I feel so far removed from the Middle East now, yet at the same time inextricably connected. When I heard the news of the latest viagra online attacks I was overcome with sadness. I feel angry, helpless and as always, unimaginably frustrated by the stupidity
of it all. I don’t have anything constructive to add to the debate right now, but felt the need to spread the word, so I compiled a few good reads&listens and added some ways to help at the bottom. I also received the following quote in an email from Jen Marlowe this morning that I’d like to share:
My colleague and dear friend Sami Al Jundi said best what I want most to say:
“My children will be safe only when your children know safetly, and your children will be safe only when my children know safety.”
But then, Sami corrected himself:
“Actually, there’s no such thing as my children and your children. There’s only our children.”
Here’s the roundup: Continue reading
Syria blocks iPhones, so it’s a good thing the judge ruled on Samsung’s side. Androids are better, anyway.
If the PA breaks up, it leaves a power vacuum in the West Bank.
According to Lt. Col. (ret.) Moshe Marzouk, the move would constitute “a grave punishment for Israel, forcing it to regain complete security control over the Palestinian territories as well as being responsible for the education, health and all other civil aspects of the local residents’ life.
For years, Palestinian and Israeli “negotiators” have been sitting down for “peace talks,” always with “impartial mediators” alongside. Then, earlier this year, for whatever reason—the Arab Spring, perhaps—the “Palestinians” (I use quotes appropriately because Fatah, let alone Abbas, do not speak for Palestinians as a whole) went to the UN to request recognition of their statehood based on some bizarre notion of feasibility. I am of the opinion they did so knowing it would fail but as a way to take charge in (or overstep) a diplomatic process that has been ****ing them all along. Whether or not they gained anything like, well, a state, they gained some negotiating power back from Goliath. Then, Hamas brokered a deal to release over a thousand of the thousands more Palestinians held in Israeli prisons in exchange for the release of the one and only Israeli (a soldier) imprisoned by Hamas. That’s Palestinians 2 – 0 Israelis. Or it might be 1-0-1.
Israel is constantly in a bizarre state of one-sided war which it wages on anyone it can find, pummeling them with its superior American-made bullets and drones and gas canisters and grenades. It drops white phosphorous over Gaza and shoots live bullets at unarmed demonstrators. It takes as prisoners anyone it so desires and holds them in endless confinement. The only thing is, in this war, you’re not allowed to fight back. We can imprison them, you see, but they can’t imprison us.
There is some impression from the media that the occupy wall street protestors are disorganized, are messy, are visionless, and are altogether insignificant.
But what kind of grassroots movement would it be if it wasn’t disorganized and messy, if it didn’t seem visionless at times, and how would they gain any credibility and any viable power without seeming insignificant?
I got off the subway at Park Place, thinking the walk down Broadway to “Liberty Square” (née Zuccotti Park) would be overflowing with protestors, finance men, police, and all the makings of some festive protesting. I had a fantasy in my head involving the entirety of the financial district being overcome by guerilla fighters and urban warfare.
I came to New York this week to visit friends, not unaware that my timing was particularly fortuitous to observe (or join) an #occupywallstreet protest just as the going was getting good.
Generally speaking, it is an action, and a movement, that I can get behind. I think the dependence on corporations, the reliance on corporations, and the power of corporations that we have created in this country out of what I think is fundamentally our own greed and expansionism is despicable. I think these big banks are, in a large part, responsible not just for the real crises we are facing, especially us jobless millenials, but also for the absurd wealth gap in our country, the amount of imaginary money we have been coerced into spending, and the amount of real money we owe.
In a surprise move, Israel does not defy all logic. Cause, effect. Just like we learned in second grade.
(Ha’aretz Google Reader feed, Sept. 27)
This morning, Mahmoud Abbas presented his application for statehood, and UN membership, to Banh Ki Moon. What happens after the vote?