Begging bowl

Following the recent revelations of former SAS officer Peter Tinley over the immorality of the Iraq war, he added more on last night’s ABC TV’s Lateline: TONY JONES: The PM is as you’ve heard quite emphatic about the consequences of pulling out. He says it would be a coalition defeat, it would be a victory…

At the other end of death

Israel is the greatest annual recipient of US military aid, but as Mother Jones conveniently reminds us, “most of the annual $3 billion in aid can be spent only on U.S.-made weapons.” What a coincidence. The magazine provides a useful chart of the major suppliers and their ethical records.

The Hamas victory?

Danny Rubinstein, Haaretz, November 27: There is not much of a chance that the cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians will be upheld. The reason is that the deterioration in the security situation between the sides is only one aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian political imbroglio that has been developing recently. Ten months have elapsed since…

War is necessary, moral and fun (just ask the dead)

Australian Prime Minister John Howard recently said (while in Vietnam) that he still supported the Vietnam war and the Iraq invasion, and even if he came to change his mind, he would never acknowledge this in public. What a brave man. A letter in today’s Sydney Morning Herald asks a few questions: I wonder what…

Where the real power lies

Bahrain’s election took place over the weekend and results have started trickling in. Blogger Silly Bahraini Girl wonders what is really going on: What?? Not a single woman?? What is wrong with you, you morons?? It is OK for women to be mothers, sisters, girlfriends, housewives, mistresses, teachers, engineers, journalists, prostitutes, shop keepers, cashiers and…

Failing standards noticed

Israel has a serious international image problem: Israel ranked bottom in the Q3 2006 Anholt Nation Brands Index (NBI). Authored by government advisor Simon Anholt and powered by global market intelligence solutions provider GMI (Global Market Insite, Inc.), the Index surveyed 25,903 online consumers across 35 countries about their perceptions of those countries across six…

Help us, please

Should we prepare for a third Lebanon war in the coming months? Iran is smuggling weapons through Syria to re-arm Lebanese allies Hizballah, despite renewed efforts by United Nations peacekeepers and the Lebanese army to seal off the mountain borders with Syria in the wake of last summer’s war between the Shi’ite militia and Israel,…