Sun Feb 2nd, 2020 at 08:14:29 PM EST
Not only Europe raises concern about keeping a level playing field ... Democracy at stake!
"A Who's-Who" of People Against Progressive Agenda: DNC's Perez Under Fire for Convention Committee Picks | Common Dreams |
Former Congressman Barney Frank, who wrote a 2015 op-ed entitled "Why Progressives Shouldn't Support Bernie," is among those nominated.
Progressives raised alarm this weekend after Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez released his picks for the 2020 Democratic National Convention committees.
The list of nominees, Sunrise Movement political director Evan Weber said, looks like "a who's-who of people explicitly opposed to the progressive agenda."
Kevin Gosztola, managing editor of Shadowproof, sparked a flurry of responses when he shared Perez's list on social media Saturday afternoon.
○ DNC Chair Candidate Tom Perez's Bank-Friendly Record Could Kneecap the Democratic Party | The Intercept - Feb. 2017 |
Democrats at a loss on policy and campaign tactics to win an election.
More below the fold ...
Some background from 2016 campaign...
○ Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign as DNC chair as email scandal rocks Democrats | The Guardian - July 25, 2016 |
No one is assigned to Jewish outreach at the DNC. Who ya gonna call? | Times of Israel - April 2017 |
"From speaking at AIPAC to meeting with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Tom has made outreach to the Jewish community a personal priority," he said. "The Jewish community will continue to play a vital role in the Democratic Party, particularly as Jewish community centers and schools are being targeted, and as the Trump administration seeks to divide us."
Jews have long been a key constituency for Democrats, and not just because their donations make up a third to a half of the DNC's support. They are also a key vote in swing states like Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio, and have proven to be among the most dedicated organizers over the decades.
DNC officials and those close to them outlined various reasons why the party was slow to name a dedicated staffer or officer to deal with the Jews. Among them:
Perez has cleared out much of the DNC staff, wanting to dismantle the perception lingering from the primaries that the committee was a redoubt of the establishment, and to reconcile the camps loyal to candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Hillary Clinton. He is still in the slow grind of hiring replacements.
○ American Jews, Politics and Israel | Gallup Report |
○ Last year, Buttigieg said that he'd condition aid to Israel over annexation. Now he's flip-flopping on that promise | Mondoweiss |
Through 'severe pressure,' U.S. can impose a two-state solution on Israel -- Nathan Thrall | Mondoweiss - May 2017 |
Nathan Thrall is the author of an important new book, The Only Language They Understand: Forcing Compromise in Israel and Palestine. On May 24, Scott Roth and I interviewed him at the Jerusalem Hotel in occupied Jerusalem. Thrall began by relating a central part of his analysis, "Israel-Palestine, the real reason there's no peace," which lately appeared in the Guardian.
What I tried to argue in that Guardian piece was that it's actually irrational for Israel to go for an agreement right now. Basically they're sitting pretty. They've got quiet in the West Bank, they're playing footsie with the Arab states that had been boycotting them. They've got an occupation that's paid for largely by the U.S. and Europe. They have full security control over the West Bank. They're on the border with Jordan as they want to be.
They're not facing any kind of public demand to change things. The public protests in recent years are over the price of cottage cheese, right? And so you look at that, and you say to yourself, What Israeli prime minister could rationally uproot tens of thousands of settlers, and say--which is a sine qua non-- we're giving up sovereignty over the Temple Mount, the Haram al Sharif when you have consistent polls showing a majority of Israelis are opposed to that- risking probably the greatest upheaval the society has ever faced, the potential assassination of the prime minister, Jew on Jew violence potentially-
To do all of that, for what? What are you going to gain? And what are you going to avoid by not doing it?
Let's take it as a choice that a prime minister is making. A, you do this: upheaval, withdrawing from the West Bank, all of your concerns about what happens security-wise after it takes over. You are losing control. You now control Palestinians completely. Do they go to Jordan? Do they not go to Jordan? Who comes in? Who comes out? You're controlling everything as you want to be. Now you're going to lose all of that and face enormous political opposition at home. That's option one.
○ Nathan Thrall's Propaganda Welcomed at the New York Times | CAMERA - May 2019 |
○ Israeli NGO Monitors, MEMRI propaganda or CAMERA reporting
U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly for sanctions to 'wake up' apartheid South Africa | Mondoweiss - Dec. 6, 2013 |
Read this news story from 1986 and imagine if South Africa was a different country, with a different relationship to the U.S. From The New York Times. Pay attention to all the moral stances adopted by senators, and remember that apartheid did not fall for another four years.
The Senate voted today [78-21] to override President Reagan's veto of legislation imposing stiff economic sanctions on South Africa. In doing so it rejected his pleas for support as he prepares to meet Mikhail S. Gorbachev, the Soviet leader, in Iceland..
Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Indiana Republican who heads the Foreign Relations Committee and was the chief sponsor of the measure, appealed in emotional terms to Pretoria to heed the action taken by Congress.
"As a friend of that Government we are saying wake up!" he said.
After the vote, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, said: "The Senate's action today expressed the best ideals of the American people. The message to countries all over the world is, the United States will lead, and we're proud to lead."
The sanctions, indeed, go further than those enacted Sept. 16 by the European Community. Those ban new investment and imports of gold coins, iron and steel from South Africa...
Senator Alan Cranston, a California Democrat, summed up this symbolism when he said, "The Senate must decide whether we stand with the oppressed or with the oppressors."
Oh and look at this. Shades of the war on terror, and radical Islam, the clash of civilizations:
Mr. Reagan's supporters ... predicted that by undermining the Pretoria Government, Congress would hasten the triumph of Communist-inspired forces in South Africa.
"The thrust of this legislation," said Senator Jesse Helms, a North Carolina Republican, "is to bring about violent, revolutionary change, and after that, tyranny."
Obama, an apprentice holding hands with mentor Joe Lieberman (D) on foreign policy ...
○ The Conversation: Obama on the goal of his foreign policy | Vox interview - Jan. 2015 |
○ The Obama Doctrine | The Atlantic by Jeffrey Goldberg - April 2016 |
Related reading from my diaries ...
○ Drone Strikes Cause Fierce Blowback In Yemen (Aug. 11, 2013)
○ House of Saud - US Alliance Has Broken the Middle East (Apr. 10, 2018)
○ White-washing Osama, Saudi Favorite Son (Aug. 3, 2018)
○ Israel Anti-BDS Bill Send to US Senate (Jan. 29, 2019)