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My Own Democratic Platform Story

Published on September 6th, 2012 | by Jim Lobe

This week’s embarrassing brouhaha at the Democratic convention over Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel recalled for me a brief foray into Democratic Party politics I made back in 1976, when Sen. Scoop Jackson, whose ... Read More



Capital Crime? Walking the Party Plank on Jerusalem

Published on September 6th, 2012 | by Marsha B. Cohen

“It is unfortunate that the entire Democratic Party has embraced President Obama’s shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” declared Mitt Romney on September 4. The deletion of a single sentence about Jerusalem in the ... Read More


Dumb and Dumber

Published on September 6th, 2012 | by Tom Engelhardt

Obama’s “Smart Power” Foreign Policy Not Smart at All By John Feffer via Tom Dispatch Barack Obama is a smart guy. So why has he spent the last four years executing such a dumb foreign policy? True, his ... Read More


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Why does Haim Saban prefer Obama over Romney?

Published on September 5th, 2012 | by Jasmin Ramsey

In 2004 Haim Saban told a New York Times reporter: “I’m a one-issue guy and my issue is Israel.” That’s only important because Saban is a billionaire media mogul and generous political campaign donor who has contributed ... Read More



After Dempsey Warning, Israel May Curb War Threat

Published on September 5th, 2012 | by Jim Lobe

By Jim Lobe and Gareth Porter via IPS News President Barack Obama’s explicit warning that he will not accept a unilateral Israeli attack against Iran may force Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step back from ... Read More


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Critically ill Iranians bear the pain of Banking Sanctions

Published on September 4th, 2012 | by Jasmin Ramsey

Writing for the Financial Times the talented Iranian journalist, Najmeh Bozorgmehr, reports on how US-imposed sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank are preventing critically-ill patients from getting crucial medical aid: The government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says international sanctions ... Read More



Obama needs a Game-Changer on Iran

Published on September 4th, 2012 | by Marsha B. Cohen

This was one of the most memorable lines from Barack Obama’s 2008 acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention: “…the greatest risk we can take is to try the same, old politics with the same, old ... Read More

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