Archive for June, 2009
This campaign from VW is hilarious and very effective. (thanks to Eytan Heller for bringing to my attention)
Start by visiting Helga’s myspace page.
Then visit these:
KIND got a nice endorsement by Good Morning America. Check this link out. Heidi Skolnik rocks! KIND is mentioned mid-way through the review. Some of their comments:
Tanya Rivero, Good Morning America Health: "I love these KIND bars. I am a big fan of these. These are delicious, and they are very nutritious."
Heidi Skolnik, nutritionist: "the more I learn about the company, the more I even them."…"so unprocessed", "whole good foods together even though it is a snack bar"…
Our amazing friend Jason Alexander, whose George Costanza character in Seinfeld is the furthest thing different from the real Jason, spoke to OneVoice youth earlier today about the Imagine 2018 essay and film project and caught a ton of media attention.
It cracks me up how amazing stuff happens every day by ordinary Israelis and Palestinians but never gets media coverage. It takes a celebrity to get attention for moderates.
The New York Times reports about (OneVoice/PeaceWorks Foundation Board member) Dennis Ross’s move from the State Department to the White House. It offers a lot of theories for the move, many of them probably on target. But it fails to mention one of the most important likely factors: the interplay between all these Mideast conflicts, and the need for an integrated broad approach and appreciation when tackling them.
It does not mean that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will fix the Middle East! (Ross would plainly disagree with that, as the article points out). But it does mean that Iran’s arming of Hezbollah and Hamas deeply handicaps efforts at Israeli-Palestinian peace, and that lack of Israeli-Palestinian progress hampers US national interests – as well as Israeli and Palestinian and Arab progress itself.
Kim, Erica and Natalie at KIND Snacks put together a really neat internal presentation at KIND’s Growing Together Retreat earlier this spring and I wanted to share it:
It takes a little bit for it to upload but I think it’s worth it. Make sure volume is on.
Andrew Sullivan’s blog documents the atrocities perpetrated by the ruling regime in its efforts to suppress protests after it stole the election.
He shares the following:
This list was being passed around among the resistance in Iran today:
1. Remove Khamenei from supreme leader because he doesn’t qualify as a fair supreme leader
2. Remove Ahmadinejad from president because he took it forcefully and unlawfully
3. Put Ayatollah Montazeri as supreme leader until a review group for the ghanooneh asasi ( "constitution" ) is set up
4. Recognize Mousavi as the official president
5. A goverment by Mousavi and start a reform of the constitution
6. Free all political prisoners without any ifs ands or buts, right away
7. Call off any secret organization such as "gasht ershad"
And compiles dozens of videos such as this:
This is the beginning of the end of this regime.
When President Obama was elected, many Israelis fretted that he would side with Palestinians, while the majority of Palestinians were elated.
When Obama selected Rahm Emmanuel as his Chief of Staff, Palestinians were devastated and paralyzed in fear, while Israelis celebrated Rahm’s service in the Israeli Defense Forces.
And so on, with every appointment or every announcement by the Obama Administration, Middle Easterners have interpreted the signals as a game of ping-pong – a score for this side or the other.
If Obama is to score a historic agreement among Israel and Palestine, and between Israel and the Arab and Muslim World, his task first and foremost is to do to the Middle East what he did to the American landscape – i.e., to Obamize the Middle East.
Obama was elected because he rejected false paradigms of division and helped people celebrate their human commonalities.
And so in the Middle East, Obama’s philosophy has been to show that if we work together, it will not be for the benefit of one side at the expense of the other, but humanity’s benefit and that of both sides.
Obama’s transformation is moving at a faster pace than anyone anticipated.
This week, moderates in Lebanon rejected the charismatic but divisive policies of Hezbollah’s Sheikh Nasrallah, instead reaffirming a parliamentary majority for the pro-Western government.
Obama may be in for yet another influential game-changer, after his poignant speech in Cairo, if next week Iranians elected a reformer to dethrone Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as President. Yes, the Iranian President may not be the Supreme Leader of Iran. But he certainly wielded enormous (negative) global influence and a rebuke of his vision will be refreshing and encouraging to the world order.
Now hopefully Israelis and Palestinians will also press their governments to stop dillydallying and once and for all deliver a realistic agreement for a two state solution.