Late Night: Exhuming McCarthy

By: Thursday August 7, 2014 8:00 pm

College activism brought down Apartheid in South Africa, and it will, eventually, bring down Apartheid in Israel, too.  The Israel Lobby recognizes this, and that’s why Salaita had to go.


Late Night: Peas in a Pod

By: Thursday June 5, 2014 8:00 pm

I just finished reading Max Blumenthal’s deeply unsettling book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, and I can certainly understand the frothing response it received from the Isreal-First crowd when it was released last year.

Secretary Kerry Regrets Using Word Apartheid To Describe Future Israel

By: Tuesday April 29, 2014 7:46 am

Yesterday Secretary of State John Kerry was quoted as warning Israel that if it would not follow through with a peace deal it risked becoming an apartheid state. There was an immediate backlash from right wing groups like the Emergency Committee for Israel calling on Kerry to resign.

FDL Movie Night: Otelo Burning

By: Monday January 27, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s film Otelo Burning is a feature film about South Africa at the height of apartheid, centering around a group of young men, 16 year old Otelo Buthelezi, his younger brother Ntwe and his best friend New Year who become entranced by surfing and the freedom it can afford them.

Former Israeli Ambassador to U.S. Seeks to Have U.S. Criminalize Support for BDS Against Israel

By: Thursday December 19, 2013 7:00 pm

More and more American and foreign academic organizations are looking closely at passing resolutions in support of Boycotting, Divesting from and Sanctioning (BDS) Israeli educational organizations and institutions, for their involvement in the illegal occupation of the West Bank, and for those institutions’ lack of concern for educational infrastructure in the Occupied Territories and in Gaza. This past week, two important American academic organizations have passed motions supporting Global BDS of Israel, and advocating the end of relations with Israeli academic institutions and organizations. Back in April, the Association for Asian American Studies voted to boycott Israeli academic institutions.

Memorial Service Celebrates Mandela & Role Cuba, Countries of Africa Played in Ending Apartheid

By: Tuesday December 10, 2013 10:09 am

Cuban assistance played a key role in bringing about an end to apartheid. In Angola, the country had military instructors that helped train the military wing of the African National Congress, which Mandela co-founded, called Umkhonto we Sizwe or Spear of the Nation (MK). Cuba provided support for those organizing against the regime, who were in exile, as well.

A Trio of Brothers: Joseph, Mandela, and Lincoln

By: Saturday December 7, 2013 9:02 am

Back in 1987, I came to know Tshenuwani Simon Farisani, a South African Lutheran pastor who had been imprisoned and tortured by the apartheid regime in South Africa. Today, his words about what black leaders might say to whites in a post-apartheid South Africa might look like have come back to me. “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into slavery.” Nelson Mandela, like Abraham Lincoln, was firm both in his fight for justice and in his rejection of revenge.

Rest in peace, my brother. Rest in peace.

Israel’s Prawer Plan: A New Trail of Tears

By: Tuesday December 3, 2013 6:29 pm

The Israeli government and Netanyahu administration are going ahead with plans to ethnically cleanse between 30,000 and 70,000 Bedouin Israeli citizens from the area of their ancient homeland into new abodes. It is the so-called Prawer Plan (or Prawer-Begin Plan).

The IOC Might Want to Read the Whole Olympic Charter

By: Saturday August 17, 2013 9:00 am

As a pastor, I’m used to reading texts closely, taking them phrase by phrase and parsing out the multiple layers of meaning. I do this with religious texts and also with secular documents, from mortgage forms to SCOTUS opinions to presidential speeches. Words matter, and people who play fast and loose with them, or who don’t treat them with respect, really irritate me.

Like the International Olympic Committee.

Instead of using the Olympic Charter to tell athletes to sit down and shut up, the IOC ought to re-read it. If they tried that, they might notice words and phrases like “promoting a peaceful society” and “human dignity” and “sport is a human right . . . without discrimination” and so on. They might just realize that they have no option but to offer Putin a simple choice: repeal the anti-gay law and prosecute the thugs engaged in gay-bashing, or say goodbye to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

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