Following Jesus in a Land of Conflict: An Arab and Jewish Conversation

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Day of Discovery

Following Jesus in a Land of Conflict: An Arab and Jewish Conversation

Part I—Taking Sides

We’re all aware of the conflict between the Jewish and Palestinian people. The eyes of the world are on the struggle for peace in this region. But one of the difficult questions is, “Where do followers of Christ line up in this issue?”

The people of this land are divided by walls, fences, and mutual fears. But what happens if two of them—one Jewish, the other Arab—decide to walk in the footsteps of Christ? “Following Jesus in a Land of Conflict,” should followers of Christ take sides? . . . on this Day of Discovery.

via Following Jesus in a Land of Conflict: An Arab and Jewish Conversation, Part I—Taking Sides – Day of Discovery

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Loud Talk, Small Minds by Joel S. Hirschhorn

by Joel S. Hirschhorn
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www.foavc.org
Oct. 9, 2010

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In trying to understand how so many Americans adore people like Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh I have come to this critical understanding: Poorly educated, terribly informed, intellectually deficient and downright stupid people need idols. They feel angry, frustrated, ignored, cheated and disillusioned by so much going on in American society. They find the emotional, political and philosophical rants by talk show, loud mouth celebrities matching and justifying their feelings. Of course, those celebrities work hard to fan the flames of all that unhappiness and discontent, and also perpetuate ignorance and hate. They sell stupidity to gullible dummies, teaching them who to blame for their misery.

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Max Keiser: David DeGraw: Financial Terrorism, Global Banking Cartel and Inequality

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Inequality in the streets

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PressTVGlobalNews | October 09, 2010

In this edition of Press TV’s ‘On the Edge with Max Keiser’, Max has an interview with the journalist, David DeGraw, who has just published a book named The Road Through 2012: Revolution or World War III. DeGraw believes that the so-called global banking cartel of financial terrorists are bent on destroying global economies so that only they themselves, who he believes are only one tenth of %0.01 of the global population, prosper and everyone else suffers and remains poor.

He says Americans only have two years to prevent a third world war by revolting against this one tenth of %0.01 of the population or financial terrorists as he calls them.

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The Wages of Hate: The Development of Political Homophobia by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
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Dandelion Salad
crossposted on Buzzflash.com
October 9, 2010

Homophobia has been around for a long time.  It turns up in the Old Testament of the Bible as well as in the New.  The Republican Religious Right relies on that view in support of its homophobia, and cites chapters and verses in support of it.  (Not every religious scholar agrees with that interpretation of the Bible.  Indeed, Minister Peter Gomes, the well-known gay [and African-American] Baptist long-time director of the Harvard Divinity School, strongly disagrees with it [see Gomes, P.J., “Homophobic? Re-read Your Bible,”  New York Times, August 17, 1992, and Westminster, J., The 15% Solution: A Political History of American Fascism, 2001-2022, East Setauket, NY, Thomas Jefferson Press, 1996, pp.155-56]).  In modern times it was used by the Nazis to promote their ideology once Hitler’s dictatorship had been established.  Indeed, despite the fact  that the head of the Sturmabteilung, the SA, the most prominent pre-1933 Nazi armed force, Ernst Roehm, was himself homosexual and Hermann Goering was a cross-dresser, the Nazis went after the gays as their identity group of choice for demonization before they went after the Jews full force.

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The Nightmare by Felicity Arbuthnot

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This article and links to other websites may contain words/graphics depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be read/viewed by a mature audience.

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
9 October, 2010

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” François-Marie Arouet -“Voltaire” (1694-1778.)

I have a deeply held belief that the duty of a commentator is, to the best of one’s ability, to record, to shine light in often dark places, to act as a voice for those whose own voice, fears, plights might not be heard or known. To write about the emotions one sometimes feels when doing it, is an anathema and anyway a redundancy. The purpose is to attempt to draw attention to wrongs, not to whinge about the effects they can have – and any way, a private life should be just that. If politicians wish to strip themselves of their dignity and allude to everything from their sex life, to using private grief to gain sympathy votes, those with a shred of self-respect do not wish to emulate them. Here, I am breaking my taboo, for a reason.

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Michael Parenti: The President

with Michael Parenti
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buddhagem | November 22, 2009

This is an excerpt from a talk by political analyst Michael Parenti on Executive Power in a Democratic Society. Sadly few of us learn much about the executive office in school. Here Dr. Parenti discusses the role of President in a way seldom heard: as the defender of Capitalism, protecting US corporate interests at home and abroad. Further, Parenti goes into the lifestyle of the president and describes the utter opulence that office holder enjoys. Finally, Parenti discusses the differences between structuralists and functionalists in regards the president. If you want to understand the similarities and differences between Bush and Obama or any other US President, it’s important to understand the role that office plays.

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Michael Parenti on The Culture Struggle (2007)

with Michael Parenti
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www.michaelparenti.org
Democracy Now!
May 8, 2007

We end today’s program with the words of acclaimed writer, political analyst and social critic, Michael Parenti. He is the author of 20 books, including “Democracy for the Few,” “Superpatriotism” and “The Culture Struggle.”

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The Meatrix (2003) + Meet Your Meat + Meat the Truth

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English: Hog confinement barn interior, slatted floor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

undercurrentspaulo | October 08, 2010

Join Leo, the young pig who wonders if he is “the one”, Chickity, the feathered family farm defender, and Moopheus, the trench-coat-clad cow with a passion for green pastures as they expose the problems with factory farming while making the world safe for sustainable family farms.

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