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In the Name of My Father

Zuccotti ParkRequiem and renewal in the shadow of Wall Street, in the light of a Georgia spring
by Phil Rockstroh

On May 1, after a day of May Day activities on the streets and avenues of Manhattan, my wife and I and a troop of other OWS celebrants marched into Zuccotti Park to jubilant exhortations of "welcome home" from a throng of fellow occupiers. The next day, my wife and I boarded a southbound Amtrak train to join family gathered at my dying father's bedside to bid him farewell.

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JPMorgan Lesson: End Government Bank Guarantees

JPMorganIt’s widely believed that JPMorgan Chase’s recent $2 billion–plus loss proves we need the comprehensive banking regulation called for by the 2010 Dodd-Frank law.

That belief is wrong.

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Thoughts on Voting, Protest and Resistance

Albert CamusIn 1953, my junior year in high school, I wrote my first poem. The opening line was, “If one could have a feeling for these times when the struggles of power for power come together…” It wasn’t a very good poem but the thought remained one of the dominant themes of my life. Two years later I was to discover Existential philosophy and the writings of Albert Camus.

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Believing You’re Free Doesn’t Make It So

syria-flagby Jacob G. Hornberger

The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Washington, D.C., is holding a special event today to celebrate “the brave efforts of dissidents and activists around the world in their fight to be free.”

Wow! How exciting is that!

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US/Israeli Special Relationship

aipac_congressStrategic interests largely benefitting Israel, not shared values, are at issue. Washington doesn't provide the Jewish state more aid than all other nations combined because of historic binding ties.

On March 25, 1948, Harry Truman met secretly with Chaim Weizmann (Israel's first president). He pledged support for the future Jewish state. Minutes after midnight on May 15, 1948, America was the first country to extend recognition.

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