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Stephen R. Shalom: ‘No more blank check for Israel’s crimes’

On Tuesday August 26, 2014, more than 50 demonstrators protested outside the Newark, New Jersey, offices of U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker demanding that the legislators stop providing a blank check for Israel’s crimes

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Stephen R. Shalom: Michael Walzer’s Defense of Israel’s Crimes

A war that could be avoided by ending an illegal occupation and an illegal blockade cannot be a just war

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Stephen R. Shalom: Greco on Chomsky

A look at Chomsky’s Challenge to American Power, by Anthony F. Greco

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Stephen R. Shalom: Closing Bridges While Building Bipartisan Bridges for Corporate-Backed ‘Reform’

It remains to be seen whether NJ Governor Chris Christie will be able to avoid having his political career crash and burn

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Stephen R. Shalom: An Interview With Michael Albert, One Of The Authors Of “Occupy Strategy”

is the third volume of Fanfare for the Future, a trilogy that seeks to make the case for a participatory society. Volumes 1 and 2 dealt with theory and vision, and the third volume discusses strategy: how might we get there. But although the third volume assumes that the reader is interested in the appropriate Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Human Rights and the POSCO Struggle

One of the most inspiring examples of people fighting back against the predations of international capital is taking place in the Jagatsinghpur district of the Indian state of Orissa (also spelled Odisha). POSCO, a South Korean steel giant, has been seeking since 2006 to build a $12 billion steel plant in Jagatsinghpur, wreaking havoc on Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Do We Know Enough?

Norman Finkelstein, Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance with Israel Is Coming to an End (New York: OR Books, 2012). In January 2007, amid the furor over Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, former President Jimmy Carter made his first major public appearance about the book at Brandeis University, which defines itself as “the only Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Gaza Quiz

An uneasy cease-fire has been declared ending Israel's attack on Gaza, Operation Pillar of Defense. Take this quiz to see how much you know about the situation. How did the people of Gaza come to be where they are? A majority of them are descendants of refugees who in 1948-1949 fled or were driven out Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: Factcheck.org on the GOP and Abortion

Factcheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, often plays a useful role in exposing lies by political candidates. Sometimes, however, its factchecking is rather tendentious. Its coverage of the abortion stance of the 2012 Republican Party platform is a case in point. Factcheck.org is right that the Obama campaign has overstated its Read more…

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Stephen R. Shalom: The al-Awlaki Killing

killing of Osama bin Laden, where soldiers were on the ground and could have captured him alive without needing to put a bullet through his head if they hadn't been intent on executing him. Still, Obama's justification for the drone strike on al-Awlaki — that he is an enemy combatant and we're at war — Read more…

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