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Monday, April 11, 2005

Quickies

- The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights reports on a new kind of x-ray machine being used on the Rafah crossing point in Gaza. Aside from serious health concerns, civil liberties campaigners in the USA and the UK have condemned the machines as a “voyeurs charter”. Civilians can be photographed naked by the Israeli authorities. Up-to-date news from Rafah can be found here.

- Despite American hostility, a "UN-appointed commission has strongly recommended the referral of the “heinous” crimes in Darfur to the International Criminal Court (ICC)."

- The Russians are bringing hate to Australia. Or so says Sydney's Murdoch tabloid, the Daily Telegraph. This would be funny and completely irrelevant, except Rupert's newly appointed editor, David Pemberthy, is clearly trying to beat-up issues furiously. As he said last week, "The bottom line is you've got to sell more papers. At the end of the day, that's what it's all about." And here I thought fear-mongering should matter little in journalism.

- Adel Abdel Mahdi is the new Iraqi Vice-President. He's a favourite in Washington, Paris and London because he's a strong believer in privatising Iraq's oil reserves and implementing the Bush administration's agenda of economic reforms.

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or isn't there some sort of irony in the phrase "Palestinian Centre for Human Rights"?

Monday, April 11, 2005 3:10:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Is it just me, or is there some sort of irony in the phrase humane Israeli army, or Sharon as a man of peace? Hey, if you prefer to think of Palestinians as all murdering terrorists, perhaps it's best if you spend your holiday time in a nice place where only white people live. Less confronting for you.

Monday, April 11, 2005 3:25:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm...how many times do the Israelis execute 'collaborators' in the middle of the street as a warning to others?

How many Israeli Jews practice honor killings against females who don't tow the Islamic family line?

I guess you should stick to hanging out in lefty coffee shops where they hold protests against Caterpillar...finding out there's another side to your beloved Pally pals might be too confronting for you...

Monday, April 11, 2005 6:11:00 pm  
Anonymous Doylie said...

Anonymous unreferenced rubbish. What a way to sink the boots in.

Monday, April 11, 2005 7:36:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

unreferenced? ok...

http://www.gendercide.org/case_honour.html (scroll down to point 3, or just do a google search on "palestinian honor killing"

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1355505/posts

I guess the death penalty is only wrong when John Howard talks about it...

Monday, April 11, 2005 8:36:00 pm  
Anonymous Craig UK said...

Anonymous, don't you know that the Hamas supporting Palestinians are peace loving people who are being denied their basic human rights of driving all Jews into the sea? How can you question the wisdom of Loewenstein and his coterie of intellectuals? They are the ones who know.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 12:24:00 am  
Blogger David Heidelberg said...

Looks like you've attracted some trolls from Blair's site.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 8:53:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought blogs were supposed to be about debate and ideas...i guess if you disagree, you're a troll. Hi ho, hi ho, off to reeducation camp we go...

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 11:02:00 am  
Anonymous Doylie said...

Anon, are you saying that murder of Palestinians by Palestinians is the equivalent to human rights abuses by an occupying military force? If not, what are you saying?

As for the execution of 'collaborators', is this any more or less repulsive than the actions of the IDF when hunting down suspected terrorists and bulldozing their homes. Ever wondered why so much news comes to us from refugee camps? What are they refugees from?

Rather than typing "honour killings" into Google and hoping to smear a people for the actions of a few, why don't you have a read of that vile lefty publication, The Economist? An incisive article this week documented the impact that the IDF occupation has on the daily lives of working families in Palestine. Try this link: http://www.economist.com/world/africa/displayStory.cfm?story_id=3850291

I'm not interested in calling contributors "trolls" or anything else. Engage if you wish.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005 9:17:00 pm  

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