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A Politburo of Two
daily archive: 01/11/2005
zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Low Expectations
The Mugrabi family, who have paid dearly for the Palestinian uprising, reflect the divisions in Palestinian society over Sunday's presidential election. Mohammed, the only one of five sons neither dead nor in jail, voted but his father, Yusuf, refused to take part.

The family lives in a quiet spot in the crowded Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem, looking out toward the Jericho hills. Their home has been demolished twice by the Israeli army since the uprising began in 2000. One of the sons was shot dead by the army that same year as he prepared to attack a Jewish settlement, and three others are in jail, one serving life sentences and the other two awaiting sentence for attacks on Israeli targets.

Yusuf Mugrabi, 54, who was in the Fatah organization that backs presidential candidate Mahmoud Abbas, said he was not voting because he was not convinced it would make any difference. "I am afraid that Abu Mazen [as Abbas is known] will give everything away."
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The J Word
Here we go again with the Jihad talk:
Appearing before cheering crowds last night, Abu Mazen said that the period of the "little Jihad [holy war] had ended, and now the big Jihad is beginning." This quote led to a quaint exchange on Israel Radio's morning newsmagazine. Arabic-speaking correspondent Avi Yisacharov played the tapes of Abu Mazen's quotes, and then quickly said, "Regarding the future..." He was immediately interrupted by anchorman Aryeh Golan, who said, "Whoa, wait a second. What's this 'big Jihad' stuff?" Yisacharov gave a nervous chuckle and said, "I don't think he means a real Jihad, he just means the challenges ahead of reforms in the PA and the release of Palestinian prisoners by Israel..."
Right, of course he doesn't mean "a real Jihad," it's not like he campaigned with armed terrorists or anything like that. And thank goodness for nice people like Powell and Peres who clearly understand the meaning of jihad is "spiritual struggle" and it doesn't matter if Palestinian leaders call for an intifada, they don't really mean anything by it.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Duckhunting Manual, Chapter 6: The Importance of Underwear
As you may have heard, Charles was here yesterday and he took bloggie for a day in the zoo. Well, that was fun but all fun comes to an end and now we're back to business as usual with our regularly featured newsbreaking stories and tremendously important world events. It's good to be back to our serious state, all that silliness about people being fired over some old memos and stuff, feh...you call that news?
Ben Lipscomb found himself lost in the flooded backwoods of Bayou Meto this week while duck hunting with his Labrador retriever, Josey Wales.

He only managed to make it out by tying his white briefs to the end of his gun barrel and waving them at an Arkansas State Police helicopter.

Decked out in full camouflage hunting gear, Lipscomb was practically invisible as the helicopter made several passes at dusk.

"They had passed over me a couple of times," he told the Morning-News of Northwest Arkansas after he was safe and sound back at his City Hall desk. "I knew I had to do something to get their attention."

Anticipating a cold night in the wilderness, Lipscomb drank dirty bayou water and ate a raw duck breast before he was spotted.

Lipscomb had been in the flooded timberland near Hollowell Reservoir for about 12 hours when he was rescued. He went out with two other men and had already shot a couple of ducks when he and his dog spotted a host of ducks a few hundred yards away. After killing and bagging four of them, he realized he didn't know where the boat was.
Of course the best part of this story is the headline: Man Eats Raw Duck Before Undies Save Him


P.S. I just want to say one more thing about Charles. You all realise he typed here?
P.P.S I've been stroking his blockquote tags all morning...
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Syrian Puppet In Lebanon: We Need Syria
How credible is this guy?
Lebanese Defence Minister Abdel-Rahim Mrad said on 11 January that Damascus’ military presence in the country was a “necessity?.

In an interview with the Monday Morning website, Mrad said that the recent redeployments of Syrian troops in Lebanon were carried out as a result of an agreement between President Lahoud and Syrian President Asad, according to the Taif accords between the two countries. He added that it was misleading to think that international pressure forced the redeployment. Mrad said the redeployment had been planned some time ago, even before the UN resolution.
That's called "saving face".
The UN in October adopted a resolution backed by the US and France demanding the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon. However, the Taif agreements state that Syrian forces should be deployed in Lebanese territories and stress that this is necessary due to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Soldiers protect the Bekaa Valley and prevent Israeli forces from using it as a possible route of incursion into Syrian territory. Mrad noted that further redeployments will be carried out later in other regions.
Sure, whatever. Even France turns on Syria and sponsors the UN Security Council resolution demanding withdrawal. In return Syria "redeploys" and trots out this clown to explain how they were gonna do it anyway, and besides, Israel is bad.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
So I'm in Israel, Jerusalem's wind is in my hair, I've got my lemonade and everything is going all right
Tal Ovadia is an American student spending a year at an Israeli Yeshiva and he writes about his stay there. I understand how it's possible to love two countries. Being in one I get homesick for the other and when I finally get to the other, I can't wait to come back. And Tal's right, one of the most comical things abroad is the butchering of the English language. My personal Greek favourite: "Beauty Saloon".
It's just that sometimes I think about America and how things are different there. Tuna, for example. Now the food is by no means bad in Israel (although it's close to terrible at my yeshiva). But the tuna here just isn't tuna. It's cat food. It's cat food mixed into people's salads and eaten on bagels, all under the auspices of being "dark meat" tuna. I had no idea there was such a thing as dark meat tuna. I knew a chicken was two different colors, but I was under the impression that fish were pretty narrow-minded about the tint of their flesh. The situation was bearable for a while, but about three weeks into my stay I just had to have some tuna, had to be reminded of what I was missing. For two months I longed for a can of Bumblebee's Solid White Albacore in Water. Then, at last, gratification! My aunt came for a visit from America with gifts from my mother, in particular, my beloved tuna. Four whole cans of white meat tuna. You can imagine my excitement as I read the can: Chicken of the Sea: Solid White Albacore in Water. It's no Bumblebee, mom, but it's white and I love you for it.

Other differences in Israeli society are more comical than anything. The funniest thing here may very well be the t-shirts. In America the phrases on t-shirts are in English and in Israel, the phrases are, naturally, also in English. An Israeli at my yeshiva sits in the study hall clad in a shirt that reads, "Do what feels good. Hookup if you want to. Life is a party."

My friend, noting the irony, asked him what it meant. He had no clue. It might be funny enough to know that the majority of these t-shirt-wearing-Israelis do not know enough English to understand the words on their backs. But the situation is doubly funny to an English-speaker as even to one literate in the language, the phrases often make no sense. Today, I walk in the street and see someone's back. "Cream Cheese is Better than Yellow" his back says to me. Great. Good for cream cheese, I guess. My friends and I sit in the room one day and ponder what motivates these Israelis. They are in the store and they see "Cream Cheese is Better than Yellow" and think, without having the slightest clue why this phrase merits its own t-shirt, "Man, I just have to have this! My friends are gonna love this shirt! It's in English!" We come to no resolution. But our favorite, and by far the most random we have seen is "Cruising down highway 66 ... a cool lemonade in your hand ... wind in your hair ... makes good decisions."
A day in the life
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
"Modernize" Arabic? Please God No
At the Daily Star, an overview of the arguments modern Arabic linguists are having with each other over whether the language needs "modernization".

You know, English is really complicated too. It's complicated because it addresses a rich reality and a vibrant social tapestry, and so does Arabic. The idea of simplifying, modernizing, or otherwise butchering my other beautiful language horrifies me. The bigoted and myopic assertions that Arabic is the "most perfect" language I'm not trying to support. I'm just saying leave well enough alone.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Parallel Societies
It's dangerous to blindly assert a right for a certain group to speak for all children of a certain kind, without any safeguards. That's just what a German court has done: given authority to a fundamentalist group to teach muslim German children a religion class, in public school. The results are predictable: German muslim children from a moderate Turkish community are being molded into intolerant, gender-discriminating fundamentalists-with government sanction. Surely this isn't what the judge or judges set out to achieve. Surely the court was trying to achieve some noble aim of allowing the German muslim children to be educated in their culture for one class a day while continuing to take part in German society. Well, these children are being made into outsiders, aliens in European society, because the noble principle is being entrusted to individuals with ignoble and impure motivations. Will the judicial branches of the world ever learn not legislate from the top down by fiat? What would have been wrong with waiting while parents made their case to their local school authorities, or simply educated their children in their religion at home? Muslims start teaching their children religion very early, yet you can see by the results of the fundamentalist education that the children became less secular. The little girls stopped participating in sports and field trips. Clearly, the parents were teaching a far less intolerant religion than this court-imposed group is. How is this good for Germany?
Told that she couldn't sit in on religion classes for the Muslim students at Rixdorfer Elementary School, Marion Berning went into the classroom anyway on the pretext of fixing a window. What she found stunned and angered her. The teacher was saying that "women are for the house, for the children. And the girls were sitting like this," she says, placing her hands in her lap, slumping her shoulders in an imitation of a meek posture, and casting her eyes downward. "While all of the boys," she is yelling now, "they were talking and playing. This is fundamentalism."

Berning isn't a nosy meddler. She is the principal at Rixdorfer school in the Berlin neighborhood known as Little Istanbul, where Turkish markets line the streets and Muslim worshipers file into discreet prayer rooms down back alleys. And these days her job is complicated by a widening gulf among her students. There have been more fights and more name-calling incidents at Rixdorfer, Berning says, since a German court granted an umbrella group called the Islamic Federation the right to teach religion classes in Berlin schools--where 8 percent of students are Turkish Muslims. Muslim girls are dropping out of sports classes and field trips, she says, and there are fewer friendships between Muslim and non-Muslim students. Although the Islamic Federation is under observation by the German Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which suspects the group of being an extremist organization, the religion classes continue.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Once More, With Gusto
Washington, in another round of "hope and expectation," is pushing Israel to make unilateral concessions. In other breaking news, myths about constipation are resolved.
With a push from the Bush administration, Israel is dropping its demand that Palestinian Authority leaders immediately dismantle terrorist organizations, American and Israeli diplomatic sources said.

The change reflects the growing belief in Jerusalem and Washington that demanding a crackdown on armed terrorist groups, including Hamas, would hurt the ability of Mahmoud Abbas, the American favorite in the Palestinian presidential election set for January 9, to establish his legitimacy as a successor to the late Yasser Arafat. Abbas, who succeeded Arafat as chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, is working to convince terrorist groups to accept a cease-fire and has indicated his intention to enforce an end to anti-Israeli violence after he takes office.

Such efforts have won praise in Washington and Jerusalem, and seem to explain the willingness of Israeli and American officials last week to downplay several harsh statements made by Abbas on the campaign trail. The hope and expectation, Israeli and American officials said, is that once elected, Abbas will move to end violence.
And all will be well in wonderland.

After U.S. Push, Israel Drops Demand For Quick Disbanding of Terror Groups
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