As for those of us whose Muslim communities are on the other side of this celebratory moment – those whose mosques are vandalized, whose religious scholars are regularly interrogated by state officials, whose youth are infiltrated by informants, whose charities are barred from operating – we don’t need a multi-million dollar museum. We need an end to Canadian support for war and occupation, an end to the policing of our communities, an end to surveillance and complicity in torture, an end to anti-Muslim legislation. And to Stephen Harper and the Aga Khan: we reject your glorification of a state that does not exist for our protection, and your pride in the close cooperation between your two institutions of power.

Why We Don’t Need an Islamic Art Museum | Mostly Water (via clingtomymouth) (via livingathomenow)

Thank you for posting this you two.  I strongly recommend that every Canadian Muslim reads this entire article.

Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time - NYTimes.com

Oh Barack, you must’ve watched the 2008 RNC convention as an actual rally instead of a brilliant satire. This backdrop makes Bush’s aircraft carrier look subtle by the way.

This is from the article:

It is not known how much potential fuel lies in the areas opened to  exploration, although according to Interior Department estimates there  could be as much as a three-year supply of recoverable oil and more than  two years’ worth of natural gas, at current rates of consumption. But  those estimates are based on seismic data that is, in some cases, more  than 30 years old. 
Wow - a whole 3 years! That’s so forward looking. So we have to wait until 2014 for the health care bill to take full effect, but we’re going to fuck with the southern eastern seaboard for oil that will last as long as the gap between Wes Anderson movies?
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Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time - NYTimes.com

Oh Barack, you must’ve watched the 2008 RNC convention as an actual rally instead of a brilliant satire. This backdrop makes Bush’s aircraft carrier look subtle by the way.

This is from the article:

It is not known how much potential fuel lies in the areas opened to exploration, although according to Interior Department estimates there could be as much as a three-year supply of recoverable oil and more than two years’ worth of natural gas, at current rates of consumption. But those estimates are based on seismic data that is, in some cases, more than 30 years old.

Wow - a whole 3 years! That’s so forward looking. So we have to wait until 2014 for the health care bill to take full effect, but we’re going to fuck with the southern eastern seaboard for oil that will last as long as the gap between Wes Anderson movies?

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John McCain is perhaps a perfect metaphor for the Republican Party at this point in its history: old, white, obsolete, tired, hot tempered, frustrated, and lacking new ideas, creative solutions, or 21st century thinking. It doesn’t have to be this way. A fresher thinking GOP, views like those of Kathleen Parker, Colin Powell, Christopher Buckley, David Frum, etc. could adapt to the times. However, instead of concern over losing moderate and independent voters when it purges “moderation,” the Republican Party is terrified of losing its base. Why concern over the base but not moderates? I have the answer, and David Frum captured it perfectly, “we’re discovering we work for Fox News.”

REFLECTING ON THE BUDGET: Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, fourth from left reflected in a puddle, prepared to deliver a budget to the House of Commons in London Wednesday. Mr. Darling said the budget would “secure the recovery,” trim borrowing and expand a tax break for home buyers. He also announced a $3.8 billion one-time growth package. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)
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REFLECTING ON THE BUDGET: Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, fourth from left reflected in a puddle, prepared to deliver a budget to the House of Commons in London Wednesday. Mr. Darling said the budget would “secure the recovery,” trim borrowing and expand a tax break for home buyers. He also announced a $3.8 billion one-time growth package. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

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thepublics:

Gaza’s tragically peculiar economy
When I was in Gaza in January I had an opportunity to both speak with tunnel operators and view the tunnels themselves. One can’t help but be struck by how ubiquitous the tunnel trade has become. Most of what one buys in Gaza seems to have come through a tunnel: shoes, clothing, chocolate bars, utensils, appliances. Even fiancés, livestock, automobiles, and a lion have been brought into Gaza this way. (The drugged but uncaged lion, it seems, woke up part way across. After puzzling how to recapture it, smugglers built two halves of a makeshift cage, which were then separately lowered into the tunnel from the Gaza and Egyptian ends, and very, very carefully pushed together.)
DH: Illuminating article on Gaza’s tunnel politics from McGill’s Dr. Rex Brynen.

thepublics:

Gaza’s tragically peculiar economy

When I was in Gaza in January I had an opportunity to both speak with tunnel operators and view the tunnels themselves. One can’t help but be struck by how ubiquitous the tunnel trade has become. Most of what one buys in Gaza seems to have come through a tunnel: shoes, clothing, chocolate bars, utensils, appliances. Even fiancés, livestock, automobiles, and a lion have been brought into Gaza this way. (The drugged but uncaged lion, it seems, woke up part way across. After puzzling how to recapture it, smugglers built two halves of a makeshift cage, which were then separately lowered into the tunnel from the Gaza and Egyptian ends, and very, very carefully pushed together.)

DH: Illuminating article on Gaza’s tunnel politics from McGill’s Dr. Rex Brynen.

Fired UN Official Peter Galbraith Accuses the United Nations of Helping Cover Up Electoral Fraud Committed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Last week, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon fired the top American diplomat at the United Nations in Afghanistan, Peter Galbraith. Galbraith had accused his boss at the UN mission in Afghanistan, Norwegian diplomat Kai Eide, of helping cover up electoral fraud and being biased in favor of Hamid Karzai. Galbraith has described the Afghan election as a “foreseeable train wreck” and says the election has “handed the Taliban its greatest strategic victory in eight years of fighting the United States and its Afghan partners.”