December 18th, 2006

Chris Keeley

My Holiday Message of Hope & My Appeal for an End-of-the-year

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 Happy Chanukah, Merry Christmas, Joyous Kwanze and Eid, Happy New Year!

Dear Robert,

As we enter Chanukah and Christmas, and approach Eid, it’s hard not to
be struck by the theme of re-emerging hope in the face of overwhelming
darkness.

Ancient peoples in the northern hemisphere had already made this time of
year a moment to celebrate the hope for return of light in the face of
darkness. So precisely around the Winter Solstice they made celebrations
of light to encourage the sun to return to its fullest strength, and to
testify to their faith that it would in fact return.
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An important message!
Chris Keeley

BAKER-HAMILTON STUDY: PLUSES AND MINUSES

Dear Bob,  you may wish to circulate this.  Best, Bill

William R. Polk

williamrpolk@post.harvard.edu

669 Chemin de la Sine

F-06140 Vence France

fax: +33-493 24 08 77


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THE
BAKER-HAMILTON STUDY: PLUSES AND MINUSES
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most important positive element in the Baker-Hamilton study is to
focus attention on the central predicament of the Middle East ñ the
Arab-Israeli problem.  Like a cancer, this issue has infected Middle
Eastern affairs for over half a century.  No American administration
has chosen to attack it head-on.  Simply giving Israel a blank check
to do anything it decides to do is not an American policy.  Indeed, as
many thoughtful Israelis have pointed out, it is bound to bring out
the worst in Israeli politics.  For  alerting the government and the
public to the need to do something to solve or at least put into
remission this problem is important and for doing so Baker-Hamilton
deserves praise.


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Chris Keeley

he drug dealer in the song is trying not just to reassure his girlfriend but to cook crack and count

COKE IS IT
by SASHA FRERE-JONES
Rap’s drug obsession.
Issue of 2006-12-25 and 2007-01-01
Posted 2006-12-18

In September, the magazine W announced that cocaine is again a fashionable vice. In pop music, cocaine never went away. Even if some people cluck disapprovingly, most accept the tendency of pop stars to use drugs—to fuel creativity, calm nerves, and liquidate record-company advances. When Keith Richards fell out of a coconut tree in Fiji last April and injured his head, the incident was greeted by jokes about whether there was much left inside his skull to harm. TV shows like VH1’s “Behind the Music” thrive on stories of musicians on drug binges, snorting lines off recording-studio consoles. This fall, Eric Clapton, who has been sober for years, decided to reinstate “Cocaine,” the louche hit song from his 1977 album “Slowhand,” in his live set.

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