Zinn dies, NPR abuses his memory

Following the death of Howard Zinn, America’s public broadcaster, National Public Radio (NPR) featured the following (via FAIR): When progressive historian Howard Zinn died on January 27,… NPR’s… All Things Considered… (1/28/10) marked his passing with something you don’t often see in an obituary: a rebuttal. After quoting Noam Chomsky and Julian Bond,… NPR’s Allison Keyes turned to far-right…

Israel only sees goodness in itself

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: They [the international community] know that no country has faced the kind of terror rocket attacks that we have faced, except for Britain during World War II, and that our response was the only sensible response. Operation Cast Lead was a more proportionate response than was meted out by Great…

Time for new Palestinian elections but who really cares?

Internal Palestinian politics are mired in mistrust, hatred and fighting (or colluding) with Israeli occupation. This “milestone” has been barely recognised: Four years after Hamas won an upset victory in the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections, prompting swift international sanctions and a Western-led diplomatic boycott, the mandate for the parliament it dominated officially expired on Monday.…

Reading the Iranian tea-leaves (but not from neo-cons)

Many fear that this year will see aggressive action against Iran and “regime change” under the guise of supposedly freeing the Iranian people (witness Robert Kagan in the Washington Post this week making this very point; yet another man determined to install a friendly puppet in Tehran. A neo-conservative who doesn’t care one iota for…