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NY TIMES: Israel bombs building where it urged Palestinians to take shelter

On Monday night, a strike hit an eight-story apartment building in downtown Gaza City — an area where Israeli officials had urged Gazans to take shelter. The building collapsed as rescue crews were inside, killing more people. The death toll, at least 13, was still being tallied.

Speaking in general, a senior Israeli military official said in a recent interview that not all civilian casualties come from strikes going astray; some take place when civilians are in places the military aims to hit.

“Not all the casualties are due to mistakes,” he said. “If Hamas are holding people inside the apartments while shooting from there, that’s one of the tragedies they are making.”

That did not appear to be the situation at the Abu Jameh home, where, survivors said, the family was gathered to break its daily Ramadan fast, a ceremonial meal, a time when Israeli military officials would have known that people were likely to be home.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/22/world/middleeast/questions-about-tactics-and-targets-as-civilian-toll-climbs-in-israeli-strikes.html?_r=0

BBC Arabic reporter attacked on air outside Gaza & shots fired into Al Jazeera office

I can't get details of the Al Jazeera part in and meet the four par. limit.

This sounds a lot like the Bush approach to media in Iraq: if you can't control them, it's open season.

Reporter Feras Khatib, who was wearing a protective vest that indicated he was a member of the press, was shoved midway through his report, apparently by an Israeli, according to BBC Arabic. The attacker was quickly shoved away from Khatib by an unidentified man in a "PRESS" vest.

In an e-mail, a BBC Arabic spokesman said the attack took place during a live report in the Israeli city of Ashkelon. Khatib "was manhandled by an angry Israeli," the statement said, adding: "Feras was unharmed and will continue reporting as normal." The spokesman said the attacker "left immediately after the incident."

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The incident came a day after Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said he wants to ban Al Jazeera from reporting in Israel, according to Haaretz. Lieberman on Monday called the network a "branch of a terrorist organization."

In a statement, Al Jazeera said: "The foreign minister's comments were a direct threat against us and appear to have been taken as a green light for the targeting of our journalists in Gaza. We hold the Israeli authorities fully responsible. They have put the lives of journalists in danger."

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/07/22/bbc-arabic-reporter-attacked-on-air-outside-gaza/

How Democrats could shut out Republicans in 2014 election

Democrats have let this charade of Republican obstruction go on long enough--the public gets it.

To underline the point, Democrats in the Senate could do away with the filibuster, pass some big legislation that would be popular across the political spectrum, and then Obama could say, "Give me the House of Representatives, and I'll sign these bills when they get to my desk."

Democrats have done a good job of letting Republicans prove they're batshit crazy, but now they have to prove they will actually go to bat for the American, and not just incrementally lick around the edges.

One thing I admired about the Bushies is they went to the mat for their bad policies, right up to and often past what they could do constitutionally to get their agenda through.

And they did that for shitty, destructive ideas.

Democrats in Congress will suggest something good, and as soon as Republicans furrow their brow or start to clear their throat, the Dems say, "Nevermind!" and run away.

Republican obstruction might cost the GOP votes, but it won't get people to the polls to vote for Democrats.

That has to be earned.

Us & Them in Israel & Palestine

Americans seem to have an affinity for Israel because so many of them used to Americans and frankly because World War II and the Holocaust made most of us embarrassed about our own anti-Semitism and rightly embrace the Jews among us as us.

Arabs and Muslims seem a little more foreign--our religious and cultural traditions are not as obviously shaped by them as they are by Jews and Judaism, and we haven't had a Holocaust-like collective realization that we have wrongly scapegoated and excluded them, but some of us have met enough of them to feel like they are part of us and no longer a "them." Some people with better imaginations than me might have felt that all along.

When I look at the stuff going on in Gaza and the West Bank, I don't see my brother defending himself from the monstrous other.

I see my brother killing my other brother to take the little he has left after previously taking most of his stuff.

Our government should be dealing with Israel and Palestine on that basis, but seeing both not as brothers but as sons, especially since the one doing the killing couldn't do it without his allowance and gifts from us.

Should the downing of this airliner have any long term effect on our relationship with Russia?

I can't see any advantage for Russia or the Ukrainian rebels (or for Ukraine for that matter) in intentionally downing that airliner.

Russia in particular knows that the NATO and the US are already in high dudgeon and waiting for an excuse to isolate them further, and I refuse to believe that Putin is a retarded action movie villain, who is on a suicide mission to earn an invasion or assassination by the West as the right convinced us Saddam Hussein was.

Like the case for the Iraq War, I fear that the right questions aren't being asked and the deck is being stacked toward escalation.

Should this incident be a cause for escalating hostility toward Russia as the right wingers and neocons seem to want?

This poll is NOT necessarily a criticism of Obama's handling of this since he has shown some restraint and discretion so far.

CONGRESSMAN: public needs to see classified pages of 9/11 report before we do more in Middle East



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REPUBLICAN: public needs to see classified pages of 9/11 report before we do more in Middle East

Two Republicans and a Democratic representative in Congress got to see the classified section of the Joint Congressional Inquiry into 9/11 report. I remember reading an earlier article on this, and the Republican said he was "shaken" by what he saw.

I emphasize the Republican involvement in this because you would expect them to be rah-rah for war and knee-jerk support whatever Bush did, especially in the "War on Terror."

It's hard to disagree with what this guy says: Americans need to know this crucial missing piece of what happened on 9/11 or we can't give informed consent to our government's foreign policy in the Middle East or anywhere else.



In March Benswann.com reported that Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA), along with families who lost loved ones on Sept. 11, 2001, urged the president to declassify 28 pages from the 9/11 congressional investigation report, providing more information to the general public.

“Before we involve ourselves in #Iraq, Congressmen and their constituents need to know more about the events leading up to 9/11. Understanding what enabled this tragedy to occur is fundamental to drafting a strategy for the Middle East.

That’s why I joined families of 9/11 victims and Congressman Walter Jones and Congressman Stephen Lynch at a press conference to promote the release of 28 classified pages from an official 9/11 report. Based on my reading of the documents, I am confident that making these 28 pages public would not damage our national security.”

During a press conference Rep Massie said, “As I read it, and we all had our own experience, I had to stop every couple of pages and just sort of try to absorb and try to rearrange my understanding of history. It challenges you to re-think everything. I think the whole country needs to go through that.”

http://911blogger.com/news/2014-07-16/rep-massie-shocking-911-documents-it-challenges-you-re-think-everything-joshua-cook-jul-16-2014

Letter to Think Progress on Education Reform

I appreciate your website's coverage of many progressive issues though I'm curious why you leave out the on-going corporate take over of public education, which has a handful of foundations, hedge fund managers, and for-profit corporations dictating our nation's education policy in a way that increases their profit and often hurts kids (like the mass school closings in Chicago, spending scarce funds on schoolwide iPads required for new standardized testing, or giving taxpayer money to charter schools that are less accountable than regular public schools).

Shouldn't education policy be determined by teachers, education academics, and parents whose kids actually go to public schools rather than wealthy people looking to divert our tax dollars into their pockets?

A lot of people care about this topic, and it would certainly bring more readers to your site.

I look forward to your response.

PIC: two friends in Austin, Texas on Israel

Privatizing Public K-12 steals from the poor and gives to the rich (Part 147)

I know some Democratic Party operatives scan this site.

Corporate backed education reform is a cruel scam that is sucking desperately needed tax dollars from our schools and giving them to Wall Street sociopaths.

Party activists know it, and parents of kids in public schools are increasingly realizing that someone is calling the shots who doesn't give a rat's ass about their kids and will eventually connect the dots back from repetitive standardized testing, school closing, and charter schools that promise a lot and deliver little to the politicians who took a pile of money from hedge fund managers and right wing foundations in exchange for screwing our kids.

If elected Democrats care at all about staying in office instead of moving prematurely to K Street, they should change course on this RIGHT NOW.

Kennedy admitted he made a mistake by believing the the CIA about the Bay of Pigs and his popularity went up. Obama and Democrats in Congress could confess that they made a mistake by listening to the rich when they said they could educate our kids better (if we just give them a little skim from the money we budget for education).

If the DLC/New Democrat/Sensible Centrists don't drop this they will find themselves without a base to deceive and abuse in pretty short order.

Eva Moskowitz makes $72 per student as CEOof the private Success Academy in New York City.

Carmen Farina makes 19 cents per student as Chancellor of New York City Public Schools.


More salary shock: The salaries of eight executives of the K12 chain, which gets over 86 percent of its profits from the taxpayers, went from $10 million to over $21 million in one year.

A McKinsey report estimates that education can be a $1.1 trillion business in the United States. Forbes notes: "The charter school movement quickly becoming a backdoor for corporate profit." The big-money people are ready to pounce, like Rupert Murdoch, who called K-12 "a $500 billion sector in the U.S. alone that is waiting desperately to be transformed."

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/06/30
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