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Sunday, November 18

18.Nov.2012, part 2 - US as World-Class Bully, War in Gaza, Targeting Civilians, FBI's Abuse of Surveillance State, Death of a Liberal Class, Truth About Palestine, BP Settlement is a Wrist Slap, Netanyahu is a Maniac

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US as World-Class Bully
The latest international incident involving the United States and Iran occurred on November 1st when fighter planes belonging to Iran shot at a US drone and missed. The Obama administration was forced to acknowledge the incident after stories in the media surfaced about the attack. On November 8th, Pentagon press secretary George Little said the attack was unprecedented and that the drone was flying in international air space while on a surveillance operation.

War In Gaza: Why Now?
A little over a week after the election, Israel launched a "targeted assassination" against the leader of Hamas (who Haaretz called Israel's subcontractor in Gaza). That is what started the current round of fighting. Rabbi Arthur Waskow agrees that Israel started the fighting.

Gaza: The Gates of Wrath and Sorrow Swing Open Once Again
The gates of wrath and sorrow open wide again in Gaza, clanging on their rusty, bloodstained hinges.

Targeting Civilians: Israel's Specialty
Bullies choose easy adversaries to pummel. Equal fights are shunned. It's the same in schoolyards or battlefields. America and Israel operate this way. They avoid foes able to give as much as they take. Rogue governments never say they're sorry.

FBI's Abuse of the Surveillance State is the Real Scandal Needing Investigation

The Petraeus scandal is receiving intense media scrutiny obviously due to its salacious aspects, leaving one, as always, to fantasize about what a stellar press corps we would have if they devoted a tiny fraction of this energy to dissecting non-sex political scandals (this unintentionally amusing New York Times headline from this morning - "Concern Grows Over Top Military Officers' Ethics" - illustrates that point: with all the crimes committed by the US military over the last decade and long before, it's only adultery that causes "concern" over their "ethics"). Nonetheless, several of the emerging revelations are genuinely valuable, particularly those involving the conduct of the FBI and the reach of the US surveillance state.

Once Again—Death of the Liberal Class

The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing. It is a useless appendage to the corporate state. It exists not to make possible incremental or piecemeal reform, as it originally did in a functional capitalist democracy; instead it has devolved into an instrument of personal vanity, burnishing the hollow morality of its adherents. Liberals, by voting for Barack Obama, betrayed the core values they use to define themselves—the rule of law, the safeguarding of civil liberties, the protection of unions, the preservation of social welfare programs, environmental accords, financial regulation, a defiance of unjust war and torture, and the abolition of drone wars. The liberal class clung desperately during the long nightmare of this political campaign to one or two issues, such as protecting a woman’s right to choose and gender equality, to justify its complicity in a monstrous evil. This moral fragmentation—using an isolated act of justice to define one’s self while ignoring the vast corporate assault on the nation and the ecosystem along with the pre-emptive violence of the imperial state—is moral and political capitulation. It fails to confront the evil we have become. 

War with Iran? 5 ways events overseas could shape Obama's second term.
By the time President Obama renews his oath of office at the United States Capitol next January, he may have only a few short months to avoid another war in the Middle East – this one over Iran’s advancing nuclear program.

The International Solidarity Movement Wants to Tell You the Truth About Palestine
The International Solidarity Movement has people ready to talk about what is happening to the Palestinians in Gaza on media outlets and in a number of languages. These are the people Rachel Corrie was working for when she was killed by an Israeli bulldozer operator. He was exonerated.

The BP Settlement Is A Wrist Slap; Corporate Charter Should Be Revoked
Netanyahu Is “A Maniac”
Israel spy scandal politician in running for CIA director
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