December 11th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Mom writes about Mother May

Soon I will post a selection of  the series of these cards...

My mother writes about her Grandmother -

                                May Isabel Medina Govin

Was born in l870 in New York City. Her Mother was Mary Purdy (later
called May or Bunny in the family) and her father was Federico Medina -
a Spanish nobleman and gambler, much disliked by her grandfather, a
distinguished inhabitant of Staten Island, New York.  He was a part
owner of a reknowned race horse named Eclipse who won the Kentucky
Derby.  Mary Purdy eloped with the Spaniard who later became a gambler
and a drinker.  I met a Spanish Count once who told me that he thought
we were related as he had had a relative with the same name who later
committed suicide over gambling debts.  In any case, Mothermay (as we
called her) was raised in a very European environment - her Mother was
musical and knew many singers (Sarah Bernhardt) and musicians of her
time, especially in Madrid and Paris.
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Chris Keeley

Kofi Annan's Five Lessons--WashPost 12/11/06

*What I've Learned*

By Kofi A. Annan
Monday, December 11, 2006; A19

Nearly 50 years ago, when I arrived in Minnesota as a student fresh from
Africa, I had much to learn -- starting with the fact that there is
nothing wimpish about wearing earmuffs when it is 15 degrees below zero.
All my life since has been a learning experience. Now I want to pass on
five lessons I have learned during 10 years as secretary general of the
United Nations that I believe the community of nations needs to learn as
it confronts the challenges of the 21st century.
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Chris Keeley

Amb. Moustapha Op-Ed in the Washington Post

Washington Post Opinion Editorials

What Motivates Syria?

By Imad Moustapha
Sunday, December 10, 2006; B07

U.S. engagement -- or rather reengagement -- with Syria has become a
salient topic in almost every political debate on U.S. policy in the
Middle East, particularly regarding Iraq.

But while commentators argue over whether the United States should
engage Syria and whether Syria has the will to cooperate or even the
capability to deliver intended outcomes, it appears that the Bush
administration remains incapable of searching for a comprehensive
approach to the strife in Iraq.

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Chris Keeley

Former U.S. Senator: Support for Israel in Congress is Based

*Former U.S. Senator: Support for Israel in Congress is Based on Fear*
by James Abourezk
December 11, 2006

I can tell you from personal experience that the support Israel has in
the Congress is based completely on political fear -- fear of defeat by
anyone who does not do what Israel wants done. I can also tell you that
very few members of Congress -- at least when I served there -- have any
affection for Israel or for its Lobby. What they have is contempt, but
it is silenced by fear of being found out exactly how they feel. I've
heard too many cloakroom conversations in which members of the Senate
will voice their bitter feelings about how they're pushed around by the
Lobby to think otherwise. In private one hears the dislike of Israel and
the tactics of the Lobby, but not one of them is willing to risk the
Lobby's animosity by making their feelings public.

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