Dec. 31st, 2008

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Katrina's Hidden Race War

White residents of New Orleans Algiers' Point neighbourhood, which was not flooded during Katrina, nevertheless took the opportunity to do a little ethnic cleansing on the side--trying to drive away some of the neighbourhood's black residents, and shooting many with firearms. Today many of them openly boast of their claims, and yet police are doing nothing. What the fuck is wrong with that city's Police Department?
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Obama's Gaza silence condemned

I'm still somewhat hopeful on Obama... If he has a bold strategy for Palestine and Israel in mind, as his plan to hold a speech in an Islamic capital in his first 100 days in office seems to indicate, he can't partly expose it in the middle of the current crisis, is large part because, like Axelrod says, since there's only one president at a time and you can't start with half-measured and statements that can't be backed up with presidential authority.

[livejournal.com profile] esizzle, any word on James Jones? He seems interesting, but I haven't seen anything from progressive sources... I mean he wants to empower Abbas so that's pretty stupid, and I've only seen him talk about the West Bank and not Gaza. But anyone in the U.S. apparatus able to make the IDF apoplectic seems like an improvement! :P
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We must adjust our distorted image of Hamas

Gaza is a secular society where people listen to pop music, watch TV and many women walk the streets unveiled.

The political leadership of Hamas is probably the most highly qualified in the world. Boasting more than 500 PhDs in its ranks, the majority are middle-class professionals - doctors, dentists, scientists and engineers. Most of its leadership have been educated in our universities and harbour no ideological hatred towards the West. It is a grievance-based movement, dedicated to addressing the injustice done to its people. It has consistently offered a ten-year ceasefire to give breathing space to resolve a conflict that has continued for more than 60 years.

Six months ago the Israeli Government agreed to an Egyptian- brokered ceasefire with Hamas. In return for a ceasefire, Israel agreed to open the crossing points and allow a free flow of essential supplies in and out of Gaza. The rocket barrages ended but the crossings never fully opened, and the people of Gaza began to starve. This crippling embargo was no reward for peace.
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