Archive for May 13, 2006
“What does a “right to exist” mean exactly? There is no “right to exist” for states under international law. The formula has arisen in international diplomacy uniquely regarding Israel. It does not mean simply diplomatic recognition, which is the “fact” of existence. It does not mean recognizing Israel’s “right to self-determination,” either, or we would [...]
“A gun battle between two units of the Iraqi army has left one soldier and a civilian dead, underlining how ethnic and sectarian divisions are crippling the US-trained force.”
“In a letter to Arnold Zweig (who lived in Palestine at the time) on May 8, 1932, Freud wrote with rigid rationalism about “the Holy Land”: That place, he noted, “has never given rise to anything except sanctified religious insanity, courageous attempts to overcome the outside, visible world, by means of the inner world of [...]
Terrorism funded by US taxpayers: “IDF has fired more than 5,100 shells at Gaza in six weeks”
“Protests erupted in Kenya’s Naivasha area as tensions sparked by the killing of a black trespasser on the land of Thomas Cholmondeley, scion of one of wealthiest white farming families in east Africa, burst into the open.”
“Zulu virgins fight war of traditions”
Chomsky visits the notorious Israeli torture center at Khiyam.
Hockney, David, Place Furstenberg, Paris, August 7,8,9, 1985 #1, 1985.
“A little-known spy agency that analyzes imagery taken from the skies has been spending significantly more time watching U.S. soil.”
“U.S. Military Is Split on Insurgency Strategy”
“Talk radio gives Palestinians a voice”
Hizbullah and Hamas: foolishness in politics. Hizbullah is reaching a new high, or low, in political naivete and foolishness these days. Mini-Hariri accused the party of plotting to subvert Lebanon. The party issued a statement insisting that mini-Hariri retracts, and that his statement is “dangerous.” Mini-Hariri ignored them, and they were satisfied. And then Hizbullah, [...]
Saudi media against Edward Said. This is what I need now. The vulgar right-wing pro-Wahhabi fanatics offering an evaluation of the late Edward Said. Here, the right-wing Iranian pro-Shah neo-con, Amir Taheri, evaluates Edward Said, and decides that he was more a political activist than an academic. And I hereby declares Amir Taheri to be [...]
“The State and Defense departments have not systematically evaluated how the U.S. military financing programs for Egypt contribute to achieving U.S. goals, according to a report released Friday.”
“Fatal Stabbings Underline Growing Sectarian Tensions in Historic Port City of Alexandria”
Most revealing: the UK ambassador in Beirut told Al-Balad newspaper this (about the Lebanonese government economic plan): “In general, it is a good program, and has been discussed in the international financial institutions in Washington, DC before submitting it in Beirut.“
“From then on, the evening deteriorated into an argument between Yehoshua, the other panelists Гўв‚¬вЂќ including literary critic Leon Wieseltier Гўв‚¬вЂќ and the audience. The others insisted that American Jewish life does indeed have meaning. Yehoshua insisted it doesn’t. Does too. Does not. Does too.” (thanks Laleh)
“Rosenthal is a shouter, a curser, a whiner; he keeps a “shitlist” in his head and can hold grudges for years. He is a small man physically but his rages are so violent that he intimidates persons half again his size.” (thanks Laleh)
Chomsky visits Shatila refugee camp.
An unarmed Palestinian rebukes an armed Israeli occupation soldier.