It’s the culture not the guns

My 87-year-old mom suffers from organic dementia. She has lost the tolerance filter one cultivates over decades of assimilating ever-changing cultural trends. Expose her to overtly sexual and violent television programming and she will speak in tongues about the world. It’s been a few years since her remote required a battery change.

American culture, at least, places more value on power than justice, possessions than humanity, instant gratification than achievement, and reality tv stars than really admirable persons. The meaning of life has been reduced to generating a buzz in a 24/7 media cycle.

Those who lack the tools to place this recent phenomenon in historical context react in different ways to the wall of noise. Some speak in tongues. Others blow out brains.

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The ties that bind economic terrorists

Lierberman and Kerry

On 9 April 2014 Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman & US Secretary of State John Kerry  embrace. [link]

On 11 April 2014 “Israel Imposes Sanctions on Palestinian Authority” [BY Mary Casey]

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The Jonathan Pollard Affair: what does it mean and what does it not mean?

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Video for “National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel ‘Special Relationship”

I attended the summit which was held Friday 7 March 2014 in the ballroom of the National Press Club in Washington DC.  8 hours, give or take, that move along fairly quickly.  Taped by C-Span, it can be viewed at the following link, but perhaps not for long?  It has been flagged since originally posted so could be under review.  Not sure how that process works.

http://www.c-span.org/video/?318179-1/reassessing-usisrael-relations

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“Are your loved ones trapped behind the wall?” — new video of Samah Sabawi poem

“Are your loved ones trapped behind the wall?” — new video of Samah Sabawi poem.

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