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Washington Watch

Washington Watch: Ireland: Overcoming a History of Hurt

Posted on March 17, 2018

by Dr. James J. Zogby

One hundred and seventy years ago, Ireland was in the throes of a genocidal famine during which the island lost between twenty to twenty-five percent of its population. During the half-decade long famine, over one million Irish died from starvation or famine-related illnesses. During this same period, another million and one-half Irish emigrated to the United States, about one in five of whom died as a result of the deplorable conditions to which they were subjected while crossing the Atlantic.

I called this humanitarian disaster a genocide because it could have been avoided if not...

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Washington Watch: Welcome to AIPAC: Where Words Lose All Meaning

Posted on March 10, 2018

by Dr. James J. Zogby

You need to prepare yourself for language shock before listening to speeches at the annual convention of AIPAC, the Israel lobby. Speaker after speaker will use words that you think you understand, but they will use them in ways that so distort their meaning that the experience will leave you exhausted or exasperated. 

On the opening day, for example, the group's new president, Mort Fridman and a former Democratic governor, Jennifer Granholm, wreaked havoc with the word "progressive." Motivated by recent polls showing that Israel has lost support among Americans on the left, Fridman issued...

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Washington Watch: My Political Philosophy: Grow Up!

Posted on March 03, 2018

by Dr. James J. Zogby

I have been involved in politics my entire adult life. There were two main sources of inspiration from my childhood that have molded my thinking and my actions.

I inherited my mother's belief in the positive role that government could play in providing for the common good by caring for those who needed a helping hand. It was our government that built our schools and our infrastructure, protected our rights, insured our safety and security, and when pressured by political movements have created at least a modicum of economic justice.

Having lived through the Great...

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Viewpoint with James Zogby

Viewpoint with James Zogby: Nathan Guttman on New Israeli Leadership

Posted on May 31, 2016

Nathan Guttman joins James Zogby to talk about changes in Israeli leadership. 

Nathan Guttman is the Forward’s Washington bureau chief. He joined the staff in 2006 after serving for five years as Washington correspondent for the Israeli dailies Ha’aretz and The Jerusalem Post. In Israel, he was the features editor for Ha’aretz and chief editor of Channel 1 TV evening news. He was born in Canada and grew up in Israel. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Viewpoint airs every Wednesday. Watch below:

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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Bill Press on Sanders and the Democratic Party

Posted on May 24, 2016

Bill Press joins James Zogby to talk about Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party. 

Bill Press began his career as a political insider and media commentator on KABC-TV and KCOP-TV, both in Los Angeles. Over the years, he has received numerous awards for his work, including four Emmys and a Golden Mike Award. The host of radio’s nationally syndicated Bill Press Show (Monday-Friday from 6-9am ET), Press attends the daily White House press briefing and writes a syndicated newspaper column, distributed weekly by Tribune Media Services.

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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Arjun Sethi on CVE Programming

Posted on May 16, 2016

Arjun Sethi joins James Zogby to talk about CVE programming. 

Arjun Sethi is a writer and attorney based in Washington, D.C., and a frequent commentator on civil rights and civil liberties related issues. He is currently Director of Law and Policy at The Sikh Coalition. Prior to joining The Sikh Coalition, he served as national legislative counsel for human rights and national security related affairs at the American Civil Liberties Union and was an associate at the international law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.

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