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January 29, 2009

Erdogan stands up to Peres at Davos

Sorry, this is in Turkish but you can read the details here.

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Belief in God ‘childish,’ Jews not chosen people: Einstein letter

Agence France-Presse
Tue, 13 May 2008 10:09 UTC

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Comment: References to the letter Einstein wrote in regards to religion and the Jewish people, though published in the mainstream media during May of last year, appear more pertinent now than ever before, in view of Israel’s crimes committed in Gaza.

Albert Einstein described belief in God as “childish superstition” and said Jews were not the chosen people, in a letter to be sold in London this week, an auctioneer said Tuesday.

The father of relativity, whose previously known views on religion have been more ambivalent and fuelled much discussion, made the comments in response to a philosopher in 1954.

As a Jew himself, Einstein said he had a great affinity with Jewish people but said they “have no different quality for me than all other people”.

AFP.
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Behind the Bloodbath in Gaza

Foiling Another Palestinian “Peace Offensive”

By NORMAN FINKELSTEIN

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Early speculation on the motive behind Israel’s slaughter in Gaza that began on 27 December 2008 and continued till 18 January 2009 centered on the upcoming elections in Israel. The jockeying for votes was no doubt a factor in this Sparta-like society consumed by “revenge and the thirst for blood,” where killing Arabs is a sure crowd-pleaser. (Polls during the war showed that 80-90 percent of Israeli Jews supported it.) But as Israeli journalist Gideon Levy pointed out on Democracy Now!, “Israel went through a very similar war…two-and-a-half years ago [in Lebanon], when there were no elections.”

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From the Real News : Gaza

McClatchy’s John Walcott discusses Gaza and the likelihood of peace.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/226/story/60853.html

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