A Little Something to Fight the Poison

Wednesday, August 07, 2002
IF ONLY THE PALESTINIANS HAD SUCH A LEFT TOO: Despite the alleged "collapse" of the Israeli peace movement since the beginning of the second Intifada, one still sees opinions such as the following almost daily in Ha'aretz, Israel's third largest newspaper:

"Both sides of the political map - Ehud Barak no less than Netanyahu and Sharon - have stupefied the people with the claim that there is no other line other than the one that wanders aimlessly inside the rejectionist, violent square, corrupting itself and defaming any chance for dialogue. Thus we have ridden back on rivers of blood to the worst days of repression and self-disgrace in the territories." (op-ed by Gideon Sarnet)

Yes, Ha'aretz is distinctly dovish, but it's striking that a people that has been at war since its creation still possesses the ability to intelligently question its military and anti-terror operations. More than anything, it's the resilience of Israel's progressives that demonstrate the (relative) health of its democracy.
IF YOU KNOW YOUR CANADIAN POLITICS, then this headline alone should be enough to make you worried: "PM's shuffle gives power to Collenette."
NEW YORK TIMES HATERS, GO TO TOWN: You'll love this article on the irony of NYT columnist Nic Kristof's condemnation of Bush's buddies' use of eminent domain to seize land in Arlington for a new Rangers' stadium, as NYC is doing the exact same thing so the Times can build a new HQ.
Monday, August 05, 2002
HO HUM, IT'S ONLY WAR WITH 1 BILLION PEOPLE: Taiwanese President Chen's announcement that he's shooting for an independence referendum should have been big news, but I guess in the middle of the "War on Terorrism"/girl aduction summer, a possible prologue to World War III only merits page 21. As much as I'd love to see an independent Taiwan, this could get messy and scary. I would say more, but the U.S. reaction is so important to this issue, and I have a hard time figuring out what Bush's China policy is beyond "give us our plane back." But I guess that's not so different from his Middle East policy...
GREY LADY WATCH: I don't think that this NYT article on Ted Olson is at all a bad piece, since I think the angle is compelling whatever your politics, but its fuzzy portrait of the SG hardly belies the awful bias that's the supposed object of all of the "the-Times-has-been-taken-over-by-liberals" whingers.