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Israel Softens Stance on Cease-Fire Conditions

The Israeli prime minister appeared to drop his country’s insistence that Hezbollah must be dismantled before Israel discontinues its attack. (You have to scan down the article to see the “softening.” Israel is still demanding release of its two captured soldiers, a cessation of rocket attacks on Israel, and the deployment of the Lebanese army along the border.)

  • This may be just a blip, but it’s encouraging to see Israel appearing to be open to compromise.
  • Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE


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    Juan Cole: Bush’s Open-Mike Comments Leave Me ‘Trembling’

    The University of Michigan professor and Middle East expert is horrified at Bush’s belief (caught on an open mike) that Hezbollah is entirely to blame for the violence wracking Lebanon, and that Syria could easily stop Hezbollah if it chose to do so. “It is an astonishingly simple-minded view of the situation…. I come away from it shaken and trembling.”

    Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE


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    Erik S. Lesser / The New York Times

    Scandal Battering Ralph Reed’s Hopes in Georgia

    The former head of the Christian Coalition, who is running for Lt. Gov. of Georgia, is now finding himself trailing at the polls, largely as a result of his connection to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

  • It’s gratifying to see that after playing in the muck for so long with Abramoff, Reed can’t separate himself from the stink of corruption.
  • Posted on Jul 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Desire Controls What We Perceive, Study Finds

    From Live Science: “Without realizing it, people will perceive things according to how they want to see them, a new study suggests.”

  • This may explain, for example, why people on different sides of an argument remember wildly different aspects of the confrontation.

    Posted on Jul 16, 2006 READ MORE


  • White House to Welcome Another Corrupt, Brutal Dictator?

    Despite Bush’s 2004 proclamation that America wouldn’t receive corrupt foreign officials, the president appears set to welcome Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev—an authoritarian leader allegedly on the receiving end of bribes by U.S. businessmen. Why the welcome from Bush? Might have something to do with all the oil Kazakhstan is sitting on….

    Posted on Jul 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Hezbollah’s Existential Calculus

    Although some in Lebanon hail members of the militant group as national heroes, others call them outright terrorists who are dragging the country into an unwinnable war. The future of Hezbollah—and perhaps its imitators and spawn across the Middle East—would seem to hang in the balance over this conflict.

    Posted on Jul 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Stop the Presses! WSJ Flip-Flops on Iraq!

    After spending years blasting the idea that the U.S. is “bogged down” in Iraq, the Wall Street Journal editorial page did just that—saying that the Israel-Lebanon situation stems from a worldwide perception that America is so “bogged down” in Iraq that it can’t flex any muscle in the Middle East.

    Posted on Jul 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Sen. Ted Stevens

    Defenders of Ted ‘Series of Tubes’ Stevens: He’s Really Tech-Savvy

    Sen. Ted Stevens’ near-incoherent speech before Congress last week about Internet fundamentals (“It’s a series of tubes”) quickly made him a national laughingstock. But his defenders say Stevens simply used imprecise language, and that he really knows his Net stuff. You decide:

  • Defenders speak out
  • Jon Stewart clip
  • Techno remix of Stevens’ speech

  • Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


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    From hammeroftruth.com

    Top Reporter: Stop Reporting Pols’ PR Events, Photo Ops

    Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus, one of the few traditional media reporters to have forcefully challenged Bush’s prewar claims on WMDs, has called for a moratorium on publishing government statements “that are designed solely as a public relations tool.”

    Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


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    Antiabortion Blogger Mistakes Onion Column for Real Deal

    The proprietor of a pro-life blog railed with righteous indignation against a column from The Onion titled “I’m Totally Psyched About This Abortion!” Apparently lines from the column like “I seriously cannot wait for all the hemorrhaging and the uterine contractions” didn’t tip the blogger off to the column’s satirical intent—and he has since become the laughingstock of the blogosphere.

  • (Salon article; reg. req’d)
  • (Onion column)

  • Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


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