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Monday, March 16, 2009
  • "It's hard to imagine now, but in 1944, six years after Kristallnacht, Lessing J. Rosenwald, president of the American Council for Judaism, felt comfortable equating the Zionist ideal of Jewish statehood with "the concept of a racial state — the Hitlerian concept." For most of the last century, a principled opposition to Zionism was a mainstream stance within American Judaism."
  • Internet TV by writers for writers and as well as for viewers. TV without the executives.
  • "'The old textbooks saw an economy as a circular flow of value from households to firms back to households, via production and consumption,' he explains. 'They abstracted out the environment completely, and that wasn't stupid at a time when economies were small compared to ecosytems. But now, with growth having gone on for so long we're actually spending our natural capital. It's reached an insane point.'"


  • "Economist Herman Daly and theologian John Cobb, Jr., demonstrate how conventional economics and a growth-oriented industrial economy have led us to the brink of environmental disaster, and show the possibility of a different future."
  • "As if capitalism wasn't bad enough, now it's gone and unleashed motherfucking zombies on the world."
  • The Field Negro comments on the Attorney General's comments about America being cowards when it comes to race. Obamma apologized for that comment (why? wtf man!).

    "Come on O man, don't buy into what the drive by media is selling. You knew the full context of his speech and you know that what he said was dead on. So why the apology? Look, I can understand you not commenting on the subject and choosing not to weigh in on the controversy. You are, after all, the president of all the people, we get that. But why not just say no comment? Leave it alone, that news cycle is way behind us. I don't care if the NYT asked you a direct question, the proper answer would have been we have moved on, and I don't want to comment on that any further. I am quite sure that the reporter would not have pressed you. We are talking about the New York Times here, not the Post."

  • "Amin explains that effective opposition must be based in a “convergence in diversity” of the world’s oppressed and exploited—workers, students, peasants and other opponents of the neoliberal order. What is required today is a new “international” with an open and flexible organizational structure to coordinate the work of oppositional movements around the globe. Included in this volume is the full text of the Bamako Appeal, described as a Communist Manifesto for our age, and Amin’s provocative new essay “Political Islam in the Service of Imperialism.” Amin’s masterful analysis offers new ground for realizing the world we wish to see."
  • "In the context of Syria’s peace negotiations, and coming on the heels of President Bashar al-Assad’s recent statement concerning his allies in Lebanon and Palestine (“I will work to involve Hizbullah and Hamas in the negotiations to achieve peace in the region”), one wonders whether Nasrallah’s words were not at least partially intended for Syria."
  • "The Web site presents an extensive list of Israeli and multinational corporations that are financially involved in the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, whether by the funding of businesses in illegal settlements or by the supply of services, as well as military and construction equipment, to the system of occupation in the West Bank and Gaza. The site interface includes a search engine which allows searches by the company name, its country of origin, and even by its annual income and the stock index in which it is traded."

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