by Adele M. Stan, RH Reality CheckJune 12, 2013
If Republicans had hopes of shoring up their credibility with women voters ahead of the midterm congressional elections, todayâ€™s hearing in the House Judiciary Committee may have just dashed them, especially when Rep. Trent Franks (R-GA) echoed the fateful claims of a vanquished Senate candidate when he claimed that rape rarely results in pregnancy.Richard Friedman, Wall Street JournalJune 9, 2013
The analogy between African-Americans in the era of segregation and Palestinians today is a false one.
Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, has lately garnered more attention for her unhinged political views than for her writing. She has compared Fidel Castro to the Dalai Lama. She refused to allow her book "The Color Purple" to be translated into Hebrew. But perhaps nothing was more off-baseâ€”at least morally speakingâ€”than the open letter Ms. Walker wrote in late May to singer-songwriter Alicia Keys. Ms. Walker, writing at the website of the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, urged Ms. Keys to cancel a July 4 performance in Israel.
JTA - June 7, 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is set to return to Israel and the Palestinian territories next week to push for a revival of peace talks.
Reuters reported Friday that sources in Israel and the Palestinian Authority confirmed that Kerry was slated to arrive on June 11-12 for what will be his fifth visit to the region in the last two months.
A senior American official indicated in March that Washington would try to breathe new life into the peace effort for two months and would move on if it proved fruitless.