Monthly Archives: June 2010

Day One: Paris, sono arrivato

Arrived yesterday vie American Air: the most nondescript, banal, uninteresting flight I’ve ever had. I think I’ve already overdescribed it. But then I arrived, and everything changed. S. picked me up at the airport and we went to her place. … Continue reading

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Yes, keeping oxygen from dying people is part of Israel’s defense strategy

Israel recently refused to allow oxygen generators into Gaza. It claims that they could be used for “other purposes,” presumably for somehow hurting Israel, a country with a massive airforce, navy, army, secret intelligence agency, spy satellite network, and nuclear … Continue reading

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The beginning of the end of the Afghanistan war

Why did we go there again, so many years ago? Oh ya, to throw out AlQaeda. And we did that, in a jiffy. Then we stayed. Why did we do that again? Oh ya, because we wanted to throw out … Continue reading

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BP burns oil off the ocean surface

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Review of Toy Story 3

In sum, this is a film produced by the decadent society that has so much “stuff” it makes movies about how their surplus things feel when they’re gotten rid of. Only an American society could produce this film. The kind … Continue reading

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Rolling Stone’s crashing article on Afghanistan and McChrystal

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/119236?RS_show_page=0 The COIN doctrine is the name for the current strategy of nation-building + counterinsurgency (=hold tight and win hearts and minds and build a government). It is, oddly enough, inspired by the most failed foreign wars of recent times: … Continue reading

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ISRAEL “EASES” BLOCKADE ON GAZA

But it is all a sham. It’s like a slave-owner giving his slaves half a day off. Are they really supposed to rejoice? Where is justice? These passages from alJazeera summarize perfectly how much this is all a bunch of … Continue reading

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Caffeine Blues

This fellow writes amusingly about being addicted to caffeine, his first infatuation, his love-object, until she turned on him and gave him such bad anxiety attacks his doctor made him quit – yet she continues to stalk him everywhere he … Continue reading

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Speaking of George Armstrong Custer…

He wins the award this week for most over-rated American icon, according to this week’s book review of The Last Stand, by Nathaniel Philbrick: He was a gambler, a probable adulterer, a braggart, a petulant boss and an impulsive blabbermouth. … Continue reading

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Robert Reich on the current BP debacle, and what the prez should do about it

http://robertreich.org/ BP is still in control of the cleanup effort. The administration is looking ahead, and still unwilling to push anything forward. Obama just met with David Cameron, new prime minister of England. At the end of the day we … Continue reading

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To your friends who insist that Israel’s blockade is for its “own defense”…

Ask them what the exclusion of candy, chips, and soda from Gaza has to do with Israel’s “defense.” On the other hand, if their objectives include making life miserable for defenseless Palestinians living in the ancient Palestinian homeland of Gaza, … Continue reading

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Juan Cole is at his best…here are some quotes from today’s posts

from: http://www.juancole.com/ Hey, Tea Party. A foreign navy boarded an unarmed ship flying the flag of a NATO member in international waters and shot dead an American citizen with four bullets to the head and one in the chest on … Continue reading

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About bloody time: the US “decides” a Gaza blockade is a bad idea

“a new tack is needed on Gaza…” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/03/world/middleeast/03policy.html?hp The official Israeli reasons behind the Gaza blockade: 1. Our defense. If we don’t have a blockade starving and emaciating the whole (1.5 million person) population of Gaza, then they would smuggle … Continue reading

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What kind of example is the US setting?

According to a UN human right official, a very bad one. He and others have been looking closely at the recent spate of drone attacks conducted by the US, which have killed a whole lot of civilians. These drone attacks … Continue reading

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