Monthly Archives: April 2011

What Goldstone didn’t retract

Goldstone’s Retreat? by David Shulman | NYRBlog | The New York Review of Books   Personally, as an Israeli who pays his taxes and accepts all civic obligations, who went to war in 1982 (reluctantly—it was a useless, unnecessary war),

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Sur-real, man

The Ultimate Ally – By Michael Oren | Foreign Policy   WHO ARE AMERICA’S ALLIES in the world today? Which countries are both capable and willing to advance American interests? A truly realist assessment would strive to answer these questions

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The long view on Syria, past and future

Syriana – By Robert D. Kaplan | Foreign Policy Between 1947 and 1954, Syria held three national elections that all broke down more or less according to these regional and sectarian lines. After 21 changes of government in 24 years

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Feelin good anyway

Odd coincidence.  Nina Simone happened to come up in brief discussion last night in relation to a headline item.  First time, probably, she was ever mentioned on this blog.  Turns out it was the anniversary of her death: Nina Simone,

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Mitt Romney is very sorry and says it will never happen again

Mitt Romney Haunted By Past Of Trying To Help Uninsured Sick People | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source “My hope is that Republican voters will one day forgive me for making it easier for sick people—especially low-income sick

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Ceilings, wo-oh-oh ceilings, ceilings, ceilings of debt!

I Am Starting To Question Karl Rove’s Intellectual Honesty | The New Republic   Karl Rove, still unremorseful about his administration’s eight-year spree of deficit-increasing measures, argues today that the debt ceiling has to be raised only because of the Democrats’

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BTW – we failed in Iraq, and you won’t want to look at what we’re about to leave behind

Crocker (and Tom R.) are wrong: The Iraqis won’t extend the U.S. presence – By Tom Ricks | The Best Defense Despite all the hard work by the U.S. military, our coalition allies, and civilian agency partners that led to

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Ketziot Ghraib

Israeli Soldiers’ Brutality at Prison Camp for Palestinians | Informed Comment Israeli television has shown shocking cellphone video of the October, 2007, actions at Ketziot Prison, against unarmed Palestinian prisoners, by Israeli security forces. The thousand or so prisoners there

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From Iron Dome to Thunderdome

Will success of Iron Dome garner support for attack on Iran? – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News On April 16, 2001, almost exactly 10 years ago, the first Qassam missile was fired from Gaza at Sderot. Now Iron Dome

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Who Needs Hatemongering Chain E-Mails and Glenn Beck When You’ve Got Pajamas Media?

Sadly, No! » What A Day For An Auto-Da-Fe! Pajamas Media’s resident fashion-plate and bow-tie adorned dildo brings us his latest installment in the wingnut myth that Obama Is a Muslim intent on imposing sharia law in the United States.

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