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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Robert Fisk, Clinton Denies Easing Pressure on Israel, Faith & Fiction, BBC, Afghansiatn

Amira Hass was spot on when she said last week that her lifetime women's award was an award for failure. The West Bank correspondent of the Israeli paper Haaretz eloquently explained herself on al-Jazeera's English channel. She received an award for failure, she said, because despite all the facts that she and her journalistic colleagues had explained about Israeli occupation in Palestine, the world still did not understand what occupation meant and still used words like "terror" and "war on terror". Amira was absolutely correct. Most of our Western press and television are as gutless as ever when tHey have to participate in what Noam Chomsky described as "the manufacture of consent". Robert Fisk’s World: The truth about the Middle East is buried beneath the headlines

MARRAKESH, Morocco — Struggling to stem a chorus of protests from the Arab world, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reiterated Monday that the Obama administration still wanted Israel to freeze construction of Jewish settlements, even if it regarded Israel’s compromise offer as “unprecedented.” Clinton Denies Easing Pressure on Israel

Today, the other, would be Estonia. And outside, not a sound, a silence worth savoring had descended on the town. It was as though in anticipation, as though everyone were on the same side; same thoughts; same direction. There had to be a win if they were to go on. At The End of a Match

400,000 People Landed on FBI's Terrorism 'Watch-List'? - By Steven D., Booman Tribune
Everywhere you look, a terrorist!

Albert Mobilio, Benjamin Anastas, Nadeem Aslam, Brian Evenson, and Jan Kjærstad discuss religious faith and its relationship to fiction at the event Faith & Fiction, part of the 2009 PEN World Voices Festival.

Do you know what today's kids need? Thumb amputation, that's what - By Sam Leith on Books
The American writer Maurice Sendak, already one of my heroes, has climbed even higher in my estimation. Asked what he would say to parents of young children who were concerned that the imminent film of his Where the Wild Things Are might be too scary, he said: "I would tell them to go to hell." For their children, he had the following message: "If they can't handle it, go home. Or wet your pants. Do whatever you like."

Aravind Adiga heads Impac Dublin prize longlist - By Alison Flood on Books
The White Tiger wins most nominations, from librarians around the world, for the €100,000 prize Aravind Adiga's Booker prize-winning novel The White Tiger has emerged as an early frontrunner for the Impac Dublin literary award, but the Indian writer will have to see off the likes of Nobel laureates José Saramago and Toni Morrison if he is to take the world's richest – and most eclectic – literary prize.

Proof of Indian involvement in Waziristan found: army - ‘Indian literature and weapons under the use of terrorists have been recovered from South Waziristan,’ said DG ISPR.

Breakfast briefing: BBC's new political site launches -By Bobbie Johnson on Technology
• Here's an interesting new development from the BBC, which islaunching a £1m political website, called Democracy Live, which allows you to search and dissect videos from parliament - inspired, apparently, by the likes of They Work for You

Too Big to Fail?Why All the President's Afghan Options Are Bad OnesBy Tom Engelhardt
In the worst of times, my father always used to say, "A good gambler cuts his losses." It's a formulation imprinted on my brain forever. That no-nonsense piece of advice still seems reasonable to me, but it doesn't apply to American war policy. Our leaders evidently never saw a war to which the word "more" didn't apply. Hence the Afghan War, where impending disaster is just an invitation to fuel the flames of an already roaring fire. Tomgram: Afghanistan as a Bailout State


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