March 12th, 2009

Chris Keeley

Intelligence Pick Blames 'Israel Lobby' For Withdrawal

Intelligence Pick Blames 'Israel Lobby' For Withdrawal

By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 12, 2009; A01

 

The withdrawal of a senior intelligence adviser after an online campaign to prevent him from taking office has ignited a debate over whether powerful pro-Israel lobbying interests are exercising outsize influence over who serves in the Obama administration.

When Charles W. Freeman Jr. stepped away Tuesday from an appointment to chair the National Intelligence Council -- which oversees the production of reports that represent the view of the nation's 16 intelligence agencies -- he decried in an e-mail "the barrage of libelous distortions of my record [that] would not cease upon my entry into office," and he was blunt about whom he considers responsible.

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Chris Keeley

Choice of Drug Czar Indicates Focus on Treatment, Not Jail

Choice of Drug Czar Indicates Focus on Treatment, Not Jail

By Carrie Johnson and Amy Goldstein
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, March 12, 2009; A04

 

The White House said yesterday that it will push for treatment, rather than incarceration, of people arrested for drug-related crimes as it announced the nomination of Seattle Police Chief R. Gil Kerlikowske to oversee the nation's effort to control illegal drugs.

The choice of drug czar and the emphasis on alternative drug courts, announced by Vice President Biden, signal a sharp departure from Bush administration policies, gravitating away from cutting the supply of illicit drugs from foreign countries and toward curbing drug use in communities across the United States.

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Chris Keeley

Co-Founder of Father Martin's Ashley

Co-Founder of Father Martin's Ashley

By Frederick N. Rasmussen
The Baltimore Sun
Wednesday, March 11, 2009; B05

 

The Rev. Joseph C. Martin, 84, a recovering alcoholic and an international leader in the fight against alcoholism and substance abuse who was a co-founder of Father Martin's Ashley, a Harford County treatment center, died March 9 at his home in Havre de Grace, Md. He had heart disease.

Father Martin's "Chalk Talk on Alcohol" and "No Laughing Matter" have become standard tools used by recovery centers, schools and employee assistance programs the world over. In the more than 30 years since Father Martin's Ashley accepted its first patient, more than 30,000 people have been treated.

Mike Gimbel, a substance-abuse expert who was Baltimore County drug czar for 23 years and now directs an anti-steroid program at St. Joseph Medical Center, said, "Father Martin has done more to educate and treat those suffering from addiction than anyone in the past 50 years."

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Chris Keeley

Israel Stance Was Undoing of Nominee for Intelligence Post

Israel Stance Was Undoing of Nominee for Intelligence Post

WASHINGTON — When Dennis C. Blair, the director of national intelligence, announced that he would install Charles W. Freeman Jr. in a top intelligence post, the decision surprised some in the White House who worried that the selection could be controversial and an unnecessary distraction, according to administration officials.

Just how controversial the choice would be became clear on Tuesday, when Mr. Freeman, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia under the first President Bush, angrily withdrew his name from consideration and charged that he had been the victim of a concerted campaign by what he called “the Israel lobby.”

Mr. Freeman had long been critical of Israel, with a bluntness that American officials rarely voice in public about a staunch American ally. In 2006, he warned that, “left to its own devices, the Israeli establishment will make decisions that harm Israelis, threaten all associated with them and enrage those who are not.”

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Chris Keeley

Boston Vandalism Charges Stir Debate on Art’s Place

Boston Vandalism Charges Stir Debate on Art’s Place

BOSTON — This may be the only place in America where Shepard Fairey, the street artist whose omnipresent portrait of Barack Obama has become a touchstone, is not fully feeling the love.

Mr. Fairey appeared in two municipal courts here this week to fight a cascade of vandalism charges accusing him of pasting his work on public and private property from the Back Bay to Roxbury. While this is not his first encounter with the police — Mr. Fairey has been arrested more than a dozen times for posting his art on whatever surface catches his eye — it appears to be his biggest legal tangle to date.

By Wednesday, Mr. Fairey, who lives in Los Angeles, had pleaded not guilty to one misdemeanor and 13 felony charges; his lawyer said the police were pursuing 19 more counts.

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Takashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, and received his BFA, MFA and PhD from the Tokyo Univers

http://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/2009-02-10/

Takashi Murakami was born in 1962 in Tokyo, and received his BFA, MFA and PhD from the Tokyo University of the Arts (formerly known as the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music). He founded the Hiropon factory in Tokyo in 1996, which later evolved into Kaikai Kiki, an art production and art management corporation. In addition to the production and marketing of Murakami's art and related work, Kaikai Kiki functions as a supportive environment for the fostering of young Japanese artists. Murakami is also a curator, a cultural entrepreneur, and a critical observer of contemporary Japanese society. In 2000, he organized a paradigmatic exhibition of Japanese art titled Superflat, which traced the origins of contemporary Japanese visual pop culture in historical Japanese art. He has continued this work in subsequent impactful exhibitions such as Coloriage (Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Paris, 2002) and Little Boy: The Art of Japan's Exploding Subcultures (Japan Society, New York, 2005).

Murakami's most recent major solo exhibitions at leading institutions such as Fondation Cartier pour l'art Contemporain, Paris and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2001); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2001); and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2007), which traveled to the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt and opens at Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao February of 2009. Murakami currently lives and works in Tokyo, New York, and Los Angeles.

For more information, please contact the gallery at +44.20.7493.3020 or london@gagosian.com.

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charles freeman

Wed, 11 Mar 2009 12:49:03 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Fw: Greenwald: Charles Freeman fails the loyalty test. Read, Share....
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>    Charles Freeman fails the loyalty test
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>*Under attack for his insufficient devotion to Israel, the long-time
>diplomat's appointment is withdrawn.*
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>*Glenn Greenwald*
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>Mar. 10, 2009 |
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>*(Updated below
><http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/03/10/freeman/print.html#postid-updateA1>
>- Update II
><http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/03/10/freeman/print.html#postid-updateA2>
>- Update III
><http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/03/10/freeman/print.html#postid-updateA3>
>-* *Update IV
><http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/03/10/freeman/print.html#postid-updateA4>
>- Update V
><http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/03/10/freeman/print.html#postid-updateA5>)*
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>Obviously, John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt are rabid, hateful
>paranoids -- total bigots and anti-Semites -- for having suggested that
>there are powerful domestic political forces in the U.S. which
>enforce Israel-centric orthodoxies and make it politically impossible to
>question America's blind loyalty to Israel.  What irrational lunacy on
>their part <http://washingtonindependent.com/33232/freemans-out>:
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>    Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair announced today
>    that Ambassador Charles W. Freeman Jr. has requested that his
>    selection to be Chairman of the National Intelligence Council not
>    proceed. Director Blair accepted Ambassador Freeman's decision with
>    regret.
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