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July 8, 2014


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Published on July 08, 2014 17:02
It's time, it's long past time, that the sombre and sober truth of this situation was spelled out in all its brutal clarity, so that at long last we can have an adult, mature, civilised conversation - yeah? - about Israel-Palestine.
First of all, and it's long past time someone said this, I'm gonna tell you what I think.  You know what I think?  I think this madness is a tragedy.  I think this spiral of violence can only lead to more pain on both sides.
There, I said it.  Deal...
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Published on July 08, 2014 11:53

July 7, 2014

Following Theresa May's announcement of an inquiry into the official enablement of, or collusion in, child abuse, it is obvious that some sort of crisis is brewing for the establishment.  Quite what sort of crisis depends on the interpretation placed upon the facts that emerge.
Two quick points.  
First, while I can see that MI5 had an interest in protecting politicians who engaged in child abuse, the better to maximise their leverage - which is a story in itself - there seems to me t...
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Published on July 07, 2014 16:56

July 6, 2014

Let no one say that Israel forgets its 'purity of arms'.

Israeli soldiers do not neglect to fight a proportionate battle with the enemy; still less do they forget their humanity in combat.

The proof of this isn't the video of the teenager Tareq Abu Khdeir, the cousin of the murdered Mohammed Abu Khdeir, being beaten by IDF soldiers.  It will be the military judicial process which exonerates the assailants.  It will be the tearful cries of the soldiers on their day in court, "we told...
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Published on July 06, 2014 05:25

July 1, 2014

Three Israeli teenagers went missing a while back.  The Israeli Defence Force, alleging that Hamas were responsible for their abduction, embarked on a manhunt in which they arrested 400 Palestinians.  400.  Having discovered their bodies, in the West Bank, they launched a ferocious bombing campaign in Gaza, ostensibly in response to a few rockets fired by Hamas, although probably also as a collective punishment for the teens.
Today, the Israeli defence minister, apparently with...
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Published on July 01, 2014 06:03

June 30, 2014

The latest Economist says US corporations are sitting on $2 trillion, the cash remaining uninvested due to a dearth of profitable investment opportunities.

In the same article it points out that US government investment in infrastructure is among the lowest in the world, and reels off a litany of dysfunctions arising from this.

The Economist, which is forever Saving Private Capitalism, suggests that this is "a good time to bring in private money to make up for the lack of public investment...
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Published on June 30, 2014 03:29

June 29, 2014

About 'Jacobingate'/'Jacobinghazi' as such, there is little to add.  This storify, and this blog post, identify its basic lineaments.  The core of it is a smear.  Whatever criticisms there are of Jacobin, the allegation that a woman was mocked by a Jacobin writer for receiving rape threats is manifestly untrue.
Yet, despite its manifest untruth, the claim was not only repeated ad nauseum by people who both could and should have been able to inform themselves, but lavishly embell...
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Published on June 29, 2014 06:10 • 3 views
There is an interesting report in today's Observer about the convergence of former enemies in the struggle against ISIS in Iraq.  However, there is one aspect of it of which I am dubious.    The problem is roughly as follows:
1) The report claims that previously anti-US Shi’ite militias are now tacitly siding with the US against ISIS.  This is to be expected.  When 'Al Qaeda in the Land of Two Rivers' or whatever the fuck it called itself was despoiling the anti-occupa...
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Published on June 29, 2014 02:58 • 1 view

June 28, 2014

This deserves a lot more scrutiny and thought than I can give it now:
A US judge has blocked a $500m (£290m) payment by Argentina to creditors due on Monday, pushing South America's second largest economy closer to a second massive default in 13 years.New York district judge Thomas Griesa said after a quickly convened court hearing that Argentina was in breach of his decision that US vulture funds, which have pressed for full repayment of their loans, were entitled to bypass a longstanding deb...
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Published on June 28, 2014 03:32

June 26, 2014

Men's Rights Activists.  Move that phrase around in your mouth for a while.  Or, if you like, suck on the abbreviation, MRA.  Now it sounds, as it should, like something you might get vaccinated against.  In one respect, we can be grateful the MRAs exist - even if only as a lumpen backlash against fourth-wave feminism.  For they have:

a) allowed a collective term to be assigned to commonplace beliefs and practices (cf. 'MRA ideology' etc),
b) given it an explicitly poli...
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Published on June 26, 2014 13:32 • 2 views

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