No really, I love you

Tom Switzer, former opinion editor of the Australian newspaper and research fellow at the conservative think-tank Institute of Public Affairs, redefines the term, ‘”getting too close to power“: Tom Switzer in The Spectator has a close encounter of the ex-prime-ministerial kind My wife Sarah and I recently had the wonderful experience of having John Howard…

Israel must pay for crimes

My following article appears in the Australian Financial Review today: Israel’s war against Gaza has left the blockaded strip in ruins. The president of the French section of Medecins Sans Frontieres, Marie-Pierre Allie, wrote recently that her organisation had “been present during armed conflicts for nearly four decades” but “it is difficult to recall a…

Decline and hand-outs

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Steve Coll last year published a fascinating book on the Bin Laden family and I interviewed him about it for New Matilda. His latest comments in the New Yorker are about another topic altogether; the ailing mainstream media: In the foreseeable future, it seems, there will be two kinds of nonprofit…

But where are the actions?

Ari Shavit, Haaretz, January 29: At its core, the Israeli majority is what it was before: realistic and pragmatic. It recognizes that the occupation is futile, but is looking for a safe way to end it. It recognizes that the Greater Israel vision is finished, but fears having a Hamas state on the outskirts of…

Isolating the Israelis

During the current Davos economic forum, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had enough of Israeli President Peres’ lies and walked off the stage saying he will never come back. Peres tried to claim the people in Gaza were not living under humanitarian stress. There is only way to deal with such people; shun them:…

Pass me my Zionist crack

Jewish settlements and outposts in the West Bank expanded more rapidly in 2008 than the previous year, Peace now reported on Wednesday. The timing of the report is no coincidence, and it was released on the day US Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell was scheduled to arrive in Israel. Mitchell has spoken out…