Archive pour décembre 2008

Rami G. Khouri on Gaza

Mardi 30 décembre 2008

It was exactly 40 years ago to the day — December 28, 1968 — that Israeli commandos raided Beirut airport and destroyed 13 Lebanese civilian aircraft, in retaliation for a Palestinian attack against an Israeli airliner in Athens. Israel aimed to inflict a revenge punishment so severe that it would shock the Arabs into preventing the Palestinians from fighting Israel.

Today, 40 years and countless attacks and wars later, Israel again uses massive retaliatory and punitive force to pummel the Palestinians of Gaza into submission. Hundreds of Palestinians have died in the first 24 hours of the Israeli attack, and several thousand might die by the time the operation ends. For what purpose, one wonders?

Rami G. Khouri: Punishing Gaza in Vain,

Alain Gresh sur Gaza

Mardi 30 décembre 2008

(…) rappelons cette vérité d’évidence trop souvent occultée : la Cisjordanie, Gaza et Jérusalem-Est sont maintenant occupés depuis plus de quarante ans. C’est cette occupation qui est la source de toutes les violences au Proche-Orient.

Alain Gresh: Gaza, « choc et effroi »,

Voir aussi du même auteur, pour une autre perspective sur le Hamas, son entretien avec Khaled Mechaal.

Alain Gresh: Khaled Mechaal : « Nous voulons un Etat dans les frontières de 1967 »,

Robert Fisk on Gaza

Mardi 30 décembre 2008

(…) let’s remember Hamas’s cynicism, the cynicism of all armed Islamist groups. Their need for Muslim martyrs is as crucial to them as Israel’s need to create them. The lesson Israel thinks it is teaching – come to heel or we will crush you – is not the lesson Hamas is learning. Hamas needs violence to emphasise the oppression of the Palestinians – and relies on Israel to provide it. A few rockets into Israel and Israel obliges.

Robert Fisk: Leaders lie, civilians die, and lessons of history are ignored,

Jeremy Zawodny on the New MySQL Landscape

Lundi 8 décembre 2008

The single most interesting and surprising thing to me is both the number and necessity of third-party patches for enhancing various aspects of MySQL and InnoDB. Companies like Percona, Google, Proven Scaling, Prime Base Technologies, and Open Query.

One the one hand, it’s excellent validation of the Open Source model. Thanks to reasonable licensing, companies other than Sun/MySQL are able to enhance and fix the software and give their changes back to the world.

Some organizations are providing just patches. Others, like Percona are providing their own binaries–effectively forks of MySQL/InnoDB. Taking things a step further, the OurDelta project aims to aggregate these third party patches and provide source and binaries for various platforms. In essences, you can get a « better » MySQL than the one Sun/MySQL gives you today. For free.

Jeremy Zawodny: The New MySQL Landscape


Lundi 8 décembre 2008

For all Stephen Harper’s handiwork, the performance of Stéphane Dion, who must resign now, was worse. The Liberals had the government on the run. They let the occasion pass them by – and won’t get another chance like it.

Through their ineptitude, they brought Gilles Duceppe, having said he wasn’t a coalition member, to the coalition-signing agreement.

For a critical national TV broadcast, they brought in an embarrassing video of their dazed leader. They kept star player Michael Ignatieff in the shadows. They let Stephen Harper set the terms of the debate.

In the Commons they were pitiful. When it was apparent that Mr. Harper would break his vote promise and cut and run to the Governor-General for mercy, they could have had him. Like the Conservatives who used most every question in the House to lambaste a separatist coalition, they should have used every question to label Mr. Harper a coward, a leader too scared to face the music, a leader who was indeed about to dip into Third World tactics – going beyond even his own dirty-tricks handbook – and shut down Parliament. They could have had him so embarrassed by week’s end that he would have looked shameful in running off, tail between his legs, to Rideau Hall.

Lawrence Martin: Our Robert Mugabe moment, and other unpleasant memories,

Los baristas de sur ECTO

Lundi 1 décembre 2008

Los baristas, le blog d’Yves et Sam de, précise qu’ECTO n’ouvrira qu’en janvier 2008. Los baristas amène aussi d’autres éléments sur ce que sera ECTO.