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The bonny Palestinian baby is lying on the ground crying, swaddled in white clothing next to a bloodied figure, presumably his dead mother. A couple of Israeli soldiers standing over the two have a brief discussion, after which the infant is shot in cold blood as the horror-stricken father looks on from his hiding place in the nearby bushes.And here's what independent, non-government Palestinian TV is showing:
The scene is disturbing, to say the least. It was aired on June 8 on official Palestinian Authority TV as part of what Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli non-governmental monitoring organization, says was billed as a "historical" series about events before and during Israel's War of Independence in 1948 - referred to by Palestinians as the Nakba, or catastrophe. Normal Programming
In a groundbreaking cooperative venture, Israeli and Arab TV stations on Saturday simultaneously broadcast the first part of a documentary exploring possible solutions to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The Shape of the Future: Israelis, Arabs See Groundbreaking Film.
Produced by Search for Common Ground, a Washington-based conflict resolution organization, each part of the series is supposed to be followed by an unprecedented debate between Palestinians, Israelis and the Arab world over the Internet, with comments posted on the Shape of the Future website.The debates were not held this Saturday because "militants", the same militants Abbas has invited to his government, intimidated and threatened the participants and the sponsors of this program, accusing them of promoting "normalization." Yes, God forbid peace and normalization should break out in the Middle East.
There was a time when the 35-hour workweek was the envy of the world, and especially of Americans, who used to travel to France just so they could watch the French relax. Some people even moved to France, bought farmhouses, adjusted their own internal clocks and wrote admiring, best-selling books about the leisurely and sensual French lifestyle.Letter from America: Now it's work and work, and grow with the grind
But no more. The future, we are told, belongs to the modern-day Stakhanovites, who, like the famous Stalinist-era coal miner, are eager to exceed their quotas: to the people in India, say, who according to Thomas L. Friedman are eager to work a 35-hour day, not a 35-hour week. Even the Japanese, once thought to be workaholics, are mere sluggards compared with people in Hong Kong, where 70 percent of the work force now puts in more than 50 hours a week. In Japan the percentage is just 63 percent, though the Japanese have started what may become the next big global trend by putting the elderly to work.
According to figures recently published in The Wall Street Journal, 71 percent of Japanese men between the ages of 60 and 64 still work, compared with 57 percent of American men the same age. In France, needless to say, the number is much lower. By the time they reach 60, only 17 percent of Frenchmen, fewer than one in five, are still punching the clock. The rest are presumably sitting in the café, fretting over the Turks, Bulgarians and Romanians, who, if they were admitted to the European Union, would come flooding over the French border and work day and night for next to nothing.