January 22nd, 2009

Chris Keeley

Rob Lindsey

Hi! Hope to see you next Wednesday,
Best Regards,

Rob Lindsay

An exhibit of original artist prints


Presented at Fireflies Restaurant

January 20 - April 11, 2009


Meet the artist on Wednesday, January 28, 5-7 pm

Followed by Bluegrass Open Mic 7-9 pm

1501 Mount Vernon Avenue

Alexandria VA 22301



Chris Keeley

Ex-Carter Admin Official: Israel Ignored Hamas Offer Days Before Attacking Gaza; Violated Ceasefire

Ex-Carter Admin Official: Israel Ignored Hamas Offer Days Before Attacking Gaza; Violated Ceasefire with Attacks, Blockade


Robert Pastor is a senior adviser to the Carter Center and a professor at American University who met with exiled Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal in Damascus on Dec. 14, along with former President Jimmy Carter. Pastor says Meshaal indicated Hamas was willing to go back to the ceasefire if Israel would lift the siege on Gaza. He says he passed along the statement to the Israeli military, but he never heard back. Two weeks later, Israel launched its three-week assault that left more than 1,300 Palestinians, most of them civilians, at least a third children, dead. [includes rush transcript]
Robert Pastor, Senior adviser on conflict resolution at the Carter Center and professor of international relations at American University. He served as national security adviser on Latin America and the Caribbean under President Carter from 1977-81.

JUAN GONZALEZ: President Obama has pledged “active engagement” for a fragile ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. In his first day in office, Obama called President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel, King Abdullah of Jordan and President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority. He did not reach out to leaders of Hamas, who rose to power in democratic elections three years ago.

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Chris Keeley


TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
To allay the concerns of several of my distinguished recipients, I wish to make absolutely clear that, while I may appear to have been auditioning in recent days for the role of Barack Obama's speechwriter, I have NOT been moonlighting in the role of ghostwriter for Muammar Qaddafi in his surprising new career as a contributor of eminently reasonable, even "moderate", oped pieces, such as the one transmitted below, to major mainstream American newspapers. (It would be very interesting to know who does write the material recently published over the eccentric colonel's byline.)
While all supporters of a good cause are generally welcome, I must admit to distinctly mixed feelings about this very public support for a democratic one-state solution from this particular source, which has not traditionally been associated in world public opinion with rational thought and obvious wisdom. The hope that Barack Obama would endorse democracy as the best road to justice and peace in the Middle East was already a long shot. The prospect of his being accused of having gotten the idea from the Revolutionary Leader must, logically, diminish the chances of such revolutionary leadership on his part even further.
One jarring note in this generally sensible article is the remarkable historical revisionism contained in the 13th paragraph, in which is wriiten: "It is important to know that Jews did not forcibly expel Palestinians." Someone should send the Libyan leader an Arabic translation of Ilan Pappe's meticulously documented and dispositive "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine".

The New York Times



January 22, 2009


Op-Ed Contributor


The One-State Solution



Tripoli, Libya


THE shocking level of the last wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence, which ended with this weekend's cease-fire, reminds us why a final resolution to the so-called Middle East crisis is so important. It is vital not just to break this cycle of destruction and injustice, but also to deny the religious extremists in the region who feed on the conflict an excuse to advance their own causes.

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