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daily archive: 05/27/2005
zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Jerusalem's Gypsies
"To the Arabs, we are Nawari, which means 'dirty Gypsies," says Sleem. "To the Jews and the authorities, we are Arabs. We lose on all sides."
Amoun Sleem, director of Domari, the Society of Gypsies in Jerusalem, is an amazing woman. Read the whole article: A people apart

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Thieving Brits!
Question: Should you return stolen property in your possession if you know it's stolen?

My answer: Yes.
Your answer: You'll tell me in the comments.
Great Britain's answer: No.

Britain's Attorney-General had asked the High Court to establish whether the British Museum has a moral duty to return property obtained by stealing or looting.
The British Museum is barred by law from handing back four Old Master drawings even though it has agreed they were looted by the Nazis.

Vice Chancellor Sir Andrew Morritt ruled today in the High Court that the British Museum Act – which protects the collections for posterity – cannot be overridden by a “moral obligation" to return works known to have been plundered.
The case involved four paintings stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish collector in the 1930s; the museum wants to return them to their rightful owner but British law prevents it from disposing of anything in its collection. Well, speaking of looted property:
A British court case over art looted by the Nazis could pave the way for Britain to return Greece's Elgin Marbles, whose ownership the two countries have long disputed.
The ownership of the Parthenon Marbles should not be disputed at all: they were stolen from the Parthenon by the British ambassador who then sold them to the British museum. What's to dispute? He stole our marbles and we want them back!
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Don't buy that fake Prada!
In your quest to look fashionable but not spend the money on the real deal, you may be helping the terrorists. LA law enforcement officials are telling the Senate that they're finding more and more cases of Hezbollah operatives using counterfeiting operations to fund their terrorism.
Hezbollah has not commented on its U.S. fundraising activities, but says it generates money for legitimate charitable activities.
Even if that was true, which it's not, they're not entitled to fundraise by ripping off American brands and selling counterfeit goods. Actually, that's not the only criminal enterprise they're using to fund terrorism. Try this on for size:
Levitt told committee members that the best U.S. intelligence estimates showed Hezbollah received $20 million to $30 million a year from criminal fundraising activities in the United States. Its members are involved in stealing and reselling baby formula, food stamp fraud, grocery coupon scams, false welfare claims, credit card fraud and a wide array of counterfeiting operations, said Levitt, a frequent expert witness on Hezbollah for the Justice Department.

In one high-profile case, Mohamad and Chawki Hammoud were convicted in June 2002 of funding the activities of Hezbollah from the proceeds of a sophisticated interstate cigarette-smuggling ring based in Charlotte, N.C.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chairwoman, called on consumers to avoid buying counterfeit items — even if there was only indirect evidence that terrorists were benefiting from the illicit trade.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Next up: long fingernails
A&E doctors are calling for a ban on long pointed kitchen knives to reduce deaths from stabbing.

A team from West Middlesex University Hospital said violent crime is on the increase - and kitchen knives are used in as many as half of all stabbings.

They argued many assaults are committed impulsively, prompted by alcohol and drugs, and a kitchen knife often makes an all too available weapon.

The research is published in the British Medical Journal.

The researchers said there was no reason for long pointed knives to be publicly available at all.
BBC NEWS | Health | Doctors' kitchen knives ban call
Thimbleful of cognac: RIP Ford.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Are we taking bets yet? Madame z's psychic blog fiasco predicts that the French will not ratify the European constitution.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
On Kerry and Vietnam
This series of comments by vtrtl, FuriousJ (aka V the K) and zombie from back in the day on lgf stuck with me in the back of my head. I finally thought to look them up and blog them. Worth thinking about when you think about Kerry, etc. I lacked the historical context to have made these connections myself, so I'm glad these three did. lgf: The Oliphant-Rall Convergence
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Syrian Spring?
Last spring, Syrian dissident Ayman Abdel Nour's reformist-oriented website was censored by the Syrian authorities. He had 1700 readers. This spring, he has 15,200, including Ba'ath party leaders, government minister, and Syrian embassies. What's the difference? Another year of the Bush doctrine reshaping the middle east. This man's five-person news agency knows what's happening in Syria better than the government does. He doesn't want violent revolution against the Syrian regime, but rather reform and a thaw. Syrians see Iraq and they shudder-they don't want a civil war, they don't want terrorists operating in the open and killing them, they don't want an Islamic government, they don't want an American occupation. So they're trying to figure out how to get from point A (Ba'athist dictatorship) to point C (relative freedom) without passing by point B (chaos and strife). I wish them good luck. You should read the whole thing.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Palestinians play the stock market
NABLUS, West Bank - Not long ago, the Target brokerage firm was a lonely place. These days, it's standing room only as optimistic investors crowd into a smoky waiting room each morning to watch their shares climb to new heights.

The Palestinian stock market — minuscule by international standards — has been on a tear in recent months, boosted by some local companies' encouraging earnings, a four-month cease-fire with Israel and what appears to be a classic case of get-rich-quick fever.

The excitement is palpable in Nablus, a West Bank city better known as a stronghold of Palestinian militants fighting Israel. Women have sold their jewelry to get a piece of the action, and men have abandoned jobs to become full-time investors.

"Nobody loses," said Fathi Buziya, a former village mayor who now spends his days at Target Investment and Securities Co.'s office, clicking worry beads as he and two dozen others watched their investments perform on a large screen. "I have won a great deal of money from the market," he said.
OK, that's not encouraging at all.
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