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Friday, January 27, 2006

News bytes

- The Iraqi blogosphere explodes with a range of opinions.

- US Jewish groups are campaigning for action in Darfur. "Darfur hit a heartstring in the Jewish community," said Steve Gutow, executive director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. "It shows that when we say 'never again,' we mean it...It is one of those moments when everybody seems to be saying the same thing and we see an extraordinary force coming about."

- Prime Minister John Howard gives invaluable advice to Hamas. Perhaps he would like to travel to Ramallah and offer his insights personally.

- Germany plunges into a baby crisis:

"Germany was plunged into an anguished debate yesterday about how to encourage reluctant couples to breed after new figures showed Germany with the world's highest proportion of childless women.

"Thirty per cent of German women have not had children, according to European Union statistics from 2005, with the figure rising among female graduates to 40%. Germany's new family minister, Ursula von der Leyen, said that unless the birth rate picked up the country would have to 'turn the light out'."

- Medialens challenges the accuracy of Iraq Body Count.

9 Comments:

Blogger orang said...

Little Johnny Howard says,

"But nobody should think for a moment that the Australian government is going to moderate its attitude towards political movements or governments that espouse terrorism.

"We are absolutely not going to do that."

Now you know that he woke up this morning fresh from the glories of Australiaday and thought, "Now what can WE do today to make the rest of the world a better place." So after checking out the Oz news, saw the Hamas election win and immediately he called in the press corps and, well you saw the speech for yourself. - No he did not get a prompting phone call from mutual friends.

It's great though eh? The people have spoken.

Just imagine, if Begin, Shamir and the others can arise from the ashes of their terrorism and create a nation, why not Hamas?

What is won by terrorism is lost by terrorism. - Did I say that , or was it someone famous?

Friday, January 27, 2006 3:52:00 pm  
Blogger smiths said...

a very interesting article on the 'the jewish state'

http://www.counterpunch.org/neumann01262006.html

some excerpts for the lazies who wont go look

What matters for an understanding of the Israel/Palestine conflict is what the expression 'a Jewish state' would mean to any reasonable person. What, in particular, could the Palestinians reasonably expect when they heard that such a state was to be established in Palestine?

When a state is described in relation to the territory it controls, its ethnic character is open. The French state is not necessarily a state for some ethnic group called Frenchmen, just as the Belgian or Yugoslav or Jamaican state weren't states for ethnic groups of that name. But a Catholic state would be a state run by Catholics; a black state would be a state run by blacks; a heterosexual state would be run by heterosexuals.

Now it is that ethnic states would be run not just by members of their ethnic groups, but in some sense by those ethnic groups themselves. At the very least, such states would be governed in the name of those group members in the area. This would amount to something more than a formality. Thus, an Armenian state would be not simply have Armenian rulers. These rulers would truly govern in the name of Armenians. They would not just claim to act for their Armenian subjects or citizens, but would genuinely rule on their behalf, that is, for their benefit.

A Jewish state would, therefore, be a state run by and for Jews. In such a state, Jews would be sovereign. The state would be run in their interests.

For non-Jews to expect as much was and is, therefore, entirely reasonable. Only a consistent, ongoing, highly public campaign to explain that this was certainly not going to happen would be sufficient to dispel this expectation. Nothing remotely like that occurred.

Friday, January 27, 2006 6:33:00 pm  
Blogger Progressive Atheist said...

If I believe in a secular state of Israel, does that mean that I want to destroy Israel? Does Israel necessarily have to be a Jewish state?

Friday, January 27, 2006 9:34:00 pm  
Blogger CB said...

'Perhaps he would like to travel to Ramallah and offer his insights personally.'

Not advocating or endorsing the potential death of your nation's leader, are you Dreamgoat? Perhaps you'd like to move there yourself. You seem to have far more common principles with Palestine than with Australia.

Saturday, January 28, 2006 9:17:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Why is it that at the first sign of dissent or euqstioning of the status quo, conservatives are so quick to suggest relocation of their opponents? Is it just as coincidence that such ideas go hand in hand with endorsing extraordinary rendition and secret prisons.

Sunday, January 29, 2006 8:03:00 am  
Blogger Edward Mariyani-Squire said...

Addamo_01 said...
"Why is it that at the first sign of dissent or euqstioning of the status quo, conservatives are so quick to suggest relocation of their opponents?"

Simple. Because

1. they're conservatives

and

2. getting rid of people is an expedient, well-tested and quite traditional way of maintaining the status quo!

Monday, January 30, 2006 1:06:00 am  
Blogger James Waterton said...

Yes, the difference between "progressives" and conservatives is that conservatives may suggest the relocation of their opponents. Progressives just ship them off.

Monday, January 30, 2006 8:17:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

On what basis do you make that that uncharacteriticlaly broad brush stroke James?

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 12:21:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Interesting link BTW AL to the Iraqi Body Count link.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 12:22:00 am  

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