Archive: Nov 2011

Crime pays

29/11/2011
Tony Kushner wins $100,000 for being an anti-Israel activist. See here. Oh, and B'Tselem shares anti-Israel award with terrorists. But at least the Washington Post thinks Israel is terrible for trying to cut off foreign governmental funding to anti-Israel Israeli-registered NGOs. 
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Next month, America's long campaign in Iraq will come to an end with the departure of the last US forces from the country. Amazingly, the approaching withdrawal date has fomented little discussion in the US. Few have weighed in on the likely consequences of President Barack Obama's decision to withdraw on the US's hard won gains in that country. After some six thousand Americans gave their lives in the struggle for Iraq and hundreds of billions of dollars were spent on the war, it is q…
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This week on the Tribal Update, Latma's weekly television-on-Internet news satire show we bring you a special English language song in honor of the burgeoning Arab Spring. It is performed by  members of the Arab Spring Choir including Halil Majnoun, the Egyptian Minister of Conspiracy Theories, Adel Hraimeh, Libyan rebel leader and Tawil Fadiha, the Palestinian Minister of Uncontrollable Rage. Here is the song. Be sure to post it on your websites, send out to your friends and associate…
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 For many years, observers of the US State Department on both sides of the American political spectrum have agreed that State Department officials suffer from a malady referred to as "clientitis." Clientitis is generally defined as a state of mind in which representatives of an organization confuse their roles. Rather than advance the cause of their organization to outside organizations, they represent the interests of outside organizations to their own organizations. In some case…
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Sunday night I had the pleasure of being Milt Rosenberg's guest on his nightly show "Extension 720" on WGN radio in Chicago. Milt is something of a radio legend. He's been doing his show for 38 years.Here's a link to the show. The program runs for two hours. The podcast however includes only the show itself and it goes for something like an hour and 20 minutes.Enjoy!
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18/11/2011
This week on the Tribal Update, the media satire television-on-Internet newcast produced weekly by Latma, we interview the CEO of Israel's Channel 10 television to find out what stands behind his station's annual request for an NIS1 billion bailout. We also look into the future and consider the financial plight of Peace Now in the event the Knesset passes the bill now under consideration that would severely constrain foreign governmental donations to Israeli anti-Israel NGOs. Finally, we bring y…
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US Embassy cables leaked by Wikileaks in September exposed the ugly truth that self-described champions of Israeli democracy would like us to forget about the actual goals of Israel's self-described human rights organizations. In a meeting with then US Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv in January 2010, B'Tselem director Jessica Montell explained what her group wished to achieve by colluding with the UN's Goldstone Commission's inquiry into Israel's ha…
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This week's Tribal Update brings you straight into Israel's nerve center for thinking through what a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities would look like. We bring you three leading experts in the business - our film critic, our fashion advisor and our military commentator. We also feature an interview with two of Israel's most respected Supreme Court Justices who explain how our objective, enlightened judges select their colleagues, (yes, one of the problematic aspects of Israel's political syst…
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This year at  Jewish Federations of North America's annual General Assembly, they invited the newly minted anti-Israel activist Peter Beinhart to speak. They also showcased the Boston Globe's resident anti-Israel columnist James Carroll. These moves as well as much of the program of the 3-day conference which presented several panels discussing whether anti-Zionists should be embraced by the community are indicative of the advanced suicidal tendencies of the American Jewish community. …
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The slurs against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu voiced by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama after last week's G20 summit were revealing as well as repugnant. Thinking no one other than Obama could hear him, Sarkozy attacked Netanyahu, saying, "I can't stand to see him anymore, he's a liar." Obama responded by whining, "You're fed up with him, but me, I have to deal with him every day." These statements are interesting both for what they say about t…
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