thank you siniora, thank you condi, thank you bush

"And I would like to thank Prime Minister Siniora, and say thanks - really thanks - very much to George Bush and to Condoleezza Rice. I really want to thank them for these shells and these wounds we are suffering. And if Rice really wants to send more material to the Lebanese Army, she had better hurry up. There is a woman still in the camp who is very pregnant and the child in her womb will be born and will grow into a man - and then we'll see!"

- suheila mustafa, sister of 45-year-old samia, who was terribly wounded by lebanese army shellfire in nahr el-bared refugee camp to crush fatah al-islam once and for all

[source - independent uk]

[related news : us sends arms to lebanese troops]


business = busy-ness?

weeks away to closing another chapter of my life. these last few days is supposed to be busy. damn busy. but i dont feel pressured and am acting nothing short of a free bird last couple of days.

wonder what awaits ahead?

btw, is business = busy-ness?

[image: The Eye of Surrealist Time by Salvador Dali, 1971]

i kill, you kill, he kill; and we all die

news: "One Palestinian was killed and five people were wounded in an Israeli air attack on the town of Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday.
"The death took to at least 18 the number of Palestinians killed in eight deadly Israeli air strikes which Israel says are aimed at stopping Palestinian rocket attacks."

news: "Rival Palestinian factions have agreed a new truce after days of deadly clashes in the Gaza Strip." (the fifth in as many weeks) [2]

news: "At least 49 people have died in Hamas-Fatah fighting that erupted last week, some of them unarmed civilians." [1]

probably fatah is testing their newly acquired $50M weapon stocks; and hamas their ability to retaliate. with hundred of thousands of helpless gazans caught in between.


wind of change

argentinean president nestor kirchner, venezuela’s socialist president Hugo Chavez and four of their south american counterparts (bolivia, ecuador, brazil and paraguay) are joining forces to launch the "bank of the south" (banco del sur) within months. it is part of the push, led by Venezuela, for latin American integration to challenge US corporate domination. reports state a number of asian countries have shown their interest as well. chavez is promoting the bank as a source of cheap credit for countries in the region and a non-exploitative alternative to the first world-controlled IMF and WB. banco del sur already secured $7 billion in paid-in capital from the member countries.

read further:
green left


of fools and failures

fool is not he who fails,
but he who fails to learn from his failures.

sometimes you need to go back one step to take a leap forward.


the islamic threat to europe

recently europol, the european police office produced a report titled 'EU TERRORISM SITUATION AND TREND REPORT 2007'.

here is a snapshot from it:

quoting from kristoffer larsson's comment on this report in counterpunch.org:

"How about the Islamic terrorists then? Considering the perpetual warnings in our daily papers, the findings in the Europol report is, to say the least, surprising. The truth is that Islamists only carried out one out of the 498 terrorist attacks in the European Union in 2006.

"If we look at the people arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences, the figures are rather disproportionate; about half of them arrested were Muslim. In plain English: Muslims are a group causing very little terrorism in Europe, while at the same time much more likely to be arrested on suspicion of it. The constant media coverage of Muslims being arrested creates the false image of a serious threat in order to benefit the imperialist world-view Washington wants us to adopt."

[inspired by shapps vai]