology Review

The Rare-Earth Crisis - MIT Technology Review

The Rare-Earth Crisis - MIT Technology Review

Hot and Violent - MIT Technology Review

Hot and Violent - MIT Technology Review

The Knowledge - MIT Technology Review

The Knowledge - MIT Technology Review

Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence - MIT Technology Review

Our Fear of Artificial Intelligence - MIT Technology Review

NYU grad student goes undercover in Chinese iPhone factory and it ain't pretty / Boing Boing

NYU grad student goes undercover in Chinese iPhone factory and it ain't pretty / Boing Boing

Congrats, Graduates! Here’s Your Diploma and Debt

Congrats, Graduates! Here’s Your Diploma and Debt

U.S. Farmers, Who Once Fed the World, Are Overtaken by New Powers - WSJ

U.S. Farmers, Who Once Fed the World, Are Overtaken by New Powers - WSJ

The Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Have a Huge Stake in Blaming Russia

The Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Have a Huge Stake in Blaming Russia

Washington Journal Frank Buckley Discusses | Video | C-SPAN.org

Washington Journal Frank Buckley Discusses | Video | C-SPAN.org

Louisiana's Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Disappearing Coastline : The Two-Way : NPR

Louisiana's Governor Declares State Of Emergency Over Disappearing Coastline : The Two-Way : NPR

Wozniak's world in 2075: 'bigger' Apple, Google, Facebook — and we'll be living in deserts

Wozniak's world in 2075: 'bigger' Apple, Google, Facebook — and we'll be living in deserts

Global 'March for Science' protests call for action on climate change | Science | The Guardian

Global 'March for Science' protests call for action on climate change | Science | The Guardian

America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People | naked capitalism

America is Regressing into a Developing Nation for Most People | naked capitalism

The Supreme Ugliness of the Deportation Regime

The Supreme Ugliness of the Deportation Regime

Friday, April 21, 2017

Why scientists are marching on Washington and more than 600 other cities - The Washington Post

Why scientists are marching on Washington and more than 600 other cities - The Washington Post

Can South Korea rely on Trump?

Can South Korea rely on Trump?

State Dept. official reassigned amid conservative media attacks - POLITICO

State Dept. official reassigned amid conservative media attacks - POLITICO

Israel celebrates 50 years as occupier – Mondoweiss

Israel celebrates 50 years as occupier – Mondoweiss

The Real Reason For America’s Looming Retirement Crisis – End Of The American Dream

The Real Reason For America’s Looming Retirement Crisis – End Of The American Dream

North Korea: How to deal with the world’s most dangerous regime | The Economist

North Korea: How to deal with the world’s most dangerous regime | The Economist

Strategic confusion: America first frightens South Korea, then tries to reassure it | The Economist

Strategic confusion: America first frightens South Korea, then tries to reassure it | The Economist

US Commission Rejects Faith Leaders' Appeals to Examine Israel's Violations of Religious Freedom

For Immediate Release 
April 17, 2017

Contact: Jennifer Salan 202-429-9210 jsalan@aaiusa.org

Media Advisory

US Commission Rejects Faith Leaders' Appeals to Examine Israel's Violations of Religious Freedom

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, April 26James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute who serves as a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), will be joined by Father Drew Christiansen of Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs; Jim Winkler of the National Council of Churches and Wes Granberg-Michaelson, General Secretary Emeritus of the Reformed Church in America to discuss the refusal of USCIRF to examine Israeli violations of religious freedom. 

Zogby, will outline two requests for the Commission to examine discrimination against Muslims, Christians and non-Orthodox Jews in Israel and the occupied territories. Both requests were rejected by the Commission. Documentation of the requests will be provided at the briefing. 

WHO: James Zogby, AAI President; Father Drew Christiansen, Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs; Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches; and Wes Granberg-Michaelson General Secretary Emeritus, Reformed Church in America

WHAT: Press Briefing to Discuss USCIRF’s Rejection of Appeals to Examine Israel's Violations of Religious Freedom

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 10:30AM

WHERE: Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St NE DC, Blue Room 

RSVP Requested: jsalan@aaiusa.org

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Founded in 1985, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent.  AAI provides policy, research and public affairs services to support a broad range of community activities. For more information please visit aaiusa.org


Jennifer Salan
@jensalan

Costly weddings could be crippling for new marriages :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Costly weddings could be crippling for new marriages :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

US Seeks New Assurances from Saudis on Civilian Casualties—but is that even possible? | Just Security

US Seeks New Assurances from Saudis on Civilian Casualties—but is that even possible? | Just Security

Trump’s bluster and bravado on North Korea will only make the U.S. look weak - The Washington Post

Trump’s bluster and bravado on North Korea will only make the U.S. look weak - The Washington Post

The risks of the Trump administration hollowing out American leadership - The Washington Post

The risks of the Trump administration hollowing out American leadership - The Washington Post

Guest Post by Uri Avnery - Palestine's Nelson Mandela

Uri Avnery
April 22, 2017

           Palestine's Nelson Mandela

I HAVE a confession to make: I like Marwan Barghouti.
I have visited him at his modest Ramallah home several times. During our conversations, we discussed Israeli-Palestinian peace. Our ideas were the same: to create the State of Palestine next to the State of Israel, and to establish peace between the two states, based on the 1967 lines (with minor adjustments), with open borders and cooperation.
This was not a secret agreement: Barghouti has repeated this proposal many times, both in prison and outside.
I also like his wife, Fadwa, who was educated as a lawyer but devotes her time to fight for the release of her husband. At the crowded funeral of Yasser Arafat, I happened to stand next to her and saw her tear-streaked face.
This week, Barghouti, together with about a thousand other Palestinian prisoners in Israel, started an unlimited hunger strike. I have just signed a petition for his release.

MARWAN BARGHOUTI is a born leader. In spite of his small physical stature, he stands out in any gathering. Within the Fatah movement he became the leader of the youth division. (The word "Fatah" is the initials of "Palestinian Liberation Movement, in reverse),
The Barghoutis are a widespread clan, dominating several villages near Ramallah. Marwan himself was born in 1959 in Kobar village. An ancestor, Abd-al-Jabir al-Barghouti, led an Arab revolt in 1834. I have met Mustafa Barghouti, an activist for democracy, in many demonstrations and shared the tear gas with him. Omar Barghouti is a leader of the international anti-Israel boycott movement.
Perhaps my sympathy for Marwan is influenced by some similarities in our youth. He joined the Palestinian resistance movement at the age of 15, the same age as I was when I joined the Hebrew underground some 35 years earlier. My friends and I considered ourselves freedom fighters, but were branded by the British authorities as "terrorists". The same has now happened to Marwan – a freedom fighter in his own eyes and in the eyes of the vast majority of the Palestinian people, a "terrorist" in the eyes of the Israeli authorities.
When he was put on trial in the Tel Aviv District Court, my friends and I, members of the Israeli peace movement Gush Shalom (Peace Bloc), tried to demonstrate our solidarity with him in the courtroom. We were expelled by armed guards. One of my friends lost a toenail in this glorious fight.

YEARS AGO I called Barghouti the "Palestinian Mandela". Despite their difference in height and skin color, there was a basic similarity between the two: both were men of peace, but justified the use of violence against their oppressors. However, while the Apartheid regime was satisfied with one life term, Barghouti was sentenced to a ridiculous five life terms and another 40 years – for acts of violence executed by his Tanzim organization.
(Gush Shalom published a statement this week suggesting that by the same logic, Menachem Begin should have been sentenced by the British to 91 life terms for the bombing of the King David hotel, in which 91 people – many of them Jews – lost their lives.)
There is another similarity between Mandela and Barghouti: when the apartheid regime was destroyed by a combination of "terrorism", violent strikes and a world-wide boycott, Mandela emerged as the natural leader of the new South Africa. Many people expect that when a Palestinian state is set up, Barghouti will become its president, after Mahmoud Abbas.
There is something in his personality that inspires confidence, turning him into the natural arbiter of internal conflicts. Hamas people, who are the opponents of Fatah, are inclined to listen to Marwan. He is the ideal conciliator between the two movements.
Some years ago, under the leadership of Marwan, a large number of prisoners belonging to the two organizations signed a joint appeal for national unity, setting out concrete terms. Nothing came of this.
That, by the way, may be an additional reason for the Israeli government’s rejection of any suggestion of freeing Barghouti, even when a prisoner exchange provided a convenient opportunity. A free Barghouti could become a powerful agent for Palestinian unity, the last thing the Israeli overlords want.
Divide et impera – "divide and rule" – since Roman times this has been a guiding principle of every regime that suppresses another people. In this the Israeli authorities have been incredibly successful. Political geography provided an ideal setting: The West Bank (of the Jordan river) is cut off from the Gaza Strip by some 50 km of Israeli territory.
Hamas got hold of the Gaza Strip by elections and violence, and refuses to accept the leadership of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization), a union of the more secular organizations which rules the West Bank.
This is not an unusual situation in national liberation organizations. They often split into more and less extreme wings, to the great delight of the oppressor. The last thing the Israeli authorities are willing to do is release Barghouti and allow him to restore Palestinian national unity. God forbid.

THE HUNGER strikers do not demand their own release, but demand better prison conditions. They demand, inter alia, more frequent and longer visits by wives and family, an end to torture, decent food, and such. They also remind us that under international law an "occupying power" is forbidden to move prisoners from an occupied territory to the home country of the occupier. Exactly this happens to almost all Palestinian "security prisoners".
Last week Barghouti set out these demands in an op-ed article published by the New York Times, an act that shows the newspaper's better side. The editorial note described the author as a Palestinian politician and Member of Parliament. It was a courageous act by the paper (which somewhat restored its standing in my eyes after it condemned Bashar al-Assad for using poison gas, without a sliver of evidence.)
But courage has its limits. The very next day the NYT published an editor's note stating that Barghouti was convicted for murder. It was an abject surrender to Zionist pressure.
The man who claimed this victory was an individual I find particularly obnoxious. He calls himself Michael Oren and is now a deputy minister in Israel, but he was born in the USA and belongs to the subgroup of American Jews who are super-super-patriots of Israel. He adopted Israeli citizenship and an Israeli name in order to serve as Israel's ambassador to the USA. In this capacity he attracted attention by using particularly virulent anti-Arab rhetoric, so extreme as to make even Binyamin Netanyahu look moderate.
I doubt that this person has ever sacrificed anything for his patriotism, indeed, he has made quite a career of it. Yet he speaks with contempt about Barghouti, who has spent much of his life in prison and exile. He describes Barghouti’s article in the New York Times as a "journalistic terror act". Look who's talking.

A HUNGER STRIKE is a very courageous act. It is the last weapon of the least protected people on earth – the prisoners. The abominable Margaret Thatcher let the Irish hunger strikers starve to death.
The Israeli authorities wanted to force-feed Palestinian hunger strikers. The Israeli Physicians Association, much to its credit, refused to cooperate, since such acts have led in the past to the deaths of the victims. That put an end to this kind of torture.
Barghouti demands that Palestinian political prisoners be treated as prisoners-of-war. No chance of that.
However, one should demand that prisoners of any kind be treated humanely. This means that deprivation of liberty is the only punishment imposed, and that within the prisons the maximum of decent conditions should be accorded.
In some Israeli prisons, a kind of modus vivendi between the prison authorities and the Palestinian prisoners seems to have been established. Not so in others. One gets the impression that the prison service is the enemy of the prisoners, making their life as miserable as possible. This has worsened now, in response to the strike.
This policy is cruel, illegal and counter-productive. There is no way to win against a hunger-strike. The prisoners are bound to win, especially when decent people all over the world are watching. Perhaps even the NYT.
I am waiting for the day when I can visit Marwan again as a free man in his home in Ramallah. Even more so if Ramallah is, by that time, a town in the free State of Palestine.

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