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Burma, China, Tibet, Democracy

Watch this report Interesting: China is worried about the success of it's olympics and so it may have leaned on Burma to promise 'democracy'...Not worried enough to exercise restraint or promise 'democracy' at home, let alone in Tibet, it seems.

Everest Closed


Obama lobby-free?

Tikkun Olam

All of us are concerned about the impact of closed border crossings on Palestinian families. However, we have to understand why Israel is forced to do this… Israel has the right to respond while seeking to minimize any impact on civilians.

No change under President Obama, then?

Winter Soldier 2008

The war comes home
Democracy Now!


Joke of the day

Democracy now!

Israel Boycotts Al Jazeera

Meanwhile, the Israeli government has announced a boycott of the Arabic television network Al Jazeera. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Magali Whabe said Al Jazeera has displayed biased coverage of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Magali Whabe: “We have sent a letter to the Authorities in Qatar and also to Al Jazeera regarding this matter. We do not want to deal with a channel that is not realistic and does not give a real picture to its viewers. If there is no change in the way they deal with us there, will be a reaction for us and we can take action.”

Al Jazeera says it’s being shunned for accurate reporting. Palestine bureau chief Walid al-Umari said, “I dare any Israeli official to bring up what they call incitement or lies reported by Al Jazeera. What we reported were real facts on the ground.”

Calling on Israel to boycott CNN, Fox News, BBC, Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, Al Jazeera, AFP, Reuters...


The misuse of water and a few home-(and away-) myths

Somewhere between Tel-Aviv and Eilat, October 2007

Amira Hass

"It's not enough to talk about the amount of rainfall. You have to talk about how it is stored, too. In Israel, there is excellent water beneath our feet, thanks to three elements that contribute to the rapid filling of the mountain aquifer: rain that is concentrated in the winter season when there is little evaporation; karstic topography; and a thin layer of soil. Karst is soluble bedrock that enables the rain to percolate quickly to a subterranean level and not settle in small depressions, but in cracks and fissures and caves, beyond the range of tree and plant roots. In the summer, when you see bare, rocky slopes in the West Bank and the Galilee, it's easy to get the impression that the region is arid. But it's actually an indication of just the opposite, and is hiding the fact that, out of view, there is really a lot of water."

And for your pleasure, a couple of extra photos to complete this water-related post:

Satellite picture of Almeria Province, Spain, 1974

Satellite picture of Almeria Province, Spain, 2004