Posts Tagged ‘neck’

"Now is the time to make sure that we do everything we can to protect Israel"

July 21st, 2012 Comments off

“… “I want everybody here to know under my administration, we haven’t just preserved the unbreakable bond with Israel, we have strengthened it,” Obama told a mainly older audience in Florida, an electoral battleground state with many Jewish voters.Obama is on a two-day campaign tour in Florida, where he and Republican rival Mitt Romney are neck and neck in opinion polls before the November 6 election.
“This is a moment of great uncertainty in the Middle East, given what’s happening in Syria and given what’s happening in other places. Now is the time to make sure that we do everything we can to protect Israel’s security,” Obama told the retirement community in West Palm Beach.…”

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torture by Syrian regime

March 15th, 2012 Comments off
““During one of those sessions a guy had his ribs broken in front of me. Another had his back broken . . . a young man from Homs was beaten with metal pipes. His neck was broken and he died on the spot.”
This testimony from a teenaged prisoner named Karim, held for 25 days in a Syrian prison, illustrates a campaign of “systematic and widespread torture and ill-treatment in detention,” says a chilling report released Wednesday by Amnesty International, a day before the one-year anniversary of the protests.
Based on dozens of interviews with survivors, it details 31 kinds of torture it says have become routine for Syrian detainees — including beatings with instruments from whips to braided cables, shackling in positions that cause permanent damage, electric shocks, tearing of flesh with pincers, and sexual violence.” (thanks Phil)

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‘With AIPAC breathing heavily down the Hill’s neck, a Senate ‘bill’ takes aim at Iran!’

February 29th, 2012 Comments off
“…A proposed Senate resolution, supported by the pro-Israel lobby, would shift America’s red line in dealing with Iran from preventing the Islamic Republic’s acquisition of nuclear weapons to stopping it before it achieves “nuclear capabilities.” Authors of the resolution believe that it is the only way to ensure that Iran ceases to be a threat to the region.

Opponents see it as moving America too close to a declaration of war. … In an attempt to highlight diplomacy and make clear that war was not a preferred solution, Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Republican Walter Jones of North Carolina began circulating a letter in the House of Representatives, calling on the administration to do everything in its power to avoid war. “We’re not saying we should take military options off the table, we’re saying we should try to negotiate before bombs start flying,” Ellison said in a February 17 interview with the Forward. “We need to talk until we reach the conclusion that it cannot be solved, but I believe we can reach an agreement.”

The letter is backed by dovish Jewish groups Americans for Peace Now and J Street, which also worked to try and change the language of the Senate resolution introduced by senators Graham, Lieberman and Casey. “It has been a long time since we tried negotiating with Iran, and it will be foolish not to use this tool,” said Dylan Williams, director of government affairs at J Street.
But attention will turn in the coming weeks to other voices on this issue. AIPAC intends to have delegates participating in its annual conference lobby for the Senate resolution when they meet with their representatives on Capitol Hill.

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Omar Khayyam (32)

February 18th, 2012 Comments off

This wine glass, like me, 
suffered unrequited love;
it had been a bangle
in the hair of a sweetheart.
The scarf you see around 
that stranger’s neck
once adorned the shoulders
of my beloved.

Translated by Juan Cole
from Whinfield 32.

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American conservative standards

November 9th, 2010 Comments off

Now, just for a moment, imagine that the good people of Kiryas Joel were not conservative Jews. Imagine them, instead, as Muslims. Muslims who had asked visitors to cover up when they come to their town. Muslims offended by the sight of any female flesh above the ankle or the wrist or below the neck. Muslims who wanted women and men passing through their community to stay apart. The outrage of America’s conservative classes could well be astonishing.” (thanks Nikki)

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