Monthly Archives: May 2010

News roundup

BP TOPKILL: A FAILURE BP’s topkill strategy has proved ineffective. So, until someone has another idea, the oil just keeps on gushing. How much? Only 25,ooo barrels a day. How much is a barrel of oil? 42 gallons. So this … Continue reading

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Greece: where even the frogs come out in protest

As if the political and economic tumult wasn’t enough to rattle the people of Greece, little frogs — “millions,’ according to the police chief of Thessaloniki, Giorgos Thanoglou — closed one of the country’s major highways for more than two … Continue reading

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My shocked reactions to watching 24 for the first time:

These conclusions are from watching three episodes, the one from season two and two from season one. One. It thinks for us, it delivers prepackaged ideas, rather than a complex reality to  think over and draw our own conclusoins conclusions … Continue reading

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Israel and nuclear weapons (and proliferation and South Africa)

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2010/05/20105244134817395.html Now this is interesting. Israel has always been a strange creature when it comes to nuclear weapons. Let us recall that Isreal is one of the only countries around not to have signed the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. So its … Continue reading

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Two movies highly recommended

Z (Costa Gavras) This is the story behind Greece when it was at a major turning point in the 60s: democracy or totalitarianism. The film is in French, the acting is excellent, the cinematography is at once classic and playful, … Continue reading

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Oil spills: the US experience v. the Nigerian experience

The BP oil spill has opened our eyes to things we were far too content to leave in the background for so long. Environmental protections and safeguards were routinely thrown to the wind in the flurry to get corporate profits … Continue reading

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al-Nakbah: catastraphe in Palestine

Juan Cole delivers an explanation of the Nakbah. He also summarizes the narrative of Palestinians since 1948, which is useful for any of us who need to brush up on the history. Thousands of Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Saturday … Continue reading

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Death squads funded by US in Afghanistan

The US is creating militia groups in Afghanistan to try to work out security issues in the unruly areas outside of the metropole. The problem is that these militias often end up being death squads, carrying out extralegal executions and … Continue reading

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