Below you will find two perspectives from a recent dinner conversation:
I. Candid and Confrontational
II. Compassionate and Personal
I recently attended a small family gathering, not my immediate family but my partners, so by extension people that I care for. I am Armenian and my partner is Jewish, and at the table were us and the elders, including a holocaust survivor.
During dinner the conversation drifted between various topics and at some point turned to politics, focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Those who have followed my blog know that I am quite outspoken regarding my political views and rarely do I mince words, and this night was not an exception. I believe that dialogue, discussion, honesty, and candidness are needed to come to terms with what is actually taking place in the heart of the Middle-East because what transpires in that region, what the final outcome will be between Israel and Palestine, will decide the fate of humanity.
By Larry Pinkney
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives . . . The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”—Howard Zinn
As the global corporate elite ravages the planet, and the United States slips into a corporate-owned police state, and U.S. imperialistic military adventures rage on in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya (North Africa), Somalia (East Africa), and elsewhere on Mother Earth it is easy to become sad—even downright disillusioned.
Nevertheless, everyday ordinary Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people in this nation and around the world have not yet lost the struggle for the regaining of our collective humanity. As long as ordinary human beings are capable of accomplishing extraordinary acts—there remains hope for Mother Earth and humanity as a whole.
“Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth.” - Lucy Parsons
In order to genuinely change this corrupt, rotten, political system, one must fight the system, not accommodate or acquiesce to it.
It is a struggle based upon the needs and human rights of the many versus the insatiable greed and lust for power of the few.
The objective of this U.S. political system and its corporate-stream media is to manipulate, break your spirit, and wear you down. Only this way can those who actually own the system be the successful profiteers that they are.
The plain ordinary everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people of this nation are never genuinely told or truly heralded for their political, economic, and social victories in the daily struggle to survive in this predatory capitalist system.
The popular notion that anti-Semitism caused the Zionist movement makes the mistake of post hoc ergo propter hoc - "after the fact, therefore because of the fact."
Sixty-six years ago, on November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 181, which partitioned the land of Palestine into two States: the “birth certificate” for Israel, and the “death certificate” for Palestine.
Native Americans held a special knowledge of the land and its inhabitants, and believed they were only a small part of the whole circle of life, and that each part of creation played a significant role in the contentment and survival of the other.
The assassination of the President of the United States on national television by the “lone” assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald—who according to authorities used an obsolete bolt-action WWI rifle that was not capable of firing bullets fast enough to wound John F. Kennedy—who is then assassinated the next day by another “lone” assassin, is so stupid that whoever is behind the assassination didn’t expect you to believe it.
Would the planet be at serious risk, according to a massive United Nations Environmental Report, due to “the dangers of climate change, water scarcity, dwindling fish stocks and the pressures on the land and the extinction of species,” had John F. Kennedy not been assassinated on Friday, November 22, 1963.
In many minds, the birth of the Modern State of Israel is closely identified with the Nazi terror in Europe and the Holocaust, but in fact the conception of and planning for a Jewish state had begun some 60 years earlier.
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