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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
In Gaza, No Winners Once More
Israel has again launched attacks in Gaza after Palestinian militants killed an Israeli soldier on patrol, the BBC reports here . Israel has also stopped the flow of aid supplies to Gaza's 1.5 million residents, including tens of thousands of people displaced and injured in Israel's three-week offensive. The renewed violence comes just as former Senator George Mitchell, President Obama's Middle East envoy, arrives in the area to try to get Israelis and Palestinians back to peace negotiations. But the latest attacks by Israel are a grim reminder of the daunting challenges Mitchell faces. As Neve Gordon and Yigal Bronner note in their CD Gaza story here, "Hatred... is the great winner of this war."
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Put These Guys in Guantanamo: AIG Gives $450 Million of Bailout Cash to Just 400 Employees
Bloomberg news is reporting this evening: American International Group Inc., the insurer saved from collapse by government money after losses on credit-default swaps, offered about $450 million in retention pay to employees of the unit that sold the derivatives, according to two people familiar with the situation. About 400 workers at the financial products unit may get the money in two installments...
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Ruth Rosen: Wait Until After the Revolution, Honey
At TPMCafe, Ruth Rosen writes this afternoon: Today, New York Times columnist Bob Herbert asked , why listen to Republicans? Indeed. And yet this morning came the shocking and startling news that our new president has asked House Democrats to cut a provision that would expand contraceptive family planning for Medicaid patients.
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To Be Or Not To Be Great
The lead "Talk of the Town" piece in this week's New Yorker reminds us what President Obama – admittedly, at this early point in time, "a star" of "staggering eloquence" – must do to achieve the greatness many think him capable of: create progressive policies and institutions that will outlast him. Read the entire piece here
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Monday, January 26, 2009
Health Care for Kids
With the Senate poised this week to vote on expanding children's healthcare coverage under the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), is urging people to write their senators to ensure passage of the much-needed legislation. Without it, they say, the number of uninsured kids – now, an estimated 1 in 8 – is likely to rise.
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House Judiciary Chair Conyers Subpoenas Karl Rove
Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. issued a subpoena to Karl Rove requiring him to testify regarding his role in the Bush administration's politicization of the Department of Justice, including the U.S. attorney firings and the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.
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A New Night At The Movies?
Talk about hope and change. For those of us into this sort of thing, the annual awards season offers an uplifting look back at the year's movies. Despite the usual abundance of blood-and-guts-infused trash, this year seemed to celebrate an inordinate number of quality mainstream movies about substantive things – priestly misconduct, orphans in India, gay-rights activism. Is there hope at the multiplex? Probably not. But maybe at your neighborhood theater.
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Sunday, January 25, 2009
Santa Feans Remember a Palestinian Girl Now Dead in Gaza
KSFR, Santa Fe Public Radio, reports: A young Palestinian woman who took part in a summer "peace" program in Santa Fe five years ago has died in the shelling in Gaza. The head of Creativity for Peace says Besson Abuelaish died in her home in Gaza along with two siblings. Another sister has been hospitalized. The group says the father is a prominent physician who works in both Gaza and Israel. The Creativity for Peace program brings adolescents from Palestine and Israel to Santa Fe each summer for a two-week program to promote peace. KSFR's Marguerite Kearns' 5+ minute audio report is here .
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Saturday, January 24, 2009
Of Cereal and Coloring Books
The wrenching reality of many Gaza victims of Israeli attacks is made evident in a brief, matter-of-fact list in Dr. Mona El-Farra's CD "Views" piece, " Gaza Needs Many Years to Heal . " A Palestinian physician and rights activist, Dr. El-Farra thanks the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) for donations made to Gaza residents still living under siege. Along with the gift of three ambulances, 20 tons of medicine and 50 wheelchairs, she lists 30 tons of powdered milk and baby cereal, and thousands of kids' coloring books and crayons. She also gives thanks for thousands of meals hand-delivered, sometimes under fire, to displaced families taking shelter at UN schools. To help MECA send more aid to Gaza go here
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Howard Zinn Turns Playwright: 'I Just Wanted To Do It.'
Today's Boston Globe reports: Years after serving as a bombardier in the US Army, after earning his Ph.D. at Columbia University, teaching at Boston University, and writing the best-selling book "A People's History of the United States," Howard Zinn decided he wanted to write a family drama.
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