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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Juba in a jam, Tariq Hyder, Focussing on killer's religion, CIA & Prisoners, 21 Poets, Robert Fisk,

Juba in a jam - Salva Kiir's controversial remark regarding the possibility of secession just shows that the southern Sudanese will not opt for unity at any cost, surmises Gamal Nkrumah

Pakistan's terrorist surge - Cutting off the money supply to terrorists and diversifying economic and military aid are key to winning the battle for Pakistan, writes Tariq Osman Hyder . Without adequate multinational economic and military support, and also action by the Extra Regional Forces to control the border from the Afghan side, the battle for Pakistan will be long. It is also in India's interest to fully live up to its declared objective of wanting good relations with a stable Pakistan

Focusing on Fort Hood Killer's Beliefs Is an Easy Out to Avoid the Deeper Reasons for the Massacre By Mark Ames - That alleged killer Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is a Muslim is not enough to explain the attacks.

Claim: CIA Sent Prisoners Abroad to Be Boiled Alive and 'Raped with Broken Bottles' By Daniel Tencer - Former British ambassador alleges CIA relied on intelligence based on torture in prisons in Uzbekistan.

Voice Recognition: 21 Poets for the 21st Century Book review By Sarah Crown - A new collection showcases young poets whose work soars above the tired editorial clichés
In 1962, Penguin published an anthology edited by Al Alvarez, bombastically entitled The New Poetry. Alvarez introduced his selection with a now-famous essay in which he expressed his belief that the postwar English literary scene had become insular and moribund, its poetry calcifying into the "academic-administrative verse, polite, knowledgable, efficient" typified by the Movement poets of the 1950s. His anthology, conceived to counter this process, championed younger poets whom he believed capable of "open[ing] poetry up to new areas of experience"; almost half a century on, his lineup, which included Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Thom Gunn and (in the 1966 reprint) Sylvia Plath, has stood the test of time.

The Idea of Justice by Amartya Sen - Steven Poole - Humans are often misled by abstract nouns of their own making, and sometimes the bamboozlement can last centuries or more. Because one can say the word "justice", one might conclude that a singular thing or essence called "justice" actually exists. And so one could spend a life trying to figure out what this abstract animal called "justice" really is, and fail to pay much attention to problems of justice in the world.

UN vote overwhelmingly supports Goldstone report - UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - A 575-page blistering report by Justice Richard Goldstone detailing war crimes in Gaza last winter is refusing to die despite an aggressive Israeli smear campaign to kill it. The report, which was favorably voted by the 47-member Human Rights Council in Geneva last month, received overwhelming support Thursday in the 192-member General Assembly. The vote was 114 in favor and 18 against, with 44 abstentions.

Dr. Robert Epstein: Why Hasan Did It: Are Shrinks Really Crazy? - The tragedy at Ft. Hood reminded me of an extensive investigative piece I originally wrote for Psychology Today a few years ago. I'm reprinting it...

Robert Fisk's World: The German Lawrence of Arabia had much to live up to – and failed So come with me this Saturday morning – with the help of a brilliant Catalan scholar called Rocío Da Riva – with the German Lawrence, an archaeologist (like Lawrence), cultural historian, traveller and adventurer (again like Lawrence) regarded by some as a genius and a leading expert on Africa, by others as a charlatan guilty of abject behaviour (yet again, like Lawrence). But he ended up back in Germany, denounced to Chancellor Bethman-Hollweg as a "tactless" political agent and a liar, stirring up trouble among Germans, Arabs and Turks in equal measure because he did "not understand the Oriental way of thinking". Unlike Lawrence.


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