Deja vu - Judith Apter Klinghoffer
Dr. Judith Apter Klinghoffer taught history and International relations at Rowan University, Rutgers University, the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing as well as at Aarhus University in Denmark where she was a senior Fulbright professor. She is an affiliate professor at Haifa University. Her books include Israel and the Soviet Union, Vietnam, Jews and the Middle East: Unintended Consequences and , International Citizens' Tribunals: Mobilizing Public Opinion to Advance Human Rights
The money, allocated while the legislature was discussing the annual budget, can also be used to file lawsuits against foreign legal bodies if necessary, the IRNA report said.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 10:49
In a televised spectacle that had the air of a game show, officials allocated numbers to the 225 parties and coalitions that registered for the ballot, starting from 501 -- in order to avoid repeating numbers used at the last election that voters might already associate with parties.
With so many parties running, memorable numbers are highly prized so certain numbers like 600 and 700 were not used.
The ruling United Alliance, which won nearly half the votes at January elections, struck lucky with the number 555.
Posted on Monday, January 24, 2011 - 10:44
an attempt to prevent publication or broadcast of any statement, which is an unconstitutional restraint on free speech and free press (even in the guise of an anti-nuisance ordinance). Stemming from the First Amendment to the Constitution, the ban on prior restraint allows publication of libel, slander, obvious untruths, anti-government diatribes, racial and religious epithets, and almost any material, except if public security or public safety is endangered (false claim of poison in the reservoir or exhortation to commit a crime like a lynching) and some forms of pornography. The theory, articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court in Near v. Minnesota (1931) is that free speech and free press protections have priority, and lawsuits for libel and slander and prosecutions for criminal advocacy will curb the effect of defamation and untruths. Most other nations permit prior restraint by court order or police action when the material appears to be defamatory (hurtful lies), salacious (nasty), or"improper, mischievous, or illegal" (in the words of Sir William Blackstone).
In his recent press conference, President Bush intimated what David Brooks asserts: We have to"face the fact that the odds of an attack on America just went up." If so, President Bush should have sought an injunction to prevent the publication of the articles and the upcoming book containing those revelations on the basis that they will"endanger public safety."
The fact that there is a heavy presumption against such an injunction should not have prevented the attempt. On the contrary, it would have communicated to both reporters and their"anonymous sources" the seriousness with which those placed by the American people in charge of their safety take their irresponsible revelations. Similarly, it would have forced judges to reevaluate anew the proper balance between national security, public safety, and free speech, not to mention have bought all of us some invaluable time.
The recent Pew poll revealed the growing disconnect between the American people and the liberal elite dominating the media. These recent irresponsible revelations merely served to exacerbate the unhealthy schism. Power corrupts and unlimited power corrupts absolutely. Since at this moment, it is the media which enjoys unlimited power, it is absolutely time to challenge the judiciary to restraint it.
Posted on Monday, January 24, 2011 - 10:44
A prayer for a speedy recovery. Her doctors ensure us that she, thank G-d, will survive.
He is a dangerously deranged as his college classmates immediately noticed. That does not mean we can ignore his ultimate target selection.
(JTA) -- A U.S. Department of Homeland Security memo reportedly notes that Gabriel Giffords is Jewish in describing the motives of the Arizona congresswoman's alleged assailant.
The memo, obtained by Fox News Channel, says that Jared Lee Loughner mentioned American Renaissance, an extremist anti-immigrant group, in some of his own postings.
"The group's ideology is anti-government, anti-immigration, anti-ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government), anti-Semitic," says the memo sent to law enforcement, which also notes that Giffords, a Democrat, was the first Jewish congresswoman from Arizona.
Apparently, Antisemitism has been on the rise not only in Europe but also in the United States though MSM does its best to ignore it.
Division of Criminal Justice Services report says increase in attacks on Jews, Jewish institutions leads 14% rise in hate crimes
Ironically, the same day the report was released, a threatening letter was sent to an Upper West Side synagogue threatening to blow it up on New Year's Eve, according to the New York Post. The note was discovered in the late afternoon on December 30, at the Congregation Ohab Zedek synagogue on 95th Street near Columbus Avenue, said Rabbi Allen Schwartz.
"We have reasons to believe someone wants to spread fear," Schwartz told The Post. He speculated that a similar letter was sent to at least 10 other synagogues, however authorities declined to comment due to an investigation. Police evacuated the synagogue building, combing it for explosives, but found nothing suspicious.
Ah, yes, Antisemitism continues to go viral
Also see, Giffords’ account of her trip to Israel
In an interview the Giffords' Reform Rabbi downplays the problem of Antisemitism as liberal Reform rabbis tend to do:
In Tucson, the kinds of really overt signs of anti-Semitism have not been huge in our community at all."
"Of course," she explained,"there's been anti-Semitic graffiti, but it hasn't been something that's been on the front burner. It's always on the back burner in Jewish life. It feels like...I hope this isn't it, rearing it's ugly head. It's scary."
Asked about how the congregation has responded to the tragedy, Rabbi Aaron replied,"We've been devastated by what happened to Gabrielle Giffords and to the members of the Tuscon community who were murdered and the ones who were wounded."
To be honest, the man was clearly unstable and though he was an admirer of a book favored by many antisemites including Hitler, Friedrich Nietzsche's"The Will To Power," Antisemitism does not seem to been his primary motive.
In other words, as of this moment, Bill Barker seems right. I, for one, am glad even if I am not as sanguine about the rise of Antisemitism as Rabbi Aaron.
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 17:42
The Asian Cold War is heating up. On Jan. 7 China offered Europeans its services as a white night to the Euro. A mere 3 days later Japan upped the ante for as Lisa Twaronite writes from Japan, Whenever China says it will lend a helping hand, Japan is sure to offer an arm or a leg of its own. Indeed, American decline ends not only the period of Chinese free ridership but even the India one. Sides must be chosen and Japan is determined not to accede to Chinese hegemony without a fight and to do so it must have allies. Everything must be done to secure and strengthen the democratic alliance. That means preventing Europe from becoming even more indebted to China as well as forcing India to enforce sanctions on Iran.
The era of the peaceful rise of China is over. If our luck holds the Asia Cold War will not be warmer than the first one. One thing is sure, the fate of American 401K accounts will depend on decision made in Beijing and Tokyo as well as in Washington, London and Berlin.
The result? Portugal has a very good Bond sale and both the EURO and the stock markets are up.
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 14:27
Personally, I, if not MSM, found President Obama's references to Republican voters as "enemies" and to their representatives as "hostage takers" despicable. After all, he is supposed to be also the president of Republicans. The metaphors he used as a candidate were even worse. See, Obama: ‘If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun’
Hopefully, he will say nothing about civil speech when he leads the memorial service in Tuscan.
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 14:01
Americans benefits from Israeli high tech: With more clinical trials by Israeli biomed firms being held in Ohio than in any other state, it's clear that its priority to woo Israeli businesses is bearing fruit.
A Columbus native, Schottenstein moved to Israel in 1982 from the third-largest manufacturing state (after California and Texas). In 1995, he was tapped by the state to open an office intended mainly to peddle Ohio-made products in Israel. Its second objective was to attract Israeli companies to establish a presence in Ohio for manufacturing or sales and distribution.
Since then,"the nature of the office has changed dramatically," Schottenstein tells ISRAEL21c."At first we spent almost all our time on Ohio exports, but that has reversed over the last decade out of demand for Israeli companies to set up in Ohio."
Wooing Israeli business is now a high priority for the Ohio Department of Development. The greatest success has been the biomedical field, as more clinical trials take place in Ohio than in any other state."They get access to companies, decision-makers and academics to do their research and commercialize their products," Schottenstein says. . . .
The department has helped about 17 Israeli businesses to develop relations in Ohio. However, Scherer emphasizes that many additional deals are struck directly between Ohio municipalities and Israeli firms without the department's help, so the number of Israeli concerns in Ohio is actually much higher."Many of our communities place a priority on Israeli technology," she relates.
Read it all.
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 14:20
Increasing respect for the Muslim/Arab world has been a strategic goal of the Obama administration. Even poor Nasa is required to spend money to promote it! No, it is not a joke. If Waleed Abdalati has been selected as NASA’s chief scientist because he is a Muslim, it is quite troubling. The truth is that Jihadist atrocities and attempted atrocities continue to increase world wide disdain for the Muslim world. Just consider this headline Pakistani Religious leaders cheer governor's murder. If that has not been bad enough, Muslims attachment to conspiracy theories make them a laughing stock. Here are a batch of animal centered ones to entertain you:
Even a mainstream establishment outlet such as Foreign Policy could not restrain itself from gothering a list of Mossad's Most Dastardly (Alleged) Plots.
You try to respect a society whose governing elites use such debasing methods to keep control over the populace for do not imagine for a moment that the average village Mohammed is to blame for all this insanity. I cannot and neither can my fellow Americans. Moreover, Barack Obama's efforts to convince us that we should merely plays into the hands of these dastardly elites. For all our sakes, he should stop.
It is heartening to find some Arab voices express similar opinions and join the call for action:
See, Aijaz Zaka Syed Extremism: Inaction is no longer an option Unfortunately, some of those posting comments disagree.
AJAZ AHMED, RIYADH Who is blasphemous?
Posted on Friday, January 7, 2011 - 13:46
I usually put little stock in online reader polls but I found this Politico one rather striking for the simple reason that it is cannot be dismissed as a right wing outlet. Yet, when asked to grade Obama's year, 48% of the 59140 voters gave him an F. Another 11% a D. In short 59% of the readers failed him. Nor was their judgment unique. A striking FT lead editorial notes the general failure of the failure of the Western governing elite. Following references to the emergence of the American Tea Party, the rise of European nationalist parties and the decline of the the Japanese Democratic Liberal party, the editors write:
In the long run, failing elites are discarded. That happened to the aristocracies and monarchies of old. In high-income countries, recent failures of elites have been too obvious to ignore. The advantage of democracy is that it discards failure more quickly and less violently than other systems. True, electorates may well make serious mistakes, by discarding what works for what turns out not to do so. Yet democracy imposes an invaluable discipline on elites: the latter must convince the public that they know what they are doing. Recent performance is making this quite a challenge. The people are complaining loudly. Elites must both listen and respond.
Counter revolutionaries, the editors write, are challenging the fundamental direction technocrats have been taking the developed world. Only indirectly do the editors admit that these"technocrats" are in reality leftist elites bent on achieving their revolutionary goals by bi-passing the populous. A revolution must precede a counter revolution.
Posted on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 13:17