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  • Professors and Politicos Fooled by the Muslim Brotherhood

    07/27/2012 5:36:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Campus Watch ^ | 7/27/12 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    Engagement with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is the consensus among elite opinion and certainly among the ranks of North American Middle East studies academics, the "experts" tasked with informing the public and, often, policy-makers on foreign policy in the region. Since the Egyptian revolution, these academics have whitewashed the Muslim Brotherhood, downplayed its Islamist agenda, and urged U.S. cooperation—a policy suggestion the Obama administration has clearly taken to heart. Many have been shocked by the speed with which the Obama administration has pursued this policy of outreach. The current debate within Congress about the potential influence of the Muslim Brotherhood on...
  • SF Code Pinker interrupts Netanyahu before Congress. Coming next to SF

    05/24/2011 4:53:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 13 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 5/24/11 | Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writer
    A San Francisco woman interrupted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday. Check out the video here of Code Pinker Rae Abileah's interruption -- and turn the volume up WAY high, because you can barely hear her say, "Stop Israeli war crimes." The Pinkers describe the Half Moon Bay native as "a young Jewish American of Israeli descent" who now lives in SF. Netanyahu briefly paused as Capitol law enforcement removed Abileah. He followed up with an ad lib about how great it was to be in a "real democracy" where folks can freely...
  • Flotilla's goal was not humanitarian

    06/04/2010 8:03:05 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 356+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/4/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    On CNN earlier this week, American Edward Peck, an activist who sailed with the Free Gaza Movement flotilla, asserted, "The purpose of the movement was humanitarian." Sorry, but the video of so-called peace activists clubbing Israeli soldiers and tossing one onto a lower deck didn't exactly exude the Kumbaya spirit to me. While Peck argued that the flotilla was not "hostile," its goal was provocative - to break Israel's military embargo against Hamas. Activists knew they were taunting a standing army. They also knew they couldn't lose. Israel already delivers food and other relief to the Gaza Strip. As for...
  • S.F. Police Chief Gascón makes amends to Arabs

    04/02/2010 7:40:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 377+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/2/10 | Heather Knight
    San Francisco Police Chief George Gascón has been on an apology tour this week after making controversial remarks about terrorism and Middle Easterners - and the dustup is likely to lead to changes in the Police Department and at City Hall. Gascón reportedly said last week the Hall of Justice is susceptible to a terrorist attack by members of the city's Middle Eastern community parking a van in front of it and blowing it up.Despite reports to the contrary from people in attendance, Gascón said he never lumped all Middle Easterners or Arab Americans together, but instead referred to people...
  • Israel lobby challenged during AIPAC conference [Code Pink] (Barf alert)

    06/04/2009 10:50:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies · 745+ views
    The Final Call ^ | May 28, 2009 | Askia Muhammad
    WASHINGTON - A small band of determined women raised their voices against America's most powerful political lobby—the Israel lobby—and they got their point across. When Israeli Pres. Shimon Peres began speaking to the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference at the Washington Convention Center May 4 six members of CODEPINK Women for Peace raised banners saying “Want Peace? End the Occupation,” “What About Gaza?” and “No Money for War Crimes.” The next day, when U.S. Vice President Joe Biden began addressing the AIPAC meeting, another pair of CODEPINK members disrupted his speech. Each day, as the activists—some...
  • Editorials: Getting the Right Thing Done

    04/23/2009 3:00:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 466+ views
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 4/23/9 | Becky O’Malley
    This space doesn’t usually take requests, but when my 94-year-old mother calls up and insists, it’s hard to say no. What she wanted when she called last week is not hard to come up with, after all: a forthright denunciation of the Obama administration’s apparent plan to let the torturers and their instigators off the hook. Thinking people everywhere (I’m one of them) have rushed to their keyboards to do their best to make sure the current government doesn’t get away with letting their predecessors get off scot free. MoveOn is on their case to make sure they don’t forget....
  • Vandals target U.S. Marine Corps center in Berkeley on eve of Iraq war anniversary

    03/19/2009 11:37:58 AM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies · 1,049+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 3/19/9 | Kristin Bender
    BERKELEY — The U.S Marine Corps Recruiting Center, which has been the target of protests for the past 18 months, was badly damaged by vandals Wednesday night, the eve of the 6th anniversary of the Iraq war. Today, broken windows are boarded up with sheets of plywood at the recruitment center in downtown Berkeley. CodePink and other anti-war groups picketed in front of the Marine recruiting center at 64 Shattuck Square in downtown Berkeley since the fall of 2007. The groups say the Marines do not belong in liberal Berkeley and they should find a new spot for their center....
  • Protests greet Bush's first speech as ex-president [He is a war criminal......]

    03/17/2009 2:29:49 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies · 2,011+ views
    Protests greet Bush's first speech as ex-president Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:00pm EDT CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - More than 100 protesters chanted "war criminal" and flung shoes in Calgary on Tuesday, angry that former U.S. President George W. Bush was in the Canadian city to give his first speech since leaving the White House. At least two demonstrators were hauled away by police after brief skirmishes, as 1,500 business people in the oil patch city waited outside a convention center for an hour to pass through tight security and enter the C$400-a-plate ($315) luncheon. Media were barred from the invitation-only...
  • Rendition case in S.F. to test Obama policies

    02/09/2009 7:59:50 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 351+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/9/9 | Bob Egelko
    The public is likely to get its first close look at the Obama administration's policies on torture, secrecy and prisoners' rights in a San Francisco courtroom today, when federal judges press a government lawyer for a position on the practice known as extraordinary rendition. Five men - one now imprisoned in Egypt, one in Morocco, one at Guantanamo Bay and two who have been released without charges - are asking the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reinstate a lawsuit that accuses a San Jose flight-planning company of helping the CIA transport them to overseas dungeons for interrogation and...
  • Protesters march through S.F. against Israeli offensive

    01/05/2009 3:22:17 PM PST · by SmithL · 20 replies · 753+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/5/9 | Henry K. Lee
    SAN FRANCISCO -- More than 200 pro-Palestinian demonstrators protested today outside the Israeli Consulate and the Federal Building in San Francisco, venting anger over Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The demonstrators assembled about 8 a.m. at the intersection of Market and Montgomery streets, then protested outside the consulate, at 456 Montgomery, before heading up Market toward the Federal Building on Golden Gate Avenue. Traffic was stopped at several intersections. Police on foot and on motorcycles monitored protesters but made no arrests. Many protesters carried Palestinian flags, were draped in checkered Palestinian head scarves and carried anti-Israel signs, such...
  • Senators seek rights protections in FBI probes { Durbin, Feingold, Kennedy }

    09/23/2008 10:35:52 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 246+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 9/23/8 | LARA JAKES JORDAN, Associated Press Writer
    Three Democratic senators demanded "bare-minimum" civil rights protections Tuesday for Americans who might be targeted in FBI national security investigations without any evidence of wrongdoing. In a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, the senators also urged the Justice Department to delay still-tentative rules that would expand FBI powers to seek out potential terrorists. They said the new policy could allow surveillance of Muslim- or Arab-Americans based, in part, on their race, ethnicity or religion. "The Justice Department's actions over the last eight years have alienated many Americans, especially Arab and Muslim Americans," wrote Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin, Russ Feingold...
  • Arrest count climbs to more than 50 in S.F. anti-war protests

    03/19/2008 1:23:55 PM PDT · by SmithL · 51 replies · 1,812+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/19/8 | Anastasia Ustinova, Steve Rubenstein, Charles Burress,Marisa Lagos
    SAN FRANCISCO - -- Protesters briefly clashed with San Francisco police several times today as officers tried to clear Market Street of hundreds of demonstrators marking the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war. More than 50 people had been arrested by lunch time in incidents at several downtown locations. In the most recent scuffle, about 80 police in riot helmets and carrying billy clubs surrounded about two dozen demonstrators staging a die-in at Market and New Montgomery streets. The protesters laid in the street around 12:15 p.m., blocking traffic. At least two demonstrators were wrestled to the...
  • UN Rights Council Condemns Israel

    03/06/2008 11:03:40 AM PST · by SmithL · 11 replies · 224+ views
    GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) -- The U.N. Human Rights Council has condemned Israel's offensive in Gaza and called on Palestinians to stop rocket fire into Israel. The resolution passed Thursday said Israeli incursions into the Palestinian territory inflicted collective punishment on the civilian population. Israel launched the offensive last week in response to Palestinian militants barraging southern Israel with rockets.
  • NYU Hosting the Latest "Academic Freedom" Conference; Break out the Violins

    02/22/2008 11:12:18 AM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 105+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 2/22/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    The proliferation of dubious conferences on "academic freedom" continues unabated. And, in each case, biased and politicized Middle East studies academics are a major component.In October, 2007, the University of Chicago hosted, "In Defense of Academic Freedom," an event whose unifying theme was "the notion that Jewish groups have degraded the quality and breadth of discussion in the media and in Washington." Hardly the stuff of self-described progressives, but such is the state of discourse in the corridors of academia today. Then there was the "DePaul Academic Freedom Conference" earlier this month. It featured the usual suspects, all alleging "academic...
  • CAIR's Rebuttal {Updated}

    01/07/2008 1:59:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 3 replies · 78+ views
    Cinnamon Stillwell's Blog ^ | Updated 1/7/8 | Cinnamon Stillwell
    SFGate printed a rebuttal from CAIR to my column, "Savage vs. CAIR: The Battle over Free Speech" today titled, "Free Speech vs. Hate Speech." It consists of the usual CAIR talking points and obfuscation and the author, CAIR-San Francisco Bay Area Executive Director Safaa Ibrahim, demonstrates a marked lack of understanding (whether purposeful or not) of the concept of free speech. In addition, she doesn't disprove any of the allegations made in my article. And, if the reader comments are any indication, the American public isn't buying it. Update (1/5): Conservatarian weighs in on CAIR's "dissimulation" here and Douglas Hagmann...
  • Free speech vs. hate speech

    01/04/2008 10:38:18 AM PST · by SmithL · 44 replies · 257+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 1/4/8 | Safaa Ibrahim
    Cinnamon Stillwell's recent column in SF Gate, "Savage vs. CAIR: The battle over free speech" on Dec. 19 offers a holiday assortment of misleading truths and omissions of facts. In her misguided defense of the "Savage Nation" radio show, Stillwell essentially defends anarchistic hate against minority groups including African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, Catholics, Jews, immigrants and women. She does so under the pretense of defending free speech. Of course, most elementary school students will tell you that hate speech is not to be confused with free speech. CAIR, the California Council of Churches, Rabbi Haim Dov Beilak and other...
  • (Tammy) Baldwin (D, WI) puts Cheney Ouster on the Table

    12/16/2007 4:10:52 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 42 replies · 222+ views ^ | December 15, 2007 | John Nichols
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, and two other senior members of the House Judiciary Committee have called for the immediate opening of impeachment hearings for Vice President Richard Cheney.Baldwin and fellow Democrats Robert Wexler of Florida and Luis Gutierrez of Illinois on Friday distributed a statement, "A Case for Hearings," that declares, "The issues at hand are too serious to ignore, including credible allegations of abuse of power that if proven may well constitute high crimes and misdemeanors under our Constitution. The charges against Vice President Cheney relate to his deceptive actions leading up to the Iraq war, the revelation...
  • Justice Asked to Probe Tape Destruction

    12/07/2007 9:44:49 AM PST · by SmithL · 14 replies · 100+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 12/7/7 | PAMELA HESS, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate's No. 2 Democrat on Friday asked the Justice Department to investigate whether the CIA obstructed justice by destroying videotapes that documented the harsh 2002 interrogations of two alleged terrorists. A day after CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden told agency employees the tapes were destroyed in 2005, members of Congress, human rights groups and lawyers for accused terrorists said the tapes may have been key evidence that the U.S. government had illegally authorized torture. In a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois asked for a probe of "whether CIA...
  • UCLA's Politicized Middle East Studies Professors

    11/12/2007 10:02:12 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 36+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 11/12/7 | Cinnamon STillwell
    Earlier this year, the Center for Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. It was founded in 1957 by Gustave E. Von Grunebaum, a scholar at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute and the first president of the Middle East Studies Association. Grunebaum sought to establish at UCLA a groundbreaking Middle East and Islamic Studies program featuring an array of experts in languages, culture, and history. Unfortunately, the best-known UCLA professors specializing in the region today, far from embodying the classical approach to the discipline in which knowledge is the overriding goal, exemplify...
  • DePaul Prof. Aminah Beverly McCloud: Pushing "Islamophobia," Obscuring Islamism

    10/23/2007 7:37:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 128+ views
    Campus Watch ^ | 10/23/7 | Cinnamon STillwell
    As part of the "Islam Awareness Week" currently taking place at the University of Pennsylvania, a discussion titled, "Don't Believe the Hype: How the Media and Hollywood Portray Muslims and their Faith" will take place on October 24. Looking at the description of the event, it's clear that the usual platitudes about "Islamophobia," "racism," and "misconceptions" will be employed to mask the need for honest examination and, ultimately, reform in combating Islamism: This event will seek to address the way Western media has created an unwarranted sense of fear towards Muslims. This speaker panel will address the heavy-hitting issue of...