UJ’s Curious Israel Boycott

Posted on | maart 29, 2011 | No Comments

I’m afraid I do not get the rationale behind the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) recent decision to sever ties with Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Of all of the boycotts to conduct, deciding to target the very institutions where some of the most vibrant dissent against Israeli policy is likely to occur seems counterproductive. Universities are supposed to be places where the open exchange of ideas is cherished above all other things. One can easily understand opposing the Netenyahu government. But I think that the UJ folks are making a common mistake with regard to Israel — they see the entire country as being the Netenyahu government.
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Growing opium, killing children in Afghanistan

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From September 2001 when George Bush declared war on Afghanistan in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks in the US until the current Obama administration that has escalated the war in that Asian nation, the victims of war have not been al-Qaeda and Taliban male fighters, but innocent civilians, especially children. A simple web search under the title ‘killing children in Afghanistan’ yields over 17 million results, 5 million fewer than the title ‘killing children under Nazi Germany’.
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Covering the eternal conflict: Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin on the frontline

Posted on | maart 28, 2011 | No Comments

Close-up US-Mexican border fence

When most of the denizens of U.S. newsrooms all but ignored the drug war that exploded on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border, I watched Fox News Channel’s national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin on the Mexican side of the border describing the latest confrontation between government troops and the vicious, deadly drug cartels. I turned to a colleague and said, “As far as I’m concerned, the border conflict is now officially a war zone because they’ve got Jennifer Griffin reporting from the Southwest border.” 
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Bangladesh urge bipartisan initiative to end military coup d’états

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Bangladesh has a history of military takeovers and authoritarian rules, aspires to seal unconstitutional grab of power in future by ambitious military officers.
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Yemeni president Saleh will offer ‘no more concessions’ and decides to stay till 2013 after all

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President Ali Abdallah Saleh of Yemen has made several promises over the past weeks. First he said he would step down at the end of 2013, then it was 2012, after that 2011, and the past days the news was that he was even discussing to hand over power immediately, as soon as he knew that there was someone trustworthy to hand it over to.
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