Wednesday, February 27, 2008

In the Words of Noam Chomsky

I have always enjoyed Noam Chomsky's droll, but heavily researched writings on the Arab-Israeli conflict. He speaks with an eloquence and authority that is virtually unmatched in the world of talking heads that dominate mainstream American commentary on this tortured war between two Semitic tribes. Unfortunately, his brilliance and commanding knowledge of chains of events that precede dramatic and violent acts rarely makes it to the dominant airwaves, and we are left with an abysmally superficial, one-sided narrative of the war between Jews and Arabs.

Mr. Chomsky, world-renowned linguist and first-rate critic of American foreign policy now writes about the recent assassination of a certain Imad Moughniyeh, a senior commander
of Hezbollah,in Damascus, Syria. American State Department officials hailed it as a triumph in our war on terror. But who was this man? And how is his death a blow to terrorism? And what does the word mean anyways? Is the word terrorism a useful term or one so laden with political, prejudicial bias that it is rendered meaningless to a more discerning public? Read the article by Professor Chomsky and decide for yourself. His writings are really required reading for folks interested in the Middle East Wars.

The World's Most Wanted - by Noam Chomsky

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Let's See . . . . What's New?

Tons of things, like tonight a Lunar Eclipse entertaining Earthlings in the Western Hemisphere. Always a nice show for terrestrial sentients, if anything to pry people away from the gadgets and gizmos for a second to look up into the heavens. Check out the Astronet, a Dutch-based website on all things astronomical, for a preview of this celestial event.

My favorite website for world affairs,, is having their regular fundraiser. I would encourage all armchair foreign ministers who care about war and are angered at those who advance it to support this important web-based portal to alternative viewpoints on the state of the world today.

Today's Astronomy Picture of the Day shows a certain Hans Schlegel, a German astronaut, doing a spacewalk and working on the Columbus Laboratory which is now a part of the International Space Station. Note the German flag on his sleeve.