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The cruelty in Gaza continues

Reader JJ reminds me that while we celebrate Obama’s victory and a new mood of hope and optimism in the US, the people of the Gaza strip have little to celebrate and even less reason for hope and optimism:

Occupied Palestine and mathematics

I belong to a number of professional societies and one of them is the American Mathematical Society. The September issue of one of their publications, the Notices, just arrived and I read with interest a statement by one of the world’s most distinguished mathematicians, Brown University’s David Mumford. While most members of the public have…

Why do they hate us?

The other day, as I was bemoaning the tanking of the dollar versus the Euro (yes, my European friends are not crying in their beer over it; I’m glad for them. Now they can visit), I mentioned that it wasn’t just the dollar that had taken a bath since GWB but also the US reputation…

How not to promote peace in the Middle East

This has been going on for years but it doesn’t make it more acceptable: More than 3,000 Jewish settlement housing units are being built in the occupied West Bank where the Jewish population is growing steadily, Israel’s anti-settlement watchdog Peace Now said Wednesday. In its annual report on settlements — considered illegal under international law…

Strangling the Palestinian medical system

Yet another urgent cry for help concerning the dire medical care catastrophe in the Israeli occupied territories of Palestine. Israel has cut off tax revenues they have collected, essentially confiscating Palestinian wages for work done. At the same time international donors have cut-off aid in an unconscionable act allegedly protesting an unwanted outcome to a…

Gaza is dying

There are many ways to kill innocent people. Suicide bombings against Israeli and Iraqi citizens we hear about. The starvation and strangulation of a whole population is one we don’t. From The Independent:

War crimes in Lebanon and Israel

There can be no doubt that the combatants in the battle between Hezbollah and Israel engulfing southern Lebanon have lost all moral credibility. Both sides are waging a war without any regard for innocent human life, except insofar as it is regard for the public relations problems it causes. The conflict across the border between…

Bombs, bullets and drinking water

A reminder it’s not just bombs and bullets in Lebanon: BEIRUT. July 29 (Interfax) – The World Health Organization (WHO) fears an eminent humanitarian disaster in Lebanon, and the quality of drinking water is among its greatest concerns in the current situation, a WHO official in Beirut told Interfax Saturday. “There is also the threat…

If you are a US citizen unfortunate enough to get caught in a war zone, don’t expect much from the US State Department. Or at least don’t expect anything if you can’t pay for it: A message to the American citizens in Lebanon: The Department of State continues to work with the Department of Defense…

Madness