Archive for 2009|Yearly archive page

Surprise, surprise

In Israel-Palestine, Middle East on December 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm

“European Union foreign ministers pulled back from a confrontation with Israel by dropping a call for east Jerusalem to be recognised as the future capital of a Palestinian state.” –


You’re right. It’s worse.

In Israel-Palestine, Middle East on December 2, 2009 at 8:38 pm

“But there’s a difference between saying you dislike Israel’s politicians and saying they behave like Nazis, a difference between criticizing a separation fence and calling it an Apartheid Wall.” – Vancouver Sun

“UN agent: Apartheid regime in territories worse than S. Africa” –

Fool me once….

In Israel-Palestine, Middle East on December 2, 2009 at 3:23 pm

“Israel approved on Wednesday the construction of 84 buildings in West Bank settlements, despite a 10-month moratorium on new building in the territories that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced last week. ” –

Slowly, but surely

In Israel-Palestine, Middle East on December 1, 2009 at 12:21 pm

No justice. No peace.

“Palestinians and foreign activists on Tuesday attacked Israeli settlers who had seized a disputed house in mostly Arab east Jerusalem armed with an Israeli court order, an AFP photographer said.” – AFP

Slowly, but surely

In Israel-Palestine, Middle East on November 27, 2009 at 8:15 am

Does anyone seriously believe that Israel wants peace?

“Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday ordered the IDF to issue a temporary freeze order, but at the same time allowed the construction of 28 new public buildings in settlements.” –

Jurgen Elsaesser on the drum beat to war with Iran

In Central Asia, Iran on November 26, 2009 at 5:16 pm

“No matter how tall, all walls fall”

In Israel-Palestine, Middle East on November 6, 2009 at 12:40 pm

“The weekly demonstrations against the West Bank separation barrier in the towns of Bil’in and Na’alin, which take place every Friday, reached new heights this week when activists, seeking to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the falling of the Berlin Wall, knocked a part of the barrier over.” –

Go Palau!

In Cuba on October 29, 2009 at 11:37 am

“The nonbinding resolution has been an annual ritual for 18 years. The vote this time of 187 in support, 3 opposed and 2 abstaining underlined the utter lack of support for the 50-year-old American attempt to isolate Cuba. (Israel and Palau joined the United States, while the Marshall Islands and Micronesia abstained.)” – The New York Times

This reminds me of the results of another annual UN resolution.

Question of Palestine – Peaceful Settlement of the Question of Palestine (UNGA 63)

164 Yes – 7 No – 3 Abstentions

No: Australia, Israel, US

Abst: Canada

J Street: a wolf in sheep’s clothing?

In Israel-Palestine, Middle East, The United States of America, Washington D.C. on October 29, 2009 at 8:21 am

“On many of the specific issues, J Street is AIPAC lite.  It accepts an Israeli state based on religion, not on equal rights for all citizens, specifically supporting the apartheid-like right of any Jew to “return” without affording similar rights to Christians or Muslims who resided in Palestine before 1948. Its Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami calls a one-state solution to Israel/Palestine with all citizens having the same rights a “nightmare.”” – Philip Giraldi –

I suppose the one-state solution in South Africa – with all citizens enjoying the same rights – is also a “nightmare”. Israel-Palestine is already one state, with the Israeli government effectively controlling all land and people between the Mediterranean Sea and the River Jordon. God forbid they should have equal rights.

Crown Prince Sarkozy

In France on October 28, 2009 at 11:13 am

Only in Dubai… I mean France.

“The shower at the Grand Palace was custom built for the 5ft 5in (1.6m) president in a listed building and had massage and surround sound radio functions, the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.

The three-day summit during which it was intended to be used cost 16.6m euros to stage in total. Other expenses included £90,000 for a carpet and nearly £300,000 for a conference podium.” – BBC News