Monthly Archives: January 2010

54 House Members Risk Their Careers to Support Gaza

by James M. Wall Fifty-four members of the US House of Representatives have sent a letter to President Obama urging him “to use diplomatic pressure to resolve the blockade affecting Gaza.” Initially drafted by Democrats Keith Ellison, Minnesota, and Jim … Continue reading

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Mitchell Faces the “Intractable”: Time to Call In Henry Siegman

by James M. Wall President Obama sent George Mitchell on another mission to the Middle East this past weekend. After meeting with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Mitchell found that nothing has changed. One full year on the job, and … Continue reading

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The Photo Op That Failed; Israel Forced to Apologize to Turkey

by James M. Wall This story begins with several fictional Turkish television dramas that had critical things to say about Israel. It ends with an apology from Israel for its overreaction to that criticism. In one episode of the Turkish … Continue reading Continue reading

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Helen Thomas Rides Again; She Wants to Know, WHY Terrorism?

by James M. Wall The scene is from  John Ford’s 1962 film, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. The time: the early American West, The editor of the Shinbow Star follows Senator Ransom Stoddard (played by Jimmy Stewart), and his wife … Continue reading

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A Teachable Moment: Linking AVATAR To Gaza and Af-Pak

by James M. Wall At a special morning New Year’s Eve screening in Hawaii, President Obama took his family to the mall to see the new 3-D movie, Avatar. Whose idea was that? Did the leader of the Free World realize … Continue reading

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