Memories that do not pass over time .
Apr 30th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Mem­o­ries that do not pass over time. Do you remem­ber the attack in the Park hotel at Passover? Just over a month ago, but already seems like… [The news, Uncen­sored.]

A first­hand account of the the Passover bomb­ing by a sur­vivor. I think this is a “must read” piece.

A letter from New Zealand .
Apr 30th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

A let­ter from New Zealand. Dave White wrote an open let­ter to the Pales­tin­ian peo­ple, which is well worth read­ing. From the let­ter: “Do not… [The news, Uncen­sored.]

bq. Gol­da Meir, the for­mer Israeli Prime min­is­ter, is quot­ed as say­ing “there will be peace in the Mid­dle East only when the Arabs love their chil­dren more than they hate Israel”. Every time I see pic­tures of Pales­tin­ian chil­dren wav­ing guns and wear­ing dum­my explo­sives, then I can only say she is right.

Argentine banks open their doors .
Apr 30th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Argen­tine banks open their doors. Argen­tine banks reopen after a ten-day shut­down aimed at staving off
finan­cial col­lapse. [BBC News: world]

bq. Senior gov­ern­ment fig­ures said the bank­ing freeze, cou­pled with recent legal changes aimed at mak­ing it more dif­fi­cult for savers to chal­lenge restric­tions on with­drawals, should save the bank­ing sys­tem from col­lapse.

Per­haps an appro­pri­ate response would be for Argen­tine depos­i­tors to impose a bank­ing freeze of their own. Any­body who’s had their mon­ey stolen this way could refuse to pay back any bank loans until the bank­ing restric­tions are lift­ed.

Palestinian fighter describes ‘hard fight’ in Jenin .
Apr 29th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Pales­tin­ian fight­er describes ‘hard fight’ in Jenin. (via Rena­ta) “A senior mem­ber of Pales­tin­ian Islam­ic Jihad who sur­ren­dered to Israeli forces in Jenin described the bat­tle as… [The news, Uncen­sored.]

bq. Mar­dawi said he and oth­er Pales­tin­ian fight­ers had expect­ed Israel to attack with planes and tanks. He spoke enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly about Israel’s deci­sion to send in infantry.

It was like hunt­ing … like being giv­en a prize. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the sol­diers,” he said. “The Israelis knew that any sol­dier who went into the camp like that was going to get killed.”

If the Pales­tini­ans had been fight­ing Amer­i­cans, they would have got­ten bombs and artillery. The whole city would have been flat­tened with­out any loss of Amer­i­can life–but with much high­er civil­ian casu­al­ties. The Israelis took heavy casu­al­ties in order to pro­tect the lives of peo­ple who hate them, and as thanks for their efforts they are con­demned by the “inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty.”

Jenin: Imploding the Myths .
Apr 29th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Jenin: Implod­ing the Myths. Joe Katz­man does us all a favor and writes the com­plete guide to the “Jenin mas­sacare”, as some peo­ple who… [The news, Uncen­sored.]

Israel Delays U.N.
Apr 29th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Israel Delays U.N. Probe of Jenin. Israeli officials accused the United Nations on Monday of conducting a smear campaign against Israel, as the Israeli Cabinet further delayed the arrival of a U.N. fact-finding mission at the Jenin refugee camp. [AP World News]

This article finally lists who the three UN people are. Two of them are Europeans, one is Japanese. The official quoted in the article also describe the UN as an anti-Israel organization--it's nice to see this pointed out.

Europa Universalis II coming to Mac [ MacCentral ] This is good news.
Apr 26th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Europa Uni­ver­salis II com­ing to Mac [Mac­Cen­tral]

This is good news. I have a copy of the orig­i­nal (PC-only) Europa Uni­ver­salis, and it seems like a pret­ty impres­sive strat­e­gy game. I haven’t real­ly played it, though, since I only have a PC at work.

Is Programming a Dead End Job? [ Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters ] I had a programming job for nine months, and I left to go back to QA beca
Apr 25th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Is Pro­gram­ming a Dead End Job? [Slash­dot: News for nerds, stuff that mat­ters]

I had a pro­gram­ming job for nine months, and I left to go back to QA because I was offered 50% more. Since then I’ve been offered a cou­ple of oth­er pro­gram­ming jobs, but they paid much less than what I get from Syman­tec for QA.

Profile: Second space tourist .
Apr 25th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Pro­file: Sec­ond space tourist. South African mil­lion­aire Mark Shut­tle­worth has a tick­et to ride into
space. [BBC News: sci/tech]

Here’s a short pro­file on the first African in space.

Israel: UN Jenin Team Lacks Balance .
Apr 25th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Israel: UN Jenin Team Lacks Balance. Israel pushed the United Nations on Wednesday to clarify the mandate of a U.N. fact-finding team and add members with military expertise, saying the mission appears designed to blame Israel for devastation wrought in battles with Palestinian gunmen in the Jenin refugee camp. [AP World News]

I haven't seen any mention of who the UN intends to send. This would seem like a rather important detail--what if they are all Europeans?

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