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Obama, Afghanistan and the Jewish agenda

Friday, November 27th, 2009 To say President Obama’s Tuesday speech to the nation laying out his plans for Afghanistan will be the most critical moment yet in his 10-month old presidency is risking understatement. The expected deepening of U.S. military involvement, coupled to a change in its objectives, represent a high-risk strategy in a crisis in which every option is laden with danger – for the nation and for the Obama presidency.

ADL report on "toxic atmosphere of rage" ignites...well, rage

Predictably, the right has gone ballistic over last week's ADL report describing a  “toxic atmosphere of rage in America” and  tying that to the “birther” and “tea party” movements, this summer's health  reform town meeting disruptions and some conservative talk show hosts.

ADL report on “toxic atmosphere of rage” ignites…well, rage

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 Predictably, the right has gone ballistic over last week’s ADL report describing a  “toxic atmosphere of rage in America” and  tying that to the “birther” and “tea party” movements, this summer’s health  reform town meeting disruptions and some conservative talk show hosts.

Progressive Jewish disillusionment with Obama

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 If you’re looking for graphic examples of how some on the left have soured on President Obama, check out this from the Shalom Center’s Rabbi Arthur Waskow. Waskow offers up a “future history” of Campaign 2012, in which the election of Sarah Palin sparks massive demonstrations and “unprecedented movements of US Army troops” in Washington to counter the protesters. Whoa.

Bold choice for new anti-Semitism envoy?

Friday, November 20th, 2009 It’s looking more and more like Hannah Rosenthal, the former executive director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), will be the new State Department special emissary on anti-Semitism; her appointment could be announced as early as today, sources here say. That looks to me like an intriguing, out-of-the-box selection.

New ADL report on rage in America, conspiracy theories and other scary stuff

Those folks at the Anti-Defamation League keep churning out reports, and sometimes they're downright terrifying.

This week the ADL released a report on the growing mood of rage and suspicion gripping the nation since President Barack Obama's election a year ago, fueled by “theories about gun confiscations,”  anti-government “tea parties” ' and a “resurgent militia movement.”

New ADL report on rage in America, conspiracy theories and other scary stuff

Thursday, November 19th, 2009 Those folks at the Anti-Defamation League keep churning out reports, and sometimes they’re downright they’re downright terrifying. This week the ADL released a report on the growing mood of rage and suspicion gripping the nation since President Barack Obama’s election a year ago, fueled by “theories about gun confiscations,”  anti-government “tea parties” ‘ and a “resurgent militia movement.”

Different actors, same script in latest Jerusalem building controversy

Haven't we seen this movie before?

The script goes like this: Washington objects to Israeli settlement  construction; there are some angry words on both sides, and then an apparent coming together around some vaguely defined, transparent face-saving compromise. Both sides insist there's no crisis in the relationship.

Different actors, same movie on Jerusalem construction

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 Haven’t we seen this movie before? The script goes like this: Washington objects to Israeli settlement  construction; there are some angry words on both sides, and then an apparent coming together around some vaguely defined, transparent face-saving compromise. Both sides insist there’s no crisis in the relationship.
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