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The Pixies are terrorists, too? (plus: three cheers for the Israeli Naval reserves)

The rock group the Pixies have canceled an upcoming performance in Israel, joining a growing number of performers who don’t feel right about performing in a country that deploys its military against civilians. And the reaction from the promoter? Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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19-year-old U.S. citizen among the flotilla dead, Turkey rises in Gaza

The Turkish charity that thought up the Gaza flotilla, for which 9 Turks and one Turkish-American teenager died, are the new heroes of Gaza. In the end, could the old Ottoman Empire be the new vanguard, supplanting feckless Arab governments … Continue reading

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3 smart takes on the #Gaza #flotilla debacle

With a h/t to Andrew Sullivan, The American Conservative’s Daniel Larison vs. Highclearling.com’s Jim Henley on whether Israel is “winning” with its bully-boy strategy. To summarize, Larison says Israel has the cost-benefit analysis vis-a-vis the U.S. and Turkey all wrong:

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Why are actual Israelis so much more sensible about Israel than American Democrats?

Peter Beinart is right. Much of Israel’s problem, with its international image, with its seeming inability to stop ramming its head into walls by going Medieval on the Palestinians (or their supporters) with every provocation … can be traced to … Continue reading

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Meek, Greene, ‘one-up’ each other on #flotilla attack

Not one to be out-Likuded by anyone, Jeff Greene’s campaign this morning issued a lengthy defense of Israel’s deadly attack on the Gaza aid flotilla. Greene’s email included a legalistic argument about Israel’s right to board the Turkish flag ship … Continue reading

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From Little Rock, to Soweto, to Gaza: how to lose a message war

I’m always amazed at how consistently right wing movements and governments fail to learn the lessons of history. At a base political level, the tea party movement in the U.S. seemed blind to how the optics of angry, screaming, white … Continue reading

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#Flotilla attack latest: White House sheepish, Israel defiant: ‘next time we’ll use more force’

The White House’s sheepish, namby-pamby response to the Gaza flotilla attack has been dismaying to watch, and emblematic of a core problem for Team Obama: a seeming catalytic inability to get on a side, and then say things that demonstrate … Continue reading

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Will the flotilla attack (further) diminish U.S. influence in the world?

With literally the entire world reacting with outrage over Israel’s deadly military attack on a peaceful convoy bringing desperately needed aid to Gaza, and even the feeble U.N. managing to wring out a painstaking statement condemning unnamed “acts” that led … Continue reading

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Video: Scene on board the Gaza #flotilla ship as Israeli troops storm

This video apparently was taken at the time of the raid. You can see a woman holding a bloody stretcher at one point, and the narrator speaks in a couple of languages, reporting what’s happening, including one person shot in … Continue reading

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Israel storms Gaza aid #flotilla ship, at least 10 killed **UPDATED**

This is ugly. Really ugly. UPDATE 4: More details including precisely where the flotilla was when it was attacked, from TDB. Also this: The names of the dead are not yet known, but passengers aboard the ships included retired U.S. … Continue reading

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