HIRAM7 REVIEW’s 7th Anniversary: The Background on The News since 2007

February 21, 2014

Dear Reader,

Today marks the seventh anniversary of HIRAM7 REVIEW, who started on February 21st, 2007.

So on this anniversary, we want to say: THANKS.

Over the past 7 years our site has received hundreds of comments and more than 700.000 visits..

Since 2007, HIRAM7 REVIEW has been the definitive ad-free compass in three  languages (English, German, French) to world affairs for those who need to be in the know: a rich resource of daily articles, bipartisan opinions and archived issues.

The categories section of the site lets you zero in on a particular geographic area or topic, combining interactive Web features with in-depth, long-form analysis.

It’s no surprise what the most popular sections are right now:

  • Afghanistan: From military strategic theory to coverage from the field, this section includes both bird’s eye and on-the-street views of the region.
  • China: Some of our strongest coverage deals with the Superpower’s relations with the United States and Taiwan, human-rights issues, economic policy and environmental challenges.
  • Iran: Experts weigh in on Iran’s simmering internal political dynamics accented by debate over the nuclear question.
  • Israel and Palestine: Together, these sections provide comprehensive coverage of Hamas and the Gaza Strip.

We truly couldn’t have done this without our readers, columnists, think tanks, and political and social organizations. We wanted also to send a special thanks to our friend President Bill Clinton who backed us from the very beginning.

These past 7 years have been an amazing ride. We’ve been a part of some great things and great times with everyone. We hope we’ll all be here next year to see this place still standing.

We thank you for your loyal readership, or as Ernest Hemingway once said: “There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

Best regards

David Berger, Editor & Publisher

Happy New Year from HIRAM7 REVIEW!

December 31, 2013

Happy New Year from HIRAM7 REVIEW!

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. HIRAM7 REVIEW was viewed about 55,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 20 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Where did they come from?

That’s 149 countries in all!

Most visitors came from The United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. Germany & France were not far behind.

Thanks for flying with HIRAM7 REVIEW in 2013.

We look forward to serving you again in 2014! Happy New Year!

… but wait, there’s more! This is our “Thank You” Song.

WikiLeaks Bullshit: Much Ado About Nothing, False Flag, Strategia della Tensione, or Sabotage Act against U.S. Foreign Policy?

November 29, 2010


A Satirical Op-Ed by Narcisse Caméléon, deputy editor-in-chief


On Bullshit: It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth. Producing bullshit requires no such conviction. A person who lies is thereby responding to the truth, and he is to that extent respectful of it. When an honest man speaks, he says only what he believes to be true; and for the liar, it is correspondingly indispensable that he considers his statements to be false. For the bullshitter, however, all these bets are off: he is neither on the side of the true nor on the side of the false. His eye is not on the facts at all, as the eyes of the honest man and of the liar are, except insofar as they may be pertinent to his interest in getting away with what he says. He does not care whether the things he says describe reality correctly. He just picks them out, or makes them up, to suit his purpose. (Princeton University Professor Harry Frankfurt)

And if, to be sure, sometimes you need to conceal a fact with words, do it in such a way that it does not become known, or, if it does become known, that you have a ready and quick defense. (Niccolò Machiavelli)
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. (Edward L. Bernays)

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. (Edward L. Bernays)

WikiLeaks released yesterday a batch of about 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables, exposing confidential information about U.S. relationships with the rest of the world and U.S. assessments of foreign leaders.

The White House denounced the disclosures as “reckless and dangerous".

The White House denounced the disclosures as “reckless and dangerous".

In light of the revelations, apparently leaked by US Army soldier Bradley Manning, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton condemned the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information (check out statement below).

The cables – a sampling of the daily traffic between the State Department and some 270 embassies and consulates – specify that Iran has obtained nineteen BM-25 missiles from North Korea with a range adequate to reach western Europe, and they also document Arab leaders calls for a military strike on Iran.

The documents also divulge U.S. diplomats were ordered to engage in spying by obtaining foreign diplomats’ personal information, such as frequent-flier and credit card numbers. The documents could abash the Obama administration and destabilize its diplomacy. In cables drafted by U.S. diplomats, French President Nicolas Sarkozy is called “Emperor without clothes”, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is described as an “alpha-dog,” Afghan President Hamid Karzai is “driven by paranoia,” and German Chancellor Angela Merkel “avoids risk and is rarely creative.” It also allegedly said that Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi never travels without a trusted Ukraninan nurse, a ‘voluptuous blond’.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs expressed concern in a statement that Wikileaks release could jeopardize private talks with foreign governments and opposition leaders. The Pentagon announced yesterday it will take action to prevent future illegal releases of classified information.

In a opinion piece for the Daily Beast, Peter Beinart, senior fellow at the New America Foundation, calls these revelations an act of sabotage. Really? Or: Better bad press than no press at all? Or Bullshit as usual…

Read full story.


Remarks to the Press on the Release of Confidential Documents

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
November 29, 2010
Hillary is very angry about the disclosures...

Hillary is very angry about the disclosures...

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, good afternoon. Do we have enough room in here? I want to take a moment to discuss the recent news reports of classified documents that were illegally provided from United States Government computers. In my conversations with counterparts from around the world over the past few days, and in my meeting earlier today with Foreign Minister Davutoglu of Turkey, I have had very productive discussions on this issue.

The United States strongly condemns the illegal disclosure of classified information. It puts people’s lives in danger, threatens our national security, and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems. This Administration is advancing a robust foreign policy that is focused on advancing America’s national interests and leading the world in solving the most complex challenges of our time, from fixing the global economy, to thwarting international terrorism, to stopping the spread of catastrophic weapons, to advancing human rights and universal values. In every country and in every region of the world, we are working with partners to pursue these aims.

So let’s be clear: this disclosure is not just an attack on America’s foreign policy interests. It is an attack on the international community – the alliances and partnerships, the conversations and negotiations, that safeguard global security and advance economic prosperity.

I am confident that the partnerships that the Obama Administration has worked so hard to build will withstand this challenge. The President and I have made these partnerships a priority – and we are proud of the progress that they have helped achieve – and they will remain at the center of our efforts.

I will not comment on or confirm what are alleged to be stolen State Department cables. But I can say that the United States deeply regrets the disclosure of any information that was intended to be confidential, including private discussions between counterparts or our diplomats’ personal assessments and observations. I want to make clear that our official foreign policy is not set through these messages, but here in Washington. Our policy is a matter of public record, as reflected in our statements and our actions around the world.

I would also add that to the American people and to our friends and partners, I want you to know that we are taking aggressive steps to hold responsible those who stole this information. I have directed that specific actions be taken at the State Department, in addition to new security safeguards at the Department of Defense and elsewhere to protect State Department information so that this kind of breach cannot and does not ever happen again.

Relations between governments aren’t the only concern created by the publication of this material. U.S. diplomats meet with local human rights workers, journalists, religious leaders, and others outside of governments who offer their own candid insights. These conversations also depend on trust and confidence. For example, if an anti-corruption activist shares information about official misconduct, or a social worker passes along documentation of sexual violence, revealing that person’s identity could have serious repercussions: imprisonment, torture, even death.

So whatever are the motives in disseminating these documents, it is clear that releasing them poses real risks to real people, and often to the very people who have dedicated their own lives to protecting others.

Now, I am aware that some may mistakenly applaud those responsible, so I want to set the record straight: There is nothing laudable about endangering innocent people, and there is nothing brave about sabotaging the peaceful relations between nations on which our common security depends.

There have been examples in history in which official conduct has been made public in the name of exposing wrongdoings or misdeeds. This is not one of those cases. In contrast, what is being put on display in this cache of documents is the fact that American diplomats are doing the work we expect them to do. They are helping identify and prevent conflicts before they start. They are working hard every day to solve serious practical problems – to secure dangerous materials, to fight international crime, to assist human rights defenders, to restore our alliances, to ensure global economic stability. This is the role that America plays in the world. This is the role our diplomats play in serving America. And it should make every one of us proud.

The work of our diplomats doesn’t just benefit Americans, but also billions of others around the globe. In addition to endangering particular individuals, disclosures like these tear at the fabric of the proper function of responsible government.

People of good faith understand the need for sensitive diplomatic communications, both to protect the national interest and the global common interest. Every country, including the United States, must be able to have candid conversations about the people and nations with whom they deal. And every country, including the United States, must be able to have honest, private dialogue with other countries about issues of common concern. I know that diplomats around the world share this view – but this is not unique to diplomacy. In almost every profession – whether it’s law or journalism, finance or medicine or academia or running a small business – people rely on confidential communications to do their jobs. We count on the space of trust that confidentiality provides. When someone breaches that trust, we are all worse off for it. And so despite some of the rhetoric we’ve heard these past few days, confidential communications do not run counter to the public interest. They are fundamental to our ability to serve the public interest.

In America, we welcome genuine debates about pressing questions of public policy. We have elections about them. That is one of the greatest strengths of our democracy. It is part of who we are and it is a priority for this Administration. But stealing confidential documents and then releasing them without regard for the consequences does not serve the public good, and it is not the way to engage in a healthy debate.

In the past few days, I have spoken with many of my counterparts around the world, and we have all agreed that we will continue to focus on the issues and tasks at hand. In that spirit, President Obama and I remain committed to productive cooperation with our partners as we seek to build a better, more prosperous world for all.

Thank you, and I’d be glad to take a few questions.

MR. CROWLEY: We’ll begin with Charlie Wolfson of CBS in his last week here covering the State Department.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Where are you going, Charlie?

QUESTION: I’ll (inaudible) into the sunset, but let me get to a question.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yes, sir. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: Madam Secretary, are you embarrassed by these leaks personally, professionally? And what harm have the leaks done to the U.S. so far that you can determine from talking to your colleagues?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Charlie, as I said in my statement, and based on the many conversations that I’ve had with my counterparts, I am confident that the partnerships and relationships that we have built in this Administration will withstand this challenge. The President and I have made these partnerships a priority, a real centerpiece of our foreign policy, and we’re proud of the progress that we have made over the last 22 months.

Every single day, U.S. Government representatives from the entire government, not just from the State Department, engage with hundreds if not thousands of government representatives and members of civil society from around the world. They carry out the goals and the interests and the values of the United States. And it is imperative that we have candid reporting from those who are in the field working with their counterparts in order to inform our decision-making back here in Washington.

I can tell you that in my conversations, at least one of my counterparts said to me, “Well, don’t worry about it. You should see what we say about you.” (Laughter.) So I think that this is well understood in the diplomatic community as part of the give-and-take. And I would hope that we will be able to move beyond this and back to the business of working together on behalf of our common goals.

MR. CROWLEY: Kim Ghattas of BBC.


QUESTION: Madam Secretary, I was wondering whether you could tell us what you think your upcoming trip is going to look like. Presumably, a lot of the people who have been mentioned in those alleged cables are going to have conversations with you. Do you think it’s going to cause you discomfort over the coming week as you engage in conversations with those leaders?

And I know you don’t want to comment on the particulars of the cables, but one issue that has been brought up into the daylight is the debate about Iran. What do you think the impact is going to be of those documents on the debate about Iran in the coming weeks and months?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Kim, you’re right. And I don’t know if you’re going on this trip or not, but we will be seeing dozens of my counterparts in Astana, and then as I go on from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and then ending up in Bahrain for the Manama dialogue. And I will continue the conversations that I have started with some in person and over the phone over the last days, and I will seek out others because I want personally to impress upon them the importance that I place on the kind of open, productive discussions that we have had to date and my intention to continue working closely with them.

Obviously, this is a matter of great concern, because we don’t want anyone in any of the countries that could be affected by these alleged leaks here to have any doubts about our intentions and our about commitments. That’s why I stressed in my remarks that policy is made in Washington. The President and I have been very clear about our goals and objectives in dealing with the full range of global challenges that we face. And we will continue to be so and we will continue to look for every opportunity to work with our friends and partners and allies around the world and to deal in a very clear-eyed way with those with whom we have differences, which of course brings me to Iran.

I think that it should not be a surprise to anyone that Iran is a source of great concern not only in the United States, that what comes through in every meeting that I have anywhere in the world is a concern about Iranian actions and intentions. So if anything, any of the comments that are being reported on allegedly from the cables confirm the fact that Iran poses a very serious threat in the eyes of many of her neighbors, and a serious concern far beyond her region.

That is why the international community came together to pass the strongest possible sanctions against Iran. It did not happen because the United States went out and said, “Please do this for us.” It happened because countries, once they evaluated the evidence concerning Iran’s actions and intentions, reached the same conclusion that the United States reached – that we must do whatever we can to muster the international community to take action to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons state.

So if anyone reading the stories about these alleged cables thinks carefully, what they will conclude is that the concern about Iran is well founded, widely shared, and will continue to be at the source of the policy that we pursue with likeminded nations to try to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

MR. CROWLEY: We’ve got to let the Secretary get to her airplane and get to her trip. Thank you very much.

SECRETARY CLINTON: I will leave you in P.J.’s very good hands. Thank you.

QUESTION: Madam Secretary, did you talk to anyone in Pakistan or India?


QUESTION: Thank you, Madam. (Inaudible).

MR. CROWLEY: What we’ll do is we’ll take, say, a 30-minute filing break, and then we’ll reconvene in the Briefing Room and continue our discussion.

Clinton Global Initiative highlights, a night in Brooklyn, and more

October 1, 2010

Last week, heads of state, business leaders, and nonprofit executives gathered in New York City for the sixth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

I started CGI after going to thousands of meetings over my career where people talked about issues but did little to solve them. We ask all CGI members to make a commitment to take action, and this year’s attendees made nearly 300 new commitments valued at $6 billion. You can view highlights of the meeting here, and then take our quiz to see how these commitments, along with your support, are improving lives around the world.

Earlier this month, we hosted our most recent Millennium Network Event – this time in Brooklyn, New York – to engage the next generation of philanthropists. This wonderful evening included performances from Chaka Khan and Talib Kweli.

Sign up today to become a part of this growing network.

Thank you for your support.

Bill Clinton

Der Journalist als Edelblogger: Heribert Prantl über Qualität im Journalismus

July 19, 2010

Der stets brillante Prof. Dr. jur. Heribert Prantl, Ressortleiter Innenpolitik der einzigen Qualitätszeitung der Bundesrepublik – Die Süddeutsche Zeitung – prophezeit eine vielversprechende Zukunft für den Qualitätsjournalismus in Deutschland und hält Ausschau nach einer neuen Spezies im Pressebetrieb: der Journalist als Blogger.

“Es gibt eine merkwürdige Angst vor der Bloggerei. Es wird so getan, als sei die Bloggerei eine Seuche, die via Internet übertragen wird und den professionellen Journalismus auffrisst. Das ist, mit Verlaub, Unfug. In jedem professionellen Journalisten steckt ein Blogger. Der Blog des professionellen Journalisten heißt FAZ oder SZ, Schweriner Volkszeitung oder Passauer Neue Presse, Deutschlandfunk oder Südwestradio. Der sogenannte klassische Journalist hat dort seinen Platz, und er hat ihn in der Regel deswegen, weil er klassische Fähigkeiten hat, die ihn und sein Produkt besonders auszeichnen.

Es gibt das etwas altbackene Wort ‘Edelfeder’ für die Journalisten, die mit der Sprache besonders behände umzugehen vermögen. Der professionelle Journalist ist, wenn man bei diesem Sprachgebrauch bleiben will, eine Art Edelblogger.”

Zum Artikel.

YouTube War: Fighting in a World of Cameras in Every Cell Phone and Photoshop on Every Computer

December 5, 2009

“Modern wars are won on television screens and Internet websites. These are the battlefields that really matter, the arenas that frame the war and the scoreboards that determine the losers and the winners”. Gabriel Weimann in “Hezbollah Dot Com: Hezbollah’s Online Campaign”

Terrorist attacks are media events designed to draw the attention of the press, because the attack itself will have accomplished very little without being viewed by the larger audience provided by media coverage. One of the key goals of terrorists is to shape public attitudes and perceptions and ultimately to undermine the will to fight. Terrorists attempt to accomplish that goal through the manipulation of media coverage.

A paper written by Dr. Cori E. Dauber, Visiting Research Professor at the U.S. Army War College, methodically lays out the nature of this new environment in terms of its implications for a war against media-savvy insurgents, and then considers possible courses of action for the U.S. military strategists as they seek to respond to an enemy that has proven enormously adaptive to this new environment and the new type of warfare it enables.

Read full story.

Earl Shugerman’s Corner: The English speaking community of Haifa

November 25, 2009

Earl Shugerman brings every week a serie of stories about Anglo-Saxon immigrants to Israel. This project is aimed to promote a more realistic view of life in Israel.

The Anglo-List – Bringing us together

by Suzanne Suckerman

I came to Israel from Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1989 just after I got married. My husband always wanted to live in Haifa.  We were the only Anglo-Saxon couple our age and so socially it took a long time to fit in.  It was mainly through my husband’s business that we began to meet the English speaking community and slowly acquire a social network.  Immigration from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia was at its peak and the Jewish Agency and other Aliyah organizations were concentrating on that.  Support in Haifa, at that time, was scant and we were left to our own devices.  Over the years we plodded along, slowly making our way. Our two children were born here and attend school here and it has been through them that we have learned a great deal.  The education system, religious, parenting, military service to name but a few are all so different in South Africa.

Haifa was recently chosen to absorb the new, large wave of English speaking immigrants coming to Israel.  Over the past 2 years over 1000 English speakers have made Haifa their home and similar numbers will be arriving in the next few years.  In the course of a conversation with an ex-colleague, I identified a need for a central source of practical information on life in Israel, specifically for the English speaking immigrant community.  After some research I understood that a website was the way to go. 

Haifa also attracts foreign students, businessmen, members of the Bahai faith as well as a contingency of foreign workers from the Philippines. In order to meet their specific needs and give support to these groups, I proceeded to set up a new information website called Anglo-list.com.  This website is unique, and fulfils an important commercial and social function. We understand the English speaker’s needs, and this site has been designed, and will continue to evolve, to meet those needs. This Aliyah, business, consumer, entertainment and information website gives practical information, advice and tips and covers such issues as the medical and education systems, security issues, social services, entertainment as well as being a directory for government and official offices and Aliyah information. 

From a community point of view, we have set up social networks and our membership is growing daily. We plan to hold social events and develop a support group. Readers are contributing their personal Aliyah stories, some humorous and some serious. The community relates strongly to this, they are inspired and comforted from other peoples experiences.

We also now have the strength to request that provision be made for the English speaker from companies and organizations

Potential immigrants are using the site to make crucial decisions about their future. The large Bahai community in and the Philippinos, also have access to the site and we are working on incorporating information for them as well.

On a professional level we have a list of service providers. A condition for advertising on this site is being able to provide service in English. Various organizations are advertising on the site and have contributed information and articles on their specific service – special education, small business development and student bodies to name but a few.

Learning Hebrew, as a spoken language, can be a long and difficult process, we have also addressed this issue and provide a phonetic dictionary of useful terms, phrases and slang.

The Mayor of Haifa, Mr. Yona Yahav, has endorsed the site and we work in close cooperation with Aliyah organizations.

It is our plan to enlarge the site and incorporate the entire country – and our vision to turn this site into the premier English site for English speakers in Israel will become a reality.

www.anglo-list.comBringing us Together

Défense et Illustration de Jacques Chirac

October 31, 2009


Une tribune de David Berger

Le renvoi de Jacques Chirac devant la justice pour “détournements de biens publics” et “abus de confiance” dans le cadre de l’affaire des chargés de mission de la Ville de Paris est non seulement superflu, mais aussi et surtout moralement douteux, eu égard au fait que les délits reprochés remontent à plus de vingt ans et que tous les partis politiques ont eu recours à ces pratiques.

La justice devrait faire le procès de la classe politique entière au lieu de s’acharner sur un homme qui a servi la France de manière exemplaire pendant plus de quarante ans.

C’est une constante bien française, la nation décapite le Père, celui qui incarne le mieux ce qu’elle est, en érigeant l’échafaud en place publique; observez la chose, elle est invariablement la même: la tête du monarque, bon, débonnaire, doit être donnée aux chacals qui n’en feront qu’une bouchée : Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité. Comme le disait le Général De Gaulle: “Les Français sont des veaux”. Jacques Chirac s’en sortira, c’est une question d’honneur pour la France. Souvenons-nous des années Mitterrand, des suicides, des scandales personnels et des dépenses royales, corruption et république bananière à tirelarigotOui, il ira devant les juges, il passera quelques nuits blanches, mais il se relèvera, tête haute.

L’ancien président de la République et maire de Paris Jacques Chirac s’exprimait il y a près de deux ans sur tous les chefs d’accusation calomnieuse lancés à son encontre. Sa tribune parue dans le quotidien Le Monde peut être lue ici.

NDLR: Les textes et essais publiés sur HIRAM7 REVIEW n’engagent que leurs auteurs et ne reflètent pas nécessairement l’opinion de la rédaction.

Sumit Lal: The ubiquitous Indian

October 28, 2009

Our friend from New Delhi, Sumit Lal, former Director and General Manager at ECCO INDIA, and currently Business Adviser at ECCO Asia Pacific Limited, has just started his own blog.

Please check it out here.

Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle

October 24, 2009

The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

“The West needs innovation; Israel’s got it,” write Dan Senor and Saul Singer, authors of Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle. They argue that the Israeli economic model, based on innovation, can help the West, in particular, “get out of its economic hole.”

Start-Up Nation addresses the trillion-dollar question: How is it that Israel – a country of 7.1 million people, only sixty years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources – produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada, and the United Kingdom?

Drawing on examples from the country’s foremost inventors and investors, geopolitical experts Dan Senor and Saul Singer describe how Israel’s adversity-driven culture fosters a unique combination of innovative and entrepreneurial intensity.

As the authors argue, Israel is not just a country but a comprehensive state of mind. Whereas Americans emphasize decorum and exhaustive preparation, Israelis put chutzpah first. “When an Israeli entrepreneur has a business idea, he will start it that week,” one analyst put it. At the geopolitical level, Senor and Singer dig in deeper to show why Israel’s policies on immigration, R&D, and military service have been key factors in the country’s rise – providing insight into why Israel has more companies on the NASDAQ than those from all of Europe, Korea, Japan, Singapore, China, and India combined.

So much has been written about the Middle East, but surprisingly little is understood about the story and strategy behind Israel’s economic growth. As Start-Up Nation shows, there are lessons in Israel’s example that apply not only to other nations, but also to individuals seeking to build a thriving organization. As the U.S. economy seeks to reboot its can-do spirit, there’s never been a better time to look at this remarkable and resilient nation for some impressive, surprising clues.

Reviews & Endorsements

“An eye-opening look at a side of Israel that most people never think about.” (The Week)

“There is a great deal for America to learn from the very impressive Israeli entrepreneurial model—beginning with a culture of leadership and risk management. Start-Up Nation is a playbook for every CEO who wants to develop the next generation of corporate leaders.” Tom Brokaw, special correspondent for NBC News, author of The Greatest Generation

“Senor and Singer’s experience in government, in business, and in journalism—and especially on the ground in the Middle East—come to life in their illuminating, timely, and often surprising analysis.” George Stephanopoulos, host of This Week, ABC News

“In the midst of the chaos of the Middle East, there’s a remarkable story of innovation. Start-Up Nation is filled with inspiring insights into what’s behind Israel’s dynamic economy. It is a timely book and a much-needed celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit.” Meg Whitman, former president and CEO of eBay

“Senor and Singer highlight some important lessons and sound instruction for countries struggling to enter the 21st century. An edifying, cogent report, as apolitical as reasonably possible, about homemade nation building.” Kirkus Reviews

“The authors ground their analysis in case studies and interviews with some of Israel’s most brilliant innovators to make this a rich and insightful read not just for business leaders and policymakers but for anyone curious about contemporary Israeli culture.” Publishers Weekly

To order the book, click here.

Alan Posener’s Column: The Open Society and its Trends

October 23, 2009

by Alan Posener
Die Welt / Welt am Sonntag  / HIRAM7 REVIEW

Something’s going on in Europe, and I don’t like it.

There’s the future German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle’s refusal to even listen to the question of a BBC correspondent, unless it’s put to him in German:

There’s the BBC giving the British National Party’s Nick Griffin a nationwide TV platform for his racist and anti-Semitic views.

And there’s people not only defending German Central Banker Thilo Sarrazin’s right to make racist comments, but denying that they are racist and demanding a muzzle for people who dare to say they are racist.

You only have to look at the comments on Youtube and elsewhere to realize what it is that is going on here: the political and chattering classes have abandoned the rules governing their chatter; nationalism, racism and intolerance in general are being allowed back into polite society after spending the past 40 years out in the cold.

Political correctness – that great civilizer – is dead. Multiculturalism is under siege. And the ban on anti-Semitism – which the Catholic Church has already lifted by welcoming back the anti-Semitic Pius Brotherhood into its ranks – will soon be as worthless as the paper on which Sir Karl Popper’s great book on the Open Society was written.

I mention Karl Popper, because in the age of Totalitarianism he confronted a vexing question of democracy head-on: was the open society bound by its own philosophical, legal and political parameters to tolerate the propaganda of its enemies?

Popper said no: there was no reason to tolerate intolerance; no reason to grant freedom to the enemies of freedom; there should be no openness towards the enemies of openness. People who want one man, one vote one time should not – as they were in Gaza – be allowed to contest elections. Democracy is more important than freedom; more important than truth; more important than justice – or any one of the multitude of ideas, concepts, slogans and ideals in whose name one could (and people have tried to) suspend democracy.

It’s always the enemies of tolerance who chafe at this seeming intolerance of democracy. One shouldn’t let oneself be fooled. People say, “If you stop people from saying what Sarrazin said, you are denying 80 percent of the population a voice.”

Well, if 80 percent of the population are racist, which I don’t believe for a moment, but I’m saying if, then fuck them and there’s all the more reason to keep a tight lid on what is said by public figures, isn’t there?

Popper didn’t call his book “The Majority Rules”, he called it “The Open Society”. Even 99 percent of the population don’t have the right to dismantle the open society and replace it with a society in which privileges are awarded or denied according to race, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation or social background.

That’s what Europe has been about this past half-century. Let’s keep it that way.

Happy Invertising Summer!

August 8, 2009


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Ci vediamo a Settembre per progettare il futuro della comunicazione.


Alexandre Gabriel Levy

New Business Director

17. Filmfest Hamburg veranstaltet erstes Film Camp im Norden

July 28, 2009

***Filmfest Hamburg 24. SEPT. - 3. OKT. 2009***


Hamburg, den 28. Juli 2009 – Am 2. Oktober 2009 findet das erste Hamburger BarCamp für Filmschaffende auf dem 17. Filmfest Hamburg statt. Beim “Digital Film Camp@Filmfest Hamburg”, auch DFC@Filmfest Hamburg genannt, diskutieren Filmemacher und Web 2.0-Spezialisten die digitale Zukunft des Films.

Mit der Frage “Wie arbeiten und finanzieren sich Filmemacher im Web 2.0?” endete das zweite Berliner “Digital Film Camp” am 17. April diesen Jahres. Veranstalter und Organisator war Simon Chapuzzeau, Inhaber der HomeBase Lounge Berlin.

Für Chappuzeau lag es auf der Hand, “nach dem großen Erfolg des DFCs mit dem Format auf Reisen zu gehen, um den hohen Bedarf des inhaltlichen Austausches zwischen den Filmemachern und Digital Natives bundesweit zu fördern”. Filmfestleiter Albert Wiederspiel freut sich “über die inhaltliche und organisatorische Kooperation mit Simon Chappuzeau.” Für Wiederspiel ist “das DFC@Filmfest Hamburg eine hervorragende Gelegenheit, im Rahmen von Filmfest Hamburg web-affinen Filmemachern neue Chancen und Wege zur Herstellung und Finanzierung sowie zum Marketing und Vertrieb aufzuzeigen.”

Die deutschen Filmstudenten der Hamburg Media School und deren schwedische Austauschstudenten vom Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm sowie die Hamburger Medienakademie haben sich bereits ihre Teilnahme an dem DFC@Filmfest Hamburg gesichert.

Die Organisationsform des DFC@Filmfest Hamburg zählt zu der Veranstaltungsreihe von BarCamps (engl. Un-Conference) und ist ein unkompliziertes und effektives Konferenzformat, welches sich längst über die Internet-Szene hinaus etabliert hat. Das erste BarCamp fand im August 2005 in Palo Alto, Kalifornien, statt.

Die Ad-hoc-Nicht-Konferenz nach der Open-Space-Methode ist aus dem Bedürfnis, sich in offener Umgebung auszutauschen und voneinander zu lernen, entstanden. Dabei bilden Diskussionen, Präsentationen, Workshops (sogenannte “Sessions”) und die Interaktion der Teilnehmer untereinander den Fokus. Jeder, der etwas beizutragen hat oder etwas lernen möchte, ist willkommen und herzlich eingeladen, mitzumachen.

Der Ablauf des DFC@Filmfest Hamburg wird zu Beginn der Veranstaltung gemeinsam mit den Organisatoren und den Teilnehmern gestaltet und koordiniert. Je nach Interesse und Anliegen teilen sich die Teilnehmer in Gruppen auf und nehmen aktiv oder passiv an den “Sessions” teil. Die Inhalte und Ergebnisse der Veranstaltung werden noch während des Film Camps im Internet in entsprechenden Blogs, Social Networks oder Portalen dokumentiert, Kommentare, ergänzende Hinweise und Links werden über den Micro-Blogging-Anbieter Twitter veröffentlicht. Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos und lediglich aus Platzgründen limitiert.

Aus diesem Grund ist eine vorherige Anmeldung in der Zeit vom 30.07. bis zum 14.09.2009 unter folgender E-Mail-Adresse notwendig: digitalfilmcamp@filmfesthamburg.de.

Mehr Informationen unter www.filmfesthamburg.de.

Filmfest Hamburg geht 2009 mit folgenden Sektionen an den Start: Agenda 09, Nordlichter, Vitrina, Voilà!, TV Spielfilme im Kino, eurovisuell und Neuseeland Deluxe.

Weitere Informationen
Silke Cecilia Schultz (Leitung Presse und Kommunikation)
Telefon: 040 – 399 19 00-17
presse@filmfesthamburg.de / www.filmfesthamburg.de

Alan Posener zum Streit mit der Achse des Guten

July 18, 2009

Ein Kommentar von Alan Posener
Korrespondent für Politik und Gesellschaft
Die Welt / Welt am Sonntag

“Toleranz verlangt nicht danach, Unstimmigkeiten und Widersprüche zu verschleiern. Im Gegenteil, sie fordert, die Unmöglichkeit eines umfassenden einheitlichen Denkens anzuerkennen und darum fremde und gegensätzliche Ansichten ohne Haß und Feindschaft zur Kenntnis zu nehmen.” Lew Kopelew

Dirk Maxeiner, Michael Miersch und Henryk M. Broder haben sich nach über acht Wochen endlich dazu herabgelassen, die Gründe für meinen Herauswurf bei der Achse des Guten zu benennen. Natürlich nicht die wahren Gründe.

Die habe ich im Interview mit der Zeitung  der Freitag dargelegt. Das Trio schreibt: „Der Grund für die Trennung liegt in seinen persönlichen Eigenarten, besonders im Umgang mit anderen Menschen.“

Nun ja. Dass sich Henryk über meinen Umgang mit anderen Menschen beschwert, buche ich als Engländer eher belustigt unter „the pot calling the kettle black“. Was aber außer diesem schlechten Umgang – den heben sie ja “besonders” hervor, also ist das offenkundig nicht alles – was also sonst an meinen  „persönlichen Eigenarten“ den drei Oberzensoren und Charakterbeurteilern nicht gefällt, wollen sie weder mir noch dem Publikum noch den anderen Mitgliedern der Achse des Guten mitteilen.

Körpergeruch? Aber es heißt doch nicht „Achsel des Guten“.

Zu meinen persönlichen Eigenarten gehört persönliche Loyalität. Vielleicht ist es dumm von mir, bei anderen Leuten Loyalität zu erwarten. Ich habe als Chef des Forums der Welt dafür gesorgt, dass Maxeiner & Miersch ihre wöchentliche Kolumne bekamen. Vielleicht war es dumm von mir zu erwarten, dass die Beiden dafür ein wenig dankbar sein und im Falle einer Diffamierung zumindest überlegen würden, ob sie dem Denunzianten eher Glauben schenken als mir.

Zu meinen persönlichen Eigenarten gehört Offenheit. Vielleicht war es dumm von mir zu erwarten, dass die Zwei von der Undankstelle wenigstens das Gespräch mit mir suchen würden, bevor sie mich im Verein mit Henryk rausschmissen.

Zu meinen persönlichen Eigenarten gehört, dass ich nicht nachtragend bin. Vielleicht war es dumm von mir zu glauben, dass Henryk einen öffentlichen Widerspruch ertragen könnte.

Übrigens bin ich jetzt auch nicht nachtragend. Wenn sich die Drei entschuldigen, soll alles vergessen sein. Muss nicht einmal öffentlich sein.

Im Gespräch mit Michael Miersch (auf dem Weg zu seinem Schreibtisch im Großraumbüro kommt er täglich an meinem Büro vorbei – hat jedoch nie von der Gelegenheit Gebrauch gemacht, mich auf meine miesen „persönlichen Eigenheiten“ anzusprechen) hat er mir immerhin heute, als ich ihn wegen der Kritik meiner “persönlichen Eigenschaften” auf der Achse des Guten zur Rede stellte, zugestanden, dass in jenen ominösen „Belegen“, die dem Triumvirat von irgendeinem charakterlosen und feigen anonymen Dreigroschenjungen zugespielt wurden, lediglich eine Kritik an der Achse, keine Kritik an ihm persönlich enthalten ist. „Aber die Achse ist mein Baby.“ Das macht mich noch lange nicht zum Kinderschänder.

Das macht mich zu jemandem, der Kritik an der Richtung hatte, die einige Achsen-Autoren einschlugen. Kritik, die ich immer öffentlich und/oder in Mails an die betreffenden Autoren geäußert habe. Und das, nicht meine “persönlichen Eigenarten”, ist mein Vergehen.

Ich stelle fest: Würde mir jemand zutragen, ein Freund von mir hätte meine Ergüsse oder Ergüsse irgendwelcher Kollegen bei der Welt-Gruppe als „idiotisch“ oder „unter aller Sau“ bezeichnet, ich würde das Gespräch mit dem Freund suchen. Übrigens habe ich jede Menge Freunde, die so denken und vermutlich reden. Du meine Güte! Es gibt Wichtigeres.

Ich würde keinesfalls öffentlich über die “persönliche Eigenheiten” dieses Freundes raunen. Wahrscheinlich ist es aber diese „persönliche Eigenart“, die den Achsen-Mächten nicht passt. Sie nennt sich: “Anstand”.

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Die Redaktion sichtet jeden Kommentar und entscheidet, ob der Leserkommentar freigeschaltet wird. Beleidigungen, nicht nachprüfbare Behauptungen, erkennbare Unwahrheiten und/oder rassistische Andeutungen führen dazu, dass der Kommentar in jedem Fall nicht freigeschaltet wird.

Die Achse der Intoleranz

July 8, 2009

Die Verleumdung ist schnell und die Wahrheit langsam. (Voltaire)

Eine Glosse von Narcisse Caméléon
Ressortleiter Deppologie der HIRAM7 REVIEW

Nachfolgender E-Mail-Wechsel zwischen dem libertären Publizisten Alan Posener auf der einen Seite, und dem Triumvirat Dirk Maxeiner, Henryk M. Broder und Michael Miersch, Herausgeber des ebenso unkonventionellen und polemischen Online-Magazins Die Achse des Guten, auf der anderen Seite, zeigt wie intolerant und unfair Publizisten (und Journalisten) sein können…wenn es darum geht, einen unliebsamen Kollegen aus dem Verkehr zu ziehen.

Alan Posener bat uns darum, diese Korrespondenz publik zu machen, damit die Drahtzieher dieser Kabale Gelegenheit haben, hierzu Stellung zu nehmen, um diesen kindergartenähnlichen Autorenstreit ein anständiges Ende für alle Beteiligten zu bereiten.

Wir wollen hoffen, dass Konrad Adenauer verallgemeinerte, als er einst sagte: “Mit kleinen Jungen und Journalisten soll man vorsichtig sein. Die schmeißen immer noch einen Stein hinterher.”


Mittwoch, 20. Mai 2009 – 15:39

Lieber Alan,

in letzter Zeit wurden wir mehrmals darauf aufmerksam gemacht, dass du die Autoren von achchgut.com unter anderem als “Idioten” und “unter aller Sau” bezeichnest. Wir wollten das zunächst nicht glauben. Aber inzwischen wurden uns Belege zur Kenntnis gegeben, in denen du deiner Verachtung schriftlich Ausdruck gibst.

Warum bist du Mitglied in einem Autorennetzwerk, das du dermaßen geringschätzt? Es steht dir doch frei, nach Freunden zu suchen, für die du mehr Respekt empfindest. Als du im Herbst 2008 zu achgut.com kamst, waren bereits dieselben Autoren dabei wie jetzt.

Nachdem du deinen eigenen Blog aufgegeben hast, nahmst du die Einladung auf achgut.com zu schreiben freudig an. Wir möchten nicht mit jemandem zusammenzuarbeiten, der intrigiert und sich bemüht, den Ruf von achgut.de zu schädigen.

Damit ersparen wir dir die Peinlichkeit, weiterhin mit “Idioten” in Zusammenhang gebracht zu werden.


Dirk Maxeiner, Henryk M. Broder und Michael Miersch

Herausgeber der Achse des Guten



Hierzu die Antwort von Alan Posener:

Mittwoch, 20. Mai 2009 – 16:58

Lieber Dirk, lieber Michael, lieber Henryk,

Der größte Lump im ganzen Land ist und bleibt der Denunziant. [Das wusste schon Hoffmann von Fallersleben Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts – Anmerkung der Redaktion.]

Freilich wer auf solche Leute hört, ist selber schuld. Dieser Brief ist geradezu kafkaesk. (Kafkas Roman Der Prozess beginnt mit dem Satz: “Irgendjemand musste K. denunziert haben.)

Wieso sagt ihr nicht, wer euch “darauf aufmerksam gemacht hat”, dass ich so etwas gesagt habe? Um was für “Belege” handelt es sich da? Wieso teilt ihr mir das Ergebnis eures geheimen Tribunals mit, ohne mir vorher eine Chance zur Anhörung zu geben? Ist das euer Verständnis von Fairness.

Für mich riecht es nach Stalinismus. Da ich nicht glauben mag, dass ihr so handelt wie irgendwelche K-Gruppen-Fuzzis, möchte ich dringend um eine Aussprache bitten. Auch mein Humor hat Grenzen.

Beste Grüße

Alan Posener
Korrespondent für Politik und Gesellschaft
Welt am Sonntag

Die in HIRAM7 REVIEW veröffentlichten Essays und Kommentare geben nicht grundsätzlich den Standpunkt der Redaktion wieder.

Take Action to Stop the Threat of a Nuclear Iran

May 21, 2009

Participate in our Online Statewide Webinar:

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 – 12:30 – 2:00pm(EST)
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Social networking websites posing security threat for Israel

May 19, 2009

Terrorist organizations actively scan Israeli sites, as well as social networks in which many Israelis are active, including veterans of classified Israel Defense Forces (IDF) units, in order to gather classified information on security targets in Israel, the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem has said in a statement.

Recent reports indicated new trends in terrorist activity on the internet beyond collecting information posted by Israelis, including direct and concrete appeals to Israeli citizens to become involved in terrorist activity or pass along classified information in return for payment.

Recently, an Israeli citizen complained to the Israel Security Agency that he had been contacted on ‘Facebook’ by a man purporting to be a Lebanese merchant, who asked him to pass along classified information in return for payment. This incident joins many others that have been identified by the security services. Personal information – such as names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers – that is transferred via the internet for business or private purposes may help terrorist elements to locate and contact Israeli citizens both in Israel and abroad, the PM’s Office warned.

Vatican Launches YouTube Channel: For Unto Us A Pope Is Born!

January 25, 2009

The Vatican said that with a new YouTube channel, it hoped to broaden the pope’s audience – around 1.4 billion people are online worldwide – while giving the Holy See better control over the pope’s Internet image.

Operation Cast Lead – Israel under attack

January 11, 2009


Click here to read the last briefing from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on the operation in the Gaza Strip.

The following link is to a video by the IDF, entitled Hamas’ Escalation to Confrontation, explaining why the State of Israel was forced to re-enter the Gaza Strip in order to prevent further terrorist attacks on innocent Israeli civilians in the Southern District.

The Moral Battleground – Myths & Facts about the Gaza War

January 9, 2009


Spotlight on 111th U.S. Congress with regard to Israel’s self defense war

Israel is engaged in a crucial struggle against Hamas terrorists who have been firing rockets at Israeli population centers for years, causing great suffering and posing great risk for Israel’s citizens. Israel’s decision to defend itself by surgically retaliating against Hamas has been met with criticism and condemnation from some in the international community. It is now more important than ever that the new United States admnistration publicly supports Israel’s right to defend itself from attack by Hamas and other terrorist groups.

The U.S. Congress will very shortly consider resolutions expressing an understanding of Israel’s security predicament and underscoring the critical importance of Israel’s military operation against Hamas. Please call your Senators and Representatives and urge them to support legislation affirming Israel’s right to defend itself from attack by Hamas. Phone the Capitol Hill switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your Senators’ and Representative’s’ offices. Tell them that it is essential that the United States stand by the only democratic state in the Middle East, Israel, while the Jewish state and the Western values are under assault.

HIRAM7 REVIEW responds to UN Security Council on Gaza

HIRAM7 REVIEW started an online petition to UN Security Council, expressing profound disappointment and concern about the statement delivered by him on December 31, 2008, with regard to the situation in the Gaza Strip.


The petition stressed that the international community needs to understand the tremendous danger that terrorist organizations like Hamas pose not only to Israel, but also to the entire world. It also observed that intergovernmental organizations like the UN should vigorously denounce the Hamas regime in the name of human rights, instead of demonizing Israel when it acts to protect its citizens, in lawful exercise of its right of self defense. There is no moral equivalence between Israel, a democracy which seeks peace and targets the terrorists, and Hamas that seeks Israel’s destruction and targets the innocent, including his own people.


American Leaders Speak Out in Support of Israel’s Right to Self-Defense

Current & Future Administration Officials

  • David Axelrod, Senior Advisor to President-Elect Barack Obama
  • President George W. Bush
  • Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Congressional Leadership

  • Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
  • House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH)
  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

U.S. Senate



  • Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
  • John McCain (R-AZ)



  • Barbara Boxer (D-CA)



  • Christopher Dodd (D-CT)
  • Joseph Lieberman (I-CT)



  • Bill Nelson (D-FL)
  • Mel Martinez (R-FL)



  • Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
  • Johnny Isakson (R-GA)



  • Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL)



  • Evan Bayh (D-IN)



  • Charles Grassley (R-IA)



  • Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
  • David Vitter (R-LA)



  • Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)
  • Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)



  • Christopher “Kit” Bond (R-MO)



  • John Ensign (R-NV)

New Hampshire

  • Judd Gregg (R-NH)

New Jersey

  • Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)
  • Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

New York

  • Charles Schumer (D-NY)

North Carolina

  • Kay Hagan (D-NC)


  • George Voinovich (R-OH)


  • Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA)

Rhode Island

  • Jack Reed (D-RI)
  • Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)

South Carolina

  • Jim DeMint (R-SC)
  • Lindsey Graham (R-SC)


  • John Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)

U.S. House of Representatives



  • Spencer Bachus (R-AL)
  • Mike Rogers (R-AL)



  • Trent Franks (R-AZ)
  • Harry Mitchell (D-AZ)



  • Howard Berman (D-CA)
  • John Campbell (R-CA)
  • Dennis Cardoza (D-CA)
  • Jim Costa (D-CA)
  • Elton Gallegly (R-CA)
  • Wally Herger (R-CA)
  • Dan Lungren (R-CA)
  • Doris Matsui (D-CA)
  • Jerry McNerney (D-CA)
  • George Radanovich (R-CA)
  • Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
  • Adam Schiff (D-CA)
  • Brad Sherman (D-CA)
  • Ellen Tauscher (D-CA)
  • Henry Waxman (D-CA)


  • Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
  • Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)


  • Jim Himes (D-CT)


  • Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)
  • Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL)
  • Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
  • Kathy Castor (D-FL)
  • Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)
  • Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
  • Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
  • Alan Grayson (D-FL)
  • Alcee Hastings (D-FL)
  • Ron Klein (D-FL)
  • Connie Mack IV (R-FL)
  • Kendrick Meek (D-FL)
  • John Mica (R-FL)
  • Adam Putnam (R-FL)
  • Tom Rooney (R-FL)
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
  • Cliff Stearns (R-FL)
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
  • Robert Wexler (D-FL)
  • C.W. Bill Young (R-FL)


  • Paul Broun (R-GA)
  • Tom Price (R-GA)


  • Jerry Costello (D-IL)
  • Phil Hare (D-IL)
  • Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
  • Mark Kirk (R-IL)
  • Daniel Lipinski (D-IL)
  • John Shimkus (R-IL)


  • Mike Pence (R-IN)


  • Leonard Boswell (D-IA)
  • Steve King (R-IA)


  • Jerry Moran (R-KS)


  • Geoff Davis (R-KY)


  • Rodney Alexander (R-LA)
  • Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
  • John Fleming (R-LA)
  • Charlie Melancon (D-LA)
  • Steve Scalise (R-LA)


  • Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
  • House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
  • C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-MD)
  • John Sarbanes (D-MD)
  • Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)


  • Michael Capuano (D-MA)
  • Barney Frank (D-MA)
  • Edward Markey (D-MA)
  • James McGovern (D-MA)
  • Richard Neal (D-MA)
  • John Olver (D-MA)
  • Niki Tsongas (D-MA)


  • Gary Peters (D-MI)


  • Outgoing House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO)
  • Russ Carnahan (D-MO)
  • Ike Skelton (D-MO)


  • Shelley Berkley (D-NV)

New Hampshire

  • Paul Hodes (D-NH)


New Jersey

  • John Adler (D-NJ)
  • Rob Andrews (D-NJ)
  • Scott Garrett (R-NJ)
  • Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
  • Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
  • Steve Rothman (D-NJ)
  • Albio Sires (D-NJ)

New York

  • Joseph Crowley (D-NY)
  • Eliot Engel (D-NY)
  • John Hall (D-NY)
  • Brian Higgins (D-NY)
  • Steve Israel (D-NY)
  • Peter King (R-NY)
  • Nita Lowey (D-NY)
  • Carolyn Maloney (D-NY)
  • Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)
  • John McHugh (R-NY)
  • Michael McMahon (D-NY)
  • Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)
  • Charles Rangel (D-NY)
  • Edolphus Towns (D-NY)
  • Anthony Weiner (D-NY)



  • John Boccieri (D-OH)
  • Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
  • Steven LaTourette (R-OH)
  • Zack Space (D-OH)
  • Betty Sutton (D-OH)



  • Dan Boren (D-OK)
  • Mary Fallin (R-OK)



  • Christopher Carney (D-PA)
  • Charlie Dent (R-PA)
  • Jim Gerlach (R-PA)
  • Patrick Murphy (D-PA)
  • Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)
  • Joe Sestak (D-PA)
  • Bill Shuster (R-PA)


Rhode Island

  • Patrick Kennedy (D-RI)
  • Jim Langevin (D-RI)



  • Kevin Brady (R-TX)
  • John Culberson (R-TX)
  • Chet Edwards (D-TX)
  • Gene Green (D-TX)
  • Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
  • Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
  • Pete Olson (R-TX)
  • Ted Poe (R-TX)
  • Pete Sessions (R-TX)
  • Lamar Smith (R-TX)



  • House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA)
  • Gerry Connolly (D-VA)



  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

State and Local Elected Officials

  • Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NY)
  • Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Armond Budish (D-OH)
  • Gov. Donald Carcieri (R-RI)
  • Gov. Jon Corzine (D-NJ)
  • State Senator Ted Deutch (D-FL)
  • Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher (D-OH)
  • Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R-KY)
  • State House Majority Leader Adam Hasner (R-FL)
  • State Representative Josh Mandel (R-OH)
  • Gov. David Paterson (D-NY)
  • Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)
  • Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA)
  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA)
  • Gov. Ted Strickland (D-OH)
  • Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaragoisa (D-CA)


Take Action! Sign our petition “Fight Terror – Support Israel Now!”

January 3, 2009

Hamas’s Children Indoctrination

Dear Friends of Israel and the free world,

We have just started the online petition:

Fight Terror – Support Israel Now!

hosted on the web by PetitionOnline.com, at:


We think you might agree with what our petition says. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider signing yourself.

Thank you.

Best wishes,

David Berger – Editor & Publisher HIRAM7 REVIEW

From Israel to Minnesota

August 16, 2008

Dear all,

I just got back from Israel. I went to the Wailing Wall.

For those of you requested that I say prayers for you or your loved ones, I absolutely did.



Since prayers can be said anywhere, for those of you who still need prayers said, I can say them before I go to sleep any night.

Upon getting back from Israel, I published my interview with Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. She is more than just the most beautiful woman in Congress. She is also the brightest. She is a true conservative and a rising republican star.


On Tuesday, August 19th, Evan Sayet is doing conservative comedy at the Laugh Factory, and John Bolton is speaking in Beverly Hills.

On Wednesday, August 20th, at 8:30pm, I will be interviewing Shane and Frank from Political Vindication on my radio show on Blogtalkradio.

On Wednesday, August 27th, at 8:30pm, I am interviewing Republican Jewish Coalition California Executive Director Larry Greenfield.

God Bless,

Eric aka The Tygrrrr Express

The World of Tomorrow

August 14, 2008

In The Wall Street Journal, columnist Michael Barone reviews a new bestseller written by John Zogby: The Way We’ll Be.

“John Zogby is the maverick in the political polling fraternity, the guy who admits that he sometimes tweaks the rules and whose numbers are sometimes greeted with skepticism. He is also an original thinker and a perceptive observer of the American scene, especially as it is viewed from the far-outside-the- Beltway precincts of Utica, N.Y., where his Lebanese- immigrant grandfather ran a grocery store for years.

It is the social observer who comes to the fore in Mr. Zogby’s The Way We’ll Be, an attempt to describe, by way of polls, the American state of mind and to imagine what it portends. Along the way, Mr. Zogby sounds several themes. One is that Americans increasingly want variety in their consumer products and entertainment offerings. ‘They want choice, not imposition, and they are demanding to be treated as individuals,’ he writes. ‘Today’s beer drinker and movie watcher and rock music fan can personalize his or her refrigerator or DVD or iPod playlist as never before.”

Read full story.

Google Earth: A New Platform for Anti-Israel Propaganda and Replacement Geography

June 29, 2008

by Dr. Andre Oboler

The influence of the Internet on our lives is increasing. News, advertising, employment, education, and networking are being affected. Israel’s security is especially vulnerable to the manipulation of geography. The online world allows the creation of a virtual reality that at times bears only passing resemblance to facts on the ground.

The gap between reality and virtual reality is further exploited by political activists promoting what we term “replacement geography,” a means of controlling the virtual representation of land in place of controlling the land itself. In an information age, control on the common map may be worth more in negotiations than control on the ground.

Google Earth

With a user base of 400 million,(1) Google Earth uses satellite imagery combined with maps, terrain, and 3D buildings to present the earth at various levels of magnification. Key features (geography, place details, pictures, etc.) are included with the download of Google Earth in what is known as a “core layer.” Users can also download “custom layers” created by other users, which provide educational, historical, or special interest information to be accessed by those wishing to take the Google Earth experience further.

The Google Earth website was the 8th most searched for website in the UK at the start of 2006.(2) The user base in June 2007 was 200 million, (3) up 100 percent from reports10 months earlier.(4) The application has broad appeal, with almost a quarter of the visitors to Google Earth over the age of 55.(5) Google Earth has been used by campaign groups to raise public awareness; examples include grass roots environmental campaigns that created a layer with information against deforestation; a WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) layer showing large-scale environmental and socioeconomic shifts; and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum which created a layer with information on the crisis in Darfur. These projects were custom layers which users could add to Google Earth.(6)

Virtual Reality

Virtual Israel, as represented by Google Earth, is littered with dozens of orange dots. Orange dots represent contributions from the user community, and those appearing by default have been accepted into the core layout by Google Earth. In the case of Israel, most of these dots claim to represent “one of the Palestinian localities evacuated and destroyed after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.” For example, Ramat Aviv, the site of Tel Aviv University, appears as Al Shaykh Muwannis. While generally Google Earth does not erase Israeli towns and kibbutzim, it has heavily integrated a politically motivated Palestinian narrative into the map of Israel. As a result, Israel is depicted as a state born out of colonial conquest rather than the return of a people from exile. Each orange dot links to the “Palestine Remembered” site, where custom layers which further advance this narrative can be obtained.

Early press reports portrayed the virtual Palestine initiative as documentation of fact and included Israeli comments that it was “biased but legitimate.”(7) Later research showed that many of the claims staked out in Google Earth were presenting misinformation. Kiryat Yam was wrongly claimed to be built on the Palestinian village of Ghawarina. Many sites known to be ruins in 1946 are claimed to be villages destroyed in 1948. Arab villages which still exist today are listed as sites of destruction.8 The Google Earth initiative is not only creating a virtual Palestine, it is creating a falsification of history.

Google Earth’s core information also includes other problems. Previously, areas beyond the “green line” were labeled as “Occupied Territories,” a phraseology which is sometimes used to justify terrorism, rather than “disputed territories.”(9) The area listed as “occupied” also included the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.(10) Google Earth places Mt. Scopus and its Hebrew University campus in Jerusalem within Jordanian territory prior to 1967, even though it was an area where Israel exercised control during that period, according to the 1949 Armistice Agreement.

In March 2008 the Gaza Strip was still listed as “Israeli-occupied,” despite Israel’s full withdrawal in 2005 and the military takeover of the Strip by Hamas in mid-2007. By May 2008 (after press coverage), the label was changed to read “Gaza Strip.” A note states: “Many sources still regard the Gaza Strip as ‘Israeli-occupied’ despite formal Israeli withdrawal in September 2005.”(11) There is still no mention of Hamas’ control.

Politically-Loaded Geography

“Replacement geography” builds on the concept of “replacement theology,” a position that spurred anti-Semitism within the church and which, starting with Vatican II, has been removed from Christian doctrine. Indeed, it has been stated that recognition of the State of Israel by the Vatican completed this process.(12) Replacement theology stated that Christians had inherited the covenant and replaced the Jews as the chosen people. The concept of replacement geography similarly replaces the historical connection of one people to the land with a connection between another people and the land.

This was famously applied by the Romans when they renamed Judea to Palaestinia, and Jerusalem to Aelia Capitolina in 135 CE in an effort to destroy the Jewish people after the Bar Kokhba revolt. In more recent times, replacement geography has resulted in the destruction of Jewish artifacts at the Temple Mount.(13)

The inclusion of virtual Palestine, superimposed on Israel in the core layer of Google Earth, is an example of replacement geography advanced by technology. Those wishing to find directions, explore the cities of Israel, or randomly wander across this small piece of land are immediately taken to a politically motivated narrative unrelated to their quest. This is the sort of replacement the ancient Romans tried and failed to achieve. The promotion of a replacement narrative works against a compromise solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, inspiring absolutist positions rather than a negotiated settlement.

Main Implications

Generally, Google allows all kinds of organizations or individuals to create overlays with their own information on its map. These overlays are only available to those who specifically request them, but they are not automatically incorporated into the core map of Google Earth that every user entering its website can see. Disturbingly, Google has incorporated the Palestinians’ overlays and their accompanying narrative into its core maps of Israel. As Google maintains editorial control over its core layer, it has responsibility for its content, which it clearly has not adequately exercised.

Google Earth presents a tremendous challenge by allowing historical revisionism. Maps of the world have changed with evolving historical circumstances everywhere. Yet theoretically, with this tool, organizations seeking to make a claim for Mexican sovereignty over territories incorporated into the U.S. in the nineteenth century could raise such arguments by revising the map of Texas or California. Rather than serving as an educational resource, Google Earth could simply evolve into a website for political warfare.

For those who do not physically visit Israel, the “facts” on this virtual ground are real. It is to be expected that people will form their opinion on issues such as borders, land rights, and historic connection based on sources like Google Earth. The social propagation of a narrative of Israeli aggression and ethnic cleansing – an aspect of “Anti-Semitism 2.0″(14) – is spread through Google Earth.

Without a response that includes new information about the historical connection of the Jewish people to Israel throughout the ages, as well as modern Israeli history and the Israel of today, the world’s opinion of Israel can only grow dimmer. An increase in content – assuming Google will eventually add it to the core layer, something that is far from certain – would address the vast imbalance, yet do little for the user experience.

A far better solution would be for Google to remove the narrative and treat Israel as it treats every other country on the globe. Both the Palestinian narrative and promotion of Israel can have their place, but this should be in optional layers. The core layer of Google Earth should be ideology free and not serve as a platform for indoctrination or a campaign to wipe Israel off the virtual map.

Courtesy of Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Notes 1. Mike Swain, “Amazon Tribe Using Google Earth to Battle Illegal Loggers,” Daily Mirror, 21 June 2008, http://www.mirror.co.uk/

2. Quentin Reade, “Google Earth’s Popularity Booms,” Web User Magazine, 25 January 2006, http://www.webuser.co.uk/news/news.php?id=73488

3. Stefanie Olsen, “Do-Gooders Doing Google Earth,” CNET News.com, 7 June 2007, http://www.news.com/

4. David Meyer, “Google, Microsoft Vie for Earth Domination,” CNET News.com, 12 September 2006, http://news.cnet.com/Google,-Microsoft-vie-for-Earth-domination/

5. Quentin Reade, “Google Earth’s Popularity Booms,” Web User Magazine, 25 January 2006, www.webuser.co.uk/news/news.php?id=73488.

6. Stefanie Olsen, op. cit.

7. Gal Mor, “Palestinian Villages Commemorated on Google Maps,” Ynet News, 13 July 2006.

8. David Shamah, “Digital World: Google Earth’s ‘False Flags’,” Jerusalem Post, 4 March 2008.

9. Dore Gold, “From ‘Occupied Territories’ to ‘Disputed Territories’,” Jerusalem Viewpoints, No. 470, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 16 January 2002.

10. “Google’s Latest Anti-Jewish Outrage,” WorldNetDaily, 11 March 2008. http://worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=58658

11. See in Google Earth, 22 June 2008.

12. Padraic O’Hare, The Enduring Covenant: The Education of Christians and the End of Antisemitism, (Pennsylvania: Trinity Press International, 1997).

13. Mark Ami-El, “The Destruction of the Temple Mount Antiquities,” Jerusalem Viewpoints, No. 483, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 1 August 2002, http://www.jcpa.org/jl/vp483.htm

14. Andre Oboler, “Online Antisemitism 2.0. ‘Social Antisemitism’ on the ‘Social Web’,” Post-Holocaust and Anti-Semitism, No. 67, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, 1 April 2008.


About the author: Dr. Andre Oboler is a social media expert. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Lancaster University, UK and is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Political Science at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He is currently a Legacy Heritage Fellow at NGO Monitor in Jerusalem, and edits ZionismOnTheWeb.org – a website countering on-line hate.

La connaissance inutile

May 24, 2008

L’homme contemporain, même dans les pays à forte tradition démocratique, n’a pas la maturité qui correspond à ses moyens intellectuels et à ses connaissances.
(Jean-François Revel – Extrait d’un Entretien avec Pierre Assouline)

Ceux qui se souviennent du grand écrivain et philosophe iconoclaste Jean-François Revel, intellectuel de droite par excellence, au meilleur sens du terme (à l’instar de Julien Benda, auteur de La trahison des clercs), et fils spirituel s’il en est de Raymond Aron, n’auront sans nul doute pas oublié son pamphlet mémorable intitulé La connaissance inutile, qui dénoncait il y a vingt déjà, avec brio et un sens certain de la majesté dans le verbe, la pléthore néfaste pour le débat public d’informations et de connaissances superfétatoires.

Lors de son discours de réception du 31 janvier 2008, Max Gallo, élu par l’Académie française à la place laissée vacante par la mort de Jean-François Revel, déclarait en substance: “Mais qui est-il donc, ce Jean-François Revel? Un écrivain égal aux plus grands. Un écrivain français nourri par la sève rabelaisienne et voltairienne. Un lecteur de Saint-Simon et de Montesquieu, de Chateaubriand et de Tocqueville, de Taine, de Montaigne et de Proust. Un humaniste engagé dans les combats contre les totalitarismes, qui a toujours défendu la liberté d’expression et affirmé que le seul barrage au fanatisme meurtrier est de vivre dans une société pluraliste où le contrepoids institutionnel d’autres doctrines et d’autres pouvoirs nous empêche toujours d’aller jusqu’au bout des nôtres.”

Dans un article publié aujourd’hui dans le quotidien Le Monde, Jean-Michel Dumay reprend, sans y faire directement allusion, la thèse de Revel et l’étend pour ainsi dire aux nouveaux médias, notamment et surtout l’internet.

“Jamais ce que Pierre Teilhard de Chardin nommait ‘la température psychique de la Terre’ n’a été aussi élevée. Avec le développement du cyberespace, des réseaux, de la téléphonie mobile, le monde est devenu en quelques années un gigantesque océan tourmenté, envahi non plus seulement d’énergie et de matière, mais, la numérisation aidant, d’informations. De savoirs, de connaissances.”

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The Internet as a Political Tool

May 23, 2008

PostGlobal‘s panelists look at the ability of online social networking to stir political change, following an Egyptian crackdown on some users of the website Facebook.

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Erdbeben in Südwestchina

May 21, 2008


In den letzten Tagen hat sich ein Foto im Internet schnell verbreitet. Das Bild zeigt, wie die Polizistin Jiang Xiaojuan einer Erdbebenwaise mit Muttermilch ernährt. Diese Frau hat selber einen sechs Monate alten Sohn und stillte nach dem Erdbeben bedingungslos einige Babys, die bei dem Erdbeben in Sichuan zu Waisen wurden.

Quelle: Xinhua

Ein schweres Erdbeben mit der Stärke 7,8 nach der Richter-Skala hat den Wenchuan-Kreis in der südwestchinesischen Provinz Sichuan am 12. Mai 2008 um 14.28 Uhr erschüttert. Inzwischen hat die Zahl der Opfer 40.075 erreicht, 247.645 Menschen wurden verletzt.

Informationen zufolge werden das Chinesische Roten Kreuz, das Rote Kreuz in der Sonderverwaltungszone Hong Kong und die International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Rettungsgruppen ins Katastrophengebiet schicken, um dort die Notlage zu untersuchen.

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