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Professor Walt Helps Explain America’s Bankrupt Israeli Policy

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  AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America's Morally Bankrupt Israeli Policy As we speak, today, Israel is expanding it ground offensive in Palestine. [US] politicians and policymakers continue to back a brutal military campaign whose primary purpose is not to defend Israel but rather to protect its longstanding effort to colonize the West Bank.

-- Stephen M. Walt, International Affairs Professor Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government

  In a two-parter this week, Israel's Messy Package (Part 1 and Part 2) I offered up my youthful experience of my own family of "regular jews" to trace the more than ...

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Israel’s Messy Package (Part 2)

Yesterday, in Part 1, I told my personal family's jewish history in an attempt to put the existence of Israel into a broader context. Earlier enough, I had dispensed with the myth of my youth, that Israel was simply the world's and Palestine's gift to the jewish culture, a safe harbor for Jews following the atrocities of WWII. In fact, Israel was conceived by a militant zionist movement begun in the late 1800s, so it is motive that has to be understood for anything to change. (We use the word, zionists, as we use the word, christianists, to denote ...

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Israel’s Messy Package (Part 1)

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"Creating land already occupied by Palestinians would 'imperil not just American but all Western interests in the Middle East.'"

--Dean Acheson, 1947, statesman and foreign policy expert for several presidential administrations, including as Harry Truman's Secretary of State

In the early 1900s, both sides of my Jewish family fled the Kiev countryside because of the militant anti-Jewish pogroms, leaving dead my paternal great grandfather and my grandmother's infant sister killed by armed men on horseback who burned their farm to ground. Both my grandfathers were born in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. They didn't ...

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Our Horrible Days

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How Do We Respond to This Really Horrible Day?

"It's too late to reverse the death and destruction, but it's never too early to advocate for peace and life." -- 

Just 3 days ago, believing things are getting worse at a faster pace than ever before, we revisited Where Does of All This F*cking Evil Sh%t Come From? to offer up some explanation of why the world seems to be plummeting downward. Yesterday, everything got much worse. While the media was fixed on the passenger jet that was shot out of the sky by Russian-backed Ukrainian ...

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Rounding Out for Independence Day Weekend: 7-minute Video Montage

Closing out a good weekend of reflection, remembering the once cherished America that valued its diversity born of immigration, yearning for the end of hate worldwide. As we wrote over the weekend, the puritans are responsible for the corporatized theocratic fundamentalism today eating away America and trouble spots across the globe; and, how and why sexual freedom is the bedrock of all freedoms and is worth fighting for. So here's our little celebration -- a montage of some of our best Sexual Freedom Project videos of the last few years. We send each contributor one of Read More

On this Independence Day — Religion: Real and Fake

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Stepping back in history for a moment to uncover the birth of religious freedom in this country, and how it was hampered by the Puritans, we are gladly representing a post we delivered a couple of years ago. Religion: Real and Fake, originally published on July 20, 2012 Society suffers from a severe misunderstanding of the nature and role of religion. Nowhere is this more apparent than in ongoing arguments about the “separation of church and state.” Blame the Puritans. The basic idea in the U.S. Constitution is one of freedom FROM religion, expressed as “freedom of religion.” The tenets of any religion ...

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Express Your Dissent!

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It is unbelievable that in 2014 we are still fighting about women's access to basic health care like birth control.

If you agree — say so. Just click here now to add your name to the dissent. -- Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood

In a dramatic 5-4 decision along ideological lines, the Supreme Court today chose to side with corporations over people ...

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Supreme Women Don’t Fail Us Now (again)

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It was painful last week to hear the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court in McCullen v Coakley, siding with abortion protesters' free speech right to engage women face-to face in the public square and against those advocating for clinics' privacy and public safety in consideration of the violence, bombings, and cold-blooded murder that beset them long before there was anything akin to a buffer zone. The case ended the a 35-foot buffer zone in Massachusetts, didn't rule on a handful of other states that had smaller buffer zones, and, the reasoning of each justice varied wildly. Abortion has ...

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Casa Ruby Awards First Dan Massey Trans Ally Award

(l. to r.) Dana Beyer, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, and Casa Ruby Distinguished Service Award recipient, Consuella Lopez Photo by Ted Eytan Flickr/creative commons

Last week, we had another wonderful night out in New York City with our friend and current candidate for the Maryland Senate, Dr. Dana Beyer. The Maryland primary election is today and, win or lose, it's not an exaggeration to say the force is with her. As a trans woman running against an entrenched old boy who happens to be a gay man, she has been heroic in this campaign (and in her previous campaigns for Maryland Delegate) in presenting voters with a true progressive vision that enfranchises all people, not just special interests, not the status quo. Dana ...

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VenusPlusX relaunches!

Welcome back to VenusPlusX.

As most of you know at the beginning of 2013 Dan set off suddenly and unexpectedly for the hereafter (WikipediaThe AdvocateHuffington Post). We had just finished our jointly authored book about the erotic connection to spirituality. It's working title is The Unseen Journey, and we hope to publish it by the end of this year. We will periodically release short excerpts before publication here to stimulate discussion, and the comments and critiques we so avidly crave. Already available now as a companion reference, A Course in Immortality (and in Spanish, Un Curso ...

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