Posted by: quiscus | September 30, 2011

September 30, 2011

1.  “Why Palestine is Already a State: Shoddy Reporting Misrepresents Palestinian UN Bid

Palestine is Already a Sovereign State & is Seeking Membership of the UN, Not Statehood

The biggest error repeated across the media in hundreds of headlines and stories is that the Palestinians are seeking statehood at the U.N. In fact, Palestine is already legally a sovereign state and is seeking membership of the United Nations, not statehood. The United Nations does not grant or recognize statehood. Only states can recognize other states bilaterally. The U.N. can only confer membership or non-member, observer state status to already existing states. The U.N. Charter is clear. Article 4 says that only existing states may apply for U.N. membership.”

http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2011/09/28/shoddy-reporting-misrepresents-palestinian-un-bid/

2.  Because they care about the Golden Rule:

“Why Fewer Young American Jews Share Their Parents’ View of Israel”

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2095505,00.html?xid=rss-fullworld-yahoo

3.  “The due-process-free assassination of U.S. citizens is now reality

What amazes me most whenever I write about this topic is recalling how terribly upset so many Democrats pretended to be when Bush claimed the power merely to detain or even just eavesdrop on American citizens without due process.  Remember all that?  Yet now, here’s Obama claiming the power not to detain or eavesdrop on citizens without due process, but to kill them; marvel at how the hardest-core White House loyalists now celebrate this and uncritically accept the same justifying rationale used by Bush/Cheney (this is war! the President says he was a Terrorist!) without even a moment of acknowledgment of the profound inconsistency or the deeply troubling implications of having a President — even Barack Obama — vested with the power to target U.S. citizens for murder with no due process.

Also, during the Bush years, civil libertarians who tried to convince conservatives to oppose that administration’s radical excesses would often ask things like this: would you be comfortable having Hillary Clinton wield the power to spy on your calls or imprison you with no judicial reivew or oversight?  So for you good progressives out there justifying this, I would ask this:  how would the power to assassinate U.S. citizens without due process look to you in the hands of, say, Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann?”

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/09/30/awlaki/index.html

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