January 16th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Uri Avnery on the Scandals and a lot more--1-14-06

Uri Avnery
14.1.06

With Friends like these…

JUDAS ISCARIOT is headed for a makeover. According to news reports,
cardinals close to the new pope recommend a change in the Catholic
Church's attitude towards him: exit the treacherous Jew who turns the
messiah over to the cohorts of the evil High Priest - enter the apostle
who simply fulfilled his role in the divine design. After all, it was
God who decided that his son should die on the cross.
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Chris Keeley

Jane Addams had been born, a determined social reformer, advocate of women's suffrage, opponent of t

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Jane Addams's graduation picture, 1881 (from the University Library, University of Chicago, reprinted from "Citizen").

Citizen: Jane Addams and the Struggle for Democracy,' by Louise W. Knight

Becoming Jane Addams

IN 1894, the Pullman Car Works, a paternalistic Chicago firm, announced a wage cut and its workers went on strike. Jane Addams, who had founded Hull House in Chicago five years earlier as a place of refuge and support for the poor, was stunned by the class antagonism that followed. "Nothing in my experience," she wrote many years later, had prepared her for "that distinct cleavage of society which a general strike at least momentarily affords." Unsure what to make of it all, Addams walked four and a half miles to the new statue of Abraham Lincoln created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, where she brooded over the inscription, a reiteration of the Emancipator's call for charity to all, and then walked back to Hull House.

Did Jane Addams approach Lincoln as an equal? Or course not, for no one in American history rivals Lincoln's stature. Yet Addams would go on to become one of the greatest of Americans, and the pilgrimage she made to Lincoln Park, as Louise W. Knight relates in "Citizen," was a key stop along the way. Before the Pullman strike - and the simultaneous death of her sister Mary - Addams was a product of the small-town Midwest in which she was raised. Strongly shaped by the evangelical convictions of her father, she was as paternalistic, if in her own way, as George Pullman. Poor people lacked refinement; her task was to bring them culture. Sympathy, not solidarity, motivated her. She would teach the poor of Chicago Shakespeare and Goethe, and along the way, she would impress upon them the importance of virtue and the evils of vice.

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Chris Keeley

Enron brass had helped pay Mr. Bush's campaign expenses for the Florida recount, contributed $300,00

Is Abramoff the New Monica?

THERE'S nothing this White House loves more than pictures that tell a story - a fictional story. And so another mission was accomplished when President Bush posed with the 13 past secretaries of state and defense he hustled into the Oval Office 10 days ago: he could pretend to consult on Iraq with sages of all political stripes - Madeleine Albright, yet - even if the actual give-and-take, all 5 to 10 minutes of it, was as substantive as the scripted "Ask the President" town hall meetings of the 2004 campaign.

But this White House, cunning as it is, can't control all the pictures all the time. That photo op was quickly followed by Time's Jack Abramoff cover and its specter of other images more inopportune than op. Mr. Bush's aides, the magazine reported, were busy "trying to identify all the photos that may exist of the two men together." Translation: Could a Bush-Abramoff money shot as iconic as Monica on the rope line be lurking somewhere for a Time cover still to come?

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