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New York Times Opposition to Palestinian Self-Determination

Palestinian Self-DeterminationIn September, when the General Assembly meets (beginning 9/13), Palestinians will seek de jure UN membership. Unless current policy changes, it will ask for official recognition as an independent sovereign state. Currently, it has Observer State Status only, denying its right to vote.

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Nature bats last

razorwireNotes on revolution and resistance, revelation and redemption

My title is ambitious and ambiguous: revolution and resistance (which tend to be associated with left politics), revelation and redemption (typically associated with right-wing religion), all framed by a warning about ecological collapse. My goal is to connect these concepts to support an argument for a radical political theology -- let me add to the ambiguity here -- that can help us claim our power at the moment when we are more powerless than ever, and identify the sources of hope when there is no hope.

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Where Have Libya's Children Gone?

nato-strikeDispatch From Tripoli

The quality of life continues to degrade in certain areas of western Libya while public anxiety noticeably rises over missing Libyan children as the first week of an unusually stressful Ramadan passes.

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The Market Has Spoken

stocks-collapseAusterity Is Bad for Business
by Ellen Brown

It used to be that when the Fed Chairman spoke, the market listened; but the Chairman has lost his mystique. Now when the market speaks, politicians listen. Hopefully they heard what the market just said: government cutbacks are bad for business.The government needs to spend more, not less. Fortunately, there are viable ways to do this while still balancing the budget.

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Vilifying Muslims in America

Rep. Peter King (R. NY), chair of  House Committee on Homeland SecurityJudge nations by how they treat all people, whether equally, or advantaging some over others. Judge them harshly if they persecute some for political advantage.

In America, people of color and Muslims are fair game. It's longstanding policy based on prejudicial attitudes, stereotypes, deep-seated racism, and notions of corrupted Western values, high-mindedness, and moral superiority.

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