August 31, 2009

No Peace Without Syria

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August 27, 2009

In the Land of the Brother Leader

Qaddafi in Shades.jpg

(Note: I wrote the following account of my trip to Libya years ago for the LA Weekly, but the staff recently revamped the Web site and took my story offline. It's one of my best, I think, and I want to republish it now because it's no longer available anywhere else. If you missed it when it came out, I hope you enjoy it today.

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August 26, 2009

Qaddafi Can Celebrate His Filthy Regime Without Us

The British government has been roundly criticized for freeing Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the Libyan national convicted of murdering 270 people when he blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. The Libyan government, meanwhile, has been roundly criticized by even the British for hailing him as a hero when he returned to his homeland. Britain has no leg to stand on, however

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August 25, 2009

Europe Isn’t Actually a Utopian Theme Park

I enjoy visiting Europe when I can and when I can afford it

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August 24, 2009

Back to Work

I spent most of the last week writing a couple of pieces that will be published elsewhere (I have to make a living, after all), but will be linked here when they're available online.

I'm also working on my book again, and I should be able to finish it by the end of the year. It's about 40 percent finished now. I could probably finish it within two months if I could drop everything and work on it exclusively, but I don't want to "go dark" for that long. I'll tell you more about the book later, when I have something more that I can announce other than the fact that I'm spending about 25 hours a week on it.

In the meantime, stand by and I'll have some fresh material for you here shortly.

Oh, and by the way

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August 20, 2009

The Hurt Locker

Kathryn Bigelow's film The Hurt Locker

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August 18, 2009

Yale University Press Censors Itself

Christopher Hitchens is disgusted at the fact that the Danish cartoon scare isn't over.

The capitulation of Yale University Press to threats that hadn't even been made yet is the latest and perhaps the worst episode in the steady surrender to religious extremism

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August 16, 2009

From Munich to Gaza

For a long time now I've thought Human Rights Watch produced more reliable reports than Amnesty International, though after reading this I may need to re-evaluate my opinion.

UPDATE: I posted the link above when I was short on time. For those of you who don't feel like clicking on it, the gist is that the author of a recent Human Rights Watch report about Israeli soldiers in Gaza supported the infamous massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics by terrorists in the Palestinian Liberation Organization. And that's just for starters.

David T at the leftist British blog Harry's Place is aghast at Human Rights Watch, an organization that perhaps should change its name.

Assuming that this is all correct, hiring a very extreme Communist, with simply horrendous views about Israel/Palestine to produce a report of this sort is akin hiring a man who was formerly active in the KKK to write about black people and crime. Fundraising for this sort of work in Saudi Arabia is like taking cash for this enterprise from the old Apartheid South Africa.


There is a value in impartial and properly researched criticism of the conduct of combatants in armed conflicts. However, by hiring a man whose ideological background is vicious, at least in the case of Israel, they have utterly disqualified themselves from performing this important task.

UPDATE: David Bernstein at The Volokh Conspiracy has published a limited defense of Joe Stork.

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August 14, 2009

Don’t Tell Me How This Ends


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