Off to Canberra

I’ll be in Canberra for the weekend so postings will cease until early next week. In my absence, feel free to offer thoughts in comments about the “TAFKATWOT” (The Artist Formerly Known as the War on Terror) or any other musings. Check out this fascinating read by one of Israel’s top journalists, Gideon Levy. It’s…

One’s man terrorist…

Prime Minister John Howard calls the IRA “terrorists” who “murdered people.” “The reason that the British security forces and police are so effective in responding to terrorist attacks”, he says, “is the bitter 30 years’ experience of dealing with the IRA. There was nothing heroic about the IRA campaign, although it is still shrouded in…

Nearly there

It’s coming… The only book likely to compete with Finkelstein’s explosive tome is Robert Fisk’s upcoming, “The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East“, out November 8.

Mumbai

While the Sydney Morning Herald mentions their monthly dose of disaster yarns on page one (today it’s the record breaking rainfall in Mumbai) Indian blogger Sixo paints a much clearer picture of the devastation. He’s clearly a rich man (or at least comfortable) as he talks about “my poor servant Neeta.” UPDATE: Speaking of India,…

Our friends

“The U.S. Government is now openly supporting the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, an Iranian resistance movement designated as a terrorist organisation by the US State Department…This kind of hypocrisy reveals much about what the global “war on terror” is really about. It’s not a war against terror as such, but rather a war of terror to subdue resistance…

Fate

Yasser Salihee was an Iraqi journalist. Joe was an American sniper. On June 24, 2005, fate brought them together on a Baghdad street. A fascinating Salon feature on modern day Iraq under occupation. Trigger happy US troops are causing such anguish and mayhem that any residual feelings of affection are dissipating by the day.

Jordan calling

Jordan has become the bridge between North America and Europe and the Middle East and bloggers are at the forefront of this debate. A recent bloggers meet-up proved the diversity of opinions and attitudes. In response to those arguing that blogging is simply for the wealthy and well-connected, Jordanian bloggers have an idea: “A number…

The rules

“Senior media figures on the mainstream ”˜left’ are where they are because they know how to play this game. The idea is to talk a good fight, to elicit applause from the ”˜left’, but also quiet nods of acceptance from the media gatekeepers, the people they are supposed to be challenging. A key talent is…

Paying the price of peace

Peaceful protest of Israel’s “security” fence is deemed dangerous by Israeli forces, according to a stunning Haaretz report. Most disturbingly, numerous IDF soldiers have been caught lying about the circumstances in which Palestinians are arrested and making up false testimony about stone throwing and other violence. Israel’s descent continues.

Bush To London bombers: “Bring It On”

WASHINGTON, DC—President Bush officially responded to the latest round of London transit bombings Monday, challenging terrorists to “do their worst.” Said Bush, in a televised statement from the Oval Office: “The proud and resilient people of London can take anything the forces of evil and cowardice can throw at them. They will never live in…