AFA Literary Cafe: Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years

December 27, 2010

AFA’s January Literary Cafe

Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Years
by S. Fred Singer


(author appearance with a dessert reception in his honor)
Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Location: 1339 Roscomare Road, Bel Air (90077).

The home is located 1.3 miles north of UCLA.  From the Bel Air West Gate at Bellagio and Sunset, go north on left fork of Bellagio for 0.6 miles, turn right onto Chalon for 0.2 miles, and turn left at Roscomare traffic circle and go north for 0.5 miles.
Parking: Street parking is available on Roscomare Road and Verano Road.  Attendees should wear walking shoes because it is necessary to walk approx. 300 feet up a driveway to the host’s home

Admission: $20.00

RSVP: Mandatory.  Call the AFA office at (310) 444 3085.
Fred Singer  is an American physicist and emeritus professor of environmental science at the University of Virginia and one of the most vocal opponents of global warming alarmism. Singer trained as an atmospheric physicist and is known for his work in space research, atmospheric pollution, rocket and satellite technology. He is the author or editor of several books including Global Effects of Environmental Pollution (1970), The Ocean in Human Affairs (1989), Global Climate Change (1989), The Greenhouse Debate Continued (1992), and Hot Talk, Cold Science (1997). He has also co-authored Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1,500 Years (2007) with Dennis Avery, and Climate Change Reconsidered (2009) with Craig Idso.

View all Literary Cafe events at http://www.americanfreedomalliance.org/newsletter/AFA-literary-cafe.htm

For more information on the American Freedom Alliance and details of programs visit http://www.americanfreedomalliance.org

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Tonight! AFA Cinema Gateway Presents: Brothers at War

December 17, 2010

AFA CINEMA GATEWAY

invites you to a screening of
BROTHERS AT WAR
(With an appearance by director Jake Rademacher)
Thursday, December 16, 2010
at 7:30 pm
Location: Santa Monica Screening Room  1526  Fourteenth Street, Santa Monica
( between Broadway and Colorado)
Admission: $15.00
Parking:  Street
BROTHERS AT WAR is an intimate portrait of an American family during a turbulent time.  Jake Rademacher sets out to understand the experience, sacrifice, and motivation of his two brothers serving in Iraq. The film follows director Jake Radenmacher’s exploits as he risks everything—including his life—to tell his brothers’ story.  Often humorous, but sometimes downright lethal, BROTHERS AT WAR is a remarkable journey where the protagonist embeds with four combat units in Iraq. Unprecedented access to U.S. and Iraqi combat units take him behind the camouflage curtain with secret reconnaissance troops on the Syrian border, into sniper “Hide Sites” in the Sunni Triangle, through raging machine gun battles with the Iraqi Army.  Ultimately, the film follows his brothers home where separations and life-threatening work ripple through their parents, siblings, wives and children.  BROTHERS AT WAR provides a rare look at the bonds and service of our soldiers on the front lines and the profound effects their service has on the loved ones they leave behind.
For further information call  the American Freedom Alliance office (310) 444 3085 or visit the AFA website  http://www.americanfreedomalliance.org
For all Cinema Gateway events go to  http://www.americanfreedomalliance.org/newsletter/AFA-cinema-gateway.htm

A Peace Process That Always Leads to War

December 8, 2010

Those reading Hanan Ashwari’s cryptic warning this week in a Los Angeles Times oped, that the Palestinians may return to armed resistance should not mistake its meaning:  It is a hint at what might be in store for the Middle East in the next six months.

Ms. Ashwari, who sits on the Palestinian Legislative Council, is not the only PA leader to indicate that the Palestinians have not forsworn violence.  Other leaders such as former prime-minister Ahmed Qurei have stated openly that, failing the achievement of a diplomatic breakthrough, a new Intifada cannot be ruled out.

History reveals that when Palestinian leaders threaten to take unilateral actions and talk violence, it is never represents just a nervous premonition; it threatens war.

In 1936, the British Mandatory Authority in Palestine, seeking to negotiate the end of a general Arab strike with the Higher Arab Committee, was stunned when Arab violence  erupted in the Galilee and then spread throughout the country.  The disturbances took the form of murderous attacks on Jewish settlers, the bombing of the Iraq Peteroleum Company’s oil pipeline and the abduction of British officers. It was only put down with the exercise of the harshest of measures by British authorities.

In 1994, within seven months following the signing of the Oslo Accords, an infamous  bus bombing killing eight in the northern Israeli town of Afula signaled that ongoing negotiations would not prevent the continuation of armed conflict .  Over the following 24 months suicide bombings in markets, cafes, discotheques, malls and on buses resulted in 137 Israeli civilian deaths and 451 wounded without any serious attempt by Arafat or the Palestinian Authority to stanch the flow of terrorists into Israeli towns and cities.

In 1997, a violent rebellion remembered now as “The Tunnel War” was instigated by Yasser Arafat when he accused the first Netanyahu government of infringing on Palestinian rights when the government opened a long approved and negotiated tourist tunnel near the Western Wall.  This occurred while Arafat was in the midst of negotiations with the Israeli leader.  The confrontation lead to the deaths of 15 Israeli soldiers and  50 Palestinians

Yet the most egregious example of Palestinian mal-intent during negotiations occurred in September 2000  when following Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak’s offer of a Palestine state – which embraced nearly all Palestinian territorial demands, Arafat rejected the offer and set the match to a long planned violent conflict known as the Second Intifada.  That four year long conflagration would consume 1,053 Israeli and 4,561 Palestinian lives.

It is particularly interesting that the word ‘compromise’ does not appear in the press interviews or opinion pieces of any of the Palestinian leaders.  Ashwari herself implies that there is in fact  there is no compromise to be had.   Either the Israelis can create a single bi-national state or else accede to Palestinian national demands- the dismantlement of all settlements, the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem and, by implication, the right of return for millions of refugees.

Clearly this is not basis for negotiation let alone mutual co-existence.

But that may be just the point.  Taking maximalist positions without regard to the likelihood of accession on the other side has been the pattern of Palestinian negotiation for 75 years.  It is almost certainly a Palestinian calculation that with each failed negotiation and new violent confrontation, Palestinian stock only rises, as their leaders are able to reinforce the image of a David confronting Goliath and, despite their central role in the escalation of hostilities, that they are helpless victims of aggression.

Last  week, Mahmoud Zahar, a Hamas leader, told students during a lecture at the Islamic University in Gaza City that following the failed Camp David negotiations in 2000, Arafat instructed Hamas (as well as the armed wing of his own Fatah, the Aqsa Martyrs Brigades) to carry out a number of military operations ( read suicide bombings) in the heart of Israel, recognizing that negotiations with the Israeli government had by then failed.

They had failed because Arafat, much like his successors, felt he had much more  to gain from armed conflict than he did from negotiation.  That, unfortunately, has been the pattern of Palestinian leaders for 80 years.   The world feeds this pattern of obfuscation and rejectionism by continuing to ignore it.  It is not a prescription for peace, but for war.

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The Politically Correct University

December 1, 2010

AFA’s next Literary Cafe 

 

 

The Politically Correct University

by Richard Redding, Robert Maranto and Frederick M. Hess
(author appearance by Richard Redding)

Date: Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Location: Home of Clark and Wendy Gross
2135 Manning Ave. in Westwood  90025
( north of Olympic, south of Santa
Monica Blvd.)
Parking: Street

Admission: $15.00

Political correctness is one of the primary enemies of freedom of thought in higher education today. It undermines our ability to acquire, transmit, and process knowledge as well as building ideological obstacles to the acquisition of truth.  This book, a compendium of articles offered by a range of academics and commentators, is not just another rant; the data presented is powerful, reinforcing well-crafted, hard-to-ignore and logical arguments. It is the sort of work that those who adhere to idea of the university as a mere tool for shaping our students’ views and opinions, will try to trivialize. But the failure to appreciate that without a balanced perspective on the nature of society and the world in which we live, is an augur of a coming disaster that might place the American republic itself in jeopardy.

View all Literary Cafe events at http://www.americanfreedomalliance.org/newsletter/AFA-literary-cafe.htm

For more information on the American Freedom Alliance and details of programs visit http://www.americanfreedomalliance.org


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