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  • The State of Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are fast approaching a fork in the road.
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  • Netanyahu’s Moves Spark Debate on Intentions
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Netanyahu’s choice, Jeremy Ben-Ami, JTA
The State of Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are fast approaching a fork in the road.


Netanyahu’s Moves Spark Debate on Intentions, Ethan Bronner, New York Times | NY
An offer on Monday (Oct 11) by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to freeze West Bank Jewish settlements in exchange for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state — instantly rejected by the Palestinians — was the latest complex maneuver engendering debate about his intentions.

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The goal? Corporate domination of resources and markets with expanding militarism

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  • “Either the Transnational Capitalist Class alliance self-destructs, compelled by the conscious mobilization of the working people in solidarity across the continents, those who oppose war and stand solidly together in a counterforce on the side of humanity, or we go further downhill the slope of lower depths, into an abyss.
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  • For every person there are always two choices in life: to accept things as they are or to accept the responsibility to bring about change – from a war economy to a political economy of peace to share, to preserve our environment and to belong to the commons in which every being has an equal stake for our minimum needs.”
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Bruce Gagnon, Organizing Notes/Axis of Logic

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Image by Dandelion Salad via Flickr

I am writing from Nagpur on Oct 10 but not certain when I will be able to post this, as I have no Internet connection at this time. I am staying in a guesthouse that the state ministers use when they come to Nagpur each year for the state assembly that meets for a couple of weeks. It is a humble room with bed, two chairs, a desk, and an Indian-style bathroom. Lucky for me it is air conditioned, as Nagpur seems to have a reputation as one of the hottest places in India. Nagpur is located about mid-center in the country.

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I arrived here early yesterday (Oct 9) morning after a 5:50 am flight from New Delhi. The plane stopped in Raipur first to drop off, and pick up, more passengers as it made its three-legged route between the cities.

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Lessons of the Obama Debacle

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  • The failure of progressives (is) to translate their vision and values into a program that is convincing and connects with the people trapped in the terrible existential conditions created by the global financial crisis.
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  • Our side has been derailed (but) ... we can fight back to political relevance.
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Walden Bello, Foreign Policy in Focus

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The problem with us progressives at this time of crisis is not that we lack an alternative paradigm to pit against the discredited neoliberal paradigm.

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No, the elements of the alternative based on the values of democracy, justice, equality, and environmental sustainability are there and have been there for sometime, the product of collective intellectual and activist work over the last few decades.

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The key problem is the failure of progressives to translate their vision and values into a program that is convincing and connects with the people trapped in the terrible existential conditions created by the global financial crisis. This fluid process is preeminently political. It requires translating a strategic perspective into a tactical program that takes advantage of the opportunities, ambiguities, and contradictions of the present moment to construct a critical mass for progressive change from diverse class and social forces.

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Iraqis injured in war arrive in Minneapolis for donated medical treatment

On October 12 at 7:00 PM, IARP, the Twin Cities Peace Campaign, and Women Against Military Madness are sponsoring "Voices from Iraq," an event at St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 Third Avenue South in Minneapolis. Mr. Sami Rasouli, Director of the Muslim Peacemaker Teams in Najaf, Iraq, will speak.

Kathy McKay, The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP)


On September 18, 2010, five Iraqis arrived in Minneapolis, MN, including two who are receiving donated medical treatment. One of these is Ikhlas Muhassan Abbas, a young Iraqi teacher who lost her left leg and right foot in August of 2004 when an errant missile tore into her home in Najaf (Minneapolis' newest Sister City), Iraq. After a series of surgeries, doctors were forced to amputate. As a result, Ikhlas became confined to a wheelchair, dependent on her family, and unable to begin her teaching career, a profession she had been dreaming of and working towards for years.

Ikhlas is in Minneapolis to receive prostheses and physical therapy. The full procedure of designing, building and adjusting Ikhlas' prostheses has been donated by Greg Gruman, President and CEO of Winkley Laboratories in Minneapolis. Physical therapy for Ikhlas is also being donated by Winkley and Courage Center, also located in Minneapolis. In addition, many Twin Cities residents, including recent Iraqi refugee arrivals, have hosted Ikhlas and Fadheelah in their homes, provided interpretation services, and helped with driving and other daily tasks.

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For further information, please contact IARP or visit our website.

For a recent update on Ikhlas' second week in Minneapolis and photos, click here.

To read Ikhlas' statement on the 2004 incident which caused her to lose her left leg and right foot, click here.

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Summary | The Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: Week of October 10

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  • US troops are still dying in two Mission Impossibles
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  • How propaganda is used in the U.S. to control it citizens
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

Veterans' 25 x 17 banner tells it straight to Obama at 555 PA Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.Photo by Ellen Davidson

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US troops are still dying in two Mission Impossibles, Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

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  • In Iraq, Obama says it's over but it's not
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  • In Afghanistan, who wants to die for Karzai?
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Even The Troops Are Waking Up - A Fantastic Video, David Icke, DavidIcke.com
Empire of Illusion

Do The Costs of Two Wars Exceed Our Human Capacity to Care? Chante Wolf, Persian Gulf War Veteran, Evergreene Digest
Where do the soldiers go next and who can they trust to hear their pain without judgement?

How propaganda is used in the U.S. to control it citizens, Jack Finley, Veterans for Peace

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  • This video can provide a one and one-half hour of a Marketing 101 class on how rulers govern.
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  • The End of America? Naomi Wolf Thinks It Could Happen
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