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  • Come back President Carter!Alan Hart
    November 1, 2012

    The third and final debate between President Obama and challenger Romney was so lacking in real and relevant substance about foreign affairs that I had to struggle, several times, to resist the temptation to turn it off and go back to bed.

  • Speaking to the Palestinians in the language of death, but still there is hopeAlan Hart
    November 21, 2012

    When Israel rained death and destruction on the Gaza Strip four years ago, Chris Hedges wrote the following. "Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and Naval vessels to bomb densely crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks mosques and slums, to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armour, no command and control, no army and calls it a war. It is not a war. It is Murder. Images of dead Palestinian children lined up as if asleep on the floor of the main hospital in Gaza are a metaphor for the future. Israel will from now on speak to the Palestinians in the language of death."

  • A defeat for Israel...?Alan Hart
    December 2, 2012

    It's too soon to know whether the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas will be more than a sticking plaster to be ripped off by more violence whether provoked by Israel or not, but while we wait for events to give us the answer, there is a good case for saying that under Netanyahu’s leadership the Zionist (not Jewish) state has suffered a significant defeat.

  • The Palestinians' only optionAlan Hart
    December 2, 2012

    In the final countdown to the UN General Assembly vote on recognition of Palestine as a non-member state, the PLO has indicated that it's expecting "a pleasant surprise"; it being the number of European countries which will not do Zionism’s bidding on this occasion and will vote for the resolution. Victory for the Palestinians in this forum can be taken for granted, and it will help to further isolate the Israel of Netanyahu as a pariah state, but... It won't be, can't be, a substitute for a viable strategy to secure justice for the Palestinians.

  • Can American leaders lead?Alan Hart
    December 21, 2012

    The longer version of the headline question is this: Given the corruption of the American political system which puts what passes for democracy up for sale to the highest lobby bidders, will any U.S. President (not only a second-term Obama) ever be able to shape and implement policies which best serve the longer term interests of all Americans rather than the short- term interests of the most powerful lobbies?

  • Ethnic cleansing the nice wayAlan Hart
    January 10, 2013

    Moshe Feiglin, one of the most deluded and racist of those who make up the extreme right of Israeli politics and who is guaranteed his first seat in the Knesset after the upcoming election, has proposed what I imagine he regards as a nice way to complete Zionism's ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

  • The Nazi holocaust: My response to my criticsAlan Hart
    February 17, 2013

    In this shortish response to those in the comment space of my own web site and others including Veterans Today who criticised, ridiculed and condemned me for what I wrote in my last two posts (WANTED - A psychiatric diagnosis of Nazi holocaust denial, which was a follow-up to Understanding the real significance TODAY of the Nazi holocaust), I quote from a very long and in-depth interview with Samuel Crowell, the author of what some regard as the definitive books which make the case for Nazi holocaust revisionism.

  • WANTED - A psychiatric diagnosis of Nazi holocaust denialAlan Hart
    February 17, 2013

    While I was reading some of the responses on various web sites to my last post (Understanding the real significance TODAY of the Nazi holocaust), the following question occurred to me. Does it really matter HOW Jews were exterminated in Nazi concentration camps? Even if you chose to believe that gas chambers were not part and parcel of the Nazi extermination programme, there is irrefutable evidence that Jews were shot, hanged, burned, injected and starved to death and, also, that many died from diseases that were only terminal because of the conditions of their incarceration.

  • Obama v Netanyahu - the next round Alan Hart
    March 25, 2013

    The headline over a recent op-ed article in the New York Times by Rashid Khalidi was "Is Any Hope Left for Mideast Peace?" The answer to that question might or might not be clear beyond dispute when the curtain comes down on President Obama's performance in Israel-Palestine. (He'll be on stage there on Wednesday for two days, mainly, it seems, to tell Israeli Jews what they want to hear, not what they need to hear).

  • When the lady "not for turning", turnedAlan Hart
    April 12, 2013

    The news of the death of Britain's Iron Lady, Baroness Thatcher, promoted me to recall my favourite story about her. In 1980, in the first of her three terms as prime minister, she said in a speech to her Conservative Party's Conference: "You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning." Because I was personally engaged with her at the time, I know that she performed her first U turn in her first 48 hours of being prime minister.

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