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A Bomber Called Mariam

By on Sep 26, 2014 in Politics | 0 comments

They are taken with the woman in her pilot costume, they see her wearing her helmet, in their heads, they consider her as part of an ‘oppressed’ group, which is to say, Arab women, and they imagine her, flying in the air, as good a pilot as Maverick in Top Gun, and they imagine her dropping bombs on an aggressive crowd of (in their imaginations) undoubtedly bearded men. There’s nothing progressive about bombs. Bombs explode. They make a mess. When they go off, they very rarely damage only the intended victim. A bomb is the most primitive way to kill somebody. More often than not, it kills collectively, which is to say – unselectively. Unlike a sniper’s reticle – it doesn’t see faces. A bomb kills indiscriminately. A bomb does not know if the head that it’s ripping off belongs to a terrorist, a freedom fighter, a doctor, a nurse, a woman, or a child. It, there is no other way to say...

Philip K. Dick on Israel

By on Jul 23, 2014 in Featured, Politics | 0 comments

This is a letter Philip K. Dick wrote in response to Israel’s bombing of the Osirak reactor in Iraq in 1981. It’s worth reading these days because, as with his science fiction, PKD remains prophetic…. Philip K. Dick is, arguably, the science fiction author, and the mind behind such movies as Blade Runner, Minority Report, The Adjustment Bureau, and many others. The letter is fascinating in many regards; for a start PKD’s approach is well thought out, in his first paragraph he outlines the logical problems inherent in Israel’s attack on Osirak. In the second, he discusses the state of mind that leads to such paranoia, and in the third, he warns Israel, and insinuates that they are possessed by the memory of a madman… Read on – (From ‘The Selected Letters of Philip K. Dick 1980-82’)… Dear Ron Hendren, Regarding Israel’s...

Obama In Cairo

By on Jun 9, 2009 in Politics | 0 comments

Well, here he was. Massive hype, of course, an event touted as a game-changer for American/Arab relations and something that a lot of people were eagerly expecting. Even before the event, certain facts were being highlighted within the region – Unlike most, if not all, US Presidents of the last few decades, Obama would not be visiting Israel and would not be driven straight from the airport to the Holocaust Museum. Obama would make his speech from Cairo, not from any of the other Middle-Eastern U.S. Buddy Nations of Arabia. This, in itself, is seen to augment Egypt’s arguably waning influence within the region. And so he comes, with a security details of around, apparently, 3,000 Americans – most of whom entered the country with no visa or who were given rushed, no-questions-asked visa’s in the airport as they landed, putting in a more embarrassing light the humiliation and...

Open Letter To Barak Obama

By on Nov 11, 2008 in Politics | 3 comments

Mr. Obama, President Elect – you have won, and the people cheer – and in huge neon letters, or so the media would have us understand – the world itself now sees the words ‘Hope’, ‘Change’, ‘Obama’ all writ large pnto some bright fantastical chimera.  My skepticism is founded mainly on your foreign policies which, unfortunately, sound to me almost identical in attitude to the ones that have already cost America so much of its standing in the global community. The whole notion that unilateral actions are acceptable when America (and only America) chooses to act. The idea that America should play world leader, that somehow, America has been forced by virtue of some supposed superiority to police the rest of the world. That the injustices committed to some people are acceptable as long as they are perpetrated by ‘friends’ of...

Good Night & Good Luck This Ain’t : ABC News…

By on Aug 14, 2007 in Politics | 2 comments

As usual, the local satellite channel MBC 4 continues to broadcast ABC News – featuring the effervescent Katie ‘Da Man’ Couric. Joy. Well, first of all – we’d all like to remind Katie that, generally speaking, ‘magnate’ is not best pronounced the same way you’d pronounce ‘magnet’… Moving on… Good Ole Katie, rather than actually do some research and find out some real hard data regarding whether things in Iraq are ‘getting better’ by checking indicators – such as crime rates, mortality rates, the quality of water, the availability of clean water and medicine, etc…Katie quotes polls conducted in America. She quotes the polls as indicating that the US military ‘surge’ have ‘improved conditions in Iraq’ and that despite those polls, two thirds of Americans still think the...

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