Praying for success (but knowing failure)

Iraq is a success. Democracy is soon to flower. The US strategy is correct. The Australian government’s support of this plan is supportable. General David Petraeus is a master. No, it’s not a White House press release, it’s a handful of Australian “journalists” who received “exclusive” access to the General in Baghdad. The Murdoch broadsheet:…

Sorry about maiming you, little girl

Israeli government humanity: A Jerusalem rehabilitation center is defying a government order to transfer a Palestinian girl paralyzed in an Israel Defense Forces attack on militants to a hospital in the West Bank. Maria Amin, who turns six on Thursday, cannot get the care she needs in the Palestinian facility “so she won’t be going…

Smearing the other

A few days ago I spoke in Sydney alongside the Mayor of Bethlehem. He is a dignified man who talked about the effects of the Israeli occupation on his town. Simply put, Israel is killing the holy city. In today’s Murdoch’s Australian national broadcast, a little propagandist outlines the faux outrage that has greeted the…

Outpatients lining up behind Giuliani

He might look comparatively moderate next to Norman Podhoretz, but Daniel Pipes is no wall flower when it comes to right wing extremism, promoting Islamophobia and persecuting those he disagrees with, an honour he shares with another lover of humanity, David Horowitz. Evidently, none of these nutters bother Giuliani. On the contrary, he seems to…

Fact time

Dissident historian Norman Finkelstein’s last class at De Paul University is cancelled. Daniel Pipes is now… working for Republican presidential… candidate Rudolph Giuliani. The Zionist lobby has no negative effect on the US body politic (if you’re deaf, blind and dumb.)

EU officials holding talks with Hamas

One has to wonder what Washington’s reaction will be to any agreement the EU strike with Hamas. According to the sources, the Hamas leaders urged the EU representatives to work to end the boycott of the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip, and to pressure Israel to reopen the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and…

Only in America

Not something you would expect to see.… Those red dots correspond to recipients of agricultural farm subsidies – in Manhattan of all places. The larger red blobs mark people receiving more than a quarter of a million dollars in farm subsidies annually. The farm bill passed by House Democrats in July would continue giving millionaires farm…

The Petraeus Report

A good summation of what to expect from the Petraeus Report (or rather the one written by the White House that Petraeus will be presenting). The Washington Post reports that Gen. David Petraeus managed to get the recent intelligence assessment of Iraq toned down: The NIE, requested by the White House Iraq coordinator, Lt. Gen.…

ADL flips position again on Armenian genocide

This is truly pathetic. A prominent US Jewish advocacy group has retracted its decision to call the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire a genocide, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday. “Although independent scholars may have reached a consensus about the genocide, in an effort to help accomplish the reconciliation (between…

Marrickville meets Bethlehem, controversy erupts

My following article appears in today’s edition of Crikey: Back in 2003, Palestinian Christian politician Hanan Ashrawi was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize. The Zionist establishment reacted with predictable apoplexy and accused her of supporting terrorism and not recognising the Jewish state. After months of fruitless lobbying, then NSW Premier Bob Carr resisted Jewish pressure…