Friday, June 25, 2010

The Gulf catastrophe

The ongoing oil spill is utterly heartbreaking, and sickening.

Like many, I still cannot understand how a company the size of BP didn’t have in place not only one, but two, or three, backup plans, in the event of a catastrophe.

The National Audubon Society ( is one of the groups involved in addressing the disaster.

Here is a link, concerning its Gulf-related efforts; there is a link, on that page, if you'd like to make a donation concerning the group's work related to the spill.

Here, as well, is a link concerning the work of another group involved in the Gulf, the National Wildlife Federation:

Friday, June 11, 2010

Dana Milbank, on Helen Thomas and Hezbollah

From Dana Milbank, in his Washington Post on-line column “Rough Sketch” (June 9, 2010):

The good news for Helen Thomas: She finally got somebody to defend her position on Israeli Jews.

The bad news: It's Hezbollah.

Thomas expressed "what people across the globe believe: that Israel is a racist state of murderers and thugs," said Hezbollah, a group of murderers and thugs.

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Gaza ship

That people behind (and supportive of) the Gaza flotilla were hoping for violence is clear.

This is from a May 28th press release, from the group “Gaza Freedom March,” days before the raid by Israeli soldiers:

“A violent response from Israel will breathe new life into the Palestine solidarity movement, drawing attention to the blockade.”

They wanted violence—just as Hamas, which began its firing of thousands of rockets at Israel after Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip in 2005, wanted Israel to attack, in response. Israel did respond, forcefully, in the winter of 2008-2009.


On April 29th, I posted a link to a column by Stu Bykofsky of the Philadelphia Daily News, in which he wrote, critically, of a speech by the Palestinian figure Hanan Ashrawi.

Here’s another good column by Bykofsky, about the raid by Israel on the Gaza-bound ship.