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January 07, 2005

'THE GHOSTS OF PARTITION STREET' and other notes...

My godson, Robert Levy, is serializing his new novel, "The Ghosts of Partition Street," on the web. He describes the novel--a new chapter is posted every Tuesday, with three having appeared so far--as "a novel of supernatural suspense centering on the residents of 210 Partition Street, both living and deceased." There are echos of Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" in Robert's novel, and you can get each new installment delivered to you by RSS. Some smart weekly editor is going to pick this up and captivate a readership who'll get hooked (forgive the prideful boasting about mon filleul, in whom we are well pleased). And the well-designed website is easy on the eyes. Get acquainted with the cast of characters on Partition Street by clicking here.....

JOURNALIST TIM SHORROCK , who has written for some of the same progressive publications as I, has a new blog, Hawking the Empire, whose pre-occupations he describes thusly: "1) The corporations and entrepreneurs who influence US foreign policy and then make money from its implementation; 2) The politics and economics of the Pacific Rim; 3) The state of the US and global labor movement (or what's left of it); and 4) What's happening in Korea and Japan from the perspective of someone who was raised in Tokyo and Seoul during the height of the Cold War and has been writing about the region ever since." Welcome to the blogosphere, Tim!...check out his blog by clicking here, and don't miss his post today recalling the nasty, racist background of Texas Senator John Cornyn--now Gonzales the Torture Mayven's biggest defender--who used to be a George Wallace supporter....

OpenDemocracy has extensive results of polling conducted in Middle Eastern countries about their perception of what constitutes "terrorism." As one might well expect, the view of the "Arab street" is vastly different from that in the West. The sobering but unsurprising numbers show why the two very different world views of Joe Six-pack and Khalid Couscous are bound to collide--and suggest that U.S. policy in the region, as currently constituted, will have enormous difficulty winning 'hearts and minds." And don't miss the companion essay by Fred Halliday....Related reading: A revealing interview with superb Israeli novelist, memoirist, and peacenik Amos Oz by Amy Wilentz in the new issue of The Nation....

LE MONDE UPDATE: The Parisian daily Liberation reports today on the announcement of the new editorial hierarchy at Le Monde, calling it a "relative de-Plenel-ization": only three of the eight top editors and department editors named by the decapitated editorial director Edwy Plenel have conserved their posts. For background on all this, see DIRELAND'S last post on the crisis at Le Monde--and also this blog's original lengthy analysis of how one of the world's most prestigious newspapers came to have its reputation left in tatters...

THE MEMORY HOLE has just published a state-by-state list of the 2003 recipients of Bush's patronage disguised as "faith-based initiatives." It makes for interesting reading (thanks to The Revealer, the first-rate daily bulletin from New York University's Center for Religion and Media, for spotting this one)....

THE INDONESIAN ARMY'S war on the rebellious people of Aceh continues, despite (and under cover of) the Tsunami disaster that has hit Aceh so hard--yet you really have to work to find much mention of this continued sanguineous repression in the daily press. There's a sharp-eyed look at all this on Lenin's Tomb which you should not miss...

THE POLITICAL SCANDAL at AIDS ACTION is getting a lot of ink in the gay press. Eric Resnick of Cincinnati's Gay Peoples Chronicle points out in today's issue the contradictions between what AA's executive director, Marsha Martin, is saying now about her collaboration with the AIDS-phobic Bushies, and what AA's p.r. person was saying only a few weeks ago. Several Ohio AIDS service orgs say they're withdrawing from AIDS Action....and, the Windy City Times had an accurate account earlier in the week. Both papers properly credited DIRELAND for breaking the story...

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thanks for the link to Lenin's Tomb on Aceh, there's more on Indon.mil. at www.etan.org, along with a way to donate to Acehnese grassroots groups that work with kids and don't go through Indon.gov.and military like the big aid outfits.

Also see www.indonesiaalert.org for coverage and articles from various sources

thanks for your highly addictive blog and all your great work over the years....
Ben

Posted by: Ben Terrall | Jan 8, 2005 9:54:44 PM

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