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Celebrity hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, 84

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Celebrity hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, who was committed to fighting anti-Semitism and fought in Israel’s War of Independence, has died.

Sassoon died Wednesday in his Los Angeles home. He was 84. He had been battling leukemia, according to the Los Angeles Times.

In 1982, he established the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He toured the United States to raise funds for the center.

Sassoon, a London native, grew up in a Jewish orphanage after his father had left the family. He dropped out of school at age 14 to become an apprentice hairdresser.

In 1948, at the age of 20, he joined the Haganah and fought in Israel’s War of Independence.

He opened his first salon in London in 1954, and became known for his modern and low-maintenance hairstyles that used geometric cutting and layers to achieve a sleek and natural look. Soon Sassoon opened a chain of salons in England and the U.S.

In 1973 he debuted a line of shampoos and styling products, gaining fame with appearances in TV commercials using the slogan “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good.”

His philanthropy included the Vidal Sassoon Foundation.

Sassoon was married four times and had four children.

Will Netanyahu Call Early Elections?

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Rumors have begun to circulate that Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu has decided to dissolve his government and call for early elections in September 2012. An article published in the Los Angeles Times Sunday suggested that Netanyahu’s recent call to expedite the Likud primaries was the first step in bringing early elections.

The idea that Netanyahu would want to call for early elections may sound odd to some, considering he is enjoying coalition stability and solid approval ratings, both rarities in Israel’s treacherous political landscape. But Netanyahu is thinking ahead. It is because of – and not despite – his current political stability that he would want to assure his next four years in office sooner rather than later.

The most important date on Netanyahu’s calendar is November 6, 2012, the day of the US Presidential election. Conventional wisdom suggests that if Obama wins reelection for his second and final term, he will lean heavily on Israel to consummate a peace deal, unrestrained by domestic politics and election considerations.

In pushing national elections forward, Netanyahu would hope to ride the wave of his current popularity into another four years of office, and his renewed mandate will precede a possible Obama reelection by two months. Capitalizing on his current popularity would also result in an upgrade of his mandate to an expanded one, which would be crucial if Netanyahu has to face the unrelenting pressure of a rejuvenated US president.

To be sure, the next few years promise to be critical for Israel, with the fate of Iran’s nuclear program and the aftermath of the ‘Arab Spring’ among its top concerns. Netanyahu undoubtedly wants to lead Israel through these travails, but to do so he will have to shrewdly assess the political risks and determine the best time to consolidate his political capital.

Pentagon Official Blames ‘U.S. Policies’ For Qaeda Attacks

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

       She believes al Qaeda was an “obscure group” turned into a massive threat due to U.S. policies.

  She’s referred to former president Bush as “our torturer in chief” and a “psychotic who need[s] treatment” while comparing Bush’s arguments for waging a war on terrorism to Adolf Hitler’s use of political propaganda.

  She’s worked on behalf of George Soros’s philanthropic foundation.

  Meet Rosa Brooks, the Obama administration’s new adviser to Michelle Fluornoy, the undersecretary of defense for policy, a position described as one of the most influential in the Pentagon.

  ”I prefer to think of [my new position] as my personal government bailout,” Brooks wrote in a departing piece at the Los Angeles Times, where she served as a regular columnist.

  Brooks’s new boss earlier this month briefed Congress on U.S. policy in Pakistan and Afghanistan, two countries for which she has enormous power concerning drafting future military doctrine.

  ”Brooks will wield an extraordinary degree of influence in helping shape U.S. policy. Her extreme views should therefore be closely scrutinized,” wrote Nile Gardiner, a contributor to the London Telegraph’s online blog.

  Indeed, Brooks’s recent L.A. Times columns evidence views some may find disconcerting.

  In 2007, she labeled al Qaeda as “little more than an obscure group of extremist thugs, well financed and intermittently lethal but relatively limited in their global and regional political pull. On 9/11, they got lucky. Thanks to U.S. policies, al Qaeda has become the vast global threat the administration imagined it to be in 2001.”

  Brooks wrote that both Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney “should be treated like psychotics who need treatment. Impeachment’s not the solution to psychosis, no matter how flagrant.”

  She also penned a column about Bush entitled “Our torturer-in-chief” in which she inferred attacks against the U.S. were a result of torture policies.

  ”Today, the chickens are coming home to roost,” she fumed, but “the word ‘accountability’ isn’t in the White House dictionary.”

  In another column she referred to the regimes of Iran and North Korea as “foreign authoritarians,” while calling the Bush administration a “homegrown” authoritarian regime.

  In a column last month, Brooks claimed the Bush administration’s Office of Legal Counsel arguments for prosecuting the war on terrorism were similar to tactics used by Hitler.

  Brooks is a law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where she serves as director of Georgetown Law School’s Human Rights Center. She previously served as special counsel to the president at Soros’s Open Society Institute.

  She has consulted for Human Rights Watch and served as a board member of Amnesty International USA.

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