July 2009

More Bias Against Israel: the Irresponsibility of Freedom House

July 31, 2009

Courtesy of Normblog, we are directed to Adi Schwartz’s investigation into how Freedom House determined that Israel is now not a free country, but only “partially free.” You need to read to the end to understand the full extent of the travesty. AJA


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Where We’re Coming From, Where We’re Going

July 30, 2009

Here is the cache of James Kirchick’s post that led to my email exchange with Andrew Sullivan and that was removed from the Contentions site. I’m not posting it here directly because it is, in fact, filled with scatter-shot invective, including, in line with my speculation about the cause of the post’s removal, one gratuitous [...]


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Yaacov Lozowick and The End of Israel

July 30, 2009

I have encountered no clearer-eyed writer about Israel, its situation, and its place in the world than Yaacov Lozowick, author of the blog Yaacov Lozowick’s Ruminations. He wishes to live in peace with Palestinians and other Arab peoples. He is no fanatical supporter of settlements. But he does not excuse and will not ignore the [...]


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Email from Andrew Sullivan on Israel and Max Blumenthal

July 29, 2009

Ever since Andrew Sullivan did a turn on Israel during the recent Gaza conflict (which, by the way, appears to have met its immediate goal, despite all the know-it-all naysayers who said it would fail in even that), I have been trying to get a grasp on just how far he turned. It might seem [...]


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Profile in Courage

July 28, 2009

From The Economist, courtesy of Yaacov Lazowick, this testament to the simplicity and singularity of the kind of brave life few of us will ever live: Natalia Estemirova, Chechnyan human rights defender, dead at 50. Her story and testimony teach us that the origins and truth of the Chechnyan wars were far deeper and more [...]


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Good News in the Individual Indian Money Trust Fund Case

July 24, 2009

Heartening news from the Individual Indian Money Trust Fund litigation listserv of today’s appellate decision: Today’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the Indian Trust case makes clear that the government’s duty to account continues and that the government “cannot simply throw up its hands and stop the accounting,” [...]


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RV There Yet?

July 24, 2009

Dogs gone wild, in Red Bay, Alabama, home to Tiffin Motorhomes. JD


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In a Small Shaded Clearing by a Hotel Swimming Pool

July 24, 2009

We’re in Atlanta now. Actually, the suburb of Stone Mountain. And actually only I am. Julia is back in Los Angeles to teach at the workshops, so if you are in the Los Angeles area and like photography – and you want to take a class with the finest photography teacher, with the most winning [...]


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“The Flip Side of Mondoweiss”

July 22, 2009

Over at Talking Points Memo‘s TPMCafe, we have the latest preposterous and slanted post from Mondweiss‘s Adam Horowitz. In the comments section, one writer referred to me as “the flip side of Mondoweiss.” Here is my reply. AJA


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The Legal Justification for the Native Conquest

July 18, 2009

Nazune Menka is a graduate student in environmental science who this past spring semester was participating in the Native American Political Leadership Program at George Washington University. Through the program, she had the opportunity, with other students, to meet with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The students were given the opportunity to ask questions of [...]


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Welcome

July 12, 2009

Peggy Sue McRae of American Seeker kindly linked to this blog. Thank you. Michael W. of Old World New Ideas kindly linked to this blog, too. Thanks Michael. Yaacov Lozowick very kindly linked to this blog a second time. Thanks again. And thank you all for visiting. More to come.


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Reporting on the Honduran Coup

July 10, 2009

Reading through the Screens of Bias The New York Times has a poignant story, in significant miniature, of how last week’s coup in Honduras has split Honduran society. Jorge Arturo Reina, Honduran ambassador to the United Nations has sided with ousted President Manuel Zelaya. Honduran ambassador to the United States Roberto Flores Bermúdez, Reina’s former [...]


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“The American Indian Church” at Tikkun Daily

July 7, 2009

Check out Julia’s photo essay “The American Indian Church” (with a little verbal assist from Jay) in the art gallery section of Tikkun Daily, the new online adjunct to the  admirable Tikkun magazine. The photos were shot on the San Carlos Apache Reservation in Arizona. AJA


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Finding Meaning in the New Haven Firefighters Case

July 2, 2009

It gives me no pleasure to be in the company of the majority justices in the Supreme Court’s New Haven firefighters decision, Ricci v. DeStefano, (particularly that of Justice Thomas, who only days earlier was the sole justice to support the right of high school administrators to strip search teenage girls in search of pharmaceuticals, [...]


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More Mondoweiss Anti-Semitism

July 1, 2009

Philip Weiss at Mondoweiss is not only anti-Zionist. As I indicated in my last post, he is deeply troubled by his Jewishness – by Jews. This post from yesterday, in which the pretense of his own inclusion in the consideration is the usual fraud, and the only element that would distinguish it, could easily be [...]


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