Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ International Relations Committee, wrote Bush last week, saying: “I cannot be blind when Israeli actions seem to go beyond the realm of legitimate security concerns and have negative consequences on communities and lands under their occupation.”I feel to scream.
According to columnist Robert Novak, who reported the letter Thursday, Hyde attached a five-page single-space report by the latter’s staff. It says the “Christian community is being crushed in the mill of the bitter Israeli-Palestinian conflict” and charges that Israel’s security barrier and settlements “are irreversibly damaging the dwindling Christian community.”
Iranian students have clashed with police and Islamic vigilantes during a protest against restrictions imposed by Mahmoud Ahmedinejad's government.
Iran this month said it had arrested philosopher Jahanbegloo – a liberal who favours strengthening ties with the West - on charges of espionage. Meanwhile students at Tehran's Amir Kabir university also launched protests against the alleged intervention of the Basij - an Islamic militia - in student elections.
MEChA (“Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan” or Chicano Students Movement of Aztlan) is neither a fraternity nor a “good-natured and altruistic college campus organization”. Rather, it is the Hispanic version of the Nazis, Ku Klux Klan or Islamic Jihad—take your pick or mix ‘n match.
MEChA’s news organ La Voz de Aztlan (“the voice of Aztlan”) regularly and consistently prints opinions and “news” stories that vilify Israel and Jews, in general. Amongst others, one of its staff writers-Ernesto Cienfuegos-has written numerous anti-Semitic articles including but, not limited to “Jews against Islam: The War of Cartoons”, “Jewish Maquiladora Owners Scam Tijuana Workers”, “The Kosher Nostra Scam on the American Consumer”, “Zionist Plot to take over Mexican Presidency” and “Jewish Rabbi gives three infants Herpes”.
In the sordid but contested details of the case, African American women have heard echoes of a history of some white men sexually abusing black women -- and a stereotype of black women as hypersexual beings and thus fair game.
The mainstream media have largely tiptoed around the brutal truth that has been discussed among black women in private conversations, in the blogosphere and on college campuses. It is that the Duke case is in some ways reminiscent of a black woman's vulnerability to a white man during the days of slavery, reconstruction and Jim Crow, when sex was used as a tool of racial domination.
The carrots are getting juicier and the sticks are getting bigger, but with Europe set to offer up a new proposal on Wednesday aimed at persuading Iran to abandon its uranium enrichment program, chances for a major breakthrough in the standoff with Iran seem as far off as ever. Even as pressure against Iran mounts, the country continues to insist on its right to nuclear research for civilian purposes.Oh, yes, God forbid the pride of brutal, genocidal, terrorist dictators should be wounded. What really gets me is that countries like Germany treat with Iran as though the Iranians were serious and honest interlocutors, and do not treat them like they have shown they deserve to be treated: savage, barbaric Nazis with a terrifying bloodlust and a frightening ambition to eradicate a nation and dominate their region by violence and chaos.
Indeed, Tehran's stubbornness may be leading Germany -- which, along with permanent United Nations Security Council members France and Britain, has been heavily involved in negotiations with Iran -- to rethink its strategy. According to Der Spiegel, Berlin is arguing for a more realistic approach to Iran: One that would provide international recognition for the current state of Iranian nuclear research -- including the country's ability to enrich uranium -- under the condition that the international community would have full access to observe the enrichment process.
One can't realistically expect Tehran to shut down its facilities, a German government spokesman said late last week. One has to make a "realistic offer that takes into account the country's pride."
In contrast to the several very dubious high-profile choices of the Pulitzer committee for this year’s awards, Nicholas Kristof’s prize in recognition of his coverage for The New York Times of the Sudanese government’s genocidal campaign against the people of Darfur seems uncontroversial and well deserved. But Kristof, and the Times’s editors, have consistently failed to cover a key element of the story.I don't think the NYT is the only newspaper being silent about this. And anyway, the editors are following the example of the rest of the world.
A recurrent theme in Kristof’s articles is the world’s failure to do enough to end the slaughter in Darfur, and he particularly targets President Bush for criticism. He has on occasion also mentioned the "international community" and has referred by name to several nations and world leaders other than the president who could do more. But a key factor in the impunity with which the Arab government of Sudan has been able to pursue its campaign of rape and mass murder in Darfur has been the virtually universal support it receives from the rest of the Arab world, and on this Kristof has been essentially silent. (He did break this silence in five sentences in the penultimate of some 40 op-eds addressing Darfur he published from March 2004 through April 2006; but that article is focused on China’s shameful role in Darfur.)