New from Monty Python: the Ministry of Silly Islamic Activists

Ever wonder how Monty Python would've discussed Islam and Muslims?  Wonder no more.  Behold the upcoming Secular Islam Summit, wherein an assortment of people with Muslim-sounding names are going to--drum roll, please--"chart the future course of reason, pluralism, and freedom of conscience in the Islamic world". Some folks in the MSM appear to be excited about this millennial gathering, including CNN Headline News' Glenn Beck, who announced that he'd be broadcasting his … [Read more...]

Carter: Americans agree with me, not the MSM

I posted on about Jimmy Carter's claim at an event today ("Carter says majority in U.S. support views in book") that normal Americans share many of his concerns. || Carter: Americans share my concerns The article closes with an observation from  somebody on the other side of the issue."It seems from what he said today that Israel's occupation is at the root of the problem. But I would argue that Palestinian terrorism is at the root of the problem," … [Read more...]

L.A. Eight vindicated

I just posted over at on the "L.A. Eight" case. || LA Eight's vindication a defeat for Islamophobia and victory for America Good news in the war on terror, bad news in the War Against Muslim Participation in American Life. A resounding blow has been struck for justice and rule of law in a decades old case of government-sanctioned pro-Israeli political persecution against American Arabs and Muslims.  The "LA 8" have finally been vindicated. A … [Read more...]

Mainstream sources for rebuttals of Neocon sophistry

Recently someone on a mailing list that I'm on asked for suggestions of American media or thinkers who challenge the Neocon world view that makes Muslims the root of all evil today.  He was especially interested in sources coming at it from the right and that themselves had solid pro-Israeli credentials. What follows is the gist of my response. -------------------- There was a time when this task wouldn't have been quite so difficult, but now that we've replaced for most of the American … [Read more...] joins the lynching of President Carter

There's an online petition to get Amazon to change how it has listed Jimmy Carter's controversial book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. The petition ("Tell Amazon to Treat Carter's Book Fairly") points out that Amazon has taken the highly unsual step of prominently featuring an exceedingly partisan and hostile review of the book by Jeffrey Goldberg originally published in The Washington Post the "Editorial Reviews" section normally dedicated to excerpts from the book's blurb … [Read more...]

“Banality and barefaced lies” indeed

The more you dig, the more bogus this whole controversy--rightly dubbed "banaltiy and barefaced lies" by veteran Middle East journalist Robert Fisk--around Carter's supposedly outrageous rhetoric becomes. First, there's Fisk's timely reminder of how Israel was a lifeline to South Africa during its dark past as an international pariah state for its apartheid system.  [HT: AbuSinan.] "But in this context, why, I wonder, didn't The New York Times and the other gutless … [Read more...]

Carter and the A-word

[Originally Posted on] -------------------------------------------------- First, respected scholars Mearsheimer (whom I noticed today sits with Daniel Pipes on an the advisory council of The National Interest) and Walt were tarred as raving conspiracy theorists for acknowledging the impact of that 800 pound gorilla--the Israeli Lobby spearheaded by AIPAC--on Washington Mideast policy and debate.  Now, President Jimmy Carter is being called an anti-Semite for talking honestly … [Read more...]

Tariq Ramadan and this adminstration’s need to dehumanize Muslims

L'affaire Tariq Ramadan lives on.  [HT:  American Leftist].Why I'm Banned in the USA - I am increasingly convinced that the Bush administration has barred me for a much simpler reason: It doesn't care for my political views. In recent years, I have publicly criticized U.S. policy in the Middle East, the war in Iraq, the use of torture, secret CIA prisons and other government actions that undermine fundamental civil liberties. And for many years, through my research … [Read more...]