Monday, March 27, 2006

1. If you haven't done so already, I suggest you watch online the short piece Ha Ha Ha America, which screened at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Instead of sponsoring screenings of Battle of Algiers to learn from the French's experience in torturing arabs, maybe the Pentagon should screen Ha Ha Ha America instead. It might give them a clue that the threat to their world domination is not to be found in the non-existent WMDs of Iran or Iraq and that they would do well to concentrate their efforts elsewhere.

2. Palestinian refugees in Iraq are the latest to suffer as a result of the U.S. invasion and occupation. The ethnic and sectarian tensions that have been created and nurtured as a result of the war have also impacted Palestinian refugees in Iraq, over a hundred families among whom have received death threats and were forced to flee to the borders. Stuck in the no-man's land between Jordan and Iraq, Jordan is refusing them entry, and aid organizations seem to be scrambling to ensure that at least their basic needs of food and shelter will be met.

3. I haven't had a chance yet to carefully read this report, but I wanted to link to it without delay. Iran: Consequences of a War is a briefing paper produced by the Oxford Research Group which argues that even a "targeted" attack on Iranian nuclear facilities would result in a protracted military confrontation. If you don't have time or don't want to read the entire piece, at least scroll to the bottom of the article and have a look at the map of major US bases in the region.

4. The only thing unique about the case of 14 year old Ahmad Mohammad Karan is not that an Israeli soldier shot him without provocation, but that an AP journalist had footage of the incident and deliberately erased it. Ahmad survived the shooting, just as he survived the shot to his leg when he was six years old, and it is nice to see him in high spirits in this six minute piece about the incident.