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For Cuban Jews, improved ties to U.S. may not resolve central challenges

Adela Dworin has been president of Beth Shalom synagogue since 2006 and serves as the Cuban Jewish communitys government liaison. (Josh Tapper)/JTA

On a recent Friday night inside this citys Beth Shalom synagogue, Aliet Ashkenazi, 25, stood draped in a blue-and-white prayer shawl leading prayers in a mix of Spanish and near-perfect Hebrew.

It was the first time she had ever led services a feat considering she converted to Judaism seven years ago after discovering her father was Jewish.

The 300-seat sanctuary in the Cuban capital was near capacity, but the crowd filling the wooden pews was largely American, comprised of tour groups from New York and New Jersey. The next morning, with the Americans gone, the crowd had thinned. A handful of youths sat in the first few rows, leaving a gray-haired cohort of congregants in the back.

This is typically how things go for Cubas 1,500 or so Jews: Hordes of out-of-town guests arrive, bringing with them suitcases full of clothing and coveted medical supplies, and then theyre gone, leaving Cubas diminished Jewish community behind.

Amonth since the United States and Cuba announced renewed diplomatic relations after more than five decades of mutual recrimination and mistrust, it remains unclear how rapprochement will change things for Cubas Jewish community, which has shrunk tenfold since the end of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, when there were 15,000 Jews here.

If it will be better for Cuba, it will be better for Jews in Cuba as well, said Ida Gutzstat, executive director of the Bnai Brith Maimonides Lodge, a community center attached to the Sephardic synagogue in this citys Vedado neighborhood.

Amanda Amato, a 49-year-old secretary, sipping a plastic cup of Cristal beer at one of the lodges biannual parties, said, We have a difficult economic situation now, but its not for all time.

Already there has been some easing. Americans including the thousands of Jews who fled Cuba after the revolution now can send remittances of $2,000 every three months to Cubans, four times the previous limit.

While Cuban Jews endure the same depressed conditions as other Cubans, surviving on monthly food rations and salaries that rarely exceed $40 per month, the community as a whole is the recipient of largesse most Cubans can only dream of.

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For Cuba Jews, Better Ties to U.S. May Not Be Cure-All

Even If Island Prospers, Community Still Faces Challenges

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Published January 25, 2015.

Havana (JTA) On a recent Friday night inside this citys Beth Shalom synagogue, Aliet Ashkenazi, 25, stood draped in a blue-and-white prayer shawl leading prayers in a mix of Spanish and near-perfect Hebrew.

It was the first time she had ever led services a feat considering she converted to Judaism seven years ago after discovering her father was Jewish.

The 300-seat sanctuary in the Cuban capital was near capacity, but the crowd filling the wooden pews was largely American, comprised of tour groups from New York and New Jersey. The next morning, with the Americans gone, the crowd had thinned. A handful of youths sat in the first few rows, leaving a gray-haired cohort of congregants in the back.

This is typically how things go for Cubas 1,500 or so Jews: Hordes of out-of-town guests arrive, bringing with them suitcases full of clothing and coveted medical supplies, and then theyre gone, leaving Cubas diminished Jewish community behind.

A month since the United States and Cuba announced renewed diplomatic relations after more than five decades of mutual recrimination and mistrust, it remains unclear how rapprochement will change things for Cubas Jewish community, which has shrunk tenfold since the end of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, when there were 15,000 Jews here.

If it will be better for Cuba, it will be better for Jews in Cuba as well, said Ida Gutzstat, executive director of the Bnai Brith Maimonides Lodge, a community center attached to the Sephardic synagogue in this citys Vedado neighborhood.

Amanda Amato, a 49-year-old secretary, sipping a plastic cup of Cristal beer at one of the lodges biannual parties, said, We have a difficult economic situation now, but its not for all time.

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Obama's State of the Union Address and its Bearing on US/Iran Relations

By Kam Zarrabi

When it comes to Americas foreign policies, Its too bad that trying to do whats good for America is so often blocked by special interest groups and elected officials who owe their positions, hence their loyalties, to influence peddlers with different agendas. Watching the proceedings of January 21stSenate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on C-SPAN exemplified this tragic state of affairs. It was about the new opening to Cuba, and the progress being made toward a solution to the Iranian nuclear issues currently underway between the P5+1 group headed by the United States and the Iranian delegation.

Before getting into what troubled me most watching the proceedings, it would be helpful to highlight a few facts on the ground:

Now, let us look at what Americas honest concerns and interests might be in the Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula, and indeed the rest of the so-called Islamic world. One of those concerns cannot possibly be Irans nuclear ambitions. As I mentioned above, even a nuclear-armed Iran does not pose any danger of a potential offensive use of nuclear weapons. Yes, having a nuclear arsenal might work as a deterrent to discourage a nuclear attack upon Iran by Israel, but even that possibility is so remote that devoting the money and energy to develop that deterrent tool would be foolish at best. Israel could be literally wiped out of existence by non-nuclear means should it attempt to attack Iran with its atomic weapons. So, why would Iran even bother?

Americas true agenda is finding the most expedient and, at the same time, face-saving way to extricate itself from the current costly and counterproductive entanglements in the Middle East, without creating more breeding areas for terrorist cells that intend to jeopardize Americas legitimate interests. This is where the question pops up as to why the Assad regime in Syria was targeted by the United States in the first place, resulting in the destruction of a nation, hundreds of thousands of casualties, over two million refugees, and a battleground for competing terrorist gangs that led to the formation of the Daesh group. How was the Syrian regime a threat to the United States of America to have been targeted for regime-change? If it was an ally of Iran and a conduit between Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah and, by extension, the Palestinian Hamas, it might have been a concern for Israel, not the United States; unless, of course, we consider Israels interests worth sacrificing American lives and fortune and the creation of more enemies for America.

Lets not kid ourselves that the concern for targeting the Assad regime was a purely humanitarian issue that required encouraging and financing opposition groups to bring down a tyrannical dictator in order to promote freedom and democracy – in spite of what Senators McCain and Graham say. The truth cannot be denied that American attempts to topple the Assad regime was simply to follow Israels demands and, at the same time, to support our compliant ally, the Saudi clan.

Now we are facing a horrible blowback. We found out the hard and embarrassing way that Assad was not a pushover as the likes of Senators McCain and Graham think. And thanks to Americas misguided interference, Daesh militants and sympathizers are pouring through the 900 mile border from Syria to Turkey and on to Western Europe and ultimately to North America.

The only armies with adequate military skills and equipment that can possibly eradicate the Daesh movement are the Syrian army, the Lebanese Hezbollah, and the Iranian forces. Iran has already been engaged in battling the Daesh terror groups in Iraq, although the media here tries not to mention its accomplishments or even its logistical coordination with the Americans for political reasons.

In Yemen, it is the Iran backed Houthis that are gaining more control and fighting both terrorist groups, Al-Qaeda and Daesh. Houthis, and the Yemeni government subsidized by the Saudis and Americans, are in the best position to eradicate both groups which are a threat to Americas regional interests, the Saudi regime, as well as to Iran, especially now that these terrorist camps have found new spawning environment in Afghanistan next door to Iran.

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Winter Reading Series: Sturgis Library hosts a wintertime reading and discussion series, Shaking Two Nickels Together: A Literary Perspective on Impoverishment and Income Inequality, as a guest list of scholars examine the subject in its historical and socioeconomic context. Attend any or all lectures. Texts are available at the library: Jan. 27: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich, led by Elaine Craghead; Feb. 24: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, led by Anne Speyer; March 24: Selected Victorian poetry, led by Paula Krebs; April 28: Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone, led by James Crowley. RSVP to 508-362-6636; made possible by a grant from Mass Humanities.

Brewster book discussion: Feb. 10: Brewster Ladies’ Library, 1822 Main St., will discuss “Bring Up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel for its February reading selection, 1 p.m. in the library meeting room.

Antiques!: The Hyannis Public Library’s 39th Weekend Antiques Show & Sale is schedule for Feb. 14 and 15, this year at the Barnstable Intermediate School, 895 Route 28, Hyannis. Show hours are 10 to 5 on Saturday and 11 to 4 on Sunday. Lunch and snacks are available both days. Adult admission is $6 or $5 with coupon, kids free (with adult). More info? 508-775-2280.

Help for kids who stutter: Several books and DVDs produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation are available free to public libraries. Among these, a new DVD called Stuttering: For Kids By Kids, stars kids who are struggling with the disability themselves and are out to help others. Three libraries in Barnstable have this DVD on their shelves: Centerville Public Library; Cotuit Library; Hyannis Public Library.

Library perks: Hyannis Public Library continues to offer the Mango Languages online language-learning system to all CLAMS card holders in the villages, through a grant from the Kirkman Trust Fund awarded to Barnstable libraries. Valid CLAMS card holders may take advantage of reduced rate admissions to the New England Aquarium in Boston and to Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich. Call the library for information. Hyannis Library is at 401 Main St. 508-775-2280, www.hyannislibrary.org

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Art on the Walls: Artworks, from fine art to illustrations, are on the walls at Barnstable Town Hall through Feb. 6. Theyre the work of local Cape Codder Kate Walls, whos also the illustrator of such popular Cape Cod books as Cape Cod Bog Dog and Cape Cod Bear. More info on the towns Art on Loan program may be obtained from Melissa Hersh at 508-862-4767.

Art visits Nature: The Town of Barnstable and Cape Cod Art Association have partnered to offer day and overnight excursions at the Halfway House at Sandy Neck Beach to artists of all disciplines, from painter to writer to musician or photographer. This is a chance to unplug and enjoy solitude and a scenic landscape off the beaten track. Trips are scheduled in March, May, September and October. $55 day / $75 overnight, with proceeds benefiting the ongoing program. For information or applications, contact Melissa Hersh at 508-862-4767. Details available at www.artsbarnstable.com

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I was never a white supremacist: The chilling return of David Duke

And as usually occurs when Duke gets airtime, he parlayed the interview into an opportunity to propagandize and sell both his twisted worldview and his books. Most of all, Duke performed his specialty, which is to sell outright falsehoods and self-serving distortions.

Duke appeared first on CNNwith Michael Smerconishfor his weekly news-interview program on Jan. 3, then on Jan. 5 foran appearanceon Fox News The OReilly Factor with Bill OReilly. On both programs, Duke attempted to make the familiar claim that he isnt a white supremacist or a racist.

I have never supported white supremacism, Duke told Smerconish.

I was never a white supremacist, he told OReilly. Im not a white supremacist at all. In fact the European American Unity and Rights Group was in fact a chartered civil rights organization and I in fact in Louisiana legislature sponsored a bill that forbid racial discrimination and these programs called Affirmative Action which are racial discriminations.Duke has attempted to makesimilar claims over the years, assuring interviewers and audiences that the ideology he promotes is not about hate of minorities and Jews, but love of Caucasian people. But of course, both his leadership of various Ku Klux Klan factions during the 1970s and 80s was littered with clear pronouncements of hatred of blacks and other minorities, and his work today remains viciously anti-Semitic as well.

Here is just a sampling of the hatemongering in which Duke has indulged during his many years as an activist:

What we really want to do is to be left alone. We dont want Negroes around. We dont need Negroes around. Were not asking you know, we dont want to have them, you know, for our culture. We simply want our own country and our own society. Thats in no way exploitive at all. We want our own society, our own nation. Duke, March 1985.

[A] blackgets a job with a white-owned company. He is the only black at the firm. He works hard, but hes fighting a losing battle against his genes.Duke editorial, The Black Plague, NAAWP News, Issue 32, 1985.

White people dont need a law against rape, but if you fill this room up with your normal black bucks, you would, because niggers are basically primitive animals. Its really the Jew Marxists who see the nigger as their instrument, as their bullets, by which to destroy our society. The Sun (Wichita, KS), April 23, 1975.

Increasingly independent black economic, cultural and political power gave Blacks more freedom to do what came natural to them. Divorced from White influence and culture, they reverted quickly to their genotype increasingly typical of black societies around the world. Males exhibited exaggerated sexual aggression and promiscuity that led to the dissolution of the Black nuclear family in America. Females reverted to the age-old African model of maternal provisioning of children. Duke, 1998

Our clear goal must be the advancement of the white race and separation of the white and black races. This goal must include freeing of the American media and government from subservient Jewish interests. The Jews are trying to destroy all other culturesas a survival mechanismthe only Nazi country in the world is Israel. Duke 1998

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Bess Myerson, Miss America who turned to politics and scandal, dies at 90

Bess Myerson, the former beauty queen, television personality and New York politician who spent four decades in the public eye before her glamorous image was tarnished by scandal, has died. She was 90.

Myerson died Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed her death, which was not publicly announced.

Myerson was an aspiring pianist in 1945 when she became the first Jewish Miss America and a symbol of ethnic pride for Jews emerging from the brutal realities of World War II. She went on to a career as a game show hostess and panelist before entering political life in the 1960s.

As consumer affairs commissioner in the administration of New York Mayor John V. Lindsay, she successfully crusaded for such reforms as unit pricing and open dating of perishable foods, early victories in the consumer protection movement of the 1970s.

Alternately regal and folksy, she became one of the most powerful women in New York politics, credited as a driving force behind the electoral success of Mayor Edward I. Koch in 1977.

Later, she was forced to resign as Koch’s cultural affairs commissioner when she was accused of bribery and conspiracy to influence the divorce case of a multimillionaire sewer contractor who was her boyfriend. She was acquitted of all charges after a four-month trial in 1988, but she never returned to public life.

She overcame ovarian cancer, a stroke and the breakup of two marriages while struggling with issues of family and career years before the women’s movement made such balancing acts acceptable.

Myerson “aspired to be more than just a beauty queen, and she succeeded like no other before or since,” New York journalist Jennifer Preston wrote in “Queen Bess,” a 1990 biography.

A complex woman whose erratic behavior sometimes mystified those closest to her, she rebuffed efforts to peg her as an early feminist.

“When someone says to me, ‘You’re a forerunner of the women’s movement,’ I say that is bull …” Myerson said in 1982. “I worked my butt off. I had to survive.”

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AT COTUIT LIBRARY Jan. 2: Designing Women craft group meets, 10 a.m.

Jan. 5: Enjoy Dames & Their Games, 1:30 p.m.

Cotuit Library is located at 871 Main St. 508-428-8141. www.cotuitlibrary.org

AT HYANNIS LIBRARY Jan. 9: Christine Josefiak speaks on My Weight Loss Journey to My New Life, 3 p.m. Shell offer words of process, encouragement and help. Free event. The library is located at 401 Main St., Hyannis. 508-775-2280.

WINTER READING SERIES Sturgis Library hosts a wintertime reading and discussion series, Shaking Two Nickels Together: A Literary Perspective on Impoverishment and Income Inequality, as a guest list of scholars examine the subject in its historical and socioeconomic context. Attend any or all lectures. Texts are available at the library:

Jan. 27: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich, led by Elaine Craghead;

Feb. 24: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, led by Anne Speyer;

March 24: Selected Victorian poetry, led by Paula Krebs

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Lawsuit Claims Revlon CEO Hates Blacks, Jews, Dirty Americans

Lorenzo Delpani

*The CEO of Revlon is a bigoted bully who hates dirty Americans, thinks Jews stick together and believes he can smell black people when they walk into a room, according to a new lawsuit.

The companys boss, Lorenzo Delpani, made the comments after taking over in 2013, according to a discrimination suit filed by Revlons former top scientist, Alan Meyers, who says he was ostracized because of his Jewish heritage.

Delpani, a native of Italy, told Meyers he was shocked there werent more Jews at the company because the biggest shareholder is Ron Perelman, a prominent Jewish American, according to the suit.

Jews stick together, Delpani quipped. He also allegedly added that thankfully, Perelman is not like that anymore.

Delpani also said that he hates living among Americans, whom he called small-minded and dirty, and that he cant wait to get back to a real country, according to court papers filed this week.

He later allegedly went on an anti-American tirade in which he said the US is getting closer to being like ISIS.

Meyers also claims Delpani made a racist comment after a meeting in South Africa, when he said he could smell a black person when he entered a room.

Meyers says Delpani had it out for him for having red-flagged safety issues in the production and manufacturing process. Meyers claims he was concerned that several labs were not equipped to adequately test raw materials to satisfy Revlons safety standards.

Meyers, 56, who joined Revlon in 2010, was fired last month after he complained about the issues and his treatment, the lawsuit says.

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EVENTS 12-19-14

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STORIES AND CRAFTS Dec. 30: Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main St., holds a free Winter Stories and Crafts program from 2 to 3 p.m., for ages 4 to 12.

Dec. 26: The library will not hold its regular Preschool Story Time, although the library will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stories resume at 11:15 a.m. Jan. 2.

508-775-2280.

HELP FOR KIDS WHO STUTTER Several books and DVDs produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation are available free to public libraries. Among these, a new DVD called Stuttering: For Kids By Kids, stars kids who are struggling with the disability themselves and are out to help others. Three libraries in Barnstable have this DVD on their shelves: Centerville Public Library; Cotuit Library; Hyannis Public Library.

HYANNIS LIBRARY PERKS Hyannis Public Library continues to offer the Mango Languages online language-learning system to all CLAMS card holders in the villages, through a grant from the Kirkman Trust Fund awarded to Barnstable libraries.

Valid CLAMS card holders may take advantage of reduced rate admissions to the New England Aquarium in Boston and to Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich. Call the library for information. Hyannis Library is at 401 Main St. 508-775-2280, www.hyannislibrary.org

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For Cuban Jews, improved ties to U.S. may not resolve central challenges

Adela Dworin has been president of Beth Shalom synagogue since 2006 and serves as the Cuban Jewish communitys government liaison. (Josh Tapper)/JTA On a recent Friday night inside this citys Beth Shalom synagogue, Aliet Ashkenazi, 25, stood draped in a blue-and-white prayer shawl leading prayers in a mix of Spanish and near-perfect Hebrew. It was the first time she had ever led services a feat considering she converted to Judaism seven years ago after discovering her father was Jewish. The 300-seat sanctuary in the Cuban capital was near capacity, but the crowd filling the wooden pews was largely American, comprised of tour groups from New York and New Jersey. The next morning, with the Americans gone, the crowd had thinned. A handful of youths sat in the first few rows, leaving a gray-haired cohort of congregants in the back. This is typically how things go for Cubas 1,500 or so Jews: Hordes of out-of-town guests arrive, bringing with them suitcases full of clothing and coveted medical supplies, and then theyre gone, leaving Cubas diminished Jewish community behind. Amonth since the United States and Cuba announced renewed diplomatic relations after more than five decades of mutual recrimination and mistrust, it remains unclear how rapprochement will change things for Cubas Jewish community, which has shrunk tenfold since the end of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, when there were 15,000 Jews here. If it will be better for Cuba, it will be better for Jews in Cuba as well, said Ida Gutzstat, executive director of the Bnai Brith Maimonides Lodge, a community center attached to the Sephardic synagogue in this citys Vedado neighborhood. Amanda Amato, a 49-year-old secretary, sipping a plastic cup of Cristal beer at one of the lodges biannual parties, said, We have a difficult economic situation now, but its not for all time. Already there has been some easing. Americans including the thousands of Jews who fled Cuba after the revolution now can send remittances of $2,000 every three months to Cubans, four times the previous limit. While Cuban Jews endure the same depressed conditions as other Cubans, surviving on monthly food rations and salaries that rarely exceed $40 per month, the community as a whole is the recipient of largesse most Cubans can only dream of.

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For Cuba Jews, Better Ties to U.S. May Not Be Cure-All

Even If Island Prospers, Community Still Faces Challenges getty images Published January 25, 2015. Havana (JTA) On a recent Friday night inside this citys Beth Shalom synagogue, Aliet Ashkenazi, 25, stood draped in a blue-and-white prayer shawl leading prayers in a mix of Spanish and near-perfect Hebrew. It was the first time she had ever led services a feat considering she converted to Judaism seven years ago after discovering her father was Jewish. The 300-seat sanctuary in the Cuban capital was near capacity, but the crowd filling the wooden pews was largely American, comprised of tour groups from New York and New Jersey. The next morning, with the Americans gone, the crowd had thinned. A handful of youths sat in the first few rows, leaving a gray-haired cohort of congregants in the back. This is typically how things go for Cubas 1,500 or so Jews: Hordes of out-of-town guests arrive, bringing with them suitcases full of clothing and coveted medical supplies, and then theyre gone, leaving Cubas diminished Jewish community behind. A month since the United States and Cuba announced renewed diplomatic relations after more than five decades of mutual recrimination and mistrust, it remains unclear how rapprochement will change things for Cubas Jewish community, which has shrunk tenfold since the end of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, when there were 15,000 Jews here. If it will be better for Cuba, it will be better for Jews in Cuba as well, said Ida Gutzstat, executive director of the Bnai Brith Maimonides Lodge, a community center attached to the Sephardic synagogue in this citys Vedado neighborhood. Amanda Amato, a 49-year-old secretary, sipping a plastic cup of Cristal beer at one of the lodges biannual parties, said, We have a difficult economic situation now, but its not for all time.

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Obama's State of the Union Address and its Bearing on US/Iran Relations

By Kam Zarrabi When it comes to Americas foreign policies, Its too bad that trying to do whats good for America is so often blocked by special interest groups and elected officials who owe their positions, hence their loyalties, to influence peddlers with different agendas. Watching the proceedings of January 21stSenate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on C-SPAN exemplified this tragic state of affairs. It was about the new opening to Cuba, and the progress being made toward a solution to the Iranian nuclear issues currently underway between the P5+1 group headed by the United States and the Iranian delegation. Before getting into what troubled me most watching the proceedings, it would be helpful to highlight a few facts on the ground: Now, let us look at what Americas honest concerns and interests might be in the Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula, and indeed the rest of the so-called Islamic world. One of those concerns cannot possibly be Irans nuclear ambitions. As I mentioned above, even a nuclear-armed Iran does not pose any danger of a potential offensive use of nuclear weapons. Yes, having a nuclear arsenal might work as a deterrent to discourage a nuclear attack upon Iran by Israel, but even that possibility is so remote that devoting the money and energy to develop that deterrent tool would be foolish at best. Israel could be literally wiped out of existence by non-nuclear means should it attempt to attack Iran with its atomic weapons. So, why would Iran even bother? Americas true agenda is finding the most expedient and, at the same time, face-saving way to extricate itself from the current costly and counterproductive entanglements in the Middle East, without creating more breeding areas for terrorist cells that intend to jeopardize Americas legitimate interests. This is where the question pops up as to why the Assad regime in Syria was targeted by the United States in the first place, resulting in the destruction of a nation, hundreds of thousands of casualties, over two million refugees, and a battleground for competing terrorist gangs that led to the formation of the Daesh group. How was the Syrian regime a threat to the United States of America to have been targeted for regime-change? If it was an ally of Iran and a conduit between Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah and, by extension, the Palestinian Hamas, it might have been a concern for Israel, not the United States; unless, of course, we consider Israels interests worth sacrificing American lives and fortune and the creation of more enemies for America. Lets not kid ourselves that the concern for targeting the Assad regime was a purely humanitarian issue that required encouraging and financing opposition groups to bring down a tyrannical dictator in order to promote freedom and democracy – in spite of what Senators McCain and Graham say. The truth cannot be denied that American attempts to topple the Assad regime was simply to follow Israels demands and, at the same time, to support our compliant ally, the Saudi clan. Now we are facing a horrible blowback. We found out the hard and embarrassing way that Assad was not a pushover as the likes of Senators McCain and Graham think. And thanks to Americas misguided interference, Daesh militants and sympathizers are pouring through the 900 mile border from Syria to Turkey and on to Western Europe and ultimately to North America. The only armies with adequate military skills and equipment that can possibly eradicate the Daesh movement are the Syrian army, the Lebanese Hezbollah, and the Iranian forces. Iran has already been engaged in battling the Daesh terror groups in Iraq, although the media here tries not to mention its accomplishments or even its logistical coordination with the Americans for political reasons. In Yemen, it is the Iran backed Houthis that are gaining more control and fighting both terrorist groups, Al-Qaeda and Daesh. Houthis, and the Yemeni government subsidized by the Saudis and Americans, are in the best position to eradicate both groups which are a threat to Americas regional interests, the Saudi regime, as well as to Iran, especially now that these terrorist camps have found new spawning environment in Afghanistan next door to Iran.

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BOOKS Winter Reading Series: Sturgis Library hosts a wintertime reading and discussion series, Shaking Two Nickels Together: A Literary Perspective on Impoverishment and Income Inequality, as a guest list of scholars examine the subject in its historical and socioeconomic context. Attend any or all lectures. Texts are available at the library: Jan. 27: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich, led by Elaine Craghead; Feb. 24: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, led by Anne Speyer; March 24: Selected Victorian poetry, led by Paula Krebs; April 28: Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone, led by James Crowley. RSVP to 508-362-6636; made possible by a grant from Mass Humanities. Brewster book discussion: Feb. 10: Brewster Ladies’ Library, 1822 Main St., will discuss “Bring Up the Bodies” by Hilary Mantel for its February reading selection, 1 p.m. in the library meeting room. Antiques!: The Hyannis Public Library’s 39th Weekend Antiques Show & Sale is schedule for Feb. 14 and 15, this year at the Barnstable Intermediate School, 895 Route 28, Hyannis. Show hours are 10 to 5 on Saturday and 11 to 4 on Sunday. Lunch and snacks are available both days. Adult admission is $6 or $5 with coupon, kids free (with adult). More info? 508-775-2280. Help for kids who stutter: Several books and DVDs produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation are available free to public libraries. Among these, a new DVD called Stuttering: For Kids By Kids, stars kids who are struggling with the disability themselves and are out to help others. Three libraries in Barnstable have this DVD on their shelves: Centerville Public Library; Cotuit Library; Hyannis Public Library. Library perks: Hyannis Public Library continues to offer the Mango Languages online language-learning system to all CLAMS card holders in the villages, through a grant from the Kirkman Trust Fund awarded to Barnstable libraries. Valid CLAMS card holders may take advantage of reduced rate admissions to the New England Aquarium in Boston and to Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich. Call the library for information. Hyannis Library is at 401 Main St. 508-775-2280, www.hyannislibrary.org ARTS BARNSTABLE Art on the Walls: Artworks, from fine art to illustrations, are on the walls at Barnstable Town Hall through Feb. 6. Theyre the work of local Cape Codder Kate Walls, whos also the illustrator of such popular Cape Cod books as Cape Cod Bog Dog and Cape Cod Bear. More info on the towns Art on Loan program may be obtained from Melissa Hersh at 508-862-4767. Art visits Nature: The Town of Barnstable and Cape Cod Art Association have partnered to offer day and overnight excursions at the Halfway House at Sandy Neck Beach to artists of all disciplines, from painter to writer to musician or photographer. This is a chance to unplug and enjoy solitude and a scenic landscape off the beaten track. Trips are scheduled in March, May, September and October. $55 day / $75 overnight, with proceeds benefiting the ongoing program. For information or applications, contact Melissa Hersh at 508-862-4767. Details available at www.artsbarnstable.com

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I was never a white supremacist: The chilling return of David Duke

And as usually occurs when Duke gets airtime, he parlayed the interview into an opportunity to propagandize and sell both his twisted worldview and his books. Most of all, Duke performed his specialty, which is to sell outright falsehoods and self-serving distortions. Duke appeared first on CNNwith Michael Smerconishfor his weekly news-interview program on Jan. 3, then on Jan. 5 foran appearanceon Fox News The OReilly Factor with Bill OReilly. On both programs, Duke attempted to make the familiar claim that he isnt a white supremacist or a racist. I have never supported white supremacism, Duke told Smerconish. I was never a white supremacist, he told OReilly. Im not a white supremacist at all. In fact the European American Unity and Rights Group was in fact a chartered civil rights organization and I in fact in Louisiana legislature sponsored a bill that forbid racial discrimination and these programs called Affirmative Action which are racial discriminations.Duke has attempted to makesimilar claims over the years, assuring interviewers and audiences that the ideology he promotes is not about hate of minorities and Jews, but love of Caucasian people. But of course, both his leadership of various Ku Klux Klan factions during the 1970s and 80s was littered with clear pronouncements of hatred of blacks and other minorities, and his work today remains viciously anti-Semitic as well. Here is just a sampling of the hatemongering in which Duke has indulged during his many years as an activist: What we really want to do is to be left alone. We dont want Negroes around. We dont need Negroes around. Were not asking you know, we dont want to have them, you know, for our culture. We simply want our own country and our own society. Thats in no way exploitive at all. We want our own society, our own nation. Duke, March 1985. [A] blackgets a job with a white-owned company. He is the only black at the firm. He works hard, but hes fighting a losing battle against his genes.Duke editorial, The Black Plague, NAAWP News, Issue 32, 1985. White people dont need a law against rape, but if you fill this room up with your normal black bucks, you would, because niggers are basically primitive animals. Its really the Jew Marxists who see the nigger as their instrument, as their bullets, by which to destroy our society. The Sun (Wichita, KS), April 23, 1975. Increasingly independent black economic, cultural and political power gave Blacks more freedom to do what came natural to them. Divorced from White influence and culture, they reverted quickly to their genotype increasingly typical of black societies around the world. Males exhibited exaggerated sexual aggression and promiscuity that led to the dissolution of the Black nuclear family in America. Females reverted to the age-old African model of maternal provisioning of children. Duke, 1998 Our clear goal must be the advancement of the white race and separation of the white and black races. This goal must include freeing of the American media and government from subservient Jewish interests. The Jews are trying to destroy all other culturesas a survival mechanismthe only Nazi country in the world is Israel. Duke 1998

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January 15, 2015   Posted in: Jewish American Heritage Month  Comments Closed

Bess Myerson, Miss America who turned to politics and scandal, dies at 90

Bess Myerson, the former beauty queen, television personality and New York politician who spent four decades in the public eye before her glamorous image was tarnished by scandal, has died. She was 90. Myerson died Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed her death, which was not publicly announced. Myerson was an aspiring pianist in 1945 when she became the first Jewish Miss America and a symbol of ethnic pride for Jews emerging from the brutal realities of World War II. She went on to a career as a game show hostess and panelist before entering political life in the 1960s. As consumer affairs commissioner in the administration of New York Mayor John V. Lindsay, she successfully crusaded for such reforms as unit pricing and open dating of perishable foods, early victories in the consumer protection movement of the 1970s. Alternately regal and folksy, she became one of the most powerful women in New York politics, credited as a driving force behind the electoral success of Mayor Edward I. Koch in 1977. Later, she was forced to resign as Koch’s cultural affairs commissioner when she was accused of bribery and conspiracy to influence the divorce case of a multimillionaire sewer contractor who was her boyfriend. She was acquitted of all charges after a four-month trial in 1988, but she never returned to public life. She overcame ovarian cancer, a stroke and the breakup of two marriages while struggling with issues of family and career years before the women’s movement made such balancing acts acceptable. Myerson “aspired to be more than just a beauty queen, and she succeeded like no other before or since,” New York journalist Jennifer Preston wrote in “Queen Bess,” a 1990 biography. A complex woman whose erratic behavior sometimes mystified those closest to her, she rebuffed efforts to peg her as an early feminist. “When someone says to me, ‘You’re a forerunner of the women’s movement,’ I say that is bull …” Myerson said in 1982. “I worked my butt off. I had to survive.”

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Events 1-2-2015

BARNSTABLE BOOKS AT COTUIT LIBRARY Jan. 2: Designing Women craft group meets, 10 a.m. Jan. 5: Enjoy Dames & Their Games, 1:30 p.m. Cotuit Library is located at 871 Main St. 508-428-8141. www.cotuitlibrary.org AT HYANNIS LIBRARY Jan. 9: Christine Josefiak speaks on My Weight Loss Journey to My New Life, 3 p.m. Shell offer words of process, encouragement and help. Free event. The library is located at 401 Main St., Hyannis. 508-775-2280. WINTER READING SERIES Sturgis Library hosts a wintertime reading and discussion series, Shaking Two Nickels Together: A Literary Perspective on Impoverishment and Income Inequality, as a guest list of scholars examine the subject in its historical and socioeconomic context. Attend any or all lectures. Texts are available at the library: Jan. 27: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich, led by Elaine Craghead; Feb. 24: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, led by Anne Speyer; March 24: Selected Victorian poetry, led by Paula Krebs

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Lawsuit Claims Revlon CEO Hates Blacks, Jews, Dirty Americans

Lorenzo Delpani *The CEO of Revlon is a bigoted bully who hates dirty Americans, thinks Jews stick together and believes he can smell black people when they walk into a room, according to a new lawsuit. The companys boss, Lorenzo Delpani, made the comments after taking over in 2013, according to a discrimination suit filed by Revlons former top scientist, Alan Meyers, who says he was ostracized because of his Jewish heritage. Delpani, a native of Italy, told Meyers he was shocked there werent more Jews at the company because the biggest shareholder is Ron Perelman, a prominent Jewish American, according to the suit. Jews stick together, Delpani quipped. He also allegedly added that thankfully, Perelman is not like that anymore. Delpani also said that he hates living among Americans, whom he called small-minded and dirty, and that he cant wait to get back to a real country, according to court papers filed this week. He later allegedly went on an anti-American tirade in which he said the US is getting closer to being like ISIS. Meyers also claims Delpani made a racist comment after a meeting in South Africa, when he said he could smell a black person when he entered a room. Meyers says Delpani had it out for him for having red-flagged safety issues in the production and manufacturing process. Meyers claims he was concerned that several labs were not equipped to adequately test raw materials to satisfy Revlons safety standards. Meyers, 56, who joined Revlon in 2010, was fired last month after he complained about the issues and his treatment, the lawsuit says.

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EVENTS 12-19-14

BARNSTABLE BOOKS STORIES AND CRAFTS Dec. 30: Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main St., holds a free Winter Stories and Crafts program from 2 to 3 p.m., for ages 4 to 12. Dec. 26: The library will not hold its regular Preschool Story Time, although the library will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stories resume at 11:15 a.m. Jan. 2. 508-775-2280. HELP FOR KIDS WHO STUTTER Several books and DVDs produced by the nonprofit Stuttering Foundation are available free to public libraries. Among these, a new DVD called Stuttering: For Kids By Kids, stars kids who are struggling with the disability themselves and are out to help others. Three libraries in Barnstable have this DVD on their shelves: Centerville Public Library; Cotuit Library; Hyannis Public Library. HYANNIS LIBRARY PERKS Hyannis Public Library continues to offer the Mango Languages online language-learning system to all CLAMS card holders in the villages, through a grant from the Kirkman Trust Fund awarded to Barnstable libraries. Valid CLAMS card holders may take advantage of reduced rate admissions to the New England Aquarium in Boston and to Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich. Call the library for information. Hyannis Library is at 401 Main St. 508-775-2280, www.hyannislibrary.org ARTS

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