Stephen Colbert and Donald Trump's Soul

Steven Colbert did a great thing.  That's not news.  Steven Colbert does a lot of great things.  But this may be one of the best things he has done.

Most Moral Army In the World???: The Death of a "Terrorist"

An Israeli solder shot and killed Abed Fatah al Sharif, a Palestinian "terrorist" last week in Hebron.  (The soldier's name has been kept secret under a gag order within Israel, but he has been identified in the Western media as Elor Azarya) That a soldier shot a "terrorist" in the West Bank is hardly news.  But this shooting was different.  It was caught on high definition video, and the "terrorist" was helpless  at the time he was shot.  See for yourself.

On Israel, Free Speech, and UN Censorship

Those who read this blog probably know I'm not a big fan of Israel or its propaganda (hasbara).  I despise the settlements and the apartheid regime in the West Bank.  I dislike that Palestinians are treated like second class citizens even within the Green Line.  And I loathe how Israel and its supporters tried to sucker us into an unnecessary war with Iran by doing everything they could to sabotage the nuclear deal. 

An Update on the University of California anti-BDS, anti-Free Speech Resolution

A few days ago I wrote an article about an anti-free speech resolution pending before the University of California Board of Regents that would conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism.  Unfortunately, the resolution passed.  Fortunately, it was watered down somewhat before it was passed.  I encourage you to read this article by Robert Mackey at the Intercept.

An Open Letter to the University of California Board of Regents: Reject the Anti-Free Speech Resolution

I am writing you to ask you to reject the resolution that states that “anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination have no place at the University of California.”  As Jewish Voice for Peace points out, one can be against Zionist without being anti-Semitic.  Conflating the two is wrong and  will lead to an unacceptable infringement of free speech.

Why I'm Going Supernova on Neil deGrasse Tyson over Donald Trump

It’s hard not to love Neil deGrasse Tyson. I challenge you to listen to Star Talk Radio and not be impressed by his humor, his warmth, his humanity, his concern for society and the environment, and his ability to explain science.  That’s why I was shocked when I saw his tweet implying that those who oppose Trump are only doing so because they fear his followers.

The Supreme Court, The GOP, and the Strom Thurmond Rule

Republicans are invoking the  Strom Thurmond rule  as an excuse to deny President Obama his right to appoint a Supreme Court Justice. They aren't even going through the pretense of waiting until Obama nominates a new Justice before saying they intend to shoot him down.  

Will Michael Bloomberg Be The Next Ralph Nader--Or Will He Raise Billions For Charity By Challenging Trump?

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is getting serious about running for president as a third party candidate.  In January, three of his associates said that he might run to stop Donald Trump or Ted Cruz from becoming president. That is a noble ambition, but it would be a disaster if Bloomberg went through with it. 

New York State Assembly-Reject the unconstitutional anti-BDS bill (A9036)

I wrote an article two years ago about an attempt by some of Israel's supporters to pass a blatantly unconstitutional New York State bill  that would punish supporters of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions.)  The bill failed back then, but its supporters are at it again.  

How to Fight Online Recruitment By ISIS

In his Daily Beast column, "Can Muslim American's Stop ISIS?", Dean Obeidallah notes that Muslim leaders are already reaching out to fellow Muslims to prevent them from turning to the evil distorted vers

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