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Like A Rolling Stone…

By on May 20, 2007 in Music, Politics | 1 comment

I received an email yesterday informing me that the Rolling Stones are planning a concert in Israel, and asking me to include my name among people who are asking the Rolling Stones to boycott Israel; as various other artists and academics have. I replied to the email, included my information as requested, and then set up an online petition using the same text I was sent. Since, to my mind, that is probably a better way of collecting signatories. I then forwarded the web address of the petition to everybody on my contact list. In case you still don’t know where the petition is – it’s at http://www.petitiononline.com/suncity/petition.html At least one person replied to the effect that we are impotent in this matter, that we cannot ask the Rolling Stones to boycott Israel, and that the Rolling Stones, along with the rest of the West, simply don’t ‘give a...

Bush’s Veto or How To Dismantle A Cretin…

By on May 9, 2007 in Politics | 0 comments

Having just read the text of Bush’s veto statement, I thought it might be worth a quick step-by-step deconstruction, for the benefit of any polar bears on a random island somewhere that may not have given it the once-through. It reeks. “Tonight”, says The Bush, in reassuring tones, “I will explain the reasons for this veto” and effectively, his desire to override Congress. Then, of course, he goes on, heaping one inanity on another. “It makes no sense to tell the enemy when you plan to start withdrawing” he says. Claiming that all the terrorists would then have to do is mark a day on their calendar when it would be safe to take over the major front (as he calls it and will continue to call it throughout his statement) on the ‘war on terror’. Idiotic nonsense. Personally, and this is no great revelation, I think the US has absolutely...

WorldMapper: Take A Look At The World…

By on Jan 31, 2007 in Graphics, Media, Politics | 0 comments

In case you haven’t run into it, WorldMapper is an absolutely wonderful resource. It is, to quote the blurb, “a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. 366 maps and PDF posters will be finished by February 2007.” – It’s a huge, and I mean huge eye opener. Wander around. Look. See. A good introductory article to the whole thing can be found here.

Get Carter…

By on Jan 21, 2007 in Media, Politics | 0 comments

I’m no big fan of Jimmy, and I’ve always had trouble with some of the formulations reached under his Camp David negotiations with the late Egyptian President Anwar El Sadat – who I’m also not a big fan of… “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” certainly didn’t get a second glance from me when I first heard of its release – after all – he is a former president and an old man with questionable political influence and, it seemed to me, a title featuring a word that has been etched into my head over years of viewing the Zionist offensive on Palestine and the Palestinians and thus comes as no surprise. For years, anybody who’s paid the slightest bit of attention knows about the Palestinian crops destroyed, the Palestinian exports left to rot, the Palestinian homes pulverized by bulldozers provided by Caterpillar, the Palestinian...

Well, If The US Can Do It…

By on Jan 8, 2007 in Politics | 1 comment

The British Sunday Times has reported that Israel is already planning and training for a tactical nuclear attack on Iranian facilities. This particular news item was also carried on ynetnews, a Zionist news site. In any case, I find it particularly that neither headline displayed the simple truth behind the report – the final implicit headline composed of five simple words “Israel does have nuclear weapons.” In any case – Ynetnews then goes on to state that “After countless declarations of peaceful intentions of nuclear plan, Iran’s chief nuclear envoy confirms fears by saying if county is threatened, situation may change.“… You can see the logic of paranoia putting that sentence together. The simple statement by Iran that it would react if threatened, is taken to mean that their nuclear plans are not otherwise intended peacefully. The...

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