Frank van der Linde, a Dutch political-social activist who spent a long time in Israel and has dozens of friends in the country, is the face of the BDS campaign in the Netherlands. In a special interview to Yedioth Ahronoth, he explains why he doesn’t recognize Israel as a state, dismisses claims of hypocrisy in light of the other injustices taking place in the world, and says he supports the rights of both Palestinian and Jewish refugees.
No money’s coming religious hero Kim Davis’ way from GoFundMe.
Kim Davis, currently the most famous bigot in The United States (congrats, Kim! You earned it!), is cooling her heels in jail after a district court judge held her in contempt of court for not complying with federal law. But if the embattled county clerk who’s functioning under God’s authority thinks she’s going to make some sweet, sweet dough from her time in the slammer, she’s dead wrong.
Unlike Memories Pizza, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars when they went under for their bigotry, Kim Davis is a little too late to the party. GoFundMe’s policy has changed, and according to Addicting Info, no matter how her supporters twist it, no money’s coming her way if the site upholds their policy.
Cornell West this guy ain’t. A whole lot of what he says seems to me egregious nonsense. But I take from this interview that the rhetorical utility of #blacklivesmatter as a slogan is rapidly coming to an end. It crumbles in the face of “lives matter”.
For anyone familiar with how hard ball politics is played it’s easy to believe that some of the more odious chants at blm rallies, “fry ’em”, “pigs in a blanket”, etc, are being shouted by “false flag” plants working for the FBI, Tea Party, FoxNews or the Koch brothers. I readily acknowledge blm has served a useful role since Ferguson in rallying and focusing the energy and online attention of people outraged by the killings of Michael Brown and others. But it looks like the slogan’s 15 minutes are about up. The rallying cry “livesmatter” necessarily includes our darker ones and that, sez me, is the best way forward.
Birth control? BAN IT!
Abortion? BAN IT!
Gay marriage? BAN IT!
Guns? Look, banning things never works. People will find ways to get them.
Thanks to the Iran nuclear deal, something remarkable is happening in American politics: the irreconcilable conflict of interest between most Americans on one side and Israel and its American supporters on the other is on full display and impossible to ignore. In the past the conflict could be papered over with grand empty rhetoric about the two sides being in “lock-step” and the absence of “daylight” between them. But no more. The conflict is out in the open where everyone can see it. Iran should be thanked for this valuable service.
War with Iran would be a catastrophe not only for the Iranians, including thousands of Jewish Iranians who openly practice their religion in their ancient community, and other people in the Middle East; it would also be a catastrophe for Americans—hence the conflict of interest between most Americans and the war party. Those, like Tom Cotton, Norman Podhoretz, Bill Kristol, and John Bolton, who think an attack on Iran would be a cakewalk, are either liars or fools. These are the same people, of course, who said the Iraq war would be easy and would usher in a new liberal Middle East. The result has been unspeakable sectarian violence throughout the region, culminating in the Islamic State and a reinvigorated al-Qaeda