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daily archive: 11/11/2004
zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Bandaid
First France, now Germany: German state bans hijab from schools
The southern German state of Bavaria has banned women state school teachers from wearing Islamic headscarves and other religious insignia in schools.

The ruling conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) said on Thursday that the ban, which has already been introduced in four of Germany's 16 federal states, was designed to protect pupils from the influence of "Islamic fundamentalism".


However, the bans stop short of banning school pupils from wearing Islamic headscarves.

Germany is home to more than three million Muslims.

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Dawn of a New Era
What does the future hold now for Israel? Will there be peace? Will the Palestinian society achieve some sort of normalcy? There's definitely optimism. I wish I could share it. With concessions and caution, Israel prepares for dawn of post-Arafat era
Sharon made two key decisions. Israel will do whatever it can from a distance to help Mahmoud Abbas, who seems to be emerging as the dominant figure in the new Palestinian leadership, to establish his position, but at the same time it will prepare for chaos if the broad coalition Abbas is forming falls apart.

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom highlighted the delicate nature of Israel’s position with regard to the new Palestinian leaders.

“Any name we mention,? he said, “will be stigmatized as a collaborator. But we expect whatever leadership that emerges to be more moderate and more responsible.?


Menachem Klein, a specialist in Palestinian studies at Bar Ilan University, maintains that a relatively weak Abbas leadership will prove to be only a transitional episode, and that Israel soon will have to deal with a new generation of local Palestinian leaders who have far more grass-roots support — people like Tanzim leader Marwan Barghouti, who currently is in an Israeli jail on terrorism charges.


In Klein’s view, the young lions would make peace with Israel only on terms similar to those acceptable to Arafat. Though Arafat never spelled out his conditions for peace, they are believed to include Arab control over eastern Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 borders and a “right of return? to Israel for millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants, conditions no Israeli leader would accept.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
A Time for Apologies
From Davids Medienkritik,
The German left-wing media report glowingly on the "America says sorry" site of disgruntled Kerry voters.

Given the not so stellar history of German politics we feel it is about time Germany issues an apology to the world.
Germany Says "Sorry"
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guest author: Sine in Discarded Lies:
Dear Professor
There's a food fight in the cafeteria, and it's the teachers fighting. Well, the missiles are actually emails, not burritos, and the fight is actually taking place on the district wide email exchange. It started when a theater arts professor sent everybody the following message:
I'm not big on messages being sent out to everyone on the exchange, but over the number of years I have worked at [this school] I've seen e-mails for almost every event. One that seems to be lacking is the important event that takes place tomorrow.

Veteran's Day, November 11, 2004
Please don't forget the soldiers of all ages.

An art professor then replied-to-all with:
Dear professor,

Are you referring to our government's hired hit-men? The Pentagon Mafia? George Bush's Army of Institutional Killers?

If so, you're one of the many unquestioning, conformist robots who make possible the continuing atrocities our government has been committing, under the guise of 'democracy', around the world for over a hundred years.

I strongly recommend that you read United States Marine Corps General Smedley D. Butler's book, 'War is a Racket'.
I am pleased to report that the rest of the emails today have been entirely suppportive of the Veteran's Day reminder. Some samples:
In the past I have seen hateful, cruel and even stupid e-mail. I have never responded to any of it, but I couldn't let the worst one I've ever seen go by without a word.

My heart goes out to parents, spouses and loved ones of all our veterans, living or passed. I can't imagine how they felt when they opened this e-mail. I'm sitting here in tears. I am not saying war is right or wrong, what I am saying is that this is not the time or place for this type of opinion.

Today is a day to extend LOVE not hate, THANKS not condemnation, PRAYERS not spite. [Art professor] I am so sorry for you that you thought sending this e-mail was a good idea today. [Theatre Arts professor], thank you for your original message it helped me remember what today was about.
Thank you for reminding us of all the brave human beings that have sacrificed and are doing so as we go on with our daily lives.
It is a sad day when honoring American Veterans becomes a "controversial" issue. Thank you for reminding us that this isn't just a 3 day weekend.
The burrito wrappers and lettuce leaves have settled out now, the cafeteria is closing for the weekend, and I am pretty pleased with my colleagues. Except for you, Art Professor, not that you could read a blog like this without your head exploding. Say! Here's a different link, enjoy!

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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
To Bow and Remember
French President Jacques Chirac visited the Percy military hospital to bid a final farewell to Arafat, whose body was to be flown to Cairo later in the day.

"I came to bow before president Yasser Arafat and pay him a final homage," he said after the 25-minute visit, pledging France would continue to work for Middle East peace.

Mr. Chirac, this is where you should be bowing: In Memory of the Victims of Palestinian Violence and Terrorism in Israel

And there's so many more missing from that list, Mr. Chirac. All the names of the Palestinian children, for example, and the innocents who became fodder for Arafat's ego. Arafat, the monster that you've been bowing to for all these years, while he was eating his own people.

(nbl little green footballs)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Arafat - A Memorial
Today the world mourns a hero. Let us mourn with the world.

(nbl zak)

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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Disengaged Gaza: The Next Failed-State Qaeda Sanctuary?
In a Jerusalem issues brief at IMRA,Yaakov Amidror and David Keyes wonder Will a Gaza "Hamas-stan" Become a Future Al-Qaeda Sanctuary? Great question. How much reason is there to worry about Hamas and Al Qaeda? They write a fantastic smashing primer and cover every angle you can think of.
In light of Israel's planned disengagement from Gaza, to take place in 2005, and the termination of Yasser Arafat's hold on power, the eventual take-over of the Gaza Strip by Hamas certainly cannot be ruled out. Would a Gaza "Hamas-stan" become another al-Qaeda sanctuary in the future? In the past, al-Qaeda sought to establish itself wherever there was a security vacuum - in remote mountain areas or in economically weak, failed states. Would a security vacuum in a post-withdrawal Gaza facilitate al-Qaeda's entry there?
The affinity of Hamas for groups that are part of the al-Qaeda network was dramatically demonstrated in 2004 when Hamas distributed computer CDs in the West Bank and Gaza that express the organization's identification with Chechen terrorists and with other "holy wars" in the Balkans, Kashmir, and Afghanistan.

Al-Qaeda and Hamas are often funded by the same people and organizations.According to the Council on Foreign Relations, "Hamas [leaders]...often use the very same methods and even the same institutions [as al-Qaeda] to raise and move their money."

Both al-Qaeda and Hamas legitimize the use of suicide bombing based on the same religious authorities: Sheikh Salman al Auda (Saudi), Sheikh Safar al-Hawali (Saudi), Sheikh Hamud bin Uqla al-Shuaibi (Saudi), Sheikh Sulaiman al-Ulwan (Saudi), and Sheikh Qardhawi (Egypt-Qatar). All five clerics appear on the Hamas website.
Well. That's comforting, like a needle injection in the spine.
Take the jump for more.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Happy Veterans' Day
For Vietnam veterans, America repaid them a small measure of her debt and gave them an early veterans' day this year. For all American veterans, the American fighting man and woman, living and dead, of every race and creed, thank you, thank you, thank you.
This day is called the feast of Crispian:
He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when the day is named,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day.'
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day."
Henry V (Act 4, Scene III)


nbl to our friend papijoe (who is a veteran).
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Outrage: Independent Compares Operation Al Fajr To Syria Hama Slaughter
Robert Fisk's employer have managed to sink even lower. Charles Glass writes, quite possibly with a straight face:
Muslim fundamentalist insurgents seeking to topple the government are holed up in a conservative city with little sympathy for secularism or pluralism. They raise the banner of Islam, and they call on the rest of the country to rise up and expel the oppressors. The government reacts by massing forces around the city. It demanded that the militants surrender or the city give them up. If not, the city would be destroyed. Fallujah this week? Yes, but it was also the Syrian city of Hama in the spring of 1982.
decent setup. Now we can talk about how the Americans won't slaughter ten thousand or more civilians in a bloodbath, but rather do their utmost to kill only enemies and spare civilians, even dodgy ones that are probably fighters in drag. Now we can talk about how in Hamaa', it was a pox on both their houses, but here we have a good guy to root for. Right? Right?
The fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood seized Hama as the first step towards its goal of a national uprising against the secular Baathist regime. The Syrian President demanded their surrender. His army shelled the city, and special forces went in to kill or capture the militants. The Syrians employed the same strategy that the US is using now. Its tanks and artillery waited outside the city; they fired on militants and civilians alike. Its elite units, like the American Marines surrounding Falljuah today, braced themselves for a bloody battle.
Wrong. Wrong.
The US condemned Syria for the assault that is believed to have cost 10,000 civilian lives. The Syrian army destroyed the historic centre of Hama, and it rounded up Muslim rebels for imprisonment or execution. Syria's actions against Hama came to form part of the American case that Syria was a terrorist state. Partly because of Hama, Syria is on a list of countries in the Middle East whose regimes the US wants to change.
Ah, yes. So of course the US must be placed on the regime change list. Heh. Too bad, we won, loser.
Iraq's American-appointed Prime Minister, Iyad Allawi, declared a state of emergency on Sunday to assume powers reminiscent of those wielded by Saddam Hussein: to break up public gatherings, enter private houses without warrants and detain people without trial.
He's right. In fact here's some other powers assumed by Allawi, "reminiscent of Saddam Hussein":
  • warrantless rape rooms
  • extrajudicial human shreddings
  • involuntary permanent committal to mass graves
  • droit de seigneur
Oh wait, no they weren't.
Perhaps in waging war against the Iraqis who want to expel the Americans and topple America's chosen Iraqi leaders, the insurgents have compelled the US and its Iraqi allied regime to behave like the two Baathist regimes that they believed were so totalitarian they had to go.
Perhaps if we slapped wheels on grandma we could call her a trolley. Perhaps this article is the most aggressively stupid thing I have read all week.
Other Iraqi cities must now fear the use of what The New York Times correspondent Tom Friedman called "Hama rules" against them.
Ah. The root of all half-assed, half-baked, warmed-over "junk food" middle east analysis is Thomas Friedman. How I loathe him.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Suha Cash Squabbles, "Face" Kept Arafat Officially "Living"
I'm convinced he's been dead since Luxembourg's Prime Minister said it to a reporter, not realizing what his friend Jacques had told him was in strictest confidence. I further believe Jacques Chirac came out of his visit with Arafat's corpse, found out the chocolate-maker had spilled the beans, and called him all pissed off, "you shitty little country, you missed a good opportunity to shut up", etc-such a charmer. And so Luxembourg's Prime Minister hastily reappeared on camera to deny it and toe the Parisian party line. He was dead last week. DEBKAfile has the goods:
Tuesday, November 9, Suha Arafat’s French lawyers and former Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), struck a deal. It fixed the Palestinian Authority’s financial obligations to Yasser Arafat’s widow and let him finally die unambiguously and in peace at the end of a morbid tug of war between his wife and Palestinian Authority leaders.

But this did not happen immediately. The confusion surrounding Arafat’s condition for eleven days – officially alive, unofficially dead – was to be sustained a little longer – mainly to save Mrs Arafat’s face.

The settlement allowed a funeral to be arranged on “Orphan Friday? of Ramadan, November 12 (as DEBKAfile reported earlier) – unless a new crisis pops up. Our sources have seen some of the principle terms of the Palestinian accord with Suha Arafat.

1. This clause has already taken place. Before the Palestinian delegation which visited the hospital left Paris, foreign minister Nabil Shaath again assured the media that Arafat is still alive and “his brain, heart and lungs are still functioning.? This was necessary to prove Suha Arafat had not lied when she appeared that morning live on Arabic TV Al Jazeera to accuse those same officials of conspiring to bury her husband alive. The deal provided for the announcement of Arafat’s death to be held back for late Tuesday night or Wednesday, November 10.

2. The widow will attend the funeral. Abu Mazen insisted on her following the Palestinian leader’s bier for the sake of appearances.

3. Last July, Arafat sent his wife $11 million to cover her living expenses and those of their daughter for six months - $1.8 million per month. The new accord guarantees her the same allowance from the Palestinian Authority as a regular annual remittance, i.e. $22 million per annum, for the rest of her life. Abu Mazen and prime minister Ahmed Qureia (Abu Ala) signed on the dotted line, although they have no notion how the penniless Palestinian Authority faced with a people in dire poverty can possibly stump up this kind of money.
Wow. She didn't even want to go to his funeral.
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