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August 29, 2017

Netanyahu Vows to Maintain Israels West Bank Settlements Forever

“There will be no more uprooting of settlements in the land of Israel. It has been proven that it does not help peace,” the prime minister continued. “So we will not fold. We are guarding Samaria [the biblical name for part of the West Bank] against those who want to uproot us. We will deepen our roots, build, strengthen and settle.”

It has been clear for some time now that Netanyahu’s government has no interest in two states. The status quo works well for the Likud government and its constituents — or, at least, well enough that it has little incentive to offer controversial concessions to the Palestinians. This basic fact was clear to the last American diplomat to push for peace, John Kerry.

But Netanyahu’s remarks Monday were unusually forthright in their contempt for Palestinian independence. To the extent that the Trump administration’s abandonment of the two-state framework contributed to this candor, it may actually prove productive. Now, we can stop pretending that the Likud government is interested in granting Palestinians political autonomy of any kind. To avoid genuine “bias” in their pursuit of peace, future U.S. policymakers will have to accept this fact — and resolve to make indefinite occupation less comfortable for Israel than it currently is.


It will be a moot point by the time future US policy-makers arrive on the scene.
August 21, 2017

Question for our Republican/wingnut friends:

Where are the conservative, Trump-supporting anti-racism protestors and counter-protestors?

Why were 100% of the MAGA hats marching alongside the Nazis instead of opposing them?

August 17, 2017

Unpopular opinion: Confederate statues are a shiny object to distract us from more concrete issues

including all forms of racism, including both structural and subjective bigotry.

There's a not-insubstantial segment of the population that (1) genuinely abhors racism but (2) does not agree that confederate statues/monuments are per se evil.

When Tr*mp wants to talk about statues, he's trying to show that group of people that they agree with him, when in fact they do not share his white nationalism.

August 16, 2017

Members of 'master race' lose jobs at Pizzeria Uno, hot dog restaurant after Nazi rally


A Vermont man has been fired from his job after participating in the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Burlington Free Press reports that 28-year-old Ryan Roy of Burlington is shown in a Vice News documentary carrying a torch during a protest of the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Roy says he favors white nationalism and separation based on race. He was fired from his job at Pizzeria Uno and Grill in South Burlington for participating in the rally.


A white nationalist who participated in the torch-lit march through the University of Virginia’s campus this weekend has lost his job at a Berkeley, Calif., hot dog restaurant after Twitter users posted his photo and place of employment. The employee, Cole White, was identified online after he was photographed among a shouting and torch-wielding mob during the march Friday night in Charlottesville.

After being “inundated with inquiries,” his former employer, Top Dog, in downtown Berkeley, posted a sign on its door that reads: “Effective Saturday 12th August, Cole White no longer works at Top Dog. The actions of those in Charlottesville are not supported by Top Dog. We believe in individual freedom and voluntary association for everyone,” multiple news outlets reported. The shop has a political bent of its own, as it’s well-known in Berkeley for the libertarian stickers and articles posted on its walls, and website

Are the white nationalists sending their best?
August 16, 2017

Punching Nazis feels good, but it's a selfish act, not something that leads to victory

Nazis don't get defeated by street brawls. That's precisely how they rise to power.

They do get defeated by nonviolent resistance by a much larger mass of people. (that is, within a society/government).

Certainly people who punch Nazis are not anywhere nearly as bad as the Nazis they're punching. But they're also making things worse and directly feeding into the dynamic the Nazis are trying to create.

August 16, 2017

The Nation is reviewing a story casting doubt on Russian hack of DNC

The Nation's willingness to be a front for Russian state disinformation is finally becoming untenable.


Katrina vanden Heuvel, the Nation’s editor and publisher (and the writer of a weekly online column for The Post), tells the Erik Wemple Blog that Lawrence’s piece is undergoing a post-publication editorial review. “We’re doing the review as we speak, and I don’t want to rush to say anything,” said vanden Heuvel. Part of that review is an assessment of the technical feasibility of the points in Lawrence’s article.


Maybe the Nation should have done the technical patdown prior to publication. “Most households don’t get internet speeds that high, but enterprise operations, like the DNC — or, uh, the [Russian] FSB — would have access to a higher but certainly not unattainable speed like that,” wrote Brian Feldman in a debunking in New York Magazine.


A complicating consideration: Lawrence tweeted last week in support of the conspirator’s notion that Seth Rich — a former DNC staffer who was murdered in what police believe was a botched robbery attempt — may have been behind the leak


The editorial review of Lawrence’s article should conclude by week’s end, said vanden Heuvel.

Dissension over the Lawrence story comes at a time of heated debate within the Nation over its coverage of allegations that the 2016 Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russia. A January report from the U.S. intelligence community found that Russia had indeed mounted a campaign to influence the election, and numerous investigations — under the purview of the Justice Department and Congress — are now probing whether Trump associates worked with the regime of Vladimir Putin. Through it all, the Nation has published columns taking a skeptical view of the connection. The magazine is “out of sync” with liberals on this matter, said vanden Heuvel, as well as its view that it’s perilous to escalate tensions with Russia. “I’ve seen the danger for progressives when Cold War comes,” she said.

Perhaps they shouldn't publish pieces by pro-Putin stooges? Though that would mean barring vanden Heuvel's husband ...
August 14, 2017

It was a major news event that the President of the USA criticized the KKK and Nazis.

Think about that. This was considered newsworthy.

August 13, 2017

Nazi marcher gets outed, whines "I'm not the angry racist they see in that photo

Hopefully this will lead to a life of unemployment for him.


“I came to this march for the message that white European culture has a right to be here just like every other culture, “Cvjetanovic says. “It is not perfect; there are flaws to it, of course. However I do believe that the replacement of the statue will be the slow replacement of white heritage within the United States and the people who fought and defended and built their homeland. Robert E Lee is a great example of that. He wasn’t a perfect man, but I want to honor and respect what he stood for during his time.”

Photos of Cvjetanovic protesting circulated on social media, denouncing Cvjetanovic as a racist.

“I did not expect the photo to be shared as much as it was. I understand the photo has a very negative connotation. But I hope that the people sharing the photo are willing to listen that I’m not the angry racist they see in that photo.”

Wimpy snowflake Nazis are the worst Nazis.
August 12, 2017

Let's be clear, anyone who supports Tr*mp at this point should be presumed to be a white nationalist

or at least someone with deep sympathies for the white nationalist movement.

Tr*mp himself is a supporter of the white nationalist movement. He's made that clear today.

People who support him, support white nationalism.

There's no such thing as a good Tr*mp supporter--they just vary in how much concentrated white supremacism they have inside them.

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