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Political Thought and Action to be Outlawed - U.S. Lawmakers Seek to Criminally Outlaw Support for Boycott Campaign Against Israel

Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Grim The Intercept
The criminalization of political speech and activism against Israel has become one of the gravest threats to free speech. 43 senators — 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats — want to pass a law that would make it a felony for Americans to support the international boycott against Israel, which was launched in protest of the decades-old occupation of Palestine. The punishment: a minimum civil penalty of $250,000; a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison.

Tidbits - March 31, 2016 - Reader Comments: Bernie, Hillary and AIPAC; Small Jails; Newspaper Guild; Ireland; Yemen; Cuba flights; announcements; and more...

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Reader Comments: Bernie, Hillary and AIPAC; GOP Tax Plans; What Americans Don't Get About Nordic Countries; Rekia Boyd - Still Waiting for Justice; The Rise of 1,000 Small Jails; Chinese Daily News Workers and The Newspaper Guild; Ireland's 1916 Easter Rebellion; TPP; Yemen; Drones; This Is Not Dixie: Racist Violence in Kansas; Flights to Cuba Are Getting Cheaper; Announcements: New York; Raleigh (NC); Oakland (CA); Bethlehem (PA); SUNY Stony Brook; and more...

Read Bernie's Speech to AIPAC

Bernie Sanders Mondoweiss
Yesterday the Bernie Sanders campaign released the speech Sanders would have given to AIPAC had the presidential hopeful been allowed to show a pre-recorded message at the pro-Israel lobby’s annual policy conference.

Sanders Declines To Pander To Israel Lobby In Speech Prepared For AIPAC

Kevin Gosztola Shadowproof
Unlike Clinton, and all the Republican presidential candidates who spoke at AIPAC, Sanders called attention to Palestinian human rights issues. He said security meant “achieving self-determination, civil rights, and economic wellbeing for the Palestinian people.” Sanders also said peace meant ending the “occupation of Palestinian territory.”

Top Jewish Leaders Back Iran Deal in New York Times Ad; 340 Rabbis Back Iran Deal in Letter to Congress

Nathan Guttman; Jewish Telegraph Agency The Jewish Daily Forward
Prominent Jewish Americans, including former officials of AIPAC, in a full-page ad in the New York Times,urged Congress to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) -the agreement between Tehran and six world powers. Many of the signers have devoted decades to building and enhancing Israel's security and strengthening the US-Israel alliance, designed to counter claims by some on the American right that no supporter of Israel could endorse the agreement.

Tidbits - December 18, 2014

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Reader Comments: Congress Plots to Undermine Retiree Pensions; Is It Bad Enough Yet?; Angela Davis: the unbroken line of police violence; James Baldwin on Racism; LAWCHA's Teacher/Public Sector Initiative; #BlackLivesMatter Takes the Field; They Fear and The Kill; Thousands March to Protest Police Brutality; Torture - Senate Report, Lessons from Latin America; Trade; Chanukah 2014; CELEBRATING CHARLIE HADEN memorial and celebration of his life - New York - Jan. 13

Tidbits - December 11, 2014

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Reader Comments - CIA Lied About Torture; A New Civil Rights Movement?; Grand Jury Injustice - Justice Demanded; Members of Congress (and staffers) join protest; Illegal Cop Murders; Police Reform? - Bolder Steps Needed; Low Wage Workers: 'We Can't Breathe'; Slavery, Founding Fathers and Torture; Congress Plots against Pensions; Pardon Snowden, Manning and Leonard Peltier; Israel Lobby and Ukraine; War on Terror; Israel, U.S. and space weapons; New Republic; Correction

Tidbits - November 27, 2014

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Reader Comments - Darren Wilson Acquittal - Reader Responses; Black Friday Protests; Election Lessons for the Left; Immigration Reform; Ursula K. Le Guin, Pension Reform(?); Water Grab; Facebook Drivers Vote Union; Berlin Wall's Fall - Reflections from the GDR; Israel Lobby and Ukrainian Fascists; Mexico - 43 students murdered; Israel, Palestine and Rasmeah Odeh; The Selfless Gene; Announcement - New Politics Forum on the Environmental Crisis - New York - Dec. 9
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