Archive pour la catégorie 'Politics'

Haaretz: 40 Palestinians killed in IDF strike on UN school

Mardi 6 janvier 2009

« There’s nowhere safe in Gaza. Everyone here is terrorized and traumatized, » said John Ging, the top UN official in Gaza, blaming the international community for allowing the violence to continue.
: 40 Palestinians killed in IDF strike on UN school:

Dr Mads Gilbert on Gaza

Mardi 6 janvier 2009

Dr Mads Gilbert in Gaza: This is an all out war against the civilian palestinian population in Gaza.

CBS News

BBC News

Seth Freedman on Gaza

Mardi 6 janvier 2009

Seth Freedman: (…) by absolving Hamas of any modicum of responsibility for their own war crimes simply because of the conditions in which they’re forced to exist, their sympathisers actually reduce Hamas’s leaders to the status of mere automatons devoid of free will. There is no justification for attacking civilians: not in international law, religious law, nor any basic code of ethics. When the Israeli army launch attacks on civilian targets, they are rightly hauled over the coals for doing so – yet when Hamas and their agents do likewise, suddenly the silence is deafening from those very same apparent champions of human rights.: Support for Hamas crosses a line:

Dominic Moran of ISN on Gaza

Lundi 5 janvier 2009

Dominic Moran: While the decision to precipitate a full confrontation lies with Israel, Hamas does bear significant responsibility for the current crisis through deciding on a resumption of hostilities and allowing a major surge in the firing of rockets and mortars into Israel in preceding days.
: Gaza: Disastrous leadership failures: International Relations and Security Network (ISN)

Laila El-Haddad Father

Dimanche 4 janvier 2009

Laila El-Haddad: My father spoke calmly, eloquently, in the pitch dark of besieged Gaza, with only the the fire of Israeli bombs illuminating his world: « they are destroying everything that is beautiful and living » :

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,

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,


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,

New Podcasts On Iraq From Some Of The Actors Implicated In The War/Occupation

Dimanche 5 août 2007

Here’s two very interesting podcasts where you can hear from people who where there and running either the war to occupy Iraq, or the country at the beginning of the occupation.

First an interview of Charles Ferguson (with some excerpts from the movie) which is the director and Producer of No End in Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq.

It seems that for almost two years, the President Bush was completely disengaged from Iraq and the whole show was run by a very small group composed of Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bremer and Wolfowitz. Some decisions where made without consulting the US military, and against their will (like the disbanding of the Iraq army). One of the theory that emerges is that the US lost the peace at the beginning of the occupation when the US army let the looting out of control.

No End in Sight, On Point, guest host Jane Clayson.

The second podcast involve peoples that were in charge of the invasion. General Richard Myers seems less dumb that what I though. But doesn’t really come clean. The others, General William Wallace and General Jack Keane are more interesting. What is fascinating is how the BBC journalist, Owen Bennett-Jones, can ask direct questions, without spinning and reverence to these generals. I wish it could be possible to have such an interview in the US.

The Generals Debate Iraq, Documentary Archive , BBC World Service (mp3)

A peace envoy whom we can do without

Mercredi 27 juin 2007

Blair’s negatives in the Middle East are well known, and are not counter-balanced by his many successes at home or in Europe. His main problem is not only that he has been hypocritical or partial to Israel and the United States rather than truly even-handed; it is also that his policies have contributed directly and abundantly to the Arab-Israeli conflict and associated tensions in the Middle East that he is now going to try and resolve. Appointing Tony Blair as special envoy for Arab-Israeli peace is like appointing the Emperor Nero to be the chief fireman of Rome.

Rami G. Khouri, A peace envoy whom we can do without, The Daily Star (Lebanon)