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Two masters of the expansive gesture

Posted in egypt, israel by Blimp deflator on March 27, 2011

Two masters of the expansive gesture
Ah, those were the days! This charming snap of George W Bush and chum Hosni Mubarak is from the March 2011 edition of Australia/Israel Review — a magazine I have been receiving through my employer. But as I am retiring on March 31, I will no longer be able to quote from it in my blog posts at tweetextensions.com.

Glancing at the article by Jeremy Jones on the back cover, the following passage caught my eye:

    As Gerard Henderson has noted, there is a diversity in the Greens, with some members socially progressive or genuinely concerned with environmental issues, while others are simply reactionary — opposed to progress, jealous of and angry at people who have been socially or economically successful, and in need of hatred and diversion elsewhere to complement their own contempt for others. / The Israel boycotters are in the latter category. . .

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Gaddafi adopts Star of David

Posted in israel, libya by Blimp deflator on March 27, 2011

Gaddafi adopts Star of David
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of March 24, 2011.

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The double standard

Posted in israel, libya by Blimp deflator on March 27, 2011

The double standard
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of March 22, 2011.

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Australia/Israel Review, February 2011

Posted in israel, palestine by Blimp deflator on March 6, 2011

Australia/Israel Review, February 2011
This is one of the more depressing covers of a thoroughly depressing magazine. That there will be another “war” (in reality, an Israeli rampage/massacre) — and another after that, in an endless succession — is taken as a given. Inside, the Editor’s Note begins:

Our cover story this month provides a unique look inside the Israeli military and its preparations to ethically fight (emphasis added) the next war with Hezbollah or Hamas. Peripatetic Middle East journalist Michael Totten visits the Lebanon border, Israel’s JAG corps in Tel Aviv and a unique artificial “city” in the Negev desert to provide some original insights into Israel’s efforts to maintain the traditional IDF ethos of “purity of arms.” (emphasis added).

Really, who are they kidding?

Netanyahu and the new order in the Middle East

Posted in egypt, israel by Blimp deflator on March 6, 2011

Netanyahu and the new order in the Middle East
Cartoon from The Dominion Post of March 1, 2011. The Arabs are “overthrowing the old order” not because they are “suddenly thinking for themselves”, but because they have finally overcome their crippling fear of the Western-backed dictators who ruled them.

The attraction of Islam: It’s ‘very blokey’

Posted in islam, new zealand by Blimp deflator on March 6, 2011

The attraction of Islam: It's 'very blokey'
Challenge Weekly, New Zealand’s Christian newspaper, is always good for a laugh. The article on the left is from the issue of February 28, 2011.

Goodbye dictatorship, hello democracy

Posted in egypt by Blimp deflator on March 6, 2011

Goodbye dictatorship, hello democracy
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of February 15, 2011. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.

Sphinx returns Mubarak the Rat to his owner

Posted in egypt by Blimp deflator on March 6, 2011

Sphinx returns Mubarak the Rat to his owner
A tasty morsel for Uncle Sam’s doorstep. Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of February 12, 2011.

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