• Response to eCAHNomics @ 6 Certainly women take part in carrying out U.S. foreign policy — as also Madeleine Albright with sanctions against Iraq in the 1990′s. The question would be whether they are actually making policy afresh, or rather on behalf of patriarchal and capitalist interests. This is where we get into privileges and [...]

  • Response to agourabum @ 4 Just for the record, I’m totally opposed to executions by Hamas, and these human rights violations present good cause for international sanctions, much like executions in the USA. That’s a single standard. But Hamas is not all Palestine and Palestinians: around Nazareth, I suspect that the Christian Palestinians would not [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post James Foley Is Not a War Ad by David Swanson.

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    That should be “lethal injection” executions, and the recorded botches in the USA, including some in the past months, are horrific.

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post James Foley Is Not a War Ad by David Swanson.

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    Whoever is responsible for the murder of Foley should stand trial in a civilized courtroom such as the Hague, and receive some humane punishment. But that trial couldn’t take place in the U.S.A. if civilized authorities were in control of the case — at least not unless or until the USA abolishes the brutal death [...]

  • Please let’s not confuse the reality of political Zionism in Historical Palestine since 1882, and of al-Nakba (the Palestinian Catastrophe) from 1947 to the present, with Jews and either religious Judaism or ethnic Jewishness! Patriarchy is ugly in all kinds of manifestations, and as Raymonda Hawa Tawil has shown in her courageous book My Home, My [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Truly Respecting A Woman’s Right To Choose by toriach.

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    More generally, the challenge of raising any child, “special needs” or not, is profound and often vastly underestimated, especially by the “right to life up until, and only up until, birth” factions! As a Lesbian feminist who could not have had children and would be too old now anyway, I can’t speak from a real first-person [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post What Might Be Done for Gazans Beyond Hamas? by EdwardTeller.

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    That should be, “separating the Palestinian Arabs from their land” along the Green Line.

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post What Might Be Done for Gazans Beyond Hamas? by EdwardTeller.

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    Response to DrVonNagle @ 2 Your brief history may fit the general impressions of the “world community,” but we know that the “Palestinian problem” in its modern form goes back to 1947-1949 and al-Nakba. Around 1955, the Rabbi Elmer Berger of the American Council for Judaism visited the Near East, including at least one Palestinian [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Hamas uses civilian deaths as propoganda by agourabum.

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    Response to DrVonNagle @ 16 The reason I asked the question was that @10, you referred to “the Jew’s right to have their own country.” The words “their own country” could suggest a country not shared with others, here the indigenous Palestinian Arabs. The Rabbi Magnes started by noting that both Palestinian Arabs and Jews [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Hamas uses civilian deaths as propoganda by agourabum.

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    Response to Edward Teller @ 25 Moshe Menuhin’s The Decadence of Judaism in Our Time is a classic study on the difference between Judaism and Zionism — especially, I would emphasize, the kind of “political Zionism” which at least since 1891 quite deliberately aimed at clearing Palestinian Arabs out of as much of Palestine as possible. [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Hamas uses civilian deaths as propoganda by agourabum.

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    Response to DrVonNagle @ 14 First, please let me make it clear that I support the right of return not only for Palestinian Arabs of 1948, but for any Jewish refugees from Arab countries in the post-1948 period who would like to return to those countries. And the fact that Israel desired and sometimes took [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Hamas uses civilian deaths as propoganda by agourabum.

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    Response to DrVonNagle @ 10 If you are a Zionist, then I respectfully urge that you refine your Zionism to mean what the Rabbi Judah L. Magnes described around 1946: the right of Jews to participate in the founding of a new nation in Palestine in which they are a “founding nation,” but not to [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Hamas uses civilian deaths as propoganda by agourabum.

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    Response to DrVonNagle @ 11 With all respect, Israel was the main force in creating the ghetto of Gaza, not only during the 1947-1949 conflict but by later expulsions of Palestinian Arabs which continued through the 1950′s, with Ariel Sharon involved, until finally the displacement of the later victims (mostly Bedouins) became too embarrassing, and [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post 6.0 Quake Hits San Francisco Bay Area by Elliott.

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    Response to onitgoes @ 48

    The Magic Fingers, which I hadn’t heard about before, nicely describes my experience also based on a description I found on the web.

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Hamas uses civilian deaths as propoganda by agourabum.

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    Hamas is largely a creation of Israel, encouraged in the late 1980′s in order to cause divisions and rivalries among Palestinian rivals by instituting Islamist competition to the strongly secular Palestinian movement — with the U.S.A. as the early sponsor of al-Qaeda (and thus by extension ISIS) as a rough analogy. One reason why the [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post 6.0 Quake Hits San Francisco Bay Area by Elliott.

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    Here in Sacramento, about 80 km or 50 miles from the epicenter, I was lying in bed and felt a kind of undulating shaking that lasted for a few seconds — actually not unpleasant — and realized that the trains going by on tracks next to my apartment building where I live on the third [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Senior Hamas Leader Claims Responsibility for the Israeli 3 teens by DrVonNagle.

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    Response to fairleft @ 20 By “disinformation,” do you mean that the executions of alleged collaborators in Gaza were actually not carried out, or were staged by Israeli forces disguised as Hamas? The Guardian confirms that these executions actually happened, and that Hamas gave a warning that other collaborators would face the same fate. I [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Senior Hamas Leader Claims Responsibility for the Israeli 3 teens by DrVonNagle.

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    Response to wayoutwest @ 1 Thank you for alerting me to the executions by Hamas, which make it, like Israel in other areas, a violator of the decent standards of humanity as established by the United Nations General Assembly in calling for a global moratorium on executions, with a view to abolition, see A/RES/62/149 (18 [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Tsarnaev: 6th Status Conference by jane24.

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    Response to knowlyn @ 83 Whether Holder himself or possible Ortiz chose the language and aggravating circumstances in that document (including the “betrayal of the United States” later rightly disallowed by the judge, if I am correct), I totally agree that Holder was not “compelled” to seek the death penalty! Under the Eighth Amendment as it [...]

  • Margo Schulter commented on the diary post Boston Bombing News: Tsarnaev: 6th Status Conference by jane24.

    2014-08-18 01:25:36View | Delete

    Response to mercy @ 77 Yes, I agree: Holder could have, for example, returned to the general tendency of the Clinton Administration (hardly that radical!) of not trying to seek the federal death penalty in non-death-penalty states! And Holder could have reasoned like this: “The death penalty is a horrible waste of money which could [...]

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