Archive for February 20, 2008
Kooks unto the nations. “Shas MK Shlomo Benizri blamed gays Wednesday for the earthquakes that have shaken the region in recent months, telling a Knesset plenum debate on local authorities’ earthquake preparedness that government action on homosexuality would do much to prevent the tremors.” (thanks Ali)
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“Iraqi security forces have been ordered to detain beggars and mentally ill people found on Baghdad’s streets.” (thanks David)
“A demonstration has been held in south- east Afghanistan accusing US troops of insulting Islam after they distributed footballs bearing the name of Allah.” (thanks Tara)
“Speaking days after avoiding the arrest, Almog told the Guardian he was advised not to leave the plane by the cabin crew. “I don’t know how he [the military attache] found out but I am glad he did. It was also fortunate that I was flying with El Al as they are loyal. I don’t [...]
You really can’t say that the US war in Iraq has not been humane: “After a 30-day quarantine, a cloak-and-dagger turnover was arranged so Charlie would not come to the attention of the soldiers’ senior officers. This week, a quartet of U.S. security contractors picked up Charlie at his outpost and took him to Baghdad [...]
“The known fact that settlements are built on private Palestinian lands combines all too well with the general civic and institutional Israeli perception to the effect that Palestinian lands that are not privately owned, or that lack proof of private ownership, belong to the Jewish people in Israel and the Diaspora.”
The Iranian president is a friend that the Palestinian people don’t need or deserve.
“The Woessners found that liberal students have values and interests that point them to careers in academe, while most conservative students do not. “The personal priorities of those on the left,” the Woessners conclude, “are more compatible with pursuing a Ph.D.””
I will speak tonight at Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo. The topic is Iraq.