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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Baithak World May 28: US Academic Deported, Saleem Shazad -Taliban III, Creative Accident, justjournalism, Headlines, Brodner, RealNews

Norman Finkelstein, the controversial Jewish American academic and fierce critic of Israel, has been deported from the country and banned from the Jewish state for 10 years, it emerged yesterday. Finkelstein, the son of a Holocaust survivor who has accused Israel of using the genocidal Nazi campaign against Jews to justify its actions against the Palestinians, was detained by the Israeli security service, Shin Bet, when he landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport on Friday. Finkelstein is one of several scholars rejected by Israel in the increasingly bitter divide in academic circles, between those who support and those who criticise its treatment of Palestinians. Last year, Israel's most contentious "new historian", Ilan Pappe, left his job as senior lecturer in political science at the University of Haifa after he endorsed the international academic boycott of Israeli institutions, provoking the university president to call for his resignation. US Academic Deported and Banned for Criticizing Israel

I have witnessed how the Taliban rule the Pakistani Mohmand and Bajaur tribal agencies and the Kunar Valley without any formal government. The Taliban are undoubtedly the real regional force "which can only be heard but cannot be seen". The Taliban are more a feeling than a physical presence in these tribal areas, yet they are a force that can transform society. AT WAR WITH THE TALIBAN, Part 3 In the footsteps of Osama ...By Syed Saleem Shahzad
(Part 1: Ducking and diving under B-52s
Part 2: A fighter and a financier)

Richard Feynman, a Nobel Laureate physicist, had an interesting practical test that he applied when reaching a judgment about a new idea: Did it explain something unrelated to the original problem? In other words,

  • What can you explain that you didn't set out to explain?
  • What did you discover that you didn't set out to discover?

In 1938, 27 year old Roy Plunkett set out to invent a new refrigerant. Instead, he created a glob of white waxy material that conducted heat and did not stick to surfaces. Fascinated by this "unexpected" material, he abandoned his original line of research and experimented with this interesting material, which eventually became known by its household name, "Teflon." The Creative Accident: Are You Looking for the Unexpected?

Here is a new website justjournalism that analysis media reporting in Britain - and check this: Israel: From independence to intifada


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Ralph Nader: Stop the Oil Speculators
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Israel: Carter Offers Details on Nuclear Arsenal
THE BEAR'S LAIR : Invasion: Time to do something about oil
Debits & Credits: the FT Investigates
Opening Bell: Bearn Stearns Saga, In Three Acts
Charity: 6-year-olds forced into sex for food
Whatever Happened With the Jena 6?
Economic Crisis: Worse Than It Seems
A Brief History of the Kama Sutra
Meditation: The New Psychotherapy
Were Buddhists and Jains Persecuted in Ancient India?

This Memorial Day remembering Marine Lance Cpl. Jeff Lucey who was lost to his family, friends, and the rest of us fighting the war that stayed in him after Iraq. The anguish, pain, and suffering resulting from this war continues to afflict 300,000 veterans every day. One hundred twenty take their own lives every week. To a very great degree vets are left to their own devices to cope with this and related illnesses. These American patriots need to be put at the top of the list, shown the way out of PTSD to the mental health services they desperately need. Jeff’s pain was unrelenting, although hidden. He did relate his stories in letters. He claimed to have been ordered to shoot two Iraqi soldiers at point-blank range. He anguished over their age and the moral depravity of war. He took their dog tags and wore them himself. He took his own life June 22, 2004.

Here's the story in a local Massachusetts paper

Marine Lance Cpl. Jeff Lucey
Brodner's Cartoon du Jour: Marine Lance Cpl. Jeff Lucey

Paul Jay presents RealNews
Canada refuses to allow Iraq war deserter to stay
US denies soldiers the right to question the illegality of the war in Iraq view

Will Cheney get his war?
Gareth Porter: Military is against it, but more support in Congress for an attack on Iran (5 of 5) view

Myanmar opens doors to foreign aid workers
Joe Belliveau of Medecins Sans Frontieres sees no signs of reconstruction view

Baghdad, city of widows
Alive in Baghdad: Remembering the Iraqi husbands and children who have died due to war view


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