"Colombia is the largest recipient of U.S. military aid in Latin America, though its population is less than a quarter of Brazil’s, and the third largest in the world after Israel and Egypt....After the passage by Congress of the Clinton administration’s Plan Colombia in 2000, the military in Bogota has received approximately $7 billion in U.S. assistance, up from $50 million in 1998 when it was already the biggest beneficiary of American military aid in Latin America."
"Evidence of the Obama administration’s “moral collapse” is profuse; the pattern is clear, the consequences already terrible. During the weeks and months ahead, progressives will need to engage in fresh strategic discussions. Public candor may be insufficient, but it is necessary."
"Arizona is only one manifestation of the political culture. An impoverished, bitter US society is too enervated to take the condition of their lives to the leaders who misgovern them. Rather, people are being pulled toward Bible-Belt confidence men whose football-field sized mega churches are running out of room to fit them all. This has proved to be a political windfall, strengthening the neo-conservative-radical Christian alliance. Despite lapses like electing Obama for president, the country is increasingly tilting right wing in its culture and institutions. The New York Times and other US newspapers have reported that in the mid-term congressional elections, Republicans are poised to sweep out the Democrats from established electoral seats. The issue at hand is not whether one self-entitled satrap or another occupies a political chair, but that US culture has made the definitive turn towards fascism."
Fearful of the implications of the Kaadan ruling, Jewish communities in the Galilee unveiled a new approach to barring Arab applicants last year. They introduced bylaws amounting to loyalty oaths that require applicants to pledge to support “Zionism, Jewish heritage and settlement of the land”.
"He pointed out that in cases of violence by Jewish youths against the security services, legal proceedings were usually frozen or cancelled before the indictment stage. He said he had not heard of a single instance of a Jewish minor being sent to prison for such offences, even though most Arab minors were convicted and jailed."