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$38 Billion More for Israel

WHY THE PACKAGE IS HARMFUL TO BOTH COUNTRIES by Allan Brownfeld IN SEPTEMBER, the U.S. signed an unprecedented pact with Israel that will provide it with the largest amount of military aid ever awarded to any country — $3.8 billion annually for ten years, with promises of the latest in fighter jets, missile defense systems […]

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OpEdge: Obama’s Not So Anti-War Foreign Policy

Obama Continues Mainstream Post-WW II Foreign Policy By Allowing Arms Sales to Vietnam by Marc Jampole PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ISSUED a number of executive orders over the past two years that have overridden the obstructionist Congress to give Americans what they voted for: a left-looking centrist administration. Among other things, he has negotiated an historic […]

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The Complicated Alliance with Saudi Arabia

by Dusty Sklar AT THE END of World War II, Franklin Roosevelt forged an alliance with Saudi Arabia that guaranteed that the U.S. would help the Saudis feel more secure in a highly unstable part of the world. Saudi Arabia is a Sunni-dominated state, and its chief rival is Iran, a Shiite country. Through the […]

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Paris, the Pope, and the Planet

Opening the Door to 1.5º and a Carbon Market by Rabbi Judy Weiss I’M A RABBI, climate activist, and grandmother, and the way I mix these identities seems constantly to surprise my friends. In 2014 they asked: “Why go to the New York climate march just three days before Rosh HaShanah? One march won’t change […]

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March 12: Copland’s Fanfare

Aaron Copland‘s “Fanfare for the Common Man” had its first performance on this date in 1942, by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under conductor Eugene Goossens. The piece, inspired in part by a famous speech by Vice President Henry A. Wallace proclaiming the dawning of the “Century of the Common Man,” later became the main theme […]

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The Uncivil Servant: America, Seen from the Antipodes

by Mitchell Abidor Andy Blunden is an independent scholar in Melbourne, Australia. A Hegelian who frequently lectures on the German thinker and has published many books on philosophy, he is also an administrator of the Marxists Internet Archive. Andy is a longtime political activist who left Australia for England in 1966 after burning his draft […]

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November 1: Arab Cartoonists and the 2012 Election

The Anti-Defamation League reported on this date in 2012 that the U.S. electoral contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney was being portrayed in many Arab newspapers as a contest between candidates “indis­tin­guish­able in their sub­servience to Jews and Israel…. On a daily basis, the edi­to­r­ial car­toons which ADL com­piles from media out­lets across the region […]

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