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War in Context – Desperate Afghan wives choose self-immolation

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Desperate Afghan wives choose self-immolation

Posted: 10 Nov 2010 12:00 PM PST

The New York Times reports: “Why did you burn yourself?” asks the doctor. “If I threw myself from a building, I’d break an arm or a leg, but I wanted to die,” Halima answers. “That’s why I set myself on fire. I thought I would die instantly.” As an answer it is more how than why, but […]

British deny George Bush’s claims that torture helped foil terror plots

Posted: 10 Nov 2010 11:00 AM PST

The Guardian reports: British officials said today there was no evidence to support claims by George Bush, the former US president, that information extracted by “waterboarding” saved British lives by foiling attacks on Heathrow airport and Canary Wharf. In his memoirs, Bush said the practice – condemned by Downing Street as torture – was used in […]

The fight has broken out inside the Jewish family

Posted: 10 Nov 2010 09:55 AM PST

Philip Weiss writes: The news from the Jewish Federations’ General Assembly in New Orleans is important. I announce landmarks every 100 yards, but this is a big one. The significance of the event is that several young Jews calling themselves proud Jews took Palestinian solidarity into the Jewish family and made trouble with an explosive disruption […]

Bibi, Tom Friedman, and U.S. Jews divesting from Israel

Posted: 10 Nov 2010 04:00 AM PST

Bradley Burston writes: Ahead of a New Orleans address to the General Assembly [GA] of the Jewish Federations of North America, sources quoted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as having said that there is fundamental support for Israel within the United States. “We may have lost Thomas Friedman, but I don’t think we lost America,” Netanyahu was quoted […]

First sign of the new U.S. political reality — Netanyahu’s swagger

Posted: 10 Nov 2010 03:00 AM PST

At JTA, Ron Kampeas writes: The sharpest signal of what last week’s elections meant for Jews came not from Washington but from New Orleans, Nova Scotia and Australia. In New Orleans, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech Monday calling for moving beyond sanctions to mounting a “credible military threat” against Iran as a means of […]

Ira Chernus: Is Palestine America’s next Vietnam?

Posted: 09 Nov 2010 08:00 PM PST

Reprinted with permission of TomDispatch.com Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hasn’t been alone in playing for time when it comes to American policy, that’s for sure.  (Think, for instance, of our Afghan War commander General David Petraeus.)  But Netanyahu played out the pre-election months with some skill and much shuffling of feet, as he officially pondered […]

Police step in to protect young Jewish protesters from Jewish mob violence — in New Orleans

Posted: 09 Nov 2010 01:42 PM PST

For more details on the protest during Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the Jewish Federation’s General Assembly in New Orleans yesterday, see the post below. One of the protesters has now provided her own first hand account of what happened. Although sheriffs were in attendance to provide security for the event, in the end the police needed […]

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