mediocrepresident asked: Did you see Jon Stewart's lament about Obama's Palestinian speech last night? He seemed to reflect what Mondoweiss and actual Palestinians think judging from what I read on Al Jazeera.
I don’t frequent Mondoweiss, but from what I hear from my Palestinian friends (and what I can understand from my own common sense) agrees with Jon Stewart.
It’s all well and good for Barack Obama to recognize Palestinians’ right to self determination, but if he doesn’t put any pressure on the Israeli government or start attaching strings to the vast amounts of U.S. monetary aid sent, it doesn’t mean much. At best, it’s an ineffectual nod to Palestine. At worst, it’s hypocritical and political maneuvering coming from an administration that doesn’t have an interest in peace.
I’m hoping for the best, as sad as that best is, but I’m hardly convinced.
As for the bit on renewed diplomatic relations between Israel and Turkey, well, the segment on the show was hilarious, but I, like Aasif Mandvi and Jon Stewart, find it a distraction from the actual issues Palestinians and Israelis face.
White House Petition to Stop Drones
Hey, Dion, this isn’t quite a submission, but I can’t put links in the ask. I know you’re a vocal opponent of Obama’s brown-people-killing, and I’ve started a petition on the white house website to stop the drone strikes. Obviously, it’s unlikely to accomplish much, but at 25,000 signatures it gets officially reviewed by the white house, and the goal is to make him know that this issue isn’t being ignored as much as he thinks it is. You have lots of politically minded or human rights-minded followers, both here and on your side blogs, and I don’t on any of mine, so I’d really, really, really appreciate it if you’d spread the petition.
We can actually do this—at the very least make him notice it.
What other president has at least given us a tool to call him out on his fuckery?
Colin Powell (via our-eloquent-incoherence)
Colin Powell why are you and Condi republicans? That’s the real question I wanna know.