Animal urges

Eid, a festival of sexual harassment? A disturbing tale from Egypt: After a month of abstinence (from sex naturally) during daylight hours in the Holy month of Ramadhan, a mob of sex starved Egyptians decided to celebrate Eid by attacking and sexually harassing women on the streets of Cairo. The first the incident was made…

Slow-motion death

Once again, the world’s Jewish community remains silent in the face of growing Israeli fascism. Akiva Eldar explains: The silence of the leadership of mainstream Jewry in the world, in view of the legitimization of a person such as Lieberman, undermines the moral high ground they hold in the struggle against Israel-haters throughout the world.…

The language of vehemence

International PEN, “the worldwide association of writers, exists to emphasise the role of literature in the development of mutual understanding and world culture; to promote literature in a variety of ways, including by opposing restraints on freedom of expression and working to promote literacy itself; and to act as a powerful voice on behalf of…

A country of death

Iraq is the most deadly place on Earth. Despite the best (and strained) efforts of the Murdoch press to convince the Labor party to “stay the course” in the country – didn’t Rupert’s editors get the memo telling them that Bush himself no longer uses this expression? – leading Iraqi dissidents now want an end…

Israel’s uranium bomb?

Robert Fisk, The Independent, October 28: Did Israel use a secret new uranium-based weapon in southern Lebanon this summer in the 34-day assault that cost more than 1,300 Lebanese lives, most of them civilians? We know that the Israelis used American “bunker-buster” bombs on Hizbollah’s Beirut headquarters. We know that they drenched southern Lebanon with…

Iraqi bloggers: letters from the inside

My following article appears in today’s Crikey newsletter: As the “Coalition of the Unwilling” furiously spins new objectives, deadlines and targets for “victory” in Iraq, former UN weapons inspector Hans Blix has labelled the invasion a “pure failure” that has left the country in worse shape than under Saddam Hussein. The Independent’s Patrick Cockburn writes…