Tom's List 13APR2007

Submitted by tnjp on April 13, 2007 - 10:20am.

23 ITEMS 5 NEW 13APR2007
11 Local Links

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item 1 Eternal Capitol Peace Vigil

item 2 Ryan Keith Skipper Vigil14APR2007

item 3 THE BODY PROJECT: 14APR2007

item 4 Mickee Faust Club presents "An Inconvenient Faust" 14,21,22APR2007

item 5 Step It Up - National Day of Climate Action 14APR2007


item 7 METAPHORS IN SCIENCE, Walter R. Tschinkel 15APR2007

item 8 Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) 16APR2007

=item 9 Diane Roberts - Democratic Club of North Florida 16APR2007

=item 10 Time To Come Home 17APR2007

item 11 Benefit reception for NAACP’s Building Fund 18APR2007

item 12 Earth Day at the Capitol 18APR2007

item 13 National Wildlife Federation and the Florida Wildlife Federation
Stop Global Warming Lobby Day 18APR2007

item 14 Earth Day Open House20APR2007

item 15 Vietnam Day 21APR2007

item 16 Coastal and Marine Laboratory Open House 21APR2007

=item 17 The Refuge House Benefit: By Healing Arts Alliance 22APR2007

=item 18 Record of Iraq War Lies 25APR2007

item 19 "THE DEATH PENALTY IN 2006-2007" 26APR2007
Tallahassee Citizens Against the Death Penalty Annual Meeting

=item 20 Welcome CPO Kevin Clark back from Jabouti 26APR2007

=item 21 Tallahassee Draft Al Gore Meet Up 03MAY2007

item 22 The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering 13MAY2007

item 23 Sister Sheila Salmon, Political Prisoner, Arrives FCI 17APR2007 (more w/links)

Local Links

item 1 Environment Florida
Environment Florida is the new home of Florida PIRG's environmental work.

item 2 Tallahassee Zydeco & Cajun Association page

item 3 Tallahassee Progressive Center
From the North take South Monroe to Palmer; turn left and East at the traffic light at Palmer;
take first right and South onto So. Gadsden . Progressive Center is half way down the block on the right.
The center is the large white building with ample parking. The Center is ~1 mile south of
the Capitol.

item 4 Slow Food Tallahassee

item 5 Heart of the Earth Friday Night Move Schedule

item 6 WEMOONSPIRT Programs

item 7 Apalachee Tortoise

item 8 Tallahassee Democrat's Calender

item 9 Tallahassee Film Society.

item 10 Clean Water Network of Florida
CWNF has a daily list of statewide news clips on Florida's environmental issues, plus a Blog on
which you can share your thoughts about current environmental issues and much more.

item 11 BBCAT specifically for climate/energy events:

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item 1 Eternal Capitol Vigil Sunday & Thursday

Join the Tallahassee Network for Justice and Peace, Veterans for Peace, Vietnam Veterans
Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Gold Star Families for Peace, Code Pink
Sundays 12:30-2:30
Thursdays 4:00-6:00
in front of the Old Capitol

item 2 Ryan Keith Skipper Vigil14APR2007

Join us this Saturday - April 14th - for a Statewide Hate Crimes Vigil
Saturday's statewide vigil, with locations throughout the state, will draw attention to the epidemic of anti-LGBT hate crimes inn Florida. The vigil is in response to the horrific murder of Ryan
Keith Skipper, a 25-year-old Polk County man who was brutally stabbed to death. His body was found on the side a rural road March 15th.
Ryan Keith Skipper was a victim of a fatal hate crime.
There will be a vigil on the steps of the Old Capitol Building in Tallahassee
at 10:00 AM on Saturday the 14th.
Alain Raymond, or 904-807-5928

item 3 THE BODY PROJECT: 14APR2007
The Body Project is a multi-media play that addresses issues relating to our bodies. The monologues cover a diverse range of experiences, from a Filipino woman discovering her sense of self through sports, to sexual harassment of "exotic" women, to how a Hispanic teenage model overcame an eating disorder, to a transgendered woman's journey, and more.

Saturday April 14, at 6pm in the Union Green. Free!

item 4 Mickee Faust Club presents "An Inconvenient Faust" 14,21,22APR2007
Mickee Faust Club presents "An Inconvenient Faust" Date: Friday April 14, 21,22, 2007 Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: The Clubhouse in RR Square Notes: The Faustkateers will be warming things up for your spring with this newest cabaret! Tickets are $10 general admission; $5 students, seniors and people with disabilities. Tickets go on sale at the door starting at 6:30PM. Music in the back yard starting at 7PM and after the shows.

item 5 Step It Up - National Day of Climate Action 14APR2007
A Rising Tide Will Flood Us All: Be a Lifesaver!
Tallahassee, FL
April 14, 2007 10:00AM to 03:00PM
Event Description:
Heart of the Earth is sponsoring a specially designed ‘Ark’, a mobile display, which will travel to several locations around Tallahassee. We will join with First Presbyterian Church youth and many others to highlight the impact that global warming will have on our community when rising sea levels make refugees of the people and animals that inhabit Florida’s vulnerable coastline. People are encouraged to join us on the Church steps between 10 and noon on April 14, carrying suitcases and/or signs that say things like "Tallahassee or Bust" "Coastal Refugee" "Moving to higher ground" and be wearing items to identify them as coastal refugees, like Tampa Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins paraphernalia, and of course, wildlife costumes. You can wear an inner tube or life jacket(referring to rising sea level), and help us recruit folks from the Downtown Market across the street to sign postcards to our legislators, or watch "An Inconvenient Truth" inside the church. Please join us for a group photo on the church steps at 11:45 am.
First Presbyterian Church Courtyard, 110 North Adams Street 10 - Noon, and Lake Ella and other locations TBA Noon - 3:00

This April 14th, tens of thousands of Americans will gather all across the country at
meaningful, iconic places to call for action on climate change. Heart of the Earth and other
local groups are planning local events in support of this effort. Stay tuned for more details.
(We're planning a fun activity!) You can visit the website below to see events planned all
around the country.
Phone: (850) 561-1466

Apalachicola Riverkeeper will hold its fourth annual “Riverkeeper Roundup” fundraiser event at the Tall Timbers Research Station, located just north of Tallahassee. The Roundup will include an afternoon and evening of nature-based activities, excellent regional food and live entertainment. Acclaimed Florida writer Diane Roberts will be the keynote speaker, and musical entertainment will be provided by The Monroe Street Band, courtesy of Gordon’s String Music. Guests will be invited to eat their fill of the “low country boil”, gracious gumbo and all the fresh shucked and gourmet roasted oysters you can eat. Outdoor activities will feature guided wildflower walks through the pristine Tall Timbers preserve, and paddle trips on beautiful Lake Iamonia. An auction of eclectic and interesting items and a “High Cotton” raffle of a weekend getaway in Apalachicola will round out the event.
Saturday 14 April 2007, 3:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Tall Timbers Research Station
Ticket & RSVP Required:

item 7 METAPHORS IN SCIENCE, Walter R. Tschinkel 15APR2007
Professor Walter Tschinkel is a Lawton Professor in the Department of Biological Science at Florida State University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1968. His specialty is ants, especially fire ants. His research has dealt with ant sociogenesis; colony reproduction; population dynamics among colonies; natural history of other ant species; and aboreal ant ecology.
The Progressive Center
1720 South Gadsten St.
2-4 P.M., April 15.

item 8 Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW).16APR2007

Immokalee Workers Win Increased Pay From McDonald's

McDonald's USA, the largest fast-food burger business in the nation, Monday reached agreement with a Florida farmworkers organization to pay about 75 percent more for the tomatoes it buys from state farms. The Coalition for Immokalee Workers waged a two-year campaign for the increase.

Presentation by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), Moore Auditorium, Monday April 16th at 7:30. McDonald's profits from farmworker poverty: Farmworkers who pick tomatoes for the fast food industry are among this country's most exploited workers. They face sweatshop conditions every day in the fields, including sub-poverty wages, no raise in nearly 30 years,
denial of fundamental labor rights, and modern-day slavery.
Co-sponsored by the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, FSU College of Social
Work Doctoral Student Association, FSU Student Farmworker Alliance, FSU Student Government Association, FSU Center for Participant Education, and University Unitarian Universalists.
Moore Auditorium FSU
7:30 PM Monday 4/16

=item 9 Diane Roberts - Democratic Club of North Florida 16APR2007
Democratic Club of North Florida Monthly Meeting, Monday, April 16, 6:30 -
8:00, Ramada Inn, 2900 N. Monroe, Dinner Meeting Dinner $20.
Dinner Speaker Diane Roberts, NPR commentator, environmentalist, political satirist, native daughter, author and FSU professor discusses her recent book "Dream State."
RSVP Ted or Barbara Judd
(850) 562-8036
Dave Jacobsen
(850) 385-6504

=item 10 Time To Come Home 17APR2007
Planning meeting for Time to Come Home’s next public event.
Program room A
Leon County Public Library on Adams Street

item 11 Benefit reception for NAACP’s Building Fund 18APR2007
The Law Firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA Attorneys at Law, are sponsoring a reception to benefit the Tallahassee Branch of the NAACP Building Fund to renovate an historical building that housed the first African American dry cleaners in the
Frenchtown community in the 1940's.

The community is invited to the occasion which will be held at The Towle House, 517 North Calhoun Street beginning at 5:00 p.m.. The ACT-SO Musical Group Four-7 of James Rickards High Schhool IB Program, will render musical moments. RSVP 224-0697, parking is available next door in rear lot of the Tallahassee Garden Club, using the Carolina St. entrance.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007. 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


item 12 Earth Day at the Capitol 18APR2007
4/18/2007 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Department of Environmental Protection
Florida's capitol building courtyard
Earth Day at the Capitol is held in the courtyard of Florida's Capitol Building in beautiful
downtown Tallahassee. This year's celebration will be held in conjunction with Oceans Day
and promises to be a fun, information-filled event. Teachers, we encourage you to bring your
Jennifer Oetting

item 13 National Wildlife Federation and the Florida Wildlife Federation
Stop Global Warming Lobby Day 18APR2007

Join the National Wildlife Federation and the Florida Wildlife Federation for the First Ever Lobby Day to Stop Global Warming! at the Florida State Capitol to help stop global warming and encourage our law makers to move Florida to a sustainable and clean energy future.

Join Governor Crist, Senate President Ken Pruitt and Speaker Marco Rubio in telling your legislators that Florida's energy needs can be met with clean, renewable energy that creates new jobs, new economic opportunities and reverses our reliance on fossil fuels.

National Wildlife Federation and Florida Wildlife Federation
Stop Global Warming DayThe Capitol, Tallahassee, FL
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 from 8:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m.

item 14 Earth Day Open House 20APR2007

Join Integrative Healthcare for Earth Day Open House Events at our New Location!
Tuesday, March 20th 11:00-2:00 (the official UN Earth Day) and Friday, April 20th 3:00-5:00
PM (Official US Earth Day is April 22nd). Both events will feature healthy snacks, tour of our
services, drawing for prizes, seated massage, Acupressure (EFT) group teaching sessions, an
exhibit of Mandalas and much more.
This is our new address: 2016 Delta Blvd., Suite 100, Tallahassee, FL 32303,
located on the north side of town one block off John Knox Rd. between N. Meridian and the
Tallahassee Mall.
IHC will now be open 5 days a week!
In response to your requests we will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30 5:00
(closed 12:30-2:00 for lunch), and now we will add Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 4:30 with
"EB" Borger, Nurse Practitioner.

item 15 Vietnam Day 21APR2007
Ten Thousand Villages will be hosting a Vietnam Day on April 21st from 11am-4pm with entertainment, food and slideshow from the region. Join us from 1-2:30pm for the exceptional Haiqiong Deng playing the Zheng and food from Far East Cuisine and Lucy Ho's Oriental Bistro. 10% discount on all Vietnamese goods!
Ten Thousand Villages is located in Market Square. We are a non-profit fair trade store supporting artisans in developing countries and the use of sustainable materials. Please contact us if your organization/civic group and would like to learn more about fair trade.
Lindsey Billesbach-Spear

item 16 Coastal and Marine Laboratory Open House 21APR2007

The public is invited to an open house at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory Saturday, April 21th, 2007, from 10 AM to 4 PM.

A fun-filled event for the whole family! Join us for the whale skull exhibit, scavenger hunt, research presentations, lab tours, and much more! Raffle for a private eco-tour and picnic lunch for 6. All activities and parking are free.
For more information, please visit
The FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory is located on 3618 Highway 98, St. Teresa, FL.
850 697-4120.

=item 17 The Refuge House Benefit: By Healing Arts Alliance 22APR2007
The fourth annual Healing Arts Alliance Spring Festival to benefit The Refuge House will take place on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2007, from noon till 5:00 at Lake Ella, near the Black Dog Cafe. All proceeds go to The Refuge House.
Jill Welch at 443-2953

=item 18 Record of Iraq War Lies 25APR2007

Bill Moyers has put together an amazing 90-minute video documenting the lies that the Bush administration told to sell the Iraq war to the American public, with a special focus on how the media led the charge."

item 19 "THE DEATH PENALTY IN 2006-2007" 26APR2007

Tallahassee Citizens Against the Death Penalty annual end-of-year meeting and social hour.
We will gather in the Westminster Room of First Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Adams and Park.
Our special guest speaker will be Terry Coonan, Executive Director of FSU's Center for the Advancement of Human Rights.
In addition, the program will include short reports on three topics:
1) the death penalty and the current session of the Florida Legislature;
2) the work of the Governor's Commission on the Administration of Lethal Injection; and
3) the activities of TCADP during 2006-2007.
We will also elect officers for the coming year. The slate of nominees will be announced within the next few days.
This will be an occasion for conversation as well as program. Refreshments will be available before and after the program.
Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church

=item 20 Welcome CPO Kevin Clark back from Jabouti 26APR2007

The meeting will honor our Navy reserve CPO Kevin Walsh who just returned from Jabouti. Thursday, April 26. 6:30 - 7 Happy Hour at Gill's Tavern, then dinner at Gills Tavern
(all you can eat prime rib night!!) 2545 N. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL

Kim O'Connor, -- 576-8107
Ben Dyckman, – 877-8282

=item 21 Tallahassee Draft Al Gore Meet Up 03MAY2007
Please join us for our next monthly Meetup and find out how Al Gore feels about the war in Iraq. His plans and ideas will help end the conflicts and discourage a world of war. We all deserve peace in an environment fit for our children's children.

Working with the national offices, Meetups around the country are encouraging Al Gore to
run for and win the presidency - AGAIN - in 2008. He still has not closed the door.
Buttons and bumper stickers will be available at this meeting. We are going to "Step It Up" with outreach
to environmental issues and events. All ideas are welcomed.
Thursday, May 3, 2007 - 7:00 PM

The OLIVE GARDEN Restaurant (we'll meet in the back room)
Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, Florida 32304

Dave or Lydia at

item 22 The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering 13MAY2007
The women of Ohio, U.S.A., call upon the women of the world, from day-old babies to
our most senior elders, to stand with us on May 13, 2007, to save the world. Our project is
based on Sharon Mehdi's book The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering. If you don't know the
story, a summary of the original version is on the website
If you think it is appropriate, please send this message on to all of the women throughout
the world who you think might like to join us. We will be standing for the world's children and
grandchildren, and for the seven generations beyond them.
We dream of a world where all of our children have safe drinking water, clean air to breathe,
and enough food to eat. A world where they have access to a basic education to develop their
minds and healthcare to nurture their growing bodies. A world where they have a warm, safe,
and loving place to call home. A world where they don't live in fear of violence--in their home,
in their neighborhood, in their school, or in their world. This is the world of which we dream.
This is the cause for which we will stand.
If you share this dream, please stand with us for five minutes of silence at 1 p.m. your local
time on May 13, 2007, in your local park, school yard, gathering place, or any place you deem
appropriate, to signify your agreement with this statement. We ask you to invite the men and
boys who you care about to join you. We ask that you bring bells to ring at 1 p.m. to signify the
beginning of the five minutes of silence and to ring again to signify the end of the period of

item 23 Sister Sheila Salmon, Political Prisoner, Arrives FCI 17APR2007
On Monday, January 29 - 2007, Sister Sheila Salmon was sentenced to 3 months & 10 days in federal prison for crossing the line onto the military base as part of her participation in the SOA protest last year. Her report date is April 17, 2007 and she will serve at Tallahassee Federal Correctional Institute.

Sister Sheila Salmon, 70, is a member of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, headquartered at Villa Maria, PA. Sister Sheila, a registered nurse, has ministered in the greater Cleveland, OH area, most recently with Hospice of the Western Reserve. She was also a missionary in Chile and worked with AIDS orphans in Kenya. She currently serves as an outreach worker with Mexican migrants, abused and neglected children and hospice patients in Sebastian, FL.
You can write Sheila at:
SHEILA T. SALMON #92953-020

Sister Sheila's Statement:

My name is Sheila Salmon and I am a member of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary. With other members of my religious community I have participated in the peaceful protest at Fort Benning for the last nine years. At this time I will not reiterate the innumerable human rights violations, torture, murders and massacres attributed to graduates of the School of Americas/WHINSEC. These activities are extensively documented and well known by the Court. Instead I will talk about faithfulness to the God of peace and justice.

Reflecting back to November 19th of last year, you may wonder why I crossed the line. Simply put, I did what I did because for me it was the right thing to do.

My act of non-violent resistance was done for the following reasons:

1. I am a Christian and have no choice but to follow in Jesus' footsteps.

2. As a member of the Humility of Mary Community I want to live out our commitment to act in solidarity
with women and children and those who are marginalized and to be non-violent in all of my relationships.

3. Speak out for those who have no voice - speaking truth to power no matter what it will cost me

4. Make a bold public stance for peace and justice.

5. Raise up in prayerful memory the thousands of people killed by SOA/WHINSEC graduates especially

* the four church women ? two from my hometown of Cleveland, Jean Donovan and Dorothy Kazel.

* Rafael Giron, brother of a friend and * Fr. Wilfredo Alarcon, a friend and co-worker from Chile.

Friends and family members have asked, Do you really think your act of civil disobedience will influence
the government enough to close the school?? I honestly do not know the answer to that question. But I do know that if my action hastens the closing of the school by even one day, this act of civil disobedience was worthwhile.

Judge Faircloth, I am willing to joyfully accept the sentence to federal prison which you will impose. It is a small price to pay for my action and beliefs.


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1- Immokalee Workers Win Increased Pay From McDonald's

McDonald's USA, the largest fast-food burger business in the nation, Monday reached agreement with a Florida farmworkers organization to pay about 75 percent more for the tomatoes it buys from state farms. The Coalition for Immokalee Workers waged a two-year campaign for the increase.

2- "Can U Control Yo Ho"
by Earl Ofari Hutchinson, AlterNet
Imus is getting his trash-talk pass yanked. So should black people who do the same.

3- Habeas Corpus
On October 17, 2006, Congress allowed the President to sign away a fundamental constitutional right: Habeas Corpus.
On April 18, 2007, start bringing it back. Sign up to learn more at

4- America's Broken-Down Army
...The truncated training—the rush to get underprepared troops to the war zone—"is absolutely unacceptable," says Representative John Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat and opponent of the war who chairs the House Appropriations defense subcommittee. A decorated Marine veteran of Vietnam, Murtha is experiencing a sense of déjà vu. "The readiness of the Army's ground forces is as bad as it was right after Vietnam," Murtha tells TIME. Even Colin Powell—a retired Army general, onetime Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Bush's first Secretary of State — acknowledges that after spending nearly six years fighting a small war in Afghanistan and four years waging a medium-size war in Iraq, the service whose uniform he wore for 35 years is on the ropes. "The active Army," Powell said in December, "is about broken."...



1- Refugees Speak of Escape from Hell
Dahr Jamail
DAMASCUS, Apr 11 (IPS) - Refugees from Iraq scattered around Damascus describe hellish conditions in the country they managed to leave behind.

2- Saleh Rabia'a, Iraq "The war made me lose my children and my wife
BAGHDAD, 12 April (IRIN) - I never imagined that the violence would come to my home. I've worked hard over the years to have my dreams realised - to marry a nice woman and to have many children. The dream was coming true until this war began and destroyed everything.I never imagined that the violence would come to my home. I've worked hard over the years to have my dreams realised - to marry a nice woman and to have many children. The dream was coming true until this war began and destroyed everything.

3- Kurdistan's Covert Back-Channels
Laura Rozen reports how an ex-Mossad chief, a German uberspy and a gaggle of top-dollar GOP lobbyists helped Kurdistan snag 15 tons of $100 bills.

4- Under siege: A special report from war-torn Mosel :
"If you go in the streets by yourself, you'll be dead in 15 minutes," says Khasro Goran, the deputy governor of Mosul, the second largest Iraqi city.

5- Refugees Speak of Escape from Hell:
"America is the reason why Iraq was invaded, so we would like the American administration to give aid to us refugees," she added. "I would like people to read this and tell Bush to help us."

6- Iraqi group 'splits' from al-Qaeda:
"They killed about 30 of our people, and we definitely don't recognise their establishment of an Islamic state - we consider it invalid."

7- Iran May Be The Greatest Crisis Of Modern Times
John Pilger
We are being led towards perhaps the most serious crisis in modern history as the Bush-Cheney-Blair "long war" edges closer to Iran for no reason other than that nation's independence from rapacious America.

8- 'This may be the first time in history people are afraid to be admitted to a hospital because they're afraid of being killed.' Iraq 2007: Hell on Earth where not even the hospitals are safe 'Insurgents' fire mortars at the security forces and Shia militia roam the corridors looking for Sunni victims; power failures and roadblocks frequently cut it off from the outside world... The Iraqi Medical Association estimates as many as 12,000 of the 34,000 doctors registered before the US-led invasion in March 2003 have left the country in the past three years. The IMA says [US] assailants have murdered at least another 2,000 Iraqi physicians, and kidnapped roughly 250 others during that period.

9- The Iraqi resistance only exists to end the occupation
The escalating attacks are not usually aimed at civilians, but are a direct response to the brutal actions of US-led troops,,2054881,00.html

10- Extremists force women to hide under head scarves
BAGHDAD -- For two years, Faiza Abdal-Majeed has carried a head scarf in her purse for emergencies.
For a woman in the Iraqi capital four years after the fall of dictator Saddam Hussein, these emergencies can include passing unlawful checkpoints manned by armed militiamen, impromptu forays through neighborhoods controlled by religious zealots and taxi drivers who refuse her fare unless she covers her hair.
In addition, Mrs. Abdal-Majeed's job with Iraq's women's affairs ministry frequently brings her into contact with government officials, police officers and Muslim clergymen who insist that she cover up before they speak with her.

11- IRAQ: "Humanitarian catastrophe" looms in Diwaniyah

BAGHDAD, 11 April (IRIN) - A week of fierce clashes between US-Iraqi forces and Shia militiamen in Diwaniyah has brought the city to the brink of a "real humanitarian catastrophe", health workers said on Wednesday. Aid agencies and doctors are demanding they be given access to a desperate population who have become prisoners in their own homes.


12- Fadlallah warns of 'huge US fire' in Arab world
Senior Shiite cleric Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah warned on Tuesday of "a huge US fire that might reach the Arab authority posts." In a statement, Fadlallah said that the United States was paving the way for "a wide round of violence." "After its failure in the region, the US is preparing for a big war which is said to be the decisive war," Fadlallah said.

13- Where columnist David Brooks went wrong
By Rami G. Khouri
David Brooks' column in the Sunday issue of The New York Times deserves a few thoughts from a colleague who has generally admired his work, but finds him now reflecting the troubling intellectual and ideological gap between the United States and the Arab world. One of the grave new threats facing both sides is the declining.

14- The US, but not democracy, is losing among Arabs
By Shlomo Ben-Ami
Four years into a disastrous military adventure in Iraq and with the global war on terror against ill-defined forces of darkness still inconclusive, the collapse of America's grand strategy has exposed how ill-conceived was its simplistic recipe for democratic change in the Arab world.

1- The ouster of democracy
In Haiti, Washington confirmed a foreign policy that is driven by self-interest and delivered through force,,1164195,00.html


1- Syria, Israel 'can reach peace in 6 months'
A Syrian-American businessman making an unprecedented appearance before an Israeli parliamentary panel on Thursday made an impassioned appeal for the two countries to restart peace talks, saying a deal could be wrapped up within six months.

2- ISRAEL: 200,000 hungry families
PETACH TIKVA, 12 April (IRIN) - About 200,000 Israeli families - 11 per cent of the population - rely on 200 NGOs for their daily meals, according to an NGO called LATET and Israel's Ministry of Social Affairs. Some NGOs run soup kitchens in poor neighbourhoods while others collect food from private and corporate donors and distribute it to the needy.

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