Interview in Arab newspaper

On Friday, April 2nd, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

• فوز الصدريّين أوّل ثمار بذرة حزب اللّه • قيمة «غولدستون» قد تبدّدها السلطة • عملية السلام باتت عملية استعمار أجرى الحوار نزار عبود يواصل المفكر الأميركي اليهودي المناهض للسياسات الإسرائيلية، نورمن فنكلستين، مشاكساته وفضح الجرائم الصهيونية وتعرية دولة الاحتلال. جولة أفق أجرتها معه «الأخبار» من منزله في نيويورك استبعد المفكّر الأميركي نورمان فنكلستين أن توجّه إسرائيل ضربة إلى إيران «لأن واشنطن لن تمنحها الضوء الأخضر لفعل ذلك»، ولأنّ إدارة الرئيس باراك أوباما «لن تستطيع تحمل نتائج الحرب من الناحيتين

In memory of a Mensch

On Friday, April 2nd, 2010 in News.

By Nathaniel Popper Raul Hilberg was known for cultivating enemies. During faculty meetings at the University of Vermont, where he was a professor of political science from 1956 to 1991, the renowned historian of the Holocaust would unfailingly denounce the consensus position, whether it concerned faculty appointments or vacation policy. “He was an intensely stubborn and contrary person,” one of his old colleagues told me. In The Politics of Memory, an autobiography published in 1996, Hilberg dedicated a chapter to

The latest on Allan Nairn v. Indonesian murderers (II)

On Thursday, April 1st, 2010 in News.

Indonesian Army May Sue US Journalist Over Murder Allegations Text of report in English by Indonesian government-owned news agency Antara website [Unattributed article: ‘TNI seeking to sue American journalist’] The Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) intends to sue an American journalist for tarnishing its image by stating that the Army’s Special Forces Command (Kopassus) was involved in political murders in the run-up to the 2009 general elections in Aceh. “We have been coordinating with other relevant agencies such as the Ministry

The latest on Allan Nairn v. Indonesian murderers

On Thursday, April 1st, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

As I was making my way to their studio for our agreed live interview on Indonesian armed forces (TNI) assassinations, I received a call with the news that TV One, the Indonesian national news channel, had canceled my appearance due to pressure from Kopassus. Kopassus, the army’s special forces is one of the units which I reported has been involved in the assassination of political activists in Aceh. President Obama reportedly wants to boost US aid to Kopassus, and my

More on Allan Nairn v. Indonesia

On Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 in News.

by Damien Kingsbury American journalist Allan Nairn’s game of cat and mouse with the Indonesian military is a brave attempt to show that it continues to represent the greatest challenge to Indonesia’s process of reform and democratisation. It is also one that could well see him spending time – potentially up to six years – in an Indonesian prison. Nairn recently detailed how the Indonesian military’s special forces, Kopassus, continued to be involved in illegal activities, including murdering civilians. His

On the youtube lady who cried and the youtube commentators who vomited: A close friend reflects

On Saturday, March 27th, 2010 in Letters To Finkelstein, News.

Referring to your film “American Radical”, I recently saw a scene from it which has become especially famous for your excellent response and handling of the situation, namely the “Crying Girl” scene, on youTube. I then read several hundred of the comments and was utterly aghast for several reasons. Unfortunately, the great majority of the viewers have completely misunderstood the scene. The common consensus is that she is German-Jewish crying ‘crocodile tears’ for Holocaust victims. Nothing could be further from

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