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Re-branding Ghaza

It's always refreshing when you read something as brilliant as this in the morning: Let’s just face it: the “decency of the world” is relative. Perceptions and attention are all that matters when you want to tell/sell your story. If Israel, a mighty country which has brutalized the Palestinians for so long still manages to [...]

Everyone should read Lisa Goldman’s post

And yes, BY EVERYBODY I mean YOU, even if you are Pro the War or supporting Hamas, read it! Consider it an alternative prespective worth considering, if you will!

How AIG got into the mortgage crisis

Oh boy. This is beautiful: The misadventures that AIG's silo architecture can create are sharply illustrated by the company's disasters in mortgage securities. These problems certainly were spawned in AIG Financial Products. But the fact is that FP had a moment of enlightenment in late 2005, when it began to believe that the housing boom [...]

Not good

On the same day that I read the horrific account of the one North Korean who managed to escape from the North Korean prison camp that he was born in, and in which he was tortured, had his fingers cut off, saw his mother and suster get executed in front of his eyes, I read this piece [...]

A dissenting view on the Bailout

Godot Basha offers the counter argument!

The Bailout is Bullshit!

Ok, seriously now, y'all have to stop this Bailout from ever happening. This is the most ridiculous shit I've ever seen in my life. Let's review this for a second: 1) You have a consumer-based economy that relies totally on consumer's wealth, which means that it relies on home-ownership wealth, because that's where the american [...]

Mahmoud Darwish dies, Hamas acts snooty

I have been at the beach for the majority of last week, so the news of Mahmoud Darwish's death didn't reach me until I arrived on monday. In case any of you are wondering who he is or what the big deal is, and it is a big deal, even for our fruity internet no-poetry-reading [...]

ADHD as an evolutionary asset

I knew it wasn't a disorder. I have no disorders, just evolutionary assets not suitable for a city-life environment. Fuck you, Psychiatry! Oh and suburban mom and dad pumping your kids with Ritalin to get them out of your hair, FUCK YOU TOO.

Beyond Fucked up

Read this!

Shadowgames

On the History of Palestinian collaborators with Zionists: In his groundbreaking book Army of Shadows, Hillel Cohen, a research fellow at Hebrew University's Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, exposes this particularly nefarious side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Cohen has spent years in numerous Israeli and British archives gathering information that many would pre­fer [...]

The Mortgage crisis explained

This is beautifully spot-on and funny as hell!

Falling in love with a female assassin

A heartbreaking dispatch from the Columbian armed conflict!

The Changing Tide

"It's like someone owns a house, and then his neighbours come with guns and try to take it over." A Taxi Driver yesterday on the Gaza situation "It's strange, everybody, besides the Islamists and the leftists, watching it had the same attitude, one of annoyance at the protesters and the Gaza situation. The general attitude [...]

For some Perspective

Shamelessly stolen from here: In other words, Palestinians are about in the mid-average range for third-world countries, and rank almost the same as Mexico (the USA's bordering country and trade ally) on the poverty index. Interesting. For some perspective Human Poverty Index (HPI-1) 2004 Palestinians have a better time than: Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, Yemen, Morocco, [...]

The Bhutto shooting

The Video is here! Kinda makes the government's official story look like shit, huh? 

On the rooftops of Cairo

Oh, the messed up and sad stories you will find!

Sandmonkey Tales: Abdel Monem and me

I never really met Abdel Monem. Never was interested to meet the "moderate" Muslim Brotherhood..ehh..Brother?? or is it member? anyway…. But that doesn't mean we are not connected, nor that this story shouldn't be told. Let's just say that this is a testimonial, a cautionary tale without any heroes, a reminder so to speak to [...]

Saudis on Facebook

Someone is finally tearing them a new one, and how appropriate is it for that person to be the sister of one of my good friends? I am soo proud! You gotta see this one (Warning: contains excessive use of foul language, so if you are in the office, please wear your headphones, and if [...]

The New Useful Idiots

Why actors and models like to hang out with Chavez..

The View from Pakistan

Ok, so let's get this straight: Musharraf declares a state of emergency, and shuts down the media and deposes a Judge he doesn't like. The Judge urges people to protest , the people go nuts and European nations froze aid and Bush can't make up his mind on what is more important: The War on [...]