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Coming Out

Golan Cipel, the man at the centre of the sex scandal engulfing former New Jersey Governor James E. McGreevey declared to the press today, “I am a straight Israeli.” He continued, “Many people in the World today believe that there is something unnatural about my nationality; some even refuse to believe that citizens like me […]

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Beebwatch!

Adam proposes a vigil. He asks how long will it take for this Ha’aretz story about Arafat’s latest shenanigans to appear here, where the BBC covers “the Middle East”.

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So Simple It's Brilliant

“So you are saying we just ask the Americans to let us install our spies in Iraq?” “Why not? They've fallen for everything else.”

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Bang Per Buck—or Why I Willingly Sponsor Killers

My mate Tony Blair's emailing me again. After I complained about the Word documents he kept sending me, he kindly switched to HTML mail with minimal formatting and a graphic of his signature at the end. He attaches a slightly more elaborate PDF document telling me what's wrong with the Tories' plans for the National […]

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Long Live Brenda

God Save The Queen is an excellent, thoughtful, new 'Blog. In contrast to PooterGeek, I doubt its author will ever storm out of the bathroom mid-shower to denounce something he's just heard on BBC Radio 4. The latest two posts there are insightful about the successful exercise of state power through history. Claire [the llama […]

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Creative Destruction

In tomorrow's edition, Mark Steyn, The Spectator's token remaining clueful columnist, picks at the rotting corpse of the Saudi Arabian body politic [registration required, no artificial sweeteners, please give your full attention to the safety demonstration]. While I'm telling you what's in tomorrow's papers, Percussionist is going to win the Vodafone Derby tomorrow.

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Just A Suggestion

Some surprising sources have hinted at incompetence on the part of the Saudi security forces in allowing the escape of three out of four racist mass-murderers. This an egregious libel, of a sort not heard since the promotion of conspiracy theories alleging that Saudi Arabia was in some way involved in terrorist attacks on the […]

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The Generation Game

Judith tips us off to the delights of Hezbollah TV, as reported in the New York Times [free registration blah-de-blah].

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Out Come The Freaks

I paraphrase the title of the latest email I’ve received from our Israel correspondent. With holy days circled on the calendar and Spring in the air, the thoughts of many a young religious fanatic turn to killing Jews, a practice which conveniently marks out the majority of the fundamentally evil systems of “thought” and political […]

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Neighbours (again)

The latest on Johann Hari’s Website is a sad tale of a Palestinian schoolteacher who has Israeli soldiers occupying the upstairs part of his home. “I will never lose my optimism,” Khalil said the last time I saw him. “There are people on both sides who want peace. The real battle is not between Israel […]

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It Was The Money Not The War

Someone who ought to know makes a plausible case in the Financial Times today that Libya’s turning over of WMD had little to do with the war in Iraq.

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Wallflowers

After something of a break for this recurring feature, it’s time for another “crazy Israeli” item.

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Yet More Israeli Craziness

I’m a bit late to this story, I know, but I’m on an “Israeli surreality” roll now, so don’t stop me. He used to be a terrorist, now he’s a “Palestinian Zionist”, but “Walid Shoebat” is the sort of name that only the CIA could devise. It’s a fundamentalist Christian plot, I tell ya.

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“…And Promote World Peace”

As part of my “bonkers news from Israel” season I give you the naked settler midriffs of Miss Samaria 2004. Rabbi Daniel Shiloh, spokesman for the Committee of Rabbis in Judea and Samaria, the religious designation for the West Bank, said in an interview before the pageant. “It starts with beauty contests and ends with […]

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Neighbours from Hell

In the Looking Glass world of Israeli politics, war criminal and chronic embarrassment to right-thinking Israelis Ariel Sharon gets it in the neck for doing the right thing. If he ever manages to implement his plan to move these other embarrassments to right-thinking Israelis someone will, of course, shoot him dead—and graduate from assassin school […]

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In Other News

The latest message from the Osama Bin Laden Soundalike Society was top of the BBC’s headlines in all the evening news bulletins. Meanwhile, Claire alerted me to yet another horrifying development in Afghanistan. As I always say, it’s in the interests of both sides of the War on Terror to live in the parallel dimension […]

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Saudi Ambassador A Clone

TinFoilHat emailed to warn me that Zionist scientists, funded by the World Bank and using technology copied from crashed flying saucers, have replaced the Saudi Ambassador to the United States with a clone. He even speaks Yiddish Saudi ambassador accuses Iraq war opposers of ‘chutzpah’ [Associated Press] Countries that opposed the US decision to invade […]

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By the Power of Judith!

He said something like: ” I’m the American Secretary of State. I have an obligation to take Judith Levy‘s suggestions seriously.”

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Speechification

It goes a bit like this: Americans are fat people with hunting rifles in enormous cars. They are led by a rich idiot cowboy who would rather drive his gas-guzzling cavalcade over the supine bodies of his country’s underclass than sign binding agreements with other peace-loving nations. They make vulgar films, which they force upon […]

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The Road Less Taken

What with the Roadmap being such a roaring success and all it seems a bit cheeky of me to pass on Judith‘s recommendation that we should all have a good look at the Geneva Accord, because, well, to my eyes it’s not completely crazy at least.

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BBC Brutality

This article is completely atypical in its brutal (by BBC standards) realism about the situation in Saudi Arabia. Has someone spiked their tea?

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Ad Homonym

I hope you’ve got RealPlayer for this, though the transcript adds an extra dimension of unintentional amusement. Alan Dershowitz and Norman Finkelstein go head-to-head in one of the most hilarious academic clashes ever committed to tape. Thanks to Wiqqi.

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Slowly Dawning

People who kill deliberately innocent people to frighten other innocent people are terrorists. And even the French are beginning to understand.

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Mmmm: Lemony Hamas!

Check this surreal phenomenon out before the Powers That Be fix it! If you search the BBC’s News site for “Arafat“, the first link you pull up takes you to a potted biography of Lemony Sicket, mysterious children’s author. It’s another Giant Lizard conspiracy, I tell you. The rest of this entry is second-hand ‘Blogging […]

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In No Man’s Land

Today I have read two depressing Economist editorials about the “Road Map“. The first was in my subscription copy, written after the suicide bombing in Jerusalem, but before the assassination of Ismail Abu Shanab. It stated drily that things were worse than they looked. The second is online now. I don’t think a subscription is […]

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Said. Again.

Nick recommended this piece by Edward Said to me. I must admit that he did so with serious qualification: “It is tainted by intellectual snobbery, but my more fundamental objection is its failure to address or even mention ethics and the need to recognise absolute wrongs in the face of cultural relativism.” . Nick was […]

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