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“Iran and the ‘Coalition of Repenters’”- from The New Yorker

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Read every word. This is the dark truth about why the United States is on the wrong side of the Gulf. Why its allies have destroyed the democrats of the Arab Spring, deliberately, turned it into an Islamist and jihadi nightmare, and why we must completely rethink our allies and adversaries. Someday the story will be told of the decline of America at the hands of its despotic and repressive allies who made this country die on the altar of military and oil sales. And I include right-wing led Israel and Pakistan in this disaster of allies. yes, Iran must give up or neutralize Assad, but that is impossible as long it faces an American armed coalition surrounding it on all sides. We have solutions here, and the greatest victims, are Sunni peoples, held hostage by desperately insane Wahhabi regimes.

The New Yorker, Iran and the ‘Coalition of Repenters’

Men and Women in War

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“Force protection”. A clean phrase, and its cousin “collateral damage”, that actually mean together that today, men don’t get killed in war much. The vast majority of the dead and wounded are women and children. From Syria to Gaza, from Afghanistan to Congo. The luckier women escape the bombs aimed at them, the luckier ones escape the rape aimed at them. They are merely left to care for abandoned children who have lost their food and lost their minds. People think that ISIS and Boko Haram are the great evil of the world against women, formerly it was the Taliban as the great embodiment of evil against women. But in truth, they are just the caricatures, the showpiece cowards, who flaunt their insanity. The truth is that the entire modern construct of male war is an act of cowardice, where the majority of victims are women and children. Men have become …

“Tour Group Helps Visitors ‘Experience the People’” -JNS.org

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Please check out this great story!

Bethlehem Udi Goren

Using Israeli and Palestinian Guides, Tour Group Helps Visitors ‘Experience the People’ 

Liel Maghen, an Israeli tour guide from Jerusalem, says that since starting to work with MEJDI he has watched tourists open their minds, but also expanded his own knowledge.
“Every time I join a group, I learn something new about my life and my city,” Maghen says. “My identity is more complete when I hear about the other narrative.”

Palestinian tour guide Tamer Omari has a similar perspective. He says a lot of people have already made up their minds about whose side they are on when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Pastor John Moyle of Oakbrook Church in Reston, Va., who has gone on three trips with MEJDI, says that on a recent tour, he met with Israeli and Palestinian families through the Parents Circle Families Forum, which brings

Reflections upon Explaining the Middle East to Washington

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To Washington

DRUGS

Don’t go to a drug dealer for a cure,
When the drug addict is deteriorating.
Don’t go to funders of extremism for a cure,
When their victims are deteriorating.

MAJORITIES AND MINORITIES

Being a majority is no excuse for amnesia,
Being a minority is no excuse for paranoia,
If you are both, then you are screwed.
Destined to ignore the past,
But be suspicious about why everyone hates you.

RETIREMENT

Do not ever retire,
From the purpose
Of your life.…

Event Appearance at Johns Hopkins University

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This morning, I was privileged to talk at an great event of SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, as one of the speakers.
Please check out the website and the video of this whole event.

“IS THE WORLD FALLING APART?”
September 16, 2014
Conflict Prevention & Resolution Forum
at Kennedy Auditorium, SAIS- Johns Hopkins University

 
Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 4.00.49 PM

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"A new, exemplary book for preparation is: SIDE BY SIDE: Parallel Histories of Israel-Palestine by Sami Adwan, Dan Bar-On, Eyal Naveh, and PRIME - Peace Research Institute in the Middle EastThe New Press, New Yor, 2012, 416…"
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MEJDI Summer Dual Narrative Tour: Israel & Palestine: Contested Histories, Shared Future July 27-August 6, 2012

July 27: U.S. DepartureFly to Tel Aviv.July 28: Arrival in JerusalemArrival and transfer to hotel in Jerusalem. Introduction by Israeli and Palestinian tour guides followed by a welcome dinner.Hotel in Jerusalem (D)July 29: Jerusalem: City of ReligionsBegin the day with an overview of the Mount of Olives. Discuss ancient…See More
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"Hello Scott Please take a look at this report and blog If you want to know why we are not heading down the road to peace. Just read this Congressional Research Service report U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel of September 16, 2010 …"
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Middle East; Arab-Jewish Relations
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Managing Director - Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
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http://crdc.gmu.edu
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MEJDI Summer Dual Narrative Tour: Israel & Palestine: Contested Histories, Shared Future July 27-August 6, 2012

Posted on May 13, 2012 at 6:33am 1 Comment

July 27: U.S. Departure

Fly to Tel Aviv.

July 28: Arrival in Jerusalem

Arrival and transfer to hotel in Jerusalem. Introduction by Israeli and Palestinian tour guides followed by a welcome dinner.

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At 12:16pm on January 28, 2012, David Crier said…

Hello Scott

Please take a look at this report and blog

If you want to know why we are not heading down the road to peace. Just read this Congressional Research Service report U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel of September 16, 2010   

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL33222.pdf

 The United States government has pledged over three billion dollars a year in military aid to the State of Israel until the year 2018. This is on top of, well over a hundred billion dollars of United States aid to the State of Israel over the years. With two-thirds of it being military aid. It works out to over five-hundred dollars per every Israeli annually...   Global Crier

Please go to following link to read the rest of my Blog 

The State of Israel is in Bed with the Military Industrial Complex - Peace and Collaborative Development Network

At 7:29pm on April 10, 2009, Roi Ben-Yehuda said…
nice to meet you well. I see that you are a student at ICAR. I will be joining you in Sept. Looking forward.
At 11:02am on January 29, 2009, Sharón Benheim said…
Hey Scott -
thanks for finding me and friending me on this site. I have to look at my profile and update the content. Are you coming back out this way any time soon?
Sharón
 
 
 

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