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Friday, November 18, 2005

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- The Guardian says sorry to Noam Chomsky.

- Journalist James Fallows wishes the Bush administration would face reality over Iraq.

- The new US ambassador to New Zealand helps the spread of freedom, democracy and understanding to the outer province.

- A Mongolian blog explains what George W. Bush can expect during his upcoming visit:

"Yes, Mongolians are quite friendly toward Americans. But as any foreigner who's been to Mongolia can tell you [I was there in 2000 and found the country and people beautiful], Mongolians give warm hospitality to just about anyone who happens by their ger [tent] regardless of the traveller's passport."

- An American Zionist leader claims lobbying of the American administration regarding Israel is not uncommon but he is personally against it. Really:

"Abraham Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League, said it was not uncommon for Jewish organizations to lobby the administration to exert pressure on Israel. Foxman himself opposes such activity, but said the IPF, Americans for Peace Now and sometimes the Reform Movement all engage in it."


Blogger orang said...

Re; NZ Ambassador. Running a chain of Fish Food restaurants (and I assume a generous contributer to the Republican party) is a natural training ground for an ambassador. The insult to NZ is obvious and calculated. Remember also that Helen Clarke was demontratively upset at the 51st state's spying escapades a while back jailing a couple of their spooks. This was not playing the game - Ruddock, Downer and mates certainly would be more sensitive to their feelings if it happened in Oz.

Friday, November 18, 2005 3:09:00 pm  
Blogger Human said...

Arrogance. Bullying. Being taken for granted. Got a problem with that? huh? Come here you lil kiwi.Puts kiwi in headlock. Rubs noogies on kiwi head. note-facetious comment.

Friday, November 18, 2005 3:22:00 pm  
Blogger Pete's Blog said...

I hear McCormick knows where he is.


Friday, November 18, 2005 3:42:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

May we keep the advertising to a minimum?
I've been guilty myself, but moderation please!
If you're selling shares in Halliburton, that's alright, but really...

Friday, November 18, 2005 3:52:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

I think these members of the American Jewish community deserve every commendation. This effort to extend the olive brnch needs to be publicized and supported.

This message alone would create a singinifcant wave of support for Israel. It also illistrates that it is perfectly possible to be pro Israel, without having to be anti Palestine.

Saturday, November 19, 2005 2:21:00 am  
Blogger John-Paul said...

Viz. the Guardian interview, it is telling that Chomsky has declined to accuse Brockes of inventing any of his actual quotes. He opts only for making the inspecific and unfalsifiable charge that she "[invents their] contexts". The Guardian's retraction says nothing about the fidelity with which Chomsky's statements were rendered. Therefore, the ones that stand alone should be considered accurate until Chomsky specifically and credibly disputes them.

The Srebrenica controversy has eclipsed the fact that Chomsky minimizes another set of atrocities in a different part of the interview: those of the European pogroms against the Jews. Chomsky refers to them as "not very bad, by contemporary standards". This is outrageously false, as an examination of the historical record shows. Chomsky's minimization of the pogroms, which taken as a whole (from the 16th to the 20th Centuries) claimed an estimated 300,000 Jewish lives, cannot be vindicated by an appeal to "invented contexts".

Saturday, November 19, 2005 3:34:00 pm  

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