Monthly Archives: January 2005

tsunami on Dover Beach

The Archbishop of Canterbury – a thoughtful character – says that the awful suffering, and the 200,000+ dead, caused by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean must cause many Christians to question their faith in God. It’s hard to disagree … Continue reading

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whose interests?

Drawing on a 2004 Pentagon report, Michael Byers writes this about Climate Change in the London Review of Books, 6th January 2005: “This past summer, while wealthy Floridians survived a succession of hurricanes relatively unscathed, millions of impoverished Bangladeshis and … Continue reading

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colonials, natives & gas chambers

What raised my eyebrow about the Prince Harry story was not that he went to a party wearing a Nazi uniform adorned with a swastika armband; nothing surprising about that in a social system that puts an irresponsible thick rich … Continue reading

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teddy bears and toothpaste

According to Borzou Daragahi in The Indpendent on 10th January, “American officials insist they are winning Iraqi ‘hearts and minds’ by building infrastructure and venturing off their bases to hand out footballs, teddy bears and toothpaste.” So we attack your … Continue reading

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twice the difference

Dubai Shopping Festival is under way. This, as far as I’m aware, seems to be the only instance of a society having its main yearly festival explicitly devoted to commerce, rather than at least paying lip service to something else, … Continue reading

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random amnesia

Why do some things survive and not others? Some say there’s an order to memory: you keep what’s allowed, or joyous even, and let go what screwed you up. Well, sure, I remember my wedding day – but I also … Continue reading

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