The United States of Israel

Robert Fisk, The Independent, April 27: Stephen Walt towers over me as we walk in the Harvard sunshine past Eliot Street, a big man who needs to be big right now (he’s one of two authors of an academic paper on the influence of America’s Jewish lobby) but whose fame, or notoriety, depending on your…

News briefs

– The US has nearly 100,000 intelligence officials around the world. – Israel’s Ehud Olmert loves, and needs, Hamas. – The Vatican comes closer to acknowledging its gross failures during the Nazi era. – The Washington Post reports: The cost of the war in Iraq will reach $320 billion after the expected passage next month…

Joining Tony, George and Johnny in hell

Jose Maria Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain and liar, offers a paper to the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs on “Europe’s response to the threat of global terror”: If we trace the line between the West and the rest, Israel is on the same side as Europe, the U.S., Japan, and Australia. We defend…

Stone Robert!

Evil has a name, and that name is Robert Fisk. The Australian editorial page has turned to parody in the name of defending war and occupation: Very few people live to see their names turned into verbs, but it happened to Robert Fisk. In Pakistan after the September 11 attacks, the British journalist was beaten…

Blogging Iraq

The latest edition of Australia’s media publication, the Walkley Magazine, features an article about the rise of blogging the Iraq war, and the polarisation of the “war on terror”: Australian author and journalist Antony Loewenstein says these [Iraqi] bloggers make a significant contribution to our understanding of the conflict and its aftermath: “It’s amazing how…

Israel lobby row continues

Following my recent article in the Australian newspaper about the role of the Israel lobby, and the response by Zionist lobbyist Colin Rubenstein, the Australian Jewish News (AJN) last week featured a round-up of the debate (not available online.) This week, the AJN publishes a number of letters criticising my work: UNACCEPTABLE Before the Shoah,…

Enough blame to share around

The Vietnam war was a disaster, but some blamed the media for the US loss. The Iraq war is a quagmire, and the media is blamed for being unpatriotic. Enron crashed, and some say the media should take responsibility. Would somebody like to take personal responsibility for any of the above?