*+-Northeast Los Angeles “Pushing Forward With Obama” Gala Fundraiser. Sunday, September 23, 2 to 5 p.m., 1109 Oneata Drive, Mt. Washingtong (Los Angeles),
*+-Carl Bloice: The purpose in this case is to underscore the contention that the cruel blockade of Gaza is to prevent the smuggling of arms and weapons-making material into the enclave. It is not and never has been. The aim of the blockade is to make life miserable for the 1.4 million Palestinians there in the hope of undermining the Hamas government, which was duly elected four years ago. Gaza is being held for ransom. That’s collective punishment and it’s against international law.