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Israel Detains Norman Finkelstein; Bans Him for 10 Years from Entry

Finkelstein was detained by Shin Bet when trying to enter Israel in order to go to the OTs. Banished from Israel for 10 years. I guess some Jews are less equal than others. Another example of The Only Democracy in the Middle East in action:
Israel Arrests Outspoken Academic Norman Finkelstein
And the American academic Norman Finkelstein has been arrested and ordered deported from Israel. Finkelstein arrived in Tel Aviv earlier today on his way to the Occupied Territories. He was immediately detained and told he is banned from Israel for ten years. He's expected to be deported tomorrow. Finkelstein is known one of the most prominent academic critics of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.More here, here and here. Yeah, he's working for Al Qaida and Hezbollah. Morons. Major backhanded compliment; they're this afraid of his pen?

Alternative or supplementary explanations: Or maybe they're just that paranoid, or thought they could deter other academics/journalist…

Spaces of Global Capitalism: Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development, David Harvey

Blurb:
David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was for many years Professor of Geography at Johns Hopkins University and from 1987 to 1993 was Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford University.

Harvey is the author of numerous books including Spaces of Hope; Paris: Capital of Modernity; The New Imperialism; A Brief History of Neoliberalism; and Spaces of Global Capitalism. He is a recipient of several international awards and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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SPACE, PLACE AND DEVELOPMENT LECTURE SERIES

Sponsored by CITY & REGIONAL PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT SOCIOLOGY. Co-sponsored by the Polson Institute for Global Development

Thursday March 13, 2008 4:30 PM
Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall, Cornell University

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Vietnam: The (Last) War the U.S. Lost, by Joe Allen | An Interview

Blurbage:
In his introduction, filmmaker and writer John Pilger hails Allen's book as "a masterpiece" that "has reclaimed memory from the organized forgetting that has so bedeviled the very word 'Vietnam.'"

In addition to debunking the popular mythology surrounding the U.S.'s longest war to date, Allen addresses three elements that played a central role in routing the U.S. in Vietnam: the resistance of the Vietnamese, the antiwar movement in the United States, and the courageous rebellion of soldiers against U.S. military command.

You can listen to Joe talk about his book in a recent interview with Lee Rayburn on WXXM radio in Madison, Wisconsin.

Vietnam: The (Last) War the U.S. Lost
By Joe Allen
Foreword by John Pilger
ISBN: 9781931859-49-3
Paperback, $14, 220 Pages

The Last Roundup: Is the government compiling a secret list of citizens to detain under martial law? By Christopher Ketcham

No comment really necessary, is there? Fight now, while you still can. -- Doug
This article is from the May/June issue of Radar Magazine. For a risk-free issue, click here.
ARE YOU ON THE LIST? The federal government has been developing a highly classified plan that will override the Constitution in the event of a major terrorist attack(Photo: Illustration by Brett Ryder)
In the spring of 2007, a retired senior official in the U.S. Justice Department sat before Congress and told a story so odd and ominous, it could have sprung from the pages of a pulp political thriller. It was about a principled bureaucrat struggling to protect his country from a highly classified program with sinister implications. Rife with high drama, it included a car chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., and a tense meeting at the White House, where the president's henchmen made the bureaucrat so nervous that he demanded a neutral witness be present. The bureaucrat was James Comey, John Ashcroft's …

Chalmers Johnson on Our ‘Managed Democracy’ | Review of Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism

Key quote below; click image to buy the book; click here to read chapter one.
We now have a new, comprehensive diagnosis of our failings as a democratic polity by one of our most seasoned and respected political philosophers. For well over two generations, Sheldon Wolin taught the history of political philosophy from Plato to the present to Berkeley and Princeton graduate students (including me; I took his seminars at Berkeley in the late 1950s, thus influencing my approach to political science ever since). He is the author of the prize-winning classic “Politics and Vision” (1960; expanded edition, 2006) and “Tocqueville Between Two Worlds” (2001), among many other works. His new book, “Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism,” is a devastating critique of the contemporary government of the United States—including what has happened to it in recent years and what must be done if it is not to disappear into history along with its classic…

With Contempt, An Open Letter to Dianne Feinstein, Michael Piotrowski

I know this guy isn't "well-educated" -- he even makes spelling errors! -- but he does seem to get it. Probably because he's not "well-educated." Originally published here.
Dianne,

You may be surprised and offended by my familiar salutation, but you have lost the right to be addressed as Senator Feinstein. Although I have voted for you in every single election I could (a lot, I'm 60), you have failed miserably as my elected Senator. I now completely withdraw my support for you and the Democratic Party. For the past seven ye…

Race and poverty in the U.S.: Kathy Kelly on The Real News Network

Blurb:
[Subtitle:] One of three African-American teens predicted to be addicted to drugs, in prison or dead. Kathy Kelly, coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, talks about race, poverty and the social, political, and economic conditions that persist in African-American communities across the US. This poverty and its affect [sic, "effect"] on children should be a major campaign issue, says Kelly.

Key point: Americans have a duty to think rationally about political issues. Exactly: a duty.

Holy warriors in the US armed forces, The Real News Network

Yes, this is a healthy development: Christian fascists in the armed forces, evangelizing everyone else, as well as our Muslim "enemies." Very nice.



More here:
The Military Religious Freedom FoundationKill Or Convert, Brought To You By the PentagonThe NationEvangelical Chaplains Test Bounds of Faith in MilitaryNPREvangelicals Are a Growing Force in the Military Chaplain CorpsThe New York TimesSoldier Sues Army, Saying His Atheism Led to ThreatsThe New York TimesUpdate: For anyone coming by from Prison Fellowship...

First, this primer:


Second, my correspondence with my good friend Allen T. on this issue, stemming from the first video above, "Holy Warriors":
I don't doubt Mikey Weinstein's (sp?) sincerity, but this is ... [I'm trying to find something nice to replace "crazy" but I'm struggling]. Through 1:38, I already think: Mikey, you've GOT to be bloody kidding me. First of all, if you put all these theological categories in here ... "do…