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20 июня, 2010

G20 Flotilla is coming to Toronto

Soldiers with guns. In our cities. In Canada. Turns out Paul Martin was right

“…Every day I see people with huge fat memos trying to discuss all the various things they have to do to prepare for G20,” said the IT director for RSM Richter, a mid-sized accounting firm based just one block north of the G20 barricade running along downtown Toronto’s King Street. “It is being down-played but there is a lot of fear…”

Read more: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/06/18/soldiers-with-guns-in-our-cities-in-canada-turns-out-paul-martin-was-right/

G20: Anti-globalization protests wedded to violence

In truth, the anti-globalization protest movement always was composed of two distinct groups: (1) Legitimate left-wing activists with placards, flyers and websites; and (2) full-time criminals and delinquents who used anti-globalization as a pretext for street violence in the same way that English hooligans go at each other during soccer matches. In this second category, the most militant types affected a dimly understood attachment to anarchism, and played dress-up in combat attire, usually under the banner of the “Black Bloc.”

Read more: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/06/18/g20-anti-globalization-protests-wedded-to-violence/


G20 summit puts Toronto in a new league

Despite all of these negatives and limitations, hosting the meetings is worthwhile for Canada and Toronto. And I think so not only because I am just old enough to have been alive when Churchill and Roosevelt had the effrontery to agree not to invite Mackenzie King to attend the second Quebec Conference. It is evidence of the rise of Canada in the world that it has a place at these meetings, and Toronto has become a presentable enough city by world standards to showcase to world leaders. All the money spent will be spent in-country and qualifies in the recessionary argot as economic stimulus. Of course a lot of it is pretentious nonsense: the platitudes, the staginess, the vapid communiqués at the end (which have probably been written already). But this is one of the rites of passage as this country has made its way from the back to the front row of the world’s nations. Let’s just see these pompous meetings as a celebration of that.

Read more: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/06/19/conrad-black-g20-summit-puts-toronto-in-a-new-league/

Death of a Jew-hater

Jose Saramago, Nobel laureate in literature and anti-Semite, died Friday aged 87.

Saramago won his prize in 1998. He put his new global fame to the service of a new cause: denunciations of Israel. But unlike other European anti-Zionists, Saramago explicitly connected his dislike of Israel to his feelings about Jews.

In a speech in Brazil on Oct. 13, 2003, Saramago reportedly unburdened himself of this thought about the world’s Jews: “Living under the shadows of the Holocaust and expecting to be forgiven for anything they do on behalf of what they have suffered seems abusive to me. They didn’t learn anything from the suffering of their parents and grandparents.”

It was Judaism itself that Saramago blamed for everything he disliked in Israel. He wrote in the Spanish newspaper El Pais on April 21, 2002:

“[C]ontaminated by the monstrous and rooted ‘certitude’ that in this catastrophic and absurd world there exists a people chosen by God … the Jews endlessly scratch their own wound to keep it bleeding, to make it incurable, and they show it to the world as if it were a banner. Israel seizes hold of the terrible words of God in Deuteronomy: ‘Vengeance is mine, and I will be repaid.’”
A few weeks previous, Saramago had visited Ramallah. The visit occurred shortly after the Passover 2002 suicide bombing at the Park Hotel in Netanya, Israel that killed 30 people and wounded 140 more. Saramago expressed no grief for these murdered innocents. Instead, he toured areas damaged during fighting between Israeli and Palestinian armed forces and pronounced to a Portuguese radio interviewer: “[I]n Palestine, there is a crime which we can stop. We may compare it with what happened at Auschwitz.”

Most European critics of Israel try to draw some kind of line between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. The line may be half-hearted and unconvincing, but still — they try. Saramago ignored such niceties. He followed the example of Middle Eastern anti-Zionists: He hated Israel, he hated the Jews who lived there and he did not scruple to express his hatred bluntly…

David Frum

Read more: http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/06/19/david-frum-death-of-a-jew-hater/

Тема: Baskerville, автор: Anders Noren.

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