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Monday, January 02, 2006

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- BBC Online reports: "A Holocaust survivor's support group has said 40% of survivors in Israel are living below the poverty line."

- John W. Dean, former counsel to President Nixon, claims George Bush has committed an impeachable offence.

- Robert Fisk rightly argues that only justice, not bombs, can make the world a safer place.

- Craig Murray, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, has become a whistle-blower on the Blair government's sanction and use of torture. Read these fascinating documents that the UK government is trying to bury. This is how Western nations are fighting the "war on terror."

- The Pentagon, desperate for positive news on the Iraq war, are ordering troops home on leave to promote the invasion and occupation to a sceptical public. "I've been promised an early release if I do a good job promoting the war", says one reservist who asked not to be identified.

- In a sign of the changing times, Iraqi-Israeli Jews plan to visit their "roots."

- Do the Kurds intend to invade the south of Iraq to form an independent Kurdistan? Meanwhile, "dozens of former Israeli commandos have been training Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq, supplying them with equipment worth millions of dollars."

- Sri Lanka appears to be moving towards another crisis. In a post-tsunami country and a collapsing tourism industry - issues I experienced during my travels through the country in early 2005 - a resurgent civil war is the last thing the country needs.

- The New York Times is "unAmerican", according to US conservative writer Michelle Malkin. It's encouraging to see that faux patriots believe the mainstream media should be taking sides in the current "war." Perhaps they would feel more comfortable in countries where state-run media have no choice but to praise unelected leaders.

- 400 members of Israel's Likud party want to bomb Iran while settlers evicted from Gaza claim they will soon return.


Blogger Human said...

I'am sure there is a term in Hebrew for taking care of the old ones. The fact that the victims of the Holocaust who are so often used for propagands purposes are thrown to the wind is a shame. Especially so because it would be very hard for anyone to mantain a falshood of claiming to be a victim for the purpose of receiving benefits.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 4:46:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Some very interesting predictions for 2006 by Juan Cole:

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 5:24:00 am  
Blogger violet said...

Perhaps they would feel more comfortable in countries where state-run media have no choice but to praise unelected leaders.

YES YES YES, Antony and this is why we at at "war", sigh.

And your comment about Malkin being a faux patriot is racist and unnecessary.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 6:19:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Of for God's sake Violet. Malkin is a shill of the worst kind. She has no journalistic background and yet carries on like one. She is panders tothe ignorant and avoids all forms of debate. She is nothing more than a b grade version of Anne Coulter.

You must be a complete idiot to give any veracity to what she has to say. The fact that you are forced to rely onthe racist charge as the only defense for her is evidence enough of how vacuuous she and her supporters are.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 7:04:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

violet said...
"And your comment about Malkin being a faux patriot is racist and unnecessary."

Racist? How?

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 7:38:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...


I think this in an example of pre-emptive defense. Malkin is part Asian, and is prone to citing selcted racist slurs against her as a way to denegrade her critics.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 7:48:00 am  
Blogger orang said...

Asian? Really? I thought she was Jewish. Oh wait, there's her picture. She could be both. So that would make her critics..................

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 11:42:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Murray's publication of those documents - with the support of many bloggers around the world - has been conveniently ignored by many of Australia's bloggers, of either stripe. I am unsure why. Obviously, it is uncomfortable for some, but why the leftist bloggers would leave it alone is beyond me. Lack of exposure? Surely not. That's what blogging is about, no?

The story about Likud's hawks is interesting in light of your follow up post about Derfner's views. I think this is further evidence of the deepening crisis within Israel's elite. Perhaps such division and outright war-mongering will prompt a backlash from within. We can only hope, and wait, and have faith in the Israeli people.

Violet (a reincarnated heckler from 2005 perhaps?), calling someone a "faux patriot" is not racist.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 11:58:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

'Someone' calling 'someone else' a 'faux patriot' is not racist.

Violet intimated that Loewenstien, calling Malkin a 'faux patriot', was motivated to do so for racist reasons.

Ordinary criticism of Israeli policy is not antisemitic. Eddie's criticisms are motivated by his antisemitism.

Surely even you get the point?

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 2:03:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

"Violet intimated that Loewenstien, calling Malkin a 'faux patriot', was motivated to do so for racist reasons."

Yet she has failed to explain what makes his reasons racist. One can only assume that she has latched onto Malkin's enthnicity as justification for this accusation.

"Ordinary criticism of Israeli policy is not antisemitic. Eddie's criticisms are motivated by his antisemitism."

Seeing as AL's criticism of Israeli is directed specifically at Israeli policy, your repetitive alluding to "motivation" is innapropriate becasue it assumes you can prove that AL has some undisclosed agenda.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 2:53:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Ibrahamav said...
"Eddie's criticisms are motivated by his antisemitism."

Impossible! I passed the Foxman Anti-Defamation League Anti-semitism test - it said I wasn't one bit anti-semitic. When Foxman says you're not anti-semitic, I think we can safely ignore anonymous multiple-identity teenage trolls such as yourself Ibby. (BTW: I never found out whether you passed the test Ibby. Did you?)

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 3:19:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

So eddie is an antisemite who lies. Big deal. Next he'll prove he's an antisemite who blows his nose.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 5:22:00 am  
Blogger Human said...

Dirt- The memos are on a lot of American sites.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 8:14:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Are you an anti-semite Ibrahamav? Just curious.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 1:38:00 pm  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

I guess you'll have to remain curious. I don't know anyone who gives a shit about an antisemite's curiosity.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006 4:00:00 pm  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

What a coincidence! I don't know anyone who gives a shit about an anti-semite who doesn't know anyone who gives a shit about an anti-semite's curiosity. Wow!

Thursday, January 05, 2006 12:18:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

You don't know much, do you? No wonder you're just curious and not thoughtful.

Thursday, January 05, 2006 12:18:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

And take your Jew-baiting game and shove it up your ass. Addamo needs the company.

Thursday, January 05, 2006 12:19:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

So I am now a racist and a Jew baiter. You have the empty accustions down to a T Ibby.

Now all you need is proof - you know that thing that proves you are not full of shit? And by proof, that does not include your tarrot card/mind reading babble about people's motivations.

In the mean time, until you come up with some proof, it is safe to assume you are full of it.

Thursday, January 05, 2006 2:44:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

No, I said you were up inside eddies ass. Kissing it wasn't enough for you.

Yes, that means eddie is now full of Addamo. A useful synonym, don't you think?

Now when some one proves to be a sack of shit, we can just call them addamo. Or someone is full of addamo. Or "watch what you're doing, you almost stepped in addamo".

Thursday, January 05, 2006 3:27:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

You still have not provided evidence of me being a racist Jew baiter Ibby. When do yo plan on gettigng around to it?

Thursday, January 05, 2006 7:32:00 am  
Blogger Ibrahamav said...

When the smell of addamo leaves the room. Perhaps there is a spray.

Friday, January 06, 2006 12:45:00 am  

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