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Friday, February 24, 2012
NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF - In Sudan, Seeing Echoes of Darfur
ROD NORDLAND and ALAN COWELL (NYT) - Two Western Journalists Killed in Syria Shelling
ROGER COHEN - Anthony Shadid’s Story
ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER - Halting the killing in Syria
. . .The key condition for all such assistance, inside or outside Syria, is that it be used defensively — only to stop attacks by the Syrian military or to clear out government forces that dare to attack the no-kill zones. Although keeping intervention limited is always hard, international assistance could be curtailed if the Free Syrian Army took the offensive. The absolute priority within no-kill zones would be public safety and humanitarian aid; revenge attacks would not be tolerated. . .
MUSTAFA BARGHOUTHI - Peaceful Protest Can Free Palestine
Violet Socks - Reclusive Leftist
Susie Madrak - Timoney in Bahrain
Laura Rozen - UN should weigh in on legality of Iran strike, Brazil’s foreign minister tells Yahoo News
Arthur Silber - When "Antiwar" Means "Start the Bombing!"
Peter Beinart - The Crazy Rush to Attack Iran
Diane - A Little Slice of Good News
Honestly, I'm grateful to Beinart for writing against war with Iran. But Silber's critique of Beinart is worth reading. I do think, Beinart's piece has a hidden assumption that whether to go to war in Iran is based on long chains of deductive logic, and if any of those chains break down, then war becomes an acceptable choice. I suspect the opposite is true, human use of logic and reason is sufficiently faulty that you can rationalize anything you have a mind to, even unnecessary, insane war.
I have no animus against Catholic Bishops and employers, and don't wish to aggrieve them or force them to violate their conscience. But do they believe employers who support population control should be able to take away maternity benefits from their employees? If not, how can they defend their right to take away contraceptive benefits from their employees? What the Catholic Bishops are asking us to accept is unacceptable for liberals: they are asking us to accept a society where workers have to live in fear that if their employer wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, their health benefits could be taken away from them.
Dorothy L Sayers - THE LOVE OF THE CREATURE (1941)
The resistance to creation which the writer encounters in his creature is sufficiently evident, both to himself and to others-particularly to those others who have the misfortune to live with him during the period when his Energy is engaged on a job of work. The human maker is, indeed, almost excessively vocal about the perplexities and agonies of creation and the intractability of his material. Almost equally evident, however, though perhaps less readily explained or described, is the creature's violent urge to be created. To the outsider, the spectacle of a writer "taken ill with an idea" usually presents itself as a subject for unseemly mirth; the "Spring poet" is the perennial butt of the plain man, just as, on the stage, any reference to child-birth is a signal for hoots of merriment, especially from the male members of the audience. In both cases, the ridicule is largely defensive-the nervous protest of the negative and chaotic against the mysterious and terrible energy of the creative. But that a work of creation struggles and insistently demands to be brought into being is a fact that no genuine artist would think of denying.
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