Wikileaks is again publishing a trove of documents, in this case classified U.S. State Department diplomatic cables. The whistle-blower website will gradually be releasing more than 250,000 of these documents in the coming months so that they can be analyzed and gain the attention they deserve. The cables are internal, written communications among U.S. embassies around the world and also to the U.S. State Department. Wikileaks described the leak as "the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain [giving] an unprecedented insight into U.S. government foreign activities."
After its humiliating rejection at the UN last week, the Harper government wasted no time in signalling it didn't plan to pay the slightest attention to the judgment of the world's nations.
Perhaps it is too much to expect some humility -- or even a moment of reflection -- in Ottawa after the international community declined for the first time ever to grant Canada's bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.
Like a kid who can't get along with the other kids in the sandbox, our prime minister promptly implied he never wanted to play with them anyway, that he wasn't interested in winning "based on popularity." Meanwhile, Conservative commentators suggested Canada's rejection by the world's nations amounted to a "moral victory."
Black's Bad Boy: My stab at what got Conrad Black through a prison stretch isn't his arrogance or sense of rectitude. It's his not-so-inner child, an eternal boyishness. You hear it in the piece he wrote last weekend for the National Post. It has a sense of adventure with an improbably happy ending; it could have come out of the Boy's Own Annual, which I can picture him reading, absorbing the Dickensian stylistics. (He's always been a Victorian figure, which helps explain his choice of British lordship over Canadian citizenship.)
The war in Gaza is really about Israel stopping a fledgling Palestinian unity government of Fatah and Hamas that might have paved way for a two-state solution in Israel Palestine.
But before delving into that, let's contemplate what might happen once the violence subsides and there is a return to the status quo of continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.
The Palestinian Authority (PA) in Israel's occupied West Bank and a bystander during the hostilities in Gaza, has "one last ace in the hole," says Michael Lynk, a labour law professor and writer on international legal issues with the Israel-Palestine dispute.
Like us, you are probably saddened and upset by the recent surge in violence between Israel and Hamas. The violence directed at civilians on both sides is wrong, and should be condemned. However, as many of you have probably noticed, Israel's pro-occupation media machine is hard at work promoting a lopsided view of the conflict in mainstream media. Therefore, we've compiled a few points to provide better context and more balanced info as you discuss the situation with your friends, family and any media contacts.
1. The casualty toll is the best indicator of the misery inflicted
Ten years ago today, Israel's separation wall was ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice.
Ten years ago today, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled illegal Israel's massive separation wall that runs alongside and inside the Palestinian territories.