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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

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- Noam Chomsky on "malignant design" and world cruelty.

- Karma Nabulsi, politics fellow at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, and a former PLO representative, discusses the Arafat myth and Western ability to humanise the Israelis and demonise the Palestinians.

- George Monbiot on the US using chemical weapons in Iraq, lying about it and covering it up.

- The Australian government continues its immoral ban on abortion drug, RU486.

- American journalist David Corn discusses Ahmed Chalabi and Christopher Hitchens. Chalabi is a crook and Hitchens seems content defending the indefensible: "Christopher, you would not trust Bush to review a single death penalty application, yet you were happy to hand him the keys to this invasion and now you make excuses for how he misrepresented the intelligence he did not even bother to read."

- Al-Ahram Weekly examines the possibility of a democratic future for the Arab world. Ayman El-Amir writes:

"...The US has never been a net exporter of democratic models to undemocratic countries. If anything, the US has a historical record of supporting tyrannical regimes that served its strategic interests. This remains true today as it was half a century ago."

UPDATE: The Independent investigates the claim that the US used chemical weapons in Fallujah and concludes that the US military are lying and eyewitness accounts confirm the charges.


Blogger Shabadoo said...

Oh so much fun, so little time...a Pol Pot apologist (say that five times fast) like Chomsky talking about world cruelty. That's pretty rich...almost as rich as ol' Chomsker himself.

Nabulsi's piece is darkly amusing, too...describing the "mythical monster Arafat" versus the "Arafat, [who] for all his flaws and mistakes, stood for a just peace, based on a historic compromise."

Marvellously Orwellian, especially linked from a blog that loves to cite 1984 as a textbook for what the other side is up to. Considering those "flaws and mistakes" include a litany of crimes including hijackings, murders, bringing civil war to just about every country he lived in, rigging elections (and then not bothering to hold them), countless acts of what you would term "war crimes", and the bankrupting of his own people - the ones he claimed to love so dearly - through war, impoverishment, and embezzlement, all while becoming one of the richest men in the world.

Nice one, Anty. You know, Ariel Sharon' s on your permanent sh*tlist for Sabra and Shatilla; what does it take for an Arab Muslim to make it into your bad books?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 6:12:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

You are, if anything, clueless.
So much time and so few insights.
Must come with defending empire...

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 7:02:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Let's all sing along with Shabadoo now:

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassion'd stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.

America! America!
God mend thine ev'ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes prov'd
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life.

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev'ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears.

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.

Read over these sickly sweet lines. How naive and how debased they now are. Little more than a means of making all the clearer the disurbing juxtaposition of 'ideal' and 'reality', 'slumbing dream' and 'waking nightmare', that the US has become.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 8:53:00 pm  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

I agree when Chomsky see's Bushes "moral clarity" as one of the main evil's of today but disagree with Chomsky's greenhouse effect assumptions

I see the main source of greenhouse gas emissions is the spread of dirty smokestack industrries now growing most quickly in China and India. While they have every right to enjoy economic development an extra 2.3 billion industrialised consumers will well and truly push up emissions no matter what already industrialised countries can reasonably do. Even the US cannot be expected to take a moral stand on greenhouse gases when expensive US reduction efforts will have no real effect.

As to the US and alleged "chemical weapons" in Iraq. The "chemical weapon" definition being used would include all forms of explosives, including standard hand grenades. I can see that several journalists are trying to build up a mantra on this subject but all weapons are nasty - just in different ways. Any deliverers of weapons, be they army or terrorists, are reluctant to talk about the effects or use of specific weapons because actual "killing" rather than "liberating" is bad PR.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005 11:36:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

It's not about defending empire, Anty, it's about calling out evil when one sees it. Arafat was a truly nasty son of a bitch who brought misery wherever he went, and it's a shame you can't see the radicalising effect of his leadership on the Palestinians with the same clarity you apply to Israel. But it's so much easier to call your opponents clueless then actually engage alternative information. Hey, at least you didn't call me racist!

Al-Eddy, here are a few more lines of song for you that ought to put a cat amongst the pigeons...

In the beauty of the lillies,
Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom,
That transfigures you and me,
As Christ died to make men holy,
Let us die to make men free,
Our God is marching on!

From the Battle Hymn of the Republic, a rallying cry of the anti-slavery forces during the US Civil War.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 2:44:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

"As Christ died to make men holy"

It's a pity THAT particular experiment in metaphysics never came off.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 3:11:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

Pity, but you shouldn't fault them for trying.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005 3:55:00 am  
Blogger Davo said...

- Noam Chomsky on "malignant design" and world cruelty.

Creationism... its like that guy from the terminator, won't it ever die!!

- Karma Nabulsi, [sic] discusses the Western ability to humanise the Israelis and demonise the Palestinians.

Seems a little unusual, the Palestinians get plenty of favourable coverage in Australia (except for official Israeli goverment media statements.

The Australian government continues its immoral ban on abortion drug, RU486.

Stupid luddilites!!!

Friday, November 18, 2005 6:45:00 pm  

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