August 1st, 2006

Chris Keeley

Stop the Band-Aid Treatment

A major impediment to progress is Washington's strange policy that dialogue on controversial issues will be extended only as a reward for subservient behavior and will be withheld from those who reject U.S. assertions.

Stop the Band-Aid Treatment
We Need Policies for a Real, Lasting Middle East Peace

By Jimmy Carter
Tuesday, August 1, 2006; A17

The Middle East is a tinderbox, with some key players on all sides waiting for every opportunity to destroy their enemies with bullets, bombs and missiles. One of the special vulnerabilities of Israel, and a repetitive cause of violence, is the holding of prisoners. Militant Palestinians and Lebanese know that a captured Israeli soldier or civilian is either a cause of conflict or a valuable bargaining chip for prisoner exchange. This assumption is based on a number of such trades, including 1,150 Arabs, mostly Palestinians, for three Israeli soldiers in 1985; 123 Lebanese for the remains of two Israeli soldiers in 1996; and 433 Palestinians and others for an Israeli businessman and the bodies of three soldiers in 2004.

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Chris Keeley

Tax Cheats Called Out of Control

Cheating now equals about 7 cents out of each dollar paid by honest taxpayers, as much as $70 billion a year, the report estimated.

Tax Cheats Called Out of Control

So many superrich Americans evade taxes using offshore accounts that law enforcement cannot control the growing misconduct, according to a Senate report that provides the most detailed look ever at high-level tax schemes.

Among the billionaires cited in the report are the owner of the New York Jets football team, Robert Wood Johnson IV; the producer of the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” children’s show, Haim Saban; and two Texas businessmen, Charles and Sam Wyly, who the Center for Public Integrity found in 2000 were the ninth-largest contributors to President Bush.

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Chris Keeley

documentary photographs

In 1977 it opened Side Gallery, building the range and number of bodies of work through its own production, its commissions, purchases and acquisitions. These online exhibitions are drawn from this unique collection: some 2,000 documentary photographs are featured, here, in over 80 bodies of work by more than 40 different photographers.


http://www.amber-online.com/gallery/index.html


Weegee Collection - Booked on suspicion of killing a policeman, 1939.

Booked on suspicion of killing a policeman, 1939.

Weegee Collection - At a concert in Harlem, 1948.

At a concert in Harlem, 1948.

WeeGee - Side Photographic Gallery.
Chris Keeley

Ari Berman: "AIPAC's Hold" (NATION)

It may be timely for the American people to ask what purpose the US
Congress actually serves

From:   John Whitbeck

TO: Distinguished Recipients

Transmitted below is a brief NATION article on how the US Congress "works".

It may be timely for the American people to ask what purpose the US
Congress actually serves. Even with an egregious executive branch, would
the country really be any worse off if the legislative branch ceased to
exist?

An argument can be made (although, assuming that the NSA reads my
e-mails, I would never dream of making it myself) that the full tragedy
of 9/11 is that the three aircraft that reached their targets did so --
and that the one that didn't didn't.


*http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060814/aipacs_hold*


   AIPAC's Hold

by ARI BERMAN

[posted online on July 29, 2006]

In early March, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
held its forty-seventh annual conference in Washington. AIPAC's
executive director spent twenty-seven minutes reading the "roll call" of
dignitaries present at the gala dinner, which included a majority of the
Senate and a quarter of the House, along with dozens of Administration
officials.

As this event illustrates, it's impossible to talk about Congress's
relationship to Israel without highlighting AIPAC, the American Jewish
community's most important voice on the Hill. The Congressional reaction
to Hezbollah's attack on Israel and Israel's retaliatory bombing of
Lebanon provide the latest example of why.

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Chris Keeley

But it's hard to imagine any Congress, or

But it's hard to imagine any Congress, or
subsequent Administration, returning to the role of honest broker. What
the region needs now, according to Brzezinski, is an American leader
brave enough to say: "Either I make policy on the Middle East or AIPAC
makes policy on the Middle East." One can always dream.