08 Feb 2015

People Are Asking the Wrong Questions About Netanyahu’s Upcoming DC Address

The questions shouldn’t be: 1)  Is this a breach of protocol by the House Speaker, to invite a foreign Prime Minister to address a joint session of Congress? 2)  Is it too close to the Israeli elections to select one of many candidates for the spotlight and likely accolades such

05 Oct 2014

Food Sunday: Kale Pie

For years, we grew kale in our Alaska garden.  It is hardy and nutritious.  Somehow, it got eclipsed by some of my experiments – rutabaga, radicchio, parsnips, fava beans, soy beans and other plants.  This year, once again, I planted kale, from a pack of seeds including various kinds of

02 Oct 2014

Alaska Election Update: Gov. Parnell Falls Behind and Don Young Wonders About “Ocean Assification”

So much money is being spent on radio and television political ads in Alaska, especially in the U.S. Senate race, that some TV programs are starting five minutes behind, so the stations can rake in as much dough as possible.  Both Sen. Mark Begich, and his GOP opponent, former Alaska

20 Sep 2014

Saturday Art – Sila: Breath of the World, by John Luther Adams

This year’s Pulitzer Prize for Musical Composition was awarded to my longtime friend and colleague, John Luther Adams.  The award was specifically for a spacious new orchestral work of his, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Become Ocean.  But the prize for Adams, as is the case with others so

25 Aug 2014

What Might Be Done for Gazans Beyond Hamas?

This is a question many of us have asked ourselves. Gazans have been equated with the people who are in political and paramilitary power there from the beginning of Hamas control, which was brought about by an election run more fairly than many in jurisdictions of the USA.  The three

16 Aug 2014

Two Interviews with Max Blumenthal from Yafa-Tel Aviv and Ramallah

In the aftermath of the month-long Gaza slaughter, author and journalist Max Blumenthal is in Israel and Palestine.  Two videos have been posted on Youtube within the past few days which are important documents for at least a few reasons. Longtime Firedoglake readers are probably aware that I have been

15 Aug 2014

The Upcoming Alaska Primary

On Tuesday, Alaskan super voters will go to the polls to decide a few important contests. The two most important for the future of the state are the GOP three-way contest to oppose Sen. (D) Mark Begich’s US Senate seat in November, and a voters’ referendum on Alaska’s tax structure

03 Aug 2014

Talk by Ali Abunimah, FDL Book Salon Author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine, Cancelled by Evanston Public Library – Updated X 2

Author Ali Abunimah, who we hosted at a Firedoglake Book Salon on May 18th, has been rudely cancelled from giving an August 11th public talk on the book we featured, The Battle for Justice in Palestine, by the Evanston (Illinois) Public Library: Evanston Public Library in the north shore suburbs of

25 Jul 2014

Saturday Art: My Poem for Gaza

Almost 40 years ago, after showing my girlfriend (now my wife) my latest poem, she diplomatically told me that poetry was perhaps “the least of my many artistic talents.”  Since then, I haven’t written many verses, though I’ve set over 50 by others to song. However, the ongoing Gaza butchery

21 Jul 2014

Blatant Racism Toward Israeli Bedouins – The Iron Dirt Dome

For the #Bedouins of the #Negev, the demand for concrete shelters is not just about protection, it's about… http://t.co/KrZuYBilzO — intelligencebar (@intelligencebar) July 18, 2014 Sunday, as fighting escalated in the open prison grounds of Gazagrad, a desperate rocket, fired from the internment camp’s interior killed an Israeli Bedouin citizen.