Month: November 2009
Frontline documentary on Neda Agha Soltan.
I saw the Frontline documentary yesterday, and it was harrowing. A reminder as well that many people have had to flee Iran fearing for their lives, since numerous people detained have been sentenced to death. Piecing Together Neda Agha-Soltan’s Death at the NYTimes.
Where should I eat? Fast food flowchart
Mosel Bridge opponents lobby german chancellor
The Decanter has a story about a proposed bridge through the wine growing region of Mosel which would impact a number of vineyards and potentially affect the micro-climate of this region that produces so many of my favored wines.
Daily link list
- Huge rise in birth defects in Falluja – Guardian
- Why wine ratings are badly flawed – WSJ
- Mass corruption defies PM’s call for better governance – FT.com
- Hiroshima: The dreaded invitation – Washington Post
- Rural India Gets Chance at Piece of Jobs Boom – NY Times
- Hedge Funds Can’t Mess Up Worse Than Bob Rubin – Bloomberg.com
Teaching at American colleges.
An article in the WSJ today titled America’s Top College Professor had me thinking about how little teaching goes on in most universities. One sentence in particular rang true for me:
And the joke on many campuses is that the winner of a school’s teaching award is guaranteed to be denied tenure
That’s exactly what happened with one of my professors at NYU.
Daily link list
Palestine should declare independence.
There are rumors that Mahmoud Abbas will resign from his post as president of the Palestinian Territories. Ostensibly, this is to protest the pace of negotiations and the back-tracking on the part of the Obama administration. For the Obama administration, and much of the world, the Palestinian cause has a lower priority than combating a deep recession. The PLO needs to recognize this, and take control of their own destiny. It seems to me that the only morally just position is for the Palestinian leadership to declare an independent state in the West Bank & Gaza. The Palestinians have to take their fate into their own hands, looking for help and assistance from the outside is largely futile. Once the Palestinian state has some measure of sovereignty, its representatives can begin to negotiate with the Israelis.
The PLO will likely lose US aid for some time, and no doubt many Palestinians working in Israel will be deeply inconvenienced. In time, this pain will prove to be short-lived, the Palestinians really need to focus on developing a legitimate economy of their own, rather than one aid-based. Israeli action against elected Palestinian officials or police will be hard for any government to support if the declaration is peaceful. Once a Palestinian state has been created, representatives of Israel and Palestine can negotiate as equals, till that happens no one is going to take their representatives seriously. Of course, the maximum political impact will occur if the entire process is peaceful and Palestinians peacefully demand that Israeli forces “Quit Palestine”. Negotiating about settlements and Jerusalem can occur once the Palestinians have control over their own destiny.