Posts Tagged ‘two-state solution’

Middle East Reality Check –Roger Cohen, NYT

March 10, 2009

This is column by Roger Cohen is very good.  It gives a good summary of the emerging sentiments among the new administration, and among the citizenry as voiced by J-Street and other progressive groups, regarding the way forward with the middle east.  The Realist school of foreign policy is finally overpowering neoconservatism.  Rejoice.

Here is a quote worth highlighting.  The entire column has been pasted after the jump.

The 1988 Hamas Charter is vile, but I think it’s wrong to get hung up on the prior recognition of Israel issue. Perhaps Hamas is sincere in its calls for Israel’s disappearance — although it has offered a decades-long truce — but then it’s also possible that Israel in reality has no desire to see a Palestinian state.

One view of Israel’s continued expansion of settlements, Gaza blockade, West Bank walling-in and wanton recourse to high-tech force would be that it’s designed precisely to bludgeon, undermine and humiliate the Palestinian people until their dreams of statehood and dignity evaporate.

The argument over recognition is in the end a form of evasion designed to perpetuate the conflict.

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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.)