News bytes

– George W. Bush gets cosy with yet another dictator and still finds time to share a laugh with the sycophantic White House press corps.

– Norman Finkelstein tackles the “Israel lobby.”

– An interesting perspective from Lebanese newspaper al-Hayat on the paranoia of Israel and the US.

– What are “Australian values“? Should we include invasion, occupation and torture?

– The Nazis allegedly had a plan to kill the Jews who escaped Europe during the Holocaust and arrived in Palestine. This Washington Times article is intriguing, though grossly exaggerates the role of Haj Amin al-Husseini, then grand mufti of Jerusalem.

– A timely reminder that the IAEA has no found no smoking gun in relation to Iran’s suspected nuclear program.

– Australians need to drink more water.

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