Why is Israel Deporting African Refugees?

(timesofisrael.com)Actually, I know why. Thousands of Africans¬† from Eritrea and Sudan have crossed Irael’s border while fleeing the slave-like national service in their war-torn nations. Israel continues to worry about becoming a minority-Jewish country and has offered refugees a choice between money and a plane ticket to an unnamed African state, said to be Rwanda…

A Time to Vote and a Time to March

(latimes.com)Yes, we’re going out there again–it’s the anniversary of the first Women’s March, which took place the day after Trump’s inauguration. There were lots of us. Today, we’re going out again on the anniversary of Trump’s first year. We have even more to march about. (wivb.com)The government has been shut down by Republicans who cynically…

A Valentine to the Met Sung by Leontyne Price–The Opera House–Go Wednesday

(filmlinc.org)I’m writing this today so that those of you who are interested can still see this wonderful film and I’m going to start with the times and date you can still see it: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 12:55 pm & 6:30 pm and if you go to metopera.org/theoperahouse you can find the theaters showing…

Good News Bad News Department

(TIMovate) Today¬†I am inaugurating a new feature in my blog—items that seem to me to be good or bad news for everyone (not just Democrats). Here are today’s. A federal judge ruled that North Carolina’s Republican-led legislature unfairly drew 13 congressional districts to its own advantage and ordered them to come up with a new…

The Post–Go See It

If you have not been aware of the media’s crucial role over the last year, you haven’t been paying attention–in particular, the two giants of journalism–the New York Times and the Washington Post. This movie outlines how the Post rose to its present eminence. (npr.com) The Times was always the pinnacle and the Post was–as…

A Terrible Thing Happened at the Met Tonight–Shelly and Rory Walked Out on Figaro

(operanews) Considering Figaro is our favorite opera and Mozart our favorite composer, this was quite a feat. In fact, we were both dazed as we walked out that this could be happening. But really, we couldn’t stay. We know every note of this piece and have listened to it for 50 years–what was so terrible…