Posted by: quiscus | June 3, 2011

May 3, 2011

1.  ”

Are Palestinian children less worthy?
Although Palestinian children endure lives of suffering, Obama’s love for their Israeli counterparts knows no limit.

 

What is it about Jewish and Arab children that privileges the first and spurns the second in the speeches of President Barack Obama, let alone in the Western media more generally? Are Jewish children smarter, prettier, whiter? Are they deserving of sympathy and solidarity, denied to Arab children, because they are innocent and unsullied by the guilt of their parents, themselves often referred to as “the children of Israel”? Or, is it that Arab children are dangerous, threatening, guilty, even dark and ugly, a situation that can only lead to Arabopaedophobia – the Western fear of Arab children?

Innocence and childhood are common themes in Western political discourse, official and unofficial. While it is a truism to state that since the end of European colonialism the US and Europe have been, at the official and unofficial levels, friendly to and supportive of the Zionist colonial project and hostile to Palestinians and Arabs in their resistance to Zionism, the expectation would be that a West that insists rhetorically on the “universalism” of its values would show at least a rhetorical commitment to the equality of Arab and Jewish children as victims of the violence visited on the region by Zionist colonialism and the resistance to it. Yet, the only Western sympathy manifest is to Jewish children as symbols of Zionist and Israeli innocence. This Western sympathy is deployed primarily to denounce Arab guilt, including the guilt of Arab children.”
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/05/201152911579533291.html

2.  “This must be what it was like in Russia before the Soviet Union collapsed. The government’s so crooked that nothing works right, the infrastructure’s in a shambles, millions of people are scraping by on government handouts, and everyone’s on a permanent downer. Welcome to the Soviet States of America 2011.

You know our goose is cooked, don’t you? You know we’re not going to get out of this, right? The country is disintegrating. It’s obvious. It isn’t even America anymore; it’s like we’re on some kind of movie set where everything looks real, but it’s all just props. Everything is perfectly placed to make you feel like you still live in a free country, but you know you don’t. You know the government spying on you and going through your mail. You know if you stand in front of the state-house with a peace sign you’ll get rousted or pepper-sprayed or something. You know if your name turns up on the wrong list, you’ll either get bounced off your plane or dragged off to some far-flung blacksite where they keep you in a 6 ft. box until they want to waterboard for the millionth time. Yeah, everything still looks the same, but it’s all changed. Everything’s different now.

You watch news, right? It’s all propaganda, every bit of it. In fact, they all read from same script. Maybe you went to some toffeenose college so you prefer PBS’s Jim Lehrer News Hour, because you’re smart and you want more “in depth” coverage. So, you get two brainy experts on each segment. But, there’s one little problem, isn’t there? Both experts are from corporate-funded think tanks, and both of them have exactly the same views on every single issue. But you think, “Hey, at least public TV airs different opinions.” Right.”

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28229.htm

3.  ”

Judge Rules Corporations Can Contribute Directly to Candidates

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article28230.htm

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