Posts Tagged ‘Friedman’

The 5-State Solution?

January 29, 2009

Friedman has a pretty decent idea.  In today’s column he remembers an interview with Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (now King) from back in 2002 and goes on to speculate what King Abdullah’s suggested plan for Obama would be today. 

I like this part:

Saudi Arabia would pay all the costs of the Egyptian and Jordanian trustees, plus a $1 billion a year service fee to each country — as well as all the budgetary needs of the Palestinian Authority. The entire plan would be based on U.N. Resolutions 242 and 338 and blessed by the U.N. Security Council.

 

Into the Rabbit Hole…

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A Realist’s Middle East Strategy

January 27, 2009

In quite the tour-de-force, Stephen Walt gives his rundown on Middle East strategy from a realist point of view (after debunking the myths relayed by Friedman on the regular).  He gets the history right and refreshes the shit outta anyone reasonable with his nakedly realist approach.  I don’t have much time to sweeten up the post right now, but this is definitely worth your reading:

To begin with, Friedman would have you believe that settlement expansion is just the work of some isolated religious extremists, and the only problem is that no Israeli government has “mustered the will” to face them down. In fact, settlement expansion has been the conscious policy of every Israeli government since 1967 — Labor, Likud, and Kadima alike.

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Monday Morning Magic

January 26, 2009

The Villl-aaaaa-gesss, Florida’s Friendliest Hometown!  Apparently, the slogan to the retirement mega-complex is a factual statement of sorts:

The huge complex began growing rapidly in the mid-1990s, and reported cases of gonorrhea rocketed from 152 to 245, of syphilis rose from 17 to 33, and of chlamydia from 52 to 115 among those 55 and older in Florida from 1995 to 2005.

•Silly names of British cities (HatTip: Creedo)

•When did “Liberal” become the new L-word?

•Knowledge-drop: Confessions of a TED Addict  (HatTip: Sara)

•Friedman offers a bubblegummy wake-up call for the dwindling two-state solution

•The veil continues to slip as 60 Minutes does a heavyweight report on the Israeli Settler Movement, and its efforts to systematically make a two-state solution impossible.

•Are the rumors true?  Will ‘Syndicate be at FloydFest? (HatTip: Jebediah)

•Here’s a juicy little doozy from NYT magazine about a scientist exploring female arousal.  The results of the study using bonobos were interesting, suggesting women are far less in touch with their state of arousal than men:

And for the male participants, the subjective ratings on the keypad matched the readings of the plethysmograph. The men’s minds and genitals were in agreement…All was different with the women.

It’s cooler when you read it, I promise.  The article is a big boy, and I only read the first page of it, but you’re welcome to bite off what you want from it.

•Blago begins his media blitz.

•The American Conservative examines Israel’s defeat in Gaza.

•Gimme a fuckin’ break (HatTip: yourmother)

(shoutout to jHo: C.R.E.A.M.)