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Today I am an Israeli

By Anastasia , published on Jul 3, 2011

I said on my recent blog on Israel (Fighting the Battle of Ideas) that the country was losing the war of the narratives; that it was failing to present its case to the world as effectively as it should, as effectively as it once did. One of the respondents made the point that it did not matter what the country said or did; for all purposes it had already been judged and found guilty. I’ve been thinking about this quite hard. While I can sympathise on a human level with the plight of the Palestinians, on a political level I consider them to be the most deluded and ill-served people on earth;... (more)

Tags: israel, gaza, hamas

The Unacceptable Face of Communist Capitalism

By Anastasia , published on Jun 29, 2011

If one wants to understand communist China of the twenty-first century one could do no better than look at capitalist England of the nineteenth! Yes, it’s all there; economic prosperity, certainly, but one based on huge disparities in personal wealth, on an unequal distribution of power, which allows corruption to flourish, and an intolerance of any form of sedition or radical dissent, perhaps the greatest irony of all.

As the Chinese Communist Party celebrates the ninetieth anniversary this week of its foundation the party mood has been somewhat dampened by nervous apprehension in official... (more)

Tags: china, communism, communist china, communist capitalism

Some Corner of a Foreign Field

By Anastasia , published on Jun 28, 2011

This is the beginning, the first in a series of Tuesday letters, home thoughts from England! It’s super to have this slot, to be given this opportunity, to be able to communicate with you, as I intend, in a wholly informal manner.

Yes, I do have a ‘you’ in mind, an ideal reader, the person to whom I address my remarks. It seems clear to me, from a fairly brief acquaintance, that most people who read BrooWaha are from places firth of my Sceptred Isle, as are most of the contributors.

So, what I intend to do is to write about life in my country in a loose and discursive fashion,... (more)

Tags: england, london

Twitting Kingdom

By Anastasia , published on Jun 27, 2011

Change happens, even sometimes if only by imperceptible degrees. Further to my recent article on women drivers in Saudi Arabia (Drive of the Women) I can report that there have still been no official repercussions, with more and more women joining the nascent protest against the driving ban.

Although ruled by a considerably more reactionary and obscurantist clique than those governing either Tunisia or Egypt, where the disturbances in the Arab world began, Saudi Arabia has the advantage of a far smaller population. It’s also a rich country, rich in oil, one where the authorities have... (more)

Tags: saudi arabia

The Onset of an Islamist Winter

By Anastasia , published on Jun 26, 2011

I was opposed to the Libyan adventure from the outset, yet another act of shallow moral imperialism based on no coherent reasoning, based on no understanding of the likely outcomes. In March, just before the air attacks began I wrote article on my personal blog, a piece I called Keep out of Libya! Here is part of what I said;

“How much of this kind of self-righteous interventionism can the world take, I have to ask? How many more pyrrhic ‘successes’ must we celebrate; how many more Kosovos, Afghanistans and Iraqs? But there is more here, a more pertinent question: what business is it... (more)

Tags: arab spring, islamic fundamentalism

The Bin Laden Code

By Anastasia , published on Jun 23, 2011

I’ve been trying to keep up with the conspiracy theories spawned by the death in early May of Osama bin Laden. The trouble is the furry little creatures are multiplying faster than rabbits.

Barack Obama, himself no stranger to all sorts of strange ideas, could not have done better to spur the speculation, which even spilled over into the main news media: the hasty burial at sea, changing versions of the exact circumstances behind the killing, the refusal to release pictures, all added to the process.

And what a process it was, what a carnival. There are people who abhor vacuums... (more)

Tags: conspiracy theory, osama bin-laden

Come and See

By Anastasia , published on Jun 22, 2011

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

People in the West with a reasonable knowledge of German atrocities during the Second World War will most likely have heard of villages of Lidice in the Czech Republic and Oradour-sur-Glane in France, both wiped out in savage acts of... (more)

Tags: movies, world war ii

Achilles Lies Bleeding

By Anastasia , published on Jun 21, 2011

Just imagine if the countries of North and South America joined together in a more perfect union. I give you the American Union, the AU. This borderless combination, allowing for a free exchange of peoples and goods, is based on a unified currency, let’s call it the Americo.

Now if you further imagine that this currency has the same exchange value right across the AU, that it is no different in, say, Guatemala or Bolivia than it is in the USA or Canada. Now imagine a central bank with low interest rates; imagine no detailed auditing of national borrowing and finance; imagine governments... (more)

Tags: greece, european union, euro zone

Jaws without the Shark

By Anastasia , published on Jun 20, 2011

No doubt you are familiar with the story. It concerns a small seaside town, dependant on tourism for its livelihood. Something has been spotted in the waters, something best not to swim with if you value your life. The harbourmaster is worried; the mayor, more concerned about the effect on local businesses, is in total denial. But the story soon spreads, causing panic. A grizzled old salt, an expert in hunting monsters, has offered his services.

No, this is not Amity Island, this is not Jaws, this is no movie. It’s Saint Ives in Cornwall in the far south-west of England, where Ian Bullus,... (more)

Tags: england, sharks

Drive of the Women

By Anastasia , published on Jun 19, 2011

One hundred years ago Ethel Smyth wrote March of the Women, a song that became the anthem of the British suffragette movement. It’s a brave, bold song, with words that I find so moving, words that make me think of the struggle – and the suffering – of my predecessors in the onward march of justice for women;

Shout, shout, up with your song!Cry with the wind, for the dawn is break-ing;March, march, swing you a-long,Wide blows our ban-ner, and hope is wa-king.Song with its sto-ry, dreams with their glo-ryLo! they call, and... (more)

Tags: women's rights, saudi arabia

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