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Righteous Among the Editors: When the Left Loved Israel Ronald and Allis Radosh On the 60th anniversary of Israel’s founding, the argument that the Jewish state should cease to exist as a Jewish state may still be found in the pages of the flagship publication of the American left, The Nation. Last year, in a special issue devoted to Israel, the magazine’s editors noted that, although for many years the publication had supported a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a shift of “realities on the ground” mandated a shift in their thinking. If the age-old goal of a two-state solution fails—and the magazine’s editors suspect it might very well—then “the calls for inclusion on fully equal terms in one state will grow.” Americans thus have to “rethink our assumptions.” The magazine had been engaged in just such a rethinking for years. Writing in The Nation in 2002, law scholar Richard Falk argued that the “state terrorism” engaged in by Israel is “greater

Valdai Club launching a diplomatic marathon

22:31 | 12/ 09/ 2008 MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Dmitry Kosyrev) - We are currently witnessing the opening moves in a large-scale political game, that will probably last for months, aimed at building a new system of relations between Russia, the U.S. and EU. This is the conclusion to be drawn from the recent meetings of the Valdai Discussion Club in Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Moscow. This year's meetings of the Club, an annual conference bringing together experts in international relations from Russia and around the world, in fact marked the starting point of the new game. This was purely by chance, as Georgia's attack on Tskhinvali took place exactly a month before the planned annual meeting of the club. But even if it were not for this coincidence, the big game would have still begun where it did - at a major expert meeting. What I mean by experts here is not people employed by various research centers. I mean people who advise their governments. Expert


B.RAMAN The so-called Indian Mujahideen (IM) has once again, through an E-mail sent to some media offices, claimed the responsibility for a series of five explosions in three crowded market places of New Delhi between 6-45 PM and 7 PM on September 13,2008. At least nine persons are reported to have been killed and many injured. The message is reported to have been sent five minutes before the explosions took place. It speaks of nine Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted in different places. Five of these have exploded. Three are reported to have been detected by the police before the explosion could take place. One remains unaccounted for. 2.One has to await details of evidence regarding the IEDs before one could comment on their similarity,if any, with the earlier blasts in three cities of Uttar Pradesh last November, in Jaipur in May and in Bangalore and Ahmedabad in July, but the means of communication used to claim responsibility for the blasts and to provide authenticity

F-35: Delivering on the Promise to Redefine National Strategic Capabilities

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Joint Strike Fighter executive said today that the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is living up to the originally conceived ideal of a tri-service combat aircraft that leverages stealth technology, introduces multi-service interoperability, achieves economies of scale to drive down costs and strengthens important international alliances. Tom Burbage, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and general manager of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program Integration, reviewed the F-35 operational requirement and provided his thoughts on the game-changing technologies that are ensuring the delivery of dramatic improvements in fighter capability envisioned when the program was conceived more than a decade ago. "The F-35 is designed to satisfy a very challenging operational requirement -- to go deep into enemy territory against the most lethal surface-to-air missile threats.

President Bush Sends US-India Nuclear Deal to Congress

USIBA Galvanizes Support by Hosting Briefing Featuring US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, September 10th, US President George Bush sent the text of a proposed US-India nuclear agreement to Congress for approval. Today, in response to the President's actions, the US-India Business Alliance (USIBA) and the US Congressional Task Force on US-India Trade held a briefing on Capitol Hill with Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher regarding the deal's current status. Ambassador Boucher congratulated Mr. Sanjay Puri, President of the US India Business Alliance (USIBA) for organizing this most timely event, which was the first briefing to be held by the Administration on Capitol Hill since India was given a waiver by the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG) on Saturday, September 6, 2008. Recognizing the importance of the briefing, Ambassador Boucher said, "T

MALDIVES: Election Eve: Electioneering In Full Swing:

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan Those who have been visiting Maldives regularly will be surprised by vast changes that have taken place in Maldives now and particularly in its capital Male. There is a free and festive atmosphere and the Presidential candidates and their parties are freely criticising the government’s policies and there has hardly been election related violence. The Ministry of legal reform, information and arts is giving a very comprehensive update every week called the Thursday brief which not only gives the updates on the legislation that is on the pipeline, but also on the activities of various political parties without any prejudice- a remarkable change from the earlier days! What is more, six of the Presidential contenders appeared together and attended a “question and answer” session co-ordinated by the Ministry of Information’s Think Nation Campaign and screened on state broadcaster Television Maldives. What is surprising is that President Gayoom attended t

China’s naval ambitions

Second chance at command of the oceans Le Monde diplomatique. Five hundred years ago the obvious contender for dominance of the world’s oceans was the Chinese imperial exploration fleet, which was technologically centuries ahead of all its rivals. But the emperor decided to turn the nation’s back on the sea. The Chinese will not make the same mistake twice By Olivier Zajec In 2006 China Central Television showed a documentary series, Daguo Jueqi (The rise of great powers) (1), which was immediately successful. It included interviews with historians and international leaders and was considered accurate enough to be bought by the History Channel and broadcast in the United States. The 12 50-minute episodes explained how the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, French, British, German, Japanese, Russian and American empires rose, prospered and fell. The man behind the idea, Beijing university professor Qian Chengdan, understands its popular appeal in his own country: “It’s because China, t

Israel deliberately forgets its history

Le Monde diplomatique. Zionist nationalist myth of enforced exile An Israeli historian suggests the diaspora was the consequence, not of the expulsion of the Hebrews from Palestine, but of proselytising across north Africa, southern Europe and the Middle East By Schlomo Sand Every Israeli knows that he or she is the direct and exclusive descendant of a Jewish people which has existed since it received the Torah (1) in Sinai. According to this myth, the Jews escaped from Egypt and settled in the Promised Land, where they built the glorious kingdom of David and Solomon, which subsequently split into the kingdoms of Judah and Israel. They experienced two exiles: after the destruction of the first temple, in the 6th century BC, and of the second temple, in 70 AD. Two thousand years of wandering brought the Jews to Yemen, Morocco, Spain, Germany, Poland and deep into Russia. But, the story goes, they always managed to preserve blood links between their scattered communities. Their uni

Bernard-Henri Lévy: Big brains and a hairy chest

Sep 11th 2008 From The Economist print edition IT IS, or was, fashionable to look down on Bernard-Henri Lévy, a French writer and intellectual. The left tends to despise him for questioning its idols. It doesn’t help that he is rich, talks intelligibly and has a beautiful wife. The right condescends to him for being vain, glib and writing too many books. So it was satisfying for Mr Lévy to get a begging call from Nicolas Sarkozy last year when he was running for the French presidency. The two men knew each other from Mr Sarkozy’s former constituency, Neuilly, on the edge of Paris, where Mr Lévy lives and votes. As France’s star intello de gauche, could Mr Lévy write “a nice article” endorsing him? No, he couldn’t, Mr Lévy told him. The left was his family. “Your family?” Mr Sarkozy retorted, “These people who’ve spent 30 years telling you to go fuck yourself?” Mr Lévy held firm. Despite everything, he still belonged on the left. On hanging up, he asked himself why. “Left in Dark

China Unmasked – What Next?

by Bhaskar Roy As India won the Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG) waiver to conduct civilian nuclear trade with other countries, there was another victory in the making on the stage in Vienna. It was the unmasking of China’s “denial and deception” strategy in conducting affairs of the state. Multilateral negotiations are usually long drawn. There are lobbies through which forces are aligned between supporters and opponents. Partners are won or lost. All this is fair. But what is blatantly unfair is when one party gives its word to another at the highest level and then lets it down at the last deal of hand. This is the surest way of kicking an agreement. This is the dirtiest move in international diplomacy that a major country could descend to. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, in India this week for the inauguration of the Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata and also as part of high level bilateral contacts, tried desperately to defend China’s position at the NSG meeting. Mr