The flotilla continued, and a couple of other things
More links to add to the ones here and here. Modernity (1 & 2), Moriel Rothman, Michael Walzer, Gershom Gorenberg, Meretz USA, George Friedman Tom Berman, Gadi Taub, Leon Wieseltier, Amos Oz, Jo-Ann Mort (all on what Israel should and shouldn't have done), Jo-Ann Mort again (on the blockade), Joshua Teitelbaum (on Turkey), Dan Kennedy, Mark Gardner (both on Helen Thomas and her ilk), Conor Foley (on the humanitarian narrative), Meir Javedanfar (on Iran), Toby Greene (on the blockade), Norman Geras (on sanctions), Norman again (on rogue states), and again (on boycotts), Mira Vogel (on boycotts), Judeosphere (on rogue states).
In case it's not obvious, given that they contradict each other, I do not endorse all of the opinions in those links. My own view of the incident is set out here.
Ken versus Oona
There are many reasons to support Ken Livingstone as mayor of London. His opposition to "the" war is, however, not one of them. Jeremy Corbyn, Walter Wolfgang and others wrote a letter to the Grauniad saying:
This strikes me as utterly silly gesture politics, as international relations and military policy are emphatically not within the Mayor's remit. A candidate should be chosen who will do a good job of being the Mayor.
On Oona King's pro-war stance, however, see this post by Norm.
A good post by David Osler on Labour's bid to be the anti-immigration party.
For change in Egypt. For change in Syria. Totalitarianism in Iran. For change in China. Repression in Bengal. Caste violence in Madhya Pradesh. Repression in Zimbabwe. [Some via Ent.]
- Post of the week: Once upon a time in Afghanistan.
- A good account of the complex issues around Paul Berman, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Tariq Ramadan and soon, by Pankaj Mishra. (H/t Jogo)