Category Archives: World News

This daily review will present headlines and a short paragraph concerning issues presented in newspapers throughout the world.

Big Troubles In Israel

There once was a nice Jewish man named Albert Einstein who endeavored to explain the meaning of the universe. He was also a supporter of Israel, but I wonder if he would support the Israel of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu? I suspect the people of Israel could use someone who might explain the origin and development of the current crisis in which Palestinians are using various strategies in order to vent their anger and frustration. I do realize anyone who dares to write that Palestinians are “angry” or “frustrated” is undoubtedly a self hating Jew. Yesterday, a member of the Palestinian government was killed by Israel soldiers. Ziad Abu Ein was engaged in a terrible display of this Palestinian anger by endeavoring to plant trees in an area that Jewish settlers were once again taking land that originally belonged to Palestinians. So Palestinians are crashing cars into Israelis, throwing acid at innocent Jewish families, and yelling and screaming.

So, if Albert Einstein was alive today, he probably would offer this piece of advice:

1. Sit down with Palestinian authorities and announce that Israel will recognize the new nation of Palestine.

2. Agree to evacuate all but 5% of the West Bank and place all Jewish settlements in that 5% area.

3. Announce that Palestinian refugees would be allowed to return to the West Bank area and a yearly $1 billion Israel fund would provide for 200,000 a year to come home.

4. Establish an Economic Union with Palestinians, Jordan and Egypt in order to foster economic cooperation.

It does not require an Einstein to figure out how to end this anger!

Do All Dogs Go Go To Heaven?

Pope Francis was consoling a little boy and told him that all dogs to to Heaven. I assume that he believes that either, dogs and other animals are allowed into Human Heaven or there is another Heaven up in the sky for those whom we regard as non-human animals. This is an interesting theological question that I have wondered about since I was a little boy. Does God segregate we humans from other life forms? I have also wondered if Heaven is also available to folks like Adolf Hitler or does he go down there, and we know where down there is down there. I also wonder if God allows other forms of thinking life forms, like us, and, of course, that is an assumption that we are thinking, to enter His Heaven?

Then again, there might be other Gods in the universe who have their own version of this place called Heaven. Look, I am 84 so the issue of Heaven is important. Anyway, does this mean I will have to share my place in Heaven with Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin? NO thanks? Just send me down to the place known as Hell because being with them–for eternity– would be just too much to endure!

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

we offer samples of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Sweden, Local: “Neo Fascists Want Apology”

Big deal, in America, torturers want an apology from Diane Feinstein!

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Underwear Matters”

And, so do smells.

Australia, Canberra Times: “Keep A Cool Head”

I think this refers to Dick Cheney who has lost his head.

Norway, Norway Post: “A New Start”

I believe that is what is necessary in the CIA.

Russia, Moscow Times: “When Its Too Good To Be True”

Sanctions, sanctions, on the bad guys!

Punish The Torturers??

It is now clear among the most important mistakes made by the newly elected Barack Obama was failure to appoint an outside bipartisan commission to investigate CIA behavior during the Bush administration. As I recall, he did not want to stir up old problems, and preferred to pretend that from now on things would be OK. In the United Kingdom, the Chilcot Commission was created to study the entire process of how Great Britain got involved in the Iraq war. We now must live with the errors of the Obama decision. Senator Mark Udall has called for the firing of CIA officials who participated in torture. CIA head John Brennan just a few weeks ago was arguing that “enhanced interrogation” helped to “thwart attacks, plans, capture terrorists, and save lives.” So, does President Obama retain this man whose comments do not accord with the reality of what actually happened. There is simply NO evidence that “enhanced interrogation” helped to capture terrorists or prevent terror attacks.

Many of those in the CIA who participated in torture are still around. Dick Cheney is going wild yelling that torture saved America and that those who tortured “deserve all the credit.” The ball is now in the court of Barack Obama. If he retains John Brennan then the report was a waste of time since those who tortured remain free from punishment. I wonder if Barack Obama these days wonders if he should have appointed a Chilcot style commission?

Students Vs Capitalists, Guess Who Wins?

I confess to having been born at another time and place when there was a Democratic Party which represented the interests of poor people, and worked to ensure that poor young students were able to go to college. In New York City we had FOUR FREE COLLEGES. The total cost for attending City College of New York was $25 — per year. This was occurring during the worse Depression in American history, but government insisted that poor people must be given an opportunity to educationally succeed. Actually, in fairness, the Republican party also supported free college education. Yesterday, Democrats in the US Senate decide that students were receiving too much money in Pell grants, and reduced expenditures.

Democrat US Senator Tom Harkin is moving to help students by awarding an extra $45 million into the pockets of private contractors whose task in life is to collect student debt. He wants to ensure better service in the collection of student loan debts. This from a liberal Democrat! It might be cheaper to turn over collection of student loans to the Mafia, I am certain they could do it for about $25 million.

Among the tragedies confronting wealthy people in the United States of America is their inability to have in the role of chief executive of the land someone with the intelligence, the determination and the ruthlessness as Vladimir Putin. This is a man who not only loves the wealthy, but has been determined to use his power in order to accumulate vast wealth. It was Putin who made an alliance with the infamous Oligarchs in order to rob blind the people of Russia. However, now that sanctions are impacting Russian industry, the men who possess billions are a bit upset. Wouldn’t you be angry when the value of their beloved ruble has declined at least 40%?

Russian billionaires have witnessed a decline in their wealth in the billions. But, what are their alternatives? Abandon Putin, and they risk having the story of how they become wealthy known to the people of Russia. Oh, a few like Michael Fridman have sold their shares of stock and headed for sunnier climes. But, the monster that you created is the monster who you must protect. At least here in America, the monsters of wealth have Congress to protect their wealth. Heck, those damn Democrats want to raise taxes at least 2%. The beginning of the end of wealthy Americans!

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer observations on the human condition from a 24 year old mind trapped in an 84 year old body.

NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

My motto in life, “the more life changes, the more life is the same thing.

There is always an open door to go through, the good news is that it leads to new opportunities.

Some require food to talk with others.

Man entered coffee shop with tie, and departed without one. Mystery of life.

I have absolutely no interest in firing a weapon, I shot enough in the Army.

People assume God bears a grudge against their enemies.

Little boys must pick their noses.

The future always begins today.

Girls must pull down their blouse.

Some fear the unknown, I fear the known

Plant A Tree and Die!

I have frequently been told that I am a “self hating Jew” because my dream is for Israel to exist in peace and cooperation with all nations in the Middle East. I have worked in the field of Holocaust education for over fifty years and did study in Israel, but according to the folks at AIPAC, unless I accept any and all actions by West Bank settlers and the Israel army against Palestinians, it is clear that I hate the state of Israel. Frankly, I am sick and tired of the unJewish actions by West Bank settlers who seize land from Palestinians, destroy their crops and insist these actions are necessary. Recently on the West Bank, a horse was stolen, by you know who, which resulted in angry actions by West Bank settlers. Zaid Abu Ain, a Minister in the government of the Palestinian Authority went to plant some trees. Yes, that was the threatening action he posed to the state of Israel.

It is clear the Minister was shoved, had arms placed around his throat, and wound up on the ground. He is now dead. According to the Israel newspaper, Haaretz, “after Abu Ain was hit by an IDF soldier” he fell to the ground. I am certain AIPAC will insist that once trees are allowed to be planted, the next step in Palestinian terrorism is murder of innocent Israel children. The worse threat to peace in the Middle East is AIPAC, and naturally the worse threat to a US Congressman who supports peace in the Middle East is AIPAC raising money to defeat him or her.

WHATEVER IT TAKES!

I confess, after watching the infamous TV program, 24, one episode was enough to make me ill and promise never again to observe the great hero, Jack Bauer perform his feats of wonder that resulted in America never experiencing weapons of mass destruction by Islamic fundamentalists. Fortunately, the new US Senate report on torture put to rest the widespread belief in America that nations had to torture prisoners in order to obtain information. How many times did Jack with his face tight and close lipped express, “I’m talking about doing whatever is necessary to stop this warhead from being used against us.?” Of course, the popular “Zero Dark 30″ also argued that, while not very nice, torture was the only way to get the bad guys. The Senate report puts to rest this incorrect concept of how to handle prisoners of war.

During World War II, the bad guys tortured and beheaded, heck, they weren’t even Muslims! We Americans believed that we were the good guys who did not torture the enemy. Actually, there are few reports during the entire period of 1941-1945 or US interrogators torturing Nazi soldiers, but somehow, we did obtain necessary information, and we did actually win the war. Of course, we only had to confront the German army which was the best armed force in the world, unlike today when we confront the “worse threat to our existence” by 30,000 Islamic terrorists lacking planes, artillery or tanks.

Naturally, Dick Cheney still insists the torture is in accord with the US Constitution.

Whatever Happened To?

I was born in 1930 and thus had the opportunity to live during the administrations of a few American Presidents. I miss some of their behaviors in the year 2014.

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO?

A President like Harry Truman who had on his desk the motto of his theory of being President: “The Buck Stops Here!”

Mail being delivered twice a day–during the Depression.

About 36% of workers belonging to unions.

Free colleges for poor people–we had four in New York City.

Nurses in school who monthly checked the health of children– my life experience in elementary school.

A President who talked with Americans and discussed world events.

A President who weekly held press conferences and allowed reporters to pose impertinent questions.

A New York Yankee team that won the world series.

Children played without parents being present.

Children who made their own toys.

The list could go on and on.