This blog has been largely inactive for several weeks. Readers might reasonably wonder if this will remain the case indefinitely. Frankly, I've been wondering the same thing myself.
Oddly, as I've been blogging less, one of the stories which initially motivated my blogging has been getting more public attention than ever before: Ron Paul's promotion of racism and conspiracy theories. In fact, while this blog has largely remained dormant, it has had an increase in traffic from readers interested in this subject. Some were referred here by a piece in the Atlantic about an incident in Ron Paul's 1996 run for Congress against a Democratic candidate named Lefty Morris. (The Atlantic linked to my 2007 post on the subject.) In 1996, Morris announced a press conference at which he intended to reveal the racist contents of Ron Paul's newsletters -- the racist contents Ron Paul now claims he didn't know about back in the 1990s. The Paul campaign sent a staffer named Eric Dondero to disrupt that press conference and he did so quite successfully. How'd he do it? He went to the press conference wearing a yarmulke (which he refers to as "that beanie thing") and stood up to declare that he was a Jew and worked for Ron Paul, and that he knew Ron Paul not to be a bigot. Somehow, that was enough to distract the attention of the local press from further inquiry into Ron Paul's newsletters.
Much more remains unrevealed about the promotion of bigotry and conspiracy theories by those surrounding Ron Paul. I hope to write about that in upcoming days. You can look forward shortly to reading about how a Ron Paul campaign website maintained by his top campaign staff has for several years advertised for sale an edition of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
Also in the works is a piece about the participation of U.N. Special Rapporteur for Gaza Richard Falk in a sham "tribunal" concerning U.S. and U.K. war crimes. The tribunal was judged by a former attorney whose belief that humans live on Mars (yes -- you read that correctly) calls into question not only his sanity, but the sanity of the entire proceeding.
I will also ask how the long-time editor of a mainstream religious magazine called Christian Century came to write for and defend two websites which publish Holocaust denial and pro-Nazi propaganda.
In other words, it will be pretty much business as usual here.
- Christians for Fair Witness on the Middle East
- Crooks and Liars
- Editor and Publisher
- Feathered Bastard
- Harry's Place
- History News Network
- Hungarian Spetrum
- Inside Higher Ed
- Jeffrey Goldberg
- Jerusalem Post
- Jerusalem Report
- Jewish Currents magazine
- Little Green Footballs
- Matthias Kuentzel
- Media Matters
- MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute)
- Moment Magazine Blog
- Norman Geras
- Point of No Return (Jewish Refugees)
- Sad Red Earth
- Screw Loose Change
- Southern Poverty Law Center Blog
- Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Report
- Talk to Action
- U.S. Supreme Court Blog
- Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (SICSA)
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