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  • Protecting Israel’s Lawlessness with Spying and Smear Campaign by Naomi Klein
    A while ago, the Reut Institute, arguably Israel's most influential think tank, published a very controversial report about "hubs of delegitimization." It attempted to equate tactics of non-violent resistance—like the growing movement to use Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to force Israel to comply with international law—with a military campaign to destroy the state of Israel.

    Most worrying, the report explicitly urged Israeli intelligence agencies like Mossad to take unspecified action against peace activists using entirely legal methods: "Neither changing policy nor improving public relations will suffice...Faced with a potentially existential threat, Israel must treat it as such by focusing its intelligence agencies on this challenge; allocating appropriate resources; developing new knowledge; designing a strategy, executing it.” The think tank also called on the Israeli government to “sabotage network catalysts” – defined as key players in the “delegitimization network.”

  • Nonbelieving Clergy
    Imagine being forced to go to work every day and, as part of the job, profess something that you absolutely don’t believe. More than that: at least once a week you have to publicly profess it, and also counsel other people on the explicit premise that you share the beliefs you reject. In other words, you’re forced to live a lie.

  • Will Health Care Reform Cause Physicians to Flee

    The story behind part of the right-wing's scare tactics.

  • Chill Out
    Climate scientists are getting a little too angry for their own good.

  • What We're Up Against

  • Religion and Politics Lyrics by Scott Beach (tip to Steve)

  • Un-Gay (Mark Fiore animation)

  • Who's Scarier: Heath Ledger's Joker or Glenn Beck?



OMGOMG!!! I just came from audio-geek site hydrogenaudio from reading a thread titled exactly "What We're Up Against". MUST mean something.

Can someone tell me if this is a real set of interviews, or is this yet another satire?

I'm convinced they're real.

Thanks, Norm.

I just wondered if the Daily Kos was something like The Onion.


I'm sure they're real and they are disgusting. How representative the interviews we are being shown?

i dunno, but it's great journalism! he's got a really even keeled q&a style in the face of absurdity.

anyone who's incredulous that these are real people stating their real beliefs is guilty of exactly what they accuse you of- being out of touch with real 'merrikans. :)

Hey! Take care there, JB! That's me you're talking about. OK, I do live in the UK and have only visited the USA about 10 times, almost all of these visits being to the East Coast (I did once go to California, but that was in another millenium, and besides, the wench was republican). I do have friends in Missouri, though, are they likely to be "real 'merrikans"?


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