Category: Broader foreign policy

  • Wow… Obama’s Address to the Muslim World

    At times I can barely believe my eyes — is this really our President? I think it is! Here are a few select quotes, but I highly recommend reading the full transcript of President Obama’s address to a historic crowd at Cairo University. First, some context for the relationship between the U.S. and the Muslim…

  • Oregon Divesting from Iran: Bad Idea

    I just learned from the American-Iranian Friendship Council that the  Oregon Senate passed a resolution calling for the state to divest from businesses with ties to Iran. This is a poorly-conceived bill,  based on “enemy-of-the-month” thinking that has placed Iran in the crosshairs for the last couple years (again). The resolution attempts to create false…

  • Avaaz Takes Action on the London G20 Summit

    The G-20 Summit, which is happening in London next week, will bring together decision-makers from the world’s largest (non-corporate) economies to talk about global fiscal policies.  Sounds dry, I know, but it has a lot to do with the boat we’re all in: a global climate crisis and the many human crises connected to our…

  • Things we can do to end the violence in Gaza

    I was at a gathering in support of Israel at Temple Beth Israel on Monday evening, which was well-attended. I went there to listen more than anything else, and I know that some others there, similar to me, were of the mind that we can support Israel but recognize that these recent military actions are…

  • Israelis Protest the Bombardment of Gaza

    After my long absence from Portland, I went to the rally for peace in Gaza here in Portland on Saturday, but I didn’t take any pictures. Watch this instead: video from a peace rally/march in Israel (I don’t have the date). I came across it on the blog Shalom Rav:

  • Can we finally close Guantanamo?

    Even George Bush has admitted that he wants to close our illegal prison in Guantanamo Bay. But he’s made no move to do so. But, incoming President Barack Obama has said he will close this prison camp.  He needs to hear that Americans are sick of maintaining this illegal prison and our network of illegal…

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