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2nd District candidate runs as social liberal

SOUTH BEND As a candidate for Congress, Douglas Carpenter is counting on his local connections and liberal views on issues such as abortion and immigration reform to woo Democratic voters.

The 52-year-old South Bend man, a graduate of Penn High School and the American University of the Caribbean, is seeking the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District, which includes much of north-central Indiana.

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We treasure our Sierra Madre

In the1948 John Houston movie, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, three destitute Americans working as gold prospectors mining the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico are confronted by bandits posing as mounted police (Federales).

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IsraelSouth Africa relations – Wikipedia, the free …

IsraelSouth Africa relations refer to the current and historic relationship between the Republic of South Africa and the State of Israel.

South Africa was among the 33 states that voted in favour of the 1947 UN partition resolution,[1] which led to the creation of the State of Israel, and was one of only four Commonwealth nations to do so. On 24 May 1948,[2] nine days after Israel’s declaration of independence, the South African government of Jan Smuts, a long-time supporter of Zionism, granted de facto recognition to the State of Israel, just two days before his United Party was voted out of office and replaced by the pro-apartheid National Party. South Africa was the seventh nation to recognise the new Jewish state. On 14 May 1949, South Africa granted de jure recognition to the State of Israel.[3]:109111[4]

The impetus for the blossoming relationship between Israel and South Africa was the 1967 Six Day War. Israel’s victory in the war, and subsequent occupation of the Sinai and West Bank, alienated it diplomatically from much of the Third World, and African states. Left-wing movements around the world, including the Black nationalist movements, now began to see it as a colonial state.[5] At the same time, in South Africa, Israel became the object of widespread admiration, particularly among the country’s political and military leadership. The editorial of Die Burger, then the mouthpiece of the South African Nationalist Party declared: “Israel and South Africa are engaged in a struggle for existence… The anti-Western powers have driven Israel and South Africa into a community of interests which had better be utilized than denied.”[5] Within less than a decade, South Africa would be one of Israel’s closest military and economic allies, whilst Israel would occupy the position of South Africa’s closest military ally, and Israel had become the most important foreign arms supplier to the South African Defence Force.[3]:11719

The Israeli interest in South Africa sprang in part from the presence of about 110,000 Jews in South Africa, a figure which included more than 15,000 Israeli citizens.[6]

Diplomatic relations between Israel and South Africa began in 1949, when Israel established a consulate-general in Pretoria,[3]:110 which was raised to the status of a legation in November 1950.[7] However, South Africa had no direct diplomatic representation in Israel (it being represented by the United Kingdom) until South Africa withdrew from the Commonwealth in 1961, whereupon it sent a consul-general to Tel Aviv.[8] South African Prime Minister D.F. Malan first visited Israel in 1953.[9]

In the 1950s and 1960s, Israel had prioritized building relations with the newly independent states of sub-Saharan Africa; this, in turn, led it to take a critical stance on the question of apartheid. On October 11, 1961, Israel voted for the General Assembly censure of Eric Louw’s speech defending apartheid.[10][11] Israel became one of a few nations to have strong relations with apartheid South Africa. However in 1963, Israel informed the United Nations Special Committee on Apartheid that it had taken steps to comply with the military boycott of apartheid South Africa and had recalled its ambassador to South Africa.[11][12] Israeli leaders had felt a need to publicly distance themselves from the positions of the apartheid government of South Africa during the 1950s and early 1960s, although the governments began to secretly cultivate ties during this period. After 1967, Israel’s attempted alliances with post-colonial African states had, in most assessments, failed. As a final expression of this strategy, in 1971, Israel offered $2,850 in aid to the Organization of African Unity, which was rejected, but not before reportedly irking South Africa.[13]

Most African states had fully broken ties after the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and Israel increased its cultivation of ties with the similarly isolated regime in Pretoria.[14]Ethan A. Nadelmann has claimed that the relationship developed due to the fact that many African countries broke diplomatic ties with Israel during the 1970s following Israeli occupation of Arab land during the ArabIsraeli wars, causing Israel to deepen relations with other isolated countries.[15]

By 1973, an economic and military alliance between Israel and South Africa was in the ascendancy. The military leadership of both countries was convinced that both nations faced a fundamentally similar predicament, fighting for their survival against the common terrorist enemy of the PLO and the ANC.[5]

In 1975, the IsraelSouth Africa Agreement was signed, and increasing economic co-operation between Israel and South Africa was reported, including the construction of a major new railway in Israel, and the building of a desalination plant in South Africa.[16] In April 1976 South African Prime Minister John Vorster was invited to make a state visit, meeting Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.[14][17] Later in 1976, the 5th Conference of Non-Aligned Nations in Colombo, Sri Lanka, adopted a resolution calling for an oil embargo against France and Israel because of their arms sales to South Africa.[16] In 1977, South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha visited Israel to discuss South African issues with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan.

Israeli and South African intelligence czars held regular conferences with each other to share information on enemy weapons and training.[5] The co-ordination between the Israel Defense Forces and the South African Defense Force was unprecedented, with Israeli and South African generals giving each other unfettered access to each other’s battlefields and military tactics, and Israel sharing with South Africa highly classified information about its missions, such as Operation Opera, which had previously only been reserved for the United States.[5]

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Letter: A close look at US-Israel relations

In his letter, (“Israeli Apartheid,” April 10), J. Levinson defends Israel from mounting evidence that Israel has implemented a system of apartheid against Palestinians. This is an important issue for Americans. Apartheid is the most severe level of crime defined in International Law. It is a collection of individual crimes, (mostly war crimes), carried out over a sustained period for the purpose of racial domination and theft of resources. Israels system has been in place for nearly 70 years. The U.S, during that period, has given more aid to Israel than to any other country.

If charges of apartheid prevail, our government could be found complicit and Americans could find themselves paying reparations. I suggest readers check the situation for themselves travel to Israel/Palestine and note the conditions of Jewish nationals vs. Palestinians, or read the International Legal Study, Occupation, Colonialism, Apartheid, by the HSRC of South Africa, or watch online testimony given at the Russell Tribunal Hearings on Palestine held in South Africa, 2011.

After visiting the Holy Land, South African leader Desmond Tutu said of Israels system, God is weeping and that Israels treatment of Palestinians is more severe than that which existed in South Africa. Tutu has publicly endorsed the international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Campaign (BDS) as a nonviolent means for civil society to help end Israels apartheid system.

Frances ReMillard


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4 Bedroom House For Sale in Post Office – West Bank, Bank Street, East London 5201, South Africa .. – Video

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Gresham supporters rally against planned CPS turnaround


Updated: April 9, 2014 2:21AM

Standing in front of Chicago Public Schools Board President David Vitales spacious Hyde Park home Tuesday evening, a group of nearly 100 rallied against and questioned the proposed turnarounds of three neighborhood schools.

The CPS parents, students and administrators questioned how a man of wealth could make decisions for parents in poor communities and how the turnaround would benefit a community, while stripping it of its teachers.

To stand in front of a house we know we cant afford, for somebody to make the decisions for poor folks that constantly give to the rich and take from the poor The globalization of education cannot continue to happen in the city of Chicago, said parent Zerlina Smith, a member of the grassroots group Action Now.

Protesters, including Gresham Principal Diedrus Brown, stood in front of the two-story brick home some on the front lawn and driveway blocking rush-hour traffic for about 30 minutes and chanting against the proposed turnaround of Gresham Elementary School on the South Side, Ronald McNair Elementary School on the West Side and Dvorak Technology Academy in North Lawndale.

Angela Gordon, a Dvorak parent, asked the crowd what 170 homeless families on the schools roster will do. And where the children of convicted felons in the neighborhood will go. Ollie Clements, a grandmother of two students at Gresham said a turnaround will take away the heart of our community.

At a protest earlier Tuesday at Gresham, Gwen Herbert offered two reasons to keep Gresham the way it is: A doctor and a lawyer.

In all, Herbert said shes sent 10 of her children to the South Side school that Chicago Public Schools wants to close and reopen with all-new teachers.

I have children here now, Ive had children here in the past and my children have turned out pretty good, Herbert said Tuesday. I have a doctor. I have a lawyer. You name it, I have it, and they went to Gresham.

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Regency Ushers Northgate at Juanita Tate

Regency declared the anchor opening at its new development – Juanita Tate Marketplace – in South Los Angeles.

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Regency Ushers Northgate at Juanita Tate – Analyst Blog

Regency Centers Corporation ( REG ) declared the anchor opening at its new development – Juanita Tate Marketplace – in South Los Angeles. The property’s anchor tenant , Northgate Gonzalez Market, will occupy 42,000 square foot space in this daily needs center

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US must allow free speech on Palestine

I am writing today to express grave concern about a wave of legislative measures in the United States aimed at punishing and intimidating those who speak their conscience and challenge the human rights violations endured by the Palestinian people.

In legislatures in Maryland, New York, Illinois, Florida, and even the United States Congress, bills have been proposed that would either bar funding to academic associations or seek to malign those who have taken a stand against the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

These legislative efforts are in response to a growing international initiative, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, of which I have long been a supporter. The BDS movement emanates from a call for justice put out by the Palestinian people themselves. It is a Palestinian-led, international nonviolent movement that seeks to force the Israeli government to comply with international law in respect to its treatment of the Palestinian people.

I have supported this movement because it exerts pressure without violence onIsrael to create lasting peace for the citizens of Israel and Palestine, peace which most citizens crave. I have witnessed the systematic violence against and humiliation of Palestinian men, women and children by members of the Israeli security forces. Their humiliation and pain is all too familiar to us South Africans.

In South Africa, we could not have achieved our democracy without the help of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the Apartheid regime. My conscience compels me to stand with the Palestinians as they seek to use the same tactics of non-violence to further their efforts to end the oppression associated with the Israeli occupation.

The legislations being proposed in the United States would have made participation in a movement like the one that ended Apartheid in South Africa extremely difficult.

I am also deeply troubled by the rhetoric associated with the promulgation of these bills which I understand, in the instance of Maryland, included testimony comparing the boycott to the actions of the Nazis in Germany. The Nazi Holocaust which resulted in the extermination of millions of Jews is a crime of monstrous proportions. To imply that it is in any way comparable to a nonviolent initiative diminishes the horrific nature of that genocidal and tragic era in our world history.

Whether used in South Africa, the US South, or India, boycotts have resulted in a transformative change that not only brought freedom and justice to the victims but also peace and reconciliation for the oppressors. I strongly oppose any piece of legislation meant to punish or deter individuals from pursuing this transformative aspiration. And I remain forever hopeful that, like the nonviolent efforts that have preceded it, the BDS movement will ultimately become a catalyst for honest peace and reconciliation for all our brothers and sisters, both Palestinian and Israeli, in the Holy Land.

Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town Desmond Tutu, a legendary figure in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, issued this statement on April 2, 2014.


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#BDS: Israeli Apartheid exposed by S. Africa’s Desmond Tutu – Video

#BDS: Israeli Apartheid exposed by S. Africa's Desmond Tutu
Israeli Apartheid exposed by South Africa's Desmond Tutu. Veteran anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu exposes Israeli apartheid against Pales…

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