Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Jill Stein (born May 14, 1950) is an American physician and the nominee of the Green Party for President of the United States in the 2012 election.

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The Green Party would nationalize the Federal Reserve Bank, and it calls for “ending what’s known as the fractional reserve system.”

The Green New Deal includes a 50% reduction in military spending and the withdrawal of U.S. military bases from the over 140 countries in which our military is now located.

The Green Party seeks to repeal international trade regimes such as NAFTA and the WTO

Dr. Jill Stein, the prospective Green Party presidential nominee, released a policy statement regarding Israel / Palestine on her website
United States policy regarding Israel and Palestine must be revised to make international law, peace and human rights for all people, no matter their religion or nationality, the central priorities. While the U.S. government sometimes voices support for this principle in name, in practice U.S policy towards Palestine and Israel has violated this principle more often than not.
In particular, the United States has encouraged the worst tendencies of the Israeli government as it pursues policies of occupation, apartheid, assassination, illegal settlements, blockades, building of nuclear bombs, indefinite detention, collective punishment, and defiance of international law. Instead of allying with the courageous proponents of peace within Israel and Palestine, our government has rewarded consistent abusers of human rights. There is no peace or justice or democracy at the end of such a path. We must reset U.S. policy regarding Israel and Palestine, as part of a broader revision of U.S. policy towards the Middle East.
On taking office, I will put all parties on notice – including the Israeli government, the Palestinian Authority, and the Hamas administration in Gaza – that future U.S. support will depend on respect for human rights and compliance with international law. All three administrations will also be held responsible for preventing attacks by non-state actors on civilians or military personnel of any nationality. The parties will be given 60 days to each demonstrate unilateral material progress towards these ends.
Material progress will be understood to include but not be limited to an end to the discriminatory apartheid policies within the state of Israel, the removal of the Separation Wall, a ban on assassination, movement toward denuclearization, the release of all political prisoners and journalists from Israeli and Palestinian prisons, disarmament of non-state militias, and recognition of the right of self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians.
Failure by any party to demonstrate sufficient material progress will result in the end of U.S. military and economic aid to that party. Should the end of U.S. aid fail to cause a party to redirect its policies and to takesteps resulting in sufficient material progress within an additional 60 days, I will direct my State Department to initiate diplomacy intended to isolate and pressure the offending party, including the use of economic sanctions and targeted boycott. In this way, U.S. policy will begin to become consistent with its practices regarding other violators of human rights and international law in the region.
Consistency in U.S. policy regarding human rights and international law will begin, but not end, with Palestine and Israel. I will apply this same approach to other nations, such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Yemen, among others. I will also ensure that the United States begins to honor its obligations to protect human rights, and will expect that the world community will hold us to the same account we hold others.
Finally, as President I will put the full weight of the United States behind the establishment of a Palestine and Israel Truth and Reconciliation Commission as the vehicle for shifting from an era of human rights violations to one based on trust and bringing all parties together to seek solutions. Any stakeholder who enters into this process must pledge to work for a solution that respects the rights of all involved. This will bring America’s Middle East policy into alignment with American values. I understand that in the end, a dedicated commitment to justice will further American interests in the region much better than the current policies of supporting abuses and violence by one side against the other. And I believe that this is in the best interests of all people living in Israel and Palestine.


Anonymous said...

I know, I know. They talk a good spiel. Others have before. Maybe I'm just having one of those days.

Over at willyloman they've got -

He's already done a piece on 'Charter Cities' -

I just keep wondering how many people at Baca Ranch support the Greens.

Scenes from the Denver Mural have been flashing before my eyes for a while now.

Anonymous said...

Her name is Stein. Why should anyone believe anything they say?

Anonymous said...

I note that Stein puts the occupiers and the occupied on an equal footing. I suspect that were she to gain power (admittedly an unlikely prospect) Israel would make a big show of being in compliance of whatever small-time things were asked of it whilst the Palestinians would be given impossible hurdles to jump over with their failure to do so being harshly punished. Hell, I'd put money on it.

After decades of ever-ineffectual US finger wagging at Israel with none of it ever coming to anything (most recently with Obama calling for settlement curtailment and doing nothing about it) I take it for granted it's all just pantomime. The fact that this latest round comes from someone called Stein is just icing on the disbelief cake.

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