Archive for July, 2008
By Martin Asser/ BBC News
Israeli prime ministers tend to have a pretty short shelf life, but the issues they grapple with seem immutable.
Only Ariel Sharon has won successive elections in the modern era, albeit at the head of two different parties; fate has decreed that no-one else would last even four years as PM since the early 1990s .
Ehud Olmert succumbed after less than three, brought down by a mix of corruption allegations and his poor war leadership.
But while the Olmert years may have seen a new low in the public perception in Israel of its political leaders, since the 2006 Lebanon war his stewardship of foreign policy tells another story.
Just maybe, some people thought, Mr Olmert would enable Israel to settle accounts with its foes and head towards a more secure future.
GOP senators protest China’s surveillance of foreigners’ e-mail and telephone communications. And they do it with a straight face.
from Glenn Greenwald
Jul. 30, 2008 | Associated Press, yesterday:
Foreign-owned hotels in China face the prospect of “severe retaliation” if they refuse to install government software that can spy on Internet use by hotel guests coming to watch the summer Olympic games, a U.S. lawmaker said Tuesday.
Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., produced a translated version of a document from China’s Public Security Bureau that requires hotels to use the monitoring equipment. . . . . Read the rest of this entry ?
Thursday, July 31, 2008; A01 BAGHDAD, July 30 — The leader of the Sunni insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq and several of his top lieutenants have recently left Iraq for Afghanistan, according to group leaders and Iraqi intelligence officials, a possible further sign of what Iraqi and U.S. officials call growing disarray and weakness in the organization. Read the rest of this entry ?
Congressman Dennis Kucinich on Democracy Now responding to the statements that Nancy Pelosi made on The View about impeachment. It appears that he is treading lightly here- actually thanking Speaker Pelosi for allowing 6 hours of hearsing this past Friday. Hearings that were very clearly “not impeachment” hearings. -D