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ei: The pragmatism of ethnic cleansing

ei: The pragmatism of ethnic cleansing
Barack Obama's election victory has inspired a windfall of comment, most of it euphoric, with some grumbling from the political right and the small quarters of the left that remain unimpressed, so I am hesitant to contribute to the chatter. There is one element of Obama's victory, however, that has received less attention than it deserves, and that is his profound commitment to an extreme form of Zionism. I do not wish to spend this essay condemning Obama for that commitment; I have done so elsewhere, and others have offered eloquent condemnation already, though such a perspective hasn't yet managed to penetrate the liberal left.

As a note of clarity, I do not use the phrase "extreme form of Zionism" for rhetorical effect; I deploy it soberly and literally. Obama's statements during his campaign unambiguously situate him in a right-wing Zionist outlook both politically and philosophically. During his speech at the hawkish …

Saudi offers $10m for shoes thrown by journo | Media and Advertising

Saudi offers $10m for shoes thrown by journo | Media and Advertising: "A Saudi man has offered $10m to buy the shoes that Iraqi journalist Muntadar Al Zaidi hurled at US President George W. Bush, according to a report carried by Al Arabiya net. Sixty-year-old Hassan Mohammad Makhafa, from Aseer, south west of Saudi Arabia, said he is ready to sell all his properties to buy Al Zaidi's shoes, which he described as a 'medal of freedom' to put them on offer at a public auction."

Bush’s humiliation in Iraq talk of the town

Bush’s humiliation in Iraq talk of the town:

The episode of hurling shoes on US President George W. Bush remained talk of the town, as people belonging to different walks of life expressed their extreme excitement over the incident and praised the ‘brave act’ of the Iraqi journalist.

‘The News’ interviewed a number of people who were all praise for Iraqi journalist Muntadar Al-Zaidi, who hurled shoes on the US president. They were sympathetic towards the Iraqi journalist and were of the view that Bush should be declared a terrorist as he killed many innocent people.

Muhammad Ikram, a professor, said: “The brave act of Iraqi journalist is really appreciable, as Bush deserved this.” He said it was the reaction of Iraqi people, as the US Army killed many innocent Muslims during Iraq war. “Although it was an act, but it truly reflects the hate of Muslims against the US president,” he said.

Naveed Ali, a government employee, said that Bush has started a war against terrorism, but he…

Ga. judge jails Muslim woman over head scarf - Yahoo! News

Ga. judge jails Muslim woman over head scarf - Yahoo! News
ATLANTA – A Georgia judge ordered a Muslim woman arrested Tuesday for contempt of court for refusing to take off her head scarf at a security checkpoint.

The judge ordered Lisa Valentine, 40, to serve 10 days in jail, said police in Douglasville, a city of about 20,000 people on Atlanta's west suburban outskirts.

Valentine violated a court policy that prohibits people from wearing any headgear in court, police said.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations urged federal authorities to investigate the incident as well as others in Georgia.

"I just felt stripped of my civil, my human rights," Valentine told The Associated Press on Wednesday from her home, after she said she was unexpectedly released once CAIR got involved. Jail officials declined to say why she was freed.

Municipal Court Judge Keith Rollins said that "it would not be appropriate" for him to comment on the case.

Last year, a jud…