Watch the Conventions

Posted on July 20, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby I grew up watching both parties' conventions. Television networks covered them from beginning to end. Oftentimes, because the outcome was not assured, there was drama and tension. During the past several decades, conventions have lost their excitement. With the nominees known and the platform decided in advance, the events have become something akin to infomercials for the nominees and the party. As a result, television coverage has been limited to a few hours, or less, each night. And viewership has declined. This year, however, might be different, though maybe not in a good way...

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Washington Watch: Putting Middle East Christians at Risk

Posted on July 09, 2016 in Washington Watch
This week a coalition of mostly far-right "Christian" organizations hosted a conference in Washington that claimed to be defending persecuted minorities in the Middle East.
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Washington Watch: The Need to Recognize Reality

Posted on July 07, 2016 in Washington Watch
[At last week's Democratic Party platform drafting meeting, I introduced Bernie Sanders' amendment to the Israel/Palestine section calling for an end to the occupation and settlements. What follows are my comments, speaking for the amendment:]
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Exploiting the Nightmare of Orlando

Posted on June 16, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J Zogby We woke up last Sunday morning to news of the senseless slaughter of 49 innocents at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Because many of the victims were gay, it appeared that this had been a hate crime. It wasn't long before the killer was identified as Omar Mateen, the American-born son of an Afghan immigrant to the United States. Law enforcement officials cautioned against any rush to judgment insisting that they were still investigating "troubling aspects" of the crime. Nevertheless, as soon as politicians, pundits, and the mainstream media heard the news of...

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Washington Watch: Dump Trump

Posted on June 11, 2016 in Washington Watch

by James J. Zogby Recent Trump outrages have thrown the GOP establishment into a tizzy. Reactions have been varied, ranging from a few brave souls who have denounced their nominee's bigotry to those who continue to hope against hope that Trump will begin to behave more "presidential". Ignored in all of this are two important realities: Trump is Trump; and his message and movement are the handiwork of the very establishment that is now rejecting their creations. Trump's xenophobic, male chauvinist, and bigoted bullying campaign rhetoric is not an act. It is who he is and it...

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Washington Watch: My Role With the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee

Posted on June 06, 2016 in Washington Watch
I wasn't going to write about this subject, but something happened yesterday over lunch that prompted me to reconsider.
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Washington Watch: The Sanders Phenomenon

Posted on May 28, 2016 in Washington Watch
There is a Sanders phenomenon. It is real and the factors that have prompted its emergence need to addressed and understood.
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From Cairo to Goldberg

Posted on May 05, 2016 in Washington Watch
Earlier this month "The Atlantic" magazine featured a cover story, "The Obama Doctrine", written by Jeffery Goldberg. Based on the author's many hours of interviews with President Obama, it represents an attempt to find a coherent framework with which to understand the President's overall foreign policy. It was both disappointing and damaging.
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A Lesson America Can Teach

Posted on April 23, 2016 in Washington Watch
Europe clearly has a problem with anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and intolerance toward new immigrants. In an effort to examine this worrisome set of concerns, the commission on which I sit as a member—the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom—recently convened a discussion with European Muslims and Jews.
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James Zogby: Why I Support Bernie Sanders

Posted on April 18, 2016 in Washington Watch
There were many reasons, which I will describe in a moment, but high on my list is that I never forgot what happened to my hometown and so many other American cities across the Northeast and Midwest. Sanders earned my support because he understands what bad trade deals and corporate greed have done to our communities.
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