Come home with your rhetoric, Mr. President by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Feb. 1, 2011

Dear President Obama:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reflected your sentiments when she commented on the Egyptian uprising with the words “We want to see free and fair elections.”

But in the District of Columbia, where you and Secretary Clinton reside, there are no “free and fair elections” for electing representatives with full voting rights to Congress. There is only the continual disenfranchisement –unique to all other national capital cities in purported democracies—for the hundreds of thousands of voting age citizens in the District of Columbia.

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The Jewish Foundation of Christianity

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Day of Discovery

[Each part is 25 minutes long.]

Maurycy Gottlieb - Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur

Maurycy Gottlieb – Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur

The Jewish Foundation of Christianity, Part I: From Sacrifice to the Cross

Did the first followers of Jesus intend to start a new religion? Did they realize that their faith in Jesus as the promised Messiah would impact the world forever?

Filmed on location in Israel, this 4-part series, The Jewish Foundation of Christianity, features an intriguing discussion between Mart De Haan and two Jewish followers of Jesus. Join them as they discuss Judaism and the foundation it provides for Christianity.

via The Jewish Foundation of Christianity, Part I: From Sacrifice to the Cross – Day of Discovery

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Egypt: Kucinich Cites Transformational Moment, Volunteers New Approach to Relationship with Middle East

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by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich
Washington, Jan 31, 2011

Past Positions Make Kucinich a Potential Liaison

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), a long time advocate for peace whose conciliatory positions and outreach to the Middle East has sometimes put him at odds with Republican and Democratic administrations alike, today sent letters to President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling for a new approach to the United States’ relationship with the Arab and Muslim world. In his letters Kucinich identified the situation in Egypt as a catalyst for a transformation in the relationship and volunteered to support genuine efforts to promote diplomatic initiatives leading to peaceful dialogue.

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Norman Finkelstein: “Israel used an insane amount of firepower in Gaza”

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Note: replaced video Mar. 30, 2012

on Jan 28, 2011

Norman Finkelstein speaks at the University of Pennsylvania, Jan. 25, 2011

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Stuck in Stage Two by Cindy Sheehan

by Cindy Sheehan
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February 1, 2011

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The 5 Stages of Grief:

1) Denial
2) Anger
3) Bargaining
4) Depression
5) Acceptance

In 1969, Swiss psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross published a groundbreaking book called: On Death and Dying. The five stages of grief listed above are called the Kubler-Ross Model and were originally designated for people who were diagnosed with a terminal illness but were extended to anyone who has suffered a major loss such as: losing a limb, losing freedom, or a death of a close loved one.

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WSJ Opinion: The Great Fannie and Freddie Rip-Off by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
Jan. 31, 2011

I have long fought against the systemic disempowerment of investors in large public corporations, but the mistreatment of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shareholders, including me, is uniquely reprehensible.

For decades Fannie and Freddie behaved like other large, publicly held financial corporations. They were profit-seeking companies, listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). They displayed an unfettered drive for greater sales, profits, executive bonuses and stock options for the top brass. Their shareholders received dividends and rising stock values.

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