Israel not ready to make nice

For a country that tries so hard to prove that it is joined at the hip with the US, Israel has a strange way of demonstrating its affection sometimes. Condoleezza Rice received a humiliating snub from Israel yesterday when it refused her offer to act as negotiator between its government and the Palestinian authorities. Poor…

Rather strange priorities

Rory O’Connor, Guardian Comment is Free, March 27: Leave it to the New York Times to pronounce something “corrupt” and then wholeheartedly embrace it as “crucial”. This week’s Sunday magazine piece by Max Frankel is the most recent and stunning example of the Times’ weird worldview. In a cover story, the paper’s former executive editor…

By The Way, It’s Official ”¦

For those that haven’t yet heard the good news?…  We’re winning in Iraq! ”¦ we can win in Iraq, we are winning in Iraq, and George Bush’s surge strategy is responsible for it.…  Not even the AP can ignore it* anymore: According to the AP: The US military has captured the leaders of a car-bombing…

Standing up for the status-quo

George Soros may have become an outspoken critic of Israel and its aggressive lobby, but it appears he won’t be funding a counter-lobby to AIPAC: Billionaire George Soros has no plans to put his money where his mouth is, a spokesman said Tuesday — two days after the philanthropist and political advocate assailed the pro-Israel…

The report that refuses to go away

War apologists have uniformly condemned and worked overtime to try and debunk the findings of the Lancet Medical Jouranal’s study on both occasions that it published reports on excess deaths resulting from the Iraq war. Experts in statics and gathering such data have however been just as quick to defend the methods and results of…

The heart of the matter

As the hapless Bush administration again attempts to broker “peace” in the Middle East – perhaps Condi Rice would like to pressure Israel to stop expanding the occupation, though that’s about as likely as Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expressing independence from Washington – Gideon Levy reminds the world of a few facts of life:…

One rule for US and another for the rest of the world

Over the weekend, The U.N. Security Council voted to impose new sanctions against Iran for its refusal to stop enriching uranium. The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted Saturday to impose new sanctions against Iran for its refusal to stop enriching uranium — a move intended to show Tehran that defiance will leave it increasingly isolated.…

How science may help the Republicans win 2008 election

Scientists have created the world’s first human-sheep chimera – which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs. The sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells – and their evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being transplanted into humans one step closer. Now if only they can…

We need more like him

The eloquence of actor Sean Penn at a recent anti-war rally in the US: But now, we are encouraged to self-censor any words that might be perceived as inflammatory – if our belief is that this war should stop today. We cower as you point fingers telling us to “support our troops.” Well, you and…

Military remains hostile to women

The US presence in Iraq is unique for a number of reasons, one of them being the number of female troops serving there. This has resulted in the proportional escalation in sexual harassment that has taken place.…  Last year, Col. Janis Karpinski testified to the horrific conditions female recruits are subjected to.…  Female soldiers are…