- IRIB: "Chavez met Assad, urged fight against capitalism"
- If You Think Conservatives Hate Soccer--What Do Islamists Think Of The World Cup?
- Go Figure: Allowing More Aid Into Gaza Devastates Gazan Economy
- How much will israel be an issue in november
- Musical monday #147
Posted: 28 Jun 2010 07:51 PM PDT
Chavez doesn't have his own gulag yet, but he's networking:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez met with Syrian President Bashar Assad on Saturday and called on Latin America and the Arab world to fight America's imperialist and capitalist interests abroad.Yeah, it's so hard to find pro-Palestinian politicians when you're an Arab dictator. Capitalism isn't the only evil that needs to be fought: EOZ noted the following at Fars News:
A senior Iranian commander took the US and the Zionist regime of Israel responsible for the spread of drug addiction in the world, stressing that they use drugs as a biological weapon against the freedom-seeking nations.Not to worry--help is on the way. At ISNA we learn that passengers of the next flotilla might be singing the Song of the Volga Boatmen:
An Iranian law-maker said the country is examining dispatch of parliament members to Gaza through Caspian Sea and Volga River.They're falling into our trap!
Crossposted on Judeopundit
Posted: 28 Jun 2010 11:22 AM PDT
Even assuming that David Zirin is right when he claims that The Far Right Hates Soccer, I think he overlooked an interesting angle when he ignored how radical Muslims feel about the game. After all, it's not as if conservative members of congress ever tried to pass resolutions condemning the game.
But this article from 2006 about Muslim attitudes towards soccer describes some of the fatwas issued against soccer:
As it turned out, not only moderate Muslims--but also other radicals--condemned the fatwas themselves. Of course, some of those same radical imams who allowed playing the game, did forbid watching it.
This of course has not prevented radical Muslims from indulging in a least a little jeering of the opposing team:
I suppose one must take one's victories where he can get them.
Needless to say, nothing can stop interested Muslims from watching the game--and apparently Muslim women cannot be prevented from playing the game either. In Zanzibar, there is a team of women players, The Women Fighters, who wear pants and a hijab. Naturally, the team has sparked outrage from Muslim men, though it is not clear if it is because of the way the women dress--or because the womens team has beaten the male team on more than one occasion. Still, the only other female Muslim soccer team is in Sudan.
Radical Muslims may see soccer as a tool in their struggle against Western culture, but it is also a tool for change that is being taken up by those who oppose the extremists.
Something I don't think conservatives need to be afraid of.
Hat tip: My Right Word
by Daled Amos
Posted: 28 Jun 2010 08:24 AM PDT
I suppose that may be one of the reasons that the Hamas terrorist 'government' refused to let Flotilla 'aid' into Gaza.
More to the point, the free flow of aid disrupts the very backbone of the Gazan economy--the tunnels. In The Myth of the Siege of Gaza, Jonathan D. Halevi writes:
Legal Insurrection sees news such as this as justification for Netanyahu's decision to ease restrictions. I suppose that only time will tell, especially as one of the main points against easing restrictions is that it would enhance the prestige of Hamas.
So far, that does not seem to be the case--especially if you are a Gazan. According to Ma'an News:
Dissatisfaction with Hamas within Gaza may be one of the reasons that elections at the beginning of the year have been postponed.
It is all very well for pro-Hamas apologists to crow that Hamas is the democratically elected government of the Gaza--the trick is whether they will ever be known as the democratically re-elected government of Gaza. Given Hamas's reluctance to put their popularity up to a vote, Hamas is going to the "democratically elected" government of Gaza for a long, long time.
by Daled Amos
Posted: 28 Jun 2010 04:14 AM PDT
Three months ago Daled Amos asked if Israel would be a major campaign issue in 2010 and presented polling data to show the difference between Democrats and Republicans.
Yesterday Meryl picked up on a story that Israeli Ambassador MIchael Oren has been warning that there's been a tectonic shift in relations between the United States and Israel.
Ynet reported on Friday that administration officials were meeting with members of Hamas, but as Gateway Pundit observes:
They want to keep the meetings secret for fear it would rouse the Jewish lobby in the United States.
Whether all of these recent reports are accurate is uncertain. What is clear is that they're perceived to be true. Solomonia tells us that in Massachusetts, campaigning as a pro-Israel politician may have advantages:
Remember when Barney put his foot in his mouth over the flotilla (later he desperately backed off)? Bielat took the opportunity to issue a strong statement in defense of Israel's actions...
Is the administration's coldness towards going to be exploited more and more as November approaches?
Crossposted on Yourish.
Posted: 28 Jun 2010 03:54 AM PDT
After a recent Musical Monday, Clayton and I discussed one of the songs. That discussionn led to an idea for a theme. I had a few ideas, but Clayton did a lot of research and came up with some very fascinating stuff (about the English language.)
1) I ain't a lookin' for a smart guy school guy
5)"Bring me southern kisses from your room"
19) "But the big, bad world doesn't owe you a thing"
20) The brightest light that shines
22) Rings of smoke through the trees
25) Show with everything but Yul Brynner
27) But you still mystify, and I want to know why.
29) But you still mystify, and I want to know why.
Here the heavenly answers to Musical Monday #145. I don't know that anyone explicitly guessed the theme of heaven/sky but Yitz and TRN certainly implied it.
1) The memories are grey but man they're really coming back
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