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Hamas, Fatah, Israel, and the West: Álvaro de Soto's Leaked End-of-Mission Report

Link above is a PDF.

Amazing quote (p. 21, para. 56):
Before going on, I want to stress that, in effect, a National Unity Government [Hamas and Fatah] with a compromise platform along the lines of Mecca [the Saudi-brokered deal between Hamas and Fatah] might have been achieved soon after the election [January 2006], in February or March 2006, had the US not led the Quartet to set impossible demands, and opposed a NUG in principle. At the time, and indeed until the Mecca Agreement a year later, the US clearly pushed for a confrontation between Fateh [sic -- alternate spelling] and Hamas -- so much so that, a week before Mecca, the US envoy [James Wolfensohn, I believe] declared twice in an envoys meeting in Washington how much "I like this violence", referring to the near-civil war that was erupting in Gaza in which civilians were being regularly killed and injured, because "it means that other Palestinians are resisting Hamas." Please remember this next time someone …

"A 10-Step Plan for Antiwar Activists," By Bruce K. Gagnon

I often hear from people asking me, "What should we do about all this? How can we stop Bush?"

I would first say that we must move beyond blaming Bush. The fact of U.S. empire is bigger than Bush. Hopefully by now, all of us are more clear how the Democrats have been, and are now, involved in enabling the whole U.S. military empire building plan. It is about corporate domination. Bush is just the front man for the big money.

So to me that is step #1.

Step #2 is to openly acknowledge that as a nation, and we as citizens, benefit from this U.S. military and economic empire. By keeping our collective military boot on the necks of the people of the world we get control of a higher percentage of the world's resources. We, 5% of the global population in the U.S., use 25% of the global resource base. This reality creates serious moral questions that cannot be ignored.

Step #3 is to recognize that we are addicted to war…

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

(For Flag Day...)

Preamble

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and wome…

Finkelstein Tenure Denial Case

The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Audio Interview with Kurt Vonnegut Jr., 1981

Kurt Vonnegut Jr., author of Breakfast of Champions, Mother Night, Player Piano, Slapstick, Slaughterhouse Five, The Sirens of Titan, and Cat's Cradle, talks with Don Swaim in 1981 about profanity, religion, agnosticism, freedom, censorship, living in New York and the dangers of carelessness.Listen to the Kurt Vonnegut Jr. interview with Don Swaim, 1981
(23 min. 10 sec.)

Mark Twain's 'Is Shakespeare Dead?'

Not just Twain; contemporary and also the original...great and funny:
Shakespeare revealed. Mark Twain's 'Is Shakespeare Dead?' debunks the myth that Shakespeare wrote the works of Shakespeare. Performed by all multiple-award- winning Canadian solo theatre artist, Keir Cutler, Ph. D. -- "A magnificently witty performance!" (Winnipeg Sun) "Highly entertaining and engrossing!" (EYE Weekly, Toronto) "Is Shakespeare Dead? marshals startling facts into an elegant and often tenacious argument that floats on a current of delicious irony." (Montreal Gazette)