Tuesday, October 26, 2004

From blog correspondent Samer al-Batal
The heroine who offered hope for Iraq
Robert Fisk on Margaret Hassan and her opposition to 13 years of US sanctions

Vatican handbook offers political stances
A Vatican handbook released Monday laid out Roman Church teaching questioning preventive war and denouncing the "horrendous crime" of abortion.

On the road to civil war
By Uri Avnery
How the settlers' movement have infiltrated the IDF

The seeds of the civil war were sown when the first settlement was put up in the occupied territories. At the time, I told the Prime Minister in the Knesset: "You are laying a land mine. Some day you will have to dismantle it. As a former soldier, let me warn you that the dismantling of land mines is a very unpleasant job."
S al-B: Religious zealotry and the influence of the rabbis - the Muslim mullahs' Jewish counterparts who can be every bit as boisterous as they are - on settlers' responses to dismantlement should not be taken lightly.(end)

Most of the settlers, we were told, are not fanatics. They went there because the government presented them with expensive villas, which they could not even dream about in Israel proper.
S al-B: Avnery disagrees with the premise, going on to imply that these people are now indistinguishable in their attitudes from religious nationalist settlers. There exist differences in opinion. Antiwar.com's Ran HaCohen believes that the majority could well be non-ideological.

Two blog entries from Lawrence of Cyberia:

The Grim Reaper’s playground
He has an unhealthy interest in children.

A tallying of his 12-year-old victims in Palestine (warning: includes graphic pictures).

How to get away with murder
The IDF's modus operandi: a 12-step programme.

One more on this messy subject:

The killing of Iman al-Hams and others...
...Children have been shot in other conflicts I have covered... but I have never before watched soldiers entice children like mice into a trap and murder them for sport.
...and the general trend and pattern of behaviour it follows.

UN delay: a boost for cloning advocates

Cellist pays out £55,000 to stage Albert Hall show
The former freelance player with the London Symphony Orchestra said yesterday: "The record industry is stupid. They don't know what they are doing and I want to say 'up yours - how wrong you all are and what a wonderful talent I am'."

A combination of global agglomeration and declining sales has meant record companies cutting out risk, sticking with only the biggest stars, and putting their money into glamour, backing performers with sex appeal such as Vanessa Mae or Opera Babes.

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