Category US

CHOMSKY CALLED IT

Noam Chomsky, six years before Donald Trump’s election victory: The United States is extremely lucky that no honest, charismatic figure has arisen . . . Every charismatic figure is such an obvious crook that he destroys himself, like McCarthy or Nixon or the evangelist preachers. If somebody comes along who is charismatic and honest this country […]

The Midwest Peace Process

In 1793 a great council was held, to which came the chiefs and headmen of the Delawares, and of twelve other tribes, to meet commissioners of the United States, for one last effort to settle the vexed boundary question.  The records of this council are profoundly touching.  The Indians reiterated over and over the provisions […]

WHAT RESONATES

Some years back I argued in Mondoweiss that the case for Palestine ought to be made on the basis of justice rather than national interest. This position received empirical support in a November 2015 U.S. poll, which found that respondents’ concerns about Israel-Palestine were principally related to ‘human rights or international law’ rather than ‘America’s interests’. This was particularly true of […]

Oh yeah.

Gore Vidal emeritus replies: I am saddened that Dr. Lidz was not “enlightened” by my review, but not all darkness is penetrable, particularly that generated by, if I may say so, his own peculiar calling. Perhaps “ordered” was too strong a verb. Certainly Dr. Kubie gently hinted. … Is that better? God knows Tennessee dramatized […]

BAN KI-MOON STARS IN LIVE PUPPET SHOW

In the course of ‘Operation Cast Lead’ (2008-9), Israel attacked multiple UN facilities in Gaza, including with white phosphorus. For example, on 17 January 2009 Israeli forces rained down white phosphorus on an UNRWA elementary school in Beit Lahia that was sheltering some 2,000 people, injuring 13 and killing two children. A subsequent UN Board […]

HOW TO TELL A REAL PEACE PROCESS, FROM A FAKE

When Israel, in perpetual hunt for a pretext to justify its rejectionism, insists that Palestinians recognise its ‘right to exist as a Jewish state’ before it will end the occupation, the US adopts the demand as a core issue for resolving the conflict.[*] When Israel tries a similar trick with negotiations the US actually cares about, the response is rather different: [T]his is an agreement that is only […]

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