Payback time

Another day, another Israeli massacre in Palestine. Of course,… this information isn’t even “news” anymore, such is the regularity of these events. But in a show of solidarity, Israeli behaviour will start coming at a price. Boycotts are just the beginning. In more encouraging news, the forthcoming book by Mearsheimer/Walt on the Israel lobby (out September)…

The plight of the Kurds

Is the security of the Kurds really better now than under Saddam? While the American military is trying to tamp down the vicious fighting between rival Arab sects in Baghdad, conflict between Arabs and Kurds is intensifying here, adding another dimension to Iraq’s civil war. Sunni Arab militants, reinforced by insurgents fleeing the new security…

Common values

Much is made of the common values shared between the US and Israel.…  One of them just happens to be a fondness for torture According to the report, the High Court of Justice’s ruling on the interrogation of suspects defined as “time bombs” allows for “almost any Palestinian prisoner to be tortured,” Israel Radio reported.…

Pathological dreams

It would make for fascinating reading to study a psychological evaluation of a man like Norman Podhoretz who hopes and prays for the bombing of Iran.…  For Podhoretz, studying IAEA and intelligence reports that deny the existence of any nuclear weapons program in Iran is a waste of time.…  His neocon spidy senses is all…

Remembering the Liberty

There is still a great deal of controversy surrounding the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967. While the accepted narrative states that this was a tragic accident, there are many who refuse to accept it, particularly the surviving victims. Former captain of the Liberty, Ward Boston, signed an affidavit stating unequivocally: “The evidence…

Plame has last laugh

The right wing detractors who have insisted that Valerie Plame was not undercover have some humble pie to feast on. “In new court filings, special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has finally resolved one of the most disputed issues at the core of the long-running CIA leak controversy: Valerie Plame Wilson, he asserts, was a ‘covert’ CIA…

Killing more Arabs soon, please get in line

The latest book on Hilary… Clinton proves yet again, why she is about as… predictable as pro-war pundits… and Republican voters are… switching off (not, mind you, because the war is immoral or pointless, but because the US isn’t “winning”). It’s difficult to get inspired by the US presidential race, but then, just look at the Labor Party contest…

Inside the Haaretz mind

Matt Seaton, Guardian Comment is Free, May 29: Since the world is not exactly overrun with liberal newspapers and bien-pensant media organisations, I had a natural curiosity, as a Guardian journalist, to hear (for once) how someone else does it. David Landau is the editor of a newspaper that is avowedly secular and progressive, and…

Missile Defense or just pork?

You have to wonder what the obsession with Missile Defense is really about, if not just a means to funnel obscene amounts of money to weapon’s manufacturers. When such weapons systems are tested, they are rigged to create the best possible outcome, yet routinely produce miserable results. In a statement, Missile Defense Agency chief Lt.…

Peak Oil – real or manufactured?

Good news. The problem of US energy dependency on foreign sources is solved Colorado and Utah have as much oil as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, Nigeria, Kuwait, Libya, Angola, Algeria, Indonesia, Qatar and United Arab Emirates combined. Trapped in limestone up to 200 feet thick in the two Rocky Mountain states is enough so-called…