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Entries from January 2009

UN challenges Israel live on CNN

January 26th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Media, Politics

The UN school bombing in Gaza. More than 40 Palestinian refugees died as they sheltered from the attacks. What followed was one of the biggest controversies Israel has faced for years. And this is when it all got explosive. Israel claimed Hamas fighters were firing rockets from within the school. The UN said is was 99.9% […]

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It’s time to end Israel’s impunity

January 25th, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

The UN has accused Israel of committing war crimes in Gaza. Pursuing them won’t help the victims, but will help Israelis and Palestinians. It seems like a revenge mission. Chase Israeli politicians, military leaders and soldiers around the globe waving a pair of handcuffs at them. Some will say it pushes Israel to act in […]

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BBC isolated in its Gaza ban

January 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Tonight, the pressure is mounting on the BBC to broadcast a humanitarian aid appeal for Gaza. It has banned the Disasters Emergency Committee advert because it says it does not want to look like it is taking sides. But now the British government, and the two main opposition parties (the Consveratives and the Liberal Democrats) […]

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One State Solution hits the big time

January 23rd, 2009 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

It was bound to happen. The New York Times has got a huge feature piece on the One State Solution. The snowball keeps on rolling. Soon, we’ll be talking more about the OSS than the Two State idea. But hold on a minute. Who has written the article? The Arabs’ house joker: Brother General, Supreme […]

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Gaza – when is a disaster not a disaster?

January 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The BBC is refusing to broadcast an appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee for their Gaza campaign. The BBC does not broadcast adverts, but an exception is made for the DEC. The DEC is an umbrella group of the UK’s thirteen biggest aid agencies. They include the Red Cross, Oxfam, Save the Children and Christian […]

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Obama picks Middle East envoy

January 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Barack Obama has chosen his envoy to the Arab World: Senator George Mitchell. It is a strong signal that Obama is moving away from the Israel-first policy, towards more neutral ground. Mitchell himself has Lebanese origins, but doesn’t identify himself that way, so let’s not get bogged down with that. He is closely identified with […]

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Blogging unblocked in Syria

January 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

One step forward, one step backwards. It looks like Blogger has been unblocked but WordPress has been blocked in Syria. But the picture is very confusing. It doesn’t seem to be a national ban. Different ISPs are doing different things. SCS is currently providing free access to Blogger. But some WordPress blogs are blocked, and […]

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Surprise Presidential visit causes Damascus Airport confusion

January 20th, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

He stepped off the plane, walked casually into Damascus Airport as if nothing unusual was happening. But Syrian police were convinced they had a very special visitor – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinijad. They took him into their care and into the VIP area. He had just arrived from Tehran, and occasionally makes secret visits to […]

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One state solution buzz

January 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

The end of the Gaza massacre has prompted more talk about what the solution to the Israel/Palestine problem will be. Two weeks ago I wrote about the one state solution, the idea made famous by Edward Said. It caused a lot of debate – even among supporters of Israel who hadn’t heard of the idea. […]

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The end for the Daily Star?

January 19th, 2009 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Qifa Nabki has got the story. It looks like the Daily Star has published its final edition. “They’re going bust. Such a shame.” “WHAT?!” This report was confirmed by another person listening in on the conversation. “Haven’t you heard,” they asked. “Last Thursday was their last day.” 

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