November 21st, 2006

Chris Keeley

Karen Armstrong: How Religious Movements Prolong the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Karen Armstrong: How Religious Movements Prolong the Arab-Israeli Conflict


<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=230989091&url_num=1&url=http://www.rescuemideastpolicy.com/>


*Karen Armstrong: How Religious Movements Prolong the Arab-Israeli Conflict*

November 20th, 2006
By Carlton Cobb, CNI Staff Member

To a full audience on Capitol Hill, Oxford scholar of religion Karen
Armstrong argued last week that fundamentalist movements within each of
the three faiths involved in the Arab-Israeli conflict, Christianity,
Islam, and Judaism, contribute to sustaining that conflict. Her talk
outlined how the "Christian Right" in the U.S., Islamists such as Hamas
in Palestine and Hizbullah in Lebanon and ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel
have drawn religion into what is "at base a political problem..., a
secular problem over land." Armstrong spoke at St. Mark's Episcopal
Church, a block east of the U.S. Capitol building, on Thursday, November
16th, in Washington, DC.

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Chris Keeley

Lieberman: Vocalizing Israel's Apartheid Reality

*Opinion/Editorial
Lieberman: Vocalizing Israel's Apartheid Reality
*Saree Makdisi, /The Electronic Intifada,/ 15 November 2006
www.electronicintifada.net <http://www.electronicintifada.net/>
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*Former President Jimmy Carter's new book, which slaps the "apartheid"
label on Israel, comes out this week. Before the book hit the stands
though, members of his own party rushed to distance themselves from his
allegations. While the label makes supporters of Israel uncomfortable,
there is ample evidence that Israel practices institutionalized
discrimination against its non-Jewish citizens. Israel, in fact, goes
further than South Africa. While whites in South Africa sought to
control non-whites, Israel has since its establishment pursued various
means of getting rid of its non-Jewish population altogether.

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Chris Keeley

Chris Ware drew four different covers for the Thanksgiving issue of the New Yorker

Chris Ware does the New Yorker

200611201715 Chris Ware drew four different covers for the Thanksgiving issue of the New Yorker, and they all look terrific.

At the New Yorker site you an read his comic strip (a nice 1650x2250 scan -- thanks New Yorker!) and a five-minute interview with Ware (In MP3 format, not RealAudio -- thanks again, New Yorker!)

Link (Via Drawn!) 
















Waldo Jaquith of the Virginia Quarterly Review says:

 Images Issues Vqr06F-Ware Chris Ware also did the cover for the "Writers on Writers" special issue of Virginia Quarterly Review. We gave him the whole shebang -- front, back, spine -- and told him to go crazy. (And, lo, he did. And it was good.) We've got a 2000x1442 GIF of it for our fellow Ware fanboys.

posted by Mark Frauenfelder

Chris Keeley

CRITICAL - JIHADISTS - KNOWING THE ENEMY

KNOWING THE ENEMY

                      by Mary Habeck

Who is  the enemy,  and what  is this  thing called jihadism
that everyone  has been  talking about? Jihadism is a modern
word, not  something from  the Quran. Jihadis, or jihadists,
call themselves  salafi jihadi or salafiyya jihadiyya (-iyya
in Arabic  is equivalent  to -ism).When I first saw the term
in early  2002, I  thought it perfectly described the people
we're fighting  and that  the ideal  name for  the  conflict
we're involved  in might  be a  war on  jihadis, or  war  on
jihadism. However, the root of jihadism is "jihad," which is
actually a good word within Islam.

IDEOLOGY
Jihadis are  a small  minority within  the Islamist movement
that believes  violence must  be used in order to create the
perfect   Islamic   state.   Within   jihadism   there   are
disagreements about  at whom  this violence should be aimed,
how it  should be  carried out, what it will accomplish, and
what the Islamic state law will look like when it is finally
created. Here,  I address  those jihadis  who agree  with Al
Qaeda and affiliated groups on several important issues.

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Chris Keeley

the United States, with our allies the Israelis, have been doing an awful lot of collection of intel

The Next Act: Will the Republicans’ Mid-Term Loss Hurt Chances of a War on Iran?

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/11/21/1518247

In a new article for the New Yorker, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reports Vice President Dick Cheney told a White House meeting one month before the mid-term elections that a Democratic victory would have little effect on the administration’s decision to go to war. But plans for a military option were made “far more complicated” by a secret CIA report which has found no conclusive evidence that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Hersh joins us from Washington. [rush transcript included]

 


With the Democrats winning control of Congress is the White House and a lame duck president more or less likely to launch an attack against Iran? That’s the subject of a new article by veteran investigative journalist Seymour Hersh. Hersh writes in the latest issue of the New Yorker magazine, that Vice President Dick Cheney told a White House meeting one month before the mid-term elections that a Democratic victory would have little effect on the administration’s decision to go to war. But the article goes on to report that any plans for a military option were made “far more complicated” by a secret CIA report which has found no conclusive evidence that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

Seymour Hersh joins me now from a studio in Washington DC.

 

AMY GOODMAN: Seymour Hersh joins us now in Washington, D.C. Welcome to Democracy Now! 

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Chris Keeley

*Memorable Quotes by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld:*

*Memorable Quotes by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld:*

 "I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than
the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started."

"We do know of certain knowledge that he [Osama Bin Laden] is either in
Afghanistan, or in some other country, or dead."

"We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad
and east, west, south and north somewhat." -on Iraq's weapons of mass
destruction

"Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war."

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Chris Keeley

Robert Hunter - Ex-USNATO - The EU should put up or shut up

*The EU should put up or shut up in Afghanistan**
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By Robert E. Hunter
Saturday, November 18, 2006



 Time is running out for success in Afghanistan. The NATO summit in Riga
of Nov. 28-29 may be the last chance to pull that country back from the
brink.

NATO assumed responsibility for providing security for all of
Afghanistan in October. While about 8,000 of the 20,000 U.S. troops in
Afghanistan operate independently, the rest have joined the most
ambitious military venture in NATO's history, the International Security
Assistance Force.



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Robert E. Hunter, U.S. ambassador to NATO from 1993 to 1998, is a senior
adviser at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research organization. -