Monthly Archives: January 2011

Benevolent US Father Exposed; Favors Prodigal Son Over Elder Brother

by James M. Wall The Al Jazeera collection of  secret documents from US, Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators, paints a highly negative picture of the three participants. We will need a biblical parable to help explain how these three governments fell … Continue reading

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Medvedev’s Palestine-Jordan Trip Promoted Religion And Independence

by James M. Wall When Russian President Dmitri A. Medvedev arrived in Jericho, Palestine, last week, he was received by an honor guard and by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Medvedev came to Palestine to reaffirm his country’s support for a … Continue reading Continue reading

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Obama Needs His Own White House “Viziers With Moral Imaginations”

by James M. Wall When President Obama spoke in Tucson Wednesday night, he called on Americans to . . . expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves … Continue reading

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Two Timeless And Relevant Films: “Nashville” and “The Apostle”

by James M. Wall In Tony Judt’s final book, The Memory Chalet, he wrote as a historian looking back on his own life. Judt, who finished his final work a few months before his death, defined the task of the historian … Continue reading

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“A Family in Gaza”: Two Years Later

by James M. Wall A Family in Gaza is a short film made and distributed by Jen Marlowe. It tells the true story of what happened to one family in Gaza, two years ago. Given its theme, it is a … Continue reading

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The Long Struggle for Peace, Which Began with Carter, Starts Over in 2011

by James M. Wall On May 17, 1977, four months after Jimmy Carter was sworn in as US president, Israeli voters elected a right wing government for the first time in modern political history. Menachen Begin, a former Israeli underground “terrorist” … Continue reading

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