The "Havel Grovel"

On Friday, September 17th, 2010 in News.

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Former Czech President Vaclav Havel joined an initiative to defend Israel in Europe and the West. The Friends of Israel announced the participation of Havel, a champion of human rights, on Tuesday during the group’s inaugural Washington tour. Havel was not on the tour. Other former leaders on the initiative, founded in June, include Jose Maria Aznar, the former Spanish prime minister; David Trimble, the former Protestant leader in Northern Ireland and Nobel Peace laureate; and Alejandro

Call-Girls United Present Blair with Xaviera Hollander Life Time Achievement Award. The press release said, "If ever there were a happy hooker, he is it." [For Hollander, go to:]

On Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

  Quarter Envoy Tony Blair‘s spokeswoman has denied any implication that Blair helped rescue a Palestinian cell phone company on the verge of bankruptcy because of its financial ties with one of his consulting clients, as was first reported by The Daily Mail in its Sunday issue. The report claimed that the former British prime minister mounted an intense political lobbying campaign to save the cellphone company, Wataniya, in which the banking giant JP Morgan indirectly holds a significant financial

At long last, some good news

On Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Survey released on the eve of Rosh Hashanah also finds one in nine Spaniards think that Israel should ‘disappear ‘. By Barak Ravid A new poll by the Spanish government released on the eve of Rosh Hashanah in Madrid shows that one in three Spaniards is anti-Semitic, maintaining negative opinions about Jews. Another 46 percent had favorable views of Jews. One in nine Spaniards, the survey found, supports the statement that “Israel should disappear because it was established on Arab

Comrade Irwin: May he rest in peace

On Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 in News.

Irwin Silber, a founder and the longtime editor of the folk-music magazine Sing Out!, who was one of the prime movers behind the folk-music revival of the 1950s and 1960s and, on a famous occasion, treated Bob Dylan to a public scolding for abandoning his political songs, died on Wednesday in Oakland, Calif. He was 84. The editor and anthologist Irwin Silber, right, with the folk singer Pete Seeger in a family photograph taken in 2009. The cause was complications

As always, a sensible statement from the Financial Times

On Friday, September 10th, 2010 in News.

Published: September 2 2010 18:29 | Last updated: September 2 2010 18:29 A new round of Israeli-Palestinian talks is under way after a carefully choreographed White House ceremony rich in political pieties and low on substance. No sooner was it over than the questions began. It is not just that, while both sides employ the same words – peace, two-states solution and so on – they mean different things. It is not just that both camps are split and their


On Friday, September 10th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By JAMIE STERN-WEINER For decades Gideon Levy has used the platform provided by the liberal Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz to shine a light on the brutal realities of Israel’s occupation. His journalism, along with that of his colleague Amira Hass, has been an invaluable resource not only for Israeli readers but, through the Ha’aretz website, for international audiences seeking an informed and humane Israeli perspective on the conflict. It would be difficult to overstate how isolated Levy is within his own

From a correspondent

On Friday, September 10th, 2010 in News.

This week, the French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner expressed his willingness to “do anything” to save an Iranian woman, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani from facing the death penalty for an allegedly committing adultery as well as murder. In recent weeks, Carla Bruni, Sarkozy’s wife, joined the clamour of voices around the globe calling for mercy for Ashtiani, telling her that “France will not abandon you.” Mr Kouchner called the sentence of death “the height of barbarism”. He claimed that he was

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