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PEACE NOT WAR January 31, 2009

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The situation, despite what the dispassionate observer might think, is according to the Israeli president very complicated. He affirms that Israel wants peace above all and the faults always lie with the Palestinians.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG – CAROUSEL OF TIME January 31, 2009

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We are captives of time, but perhaps the dogs are not.

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ECONOMIC PRIVILEGE January 30, 2009

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The North Korean economy is possibly not too badly affected by the international financial crisis, triggered by economic management in the United States.
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REMEMBERING THE HOLOCAUST January 29, 2009

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27 January was Holocaust Memorial Day. We must learn the lessons of history in so far as they can be learned.
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REPUBLICAN ECONOMICS EXPLAINED January 28, 2009

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We are either at the end of history, or at the breaking light of profound cultural change. We are at the confluence of two major and related crises: the global environment and the global economy.
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HONORING ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA January 26, 2009

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We live on an ancient continent, in so far as time is guaged by geological measures, that has given birth to long established indigenous cultures.
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MASSACRE VICTIMS January 26, 2009

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In The Guardian, Rory McCathy reports on the aftermath of the massacre of Palestinians by Israel. 
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG – “MUTTS” AND OTHER MATTERS January 24, 2009

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Our household has long adopted the policy of adopting stray dogs as pets.
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OBAMA SETS COURSE January 23, 2009

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For the moment let me revisit the criteria that I suggested a successful president might have.
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PALESTINIANS ARE PEOPLE January 22, 2009

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They have names, as do Israelis. A simple new report recording of the known dead is not good enough. Allowing for cultural sensitivities some recognition of the dead should be made. Perhaps  the script would include who they were, their age, and how they were killed.
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OBAMA’S INAUGURATION January 21, 2009

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The scene was laid in the preceding days by the murder and massacre by the Israelis in Gaza for more than twenty days.
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REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING January 19, 2009

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We have just witnessed the horror and disgrace of overt violence in Gaza.
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GERALD KAUFMANN ON GAZA January 18, 2009

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As MP Gerald Kaufmann spoke on the Gaza Massacre there appears to be few members of the House of Commons in the chamber. Let us add to the numbers, via You Tube:

Source: Informed Comment.

Resonant concluding sentences:

It is time for our Government to make clear to the Israeli Government that their conduct and policies are unacceptable, and to impose a total arms ban on Israel. It is time for peace, but real peace, not the solution by conquest which is the Israelis’ real goal but which it is impossible for them to achieve. They are not simply war criminals; they are fools.

REPORTING THE GAZA MASSACRE January 18, 2009

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Reports by the corporate and state media from the crime that is the Gaza Massacre become too easily a sick joke. In their effort to be impartial they are too often are disgraceful.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG – ONE FINE DAY January 17, 2009

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At this time of the year, we might expect summer storms. Up until now we have been fotunate so we walk along enjoying mostly one fine day after another.

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IF THIS IS NOT TERRORISM, WHAT IS? January 16, 2009

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ABC News Online reports, via Reuters:

Israeli forces pushed deeper into Gaza city and unleashed their heaviest shelling of its crowded neighbourhoods in three weeks of war, stepping up pressure on Hamas as the Islamist group weighed a ceasefire.
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THE PURPOSE OF VIOLENCE? January 14, 2009

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You have to wonder why the Israelis have set their military forces on a murderous rampage in Gaza. They have excuses, which perhaps need to be carefully considered, but there is a question: Is there practical alternative to this course? And why is such an alternative not followed?
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RICHARD FALK ON GAZA January 14, 2009

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In the following interview,via The Heathlander, Richard Falk sets out the situation with respect to the suggested Israeli abuses of the Palestinians, the realpolitik, and likelihood of future change.


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SONG FOR GAZA January 13, 2009

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In the face of “moral insanity”, a song of hope:

via War in Context.
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THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE January 13, 2009

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So what are Israeli leaders seeking to prove by their ‘slaughter” of the Palestinians in Gaza. Is it the updated version of Cowboys and Indians, as Chris Floyd suggesting that violence and dispossession works.
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