Professor tony D’Amato of Northwestern University has written a quick and clear analysis of the UN ceasefire plan, and its legal and practical implications. It’s worth a read.
What does Hizbullah want? Professor Haykel asserts that it’s fighting “the generalized Arab and Muslim feeling of defeat, humiliation and genuine incompetence.” Victory has been redefined as bleeding Israel, rather than defeating it militarily. It is, in another words, a psychological victory. But is that victory?
Want to achieve Nirvana without spening all your in meditation? Take some mushrooms – and in particular mushrooms that contain psilocybin. People who took the drug as part of a controlled study experienced feelings of love, compassion, optimism and patience – and were still on a high several weeks after the experience. Psilocybin may be of use in the treatment of mood disorders – a fact that seems to have been known for forty years.
Here is a very interesting article by Le Monde Diplomatique on Israel’s offensive in Gaza. Its premise is that Israel’s actions constitute clear violations of the Geneva Convention (e.g. its prohibition to attack, destroy, remove or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population and to starve the population) and therefore constitute war crimes. The article also talks about how the kidnapping of the soldier was only an excuse and that Israel had prepared this offensive even before Hamas won the election.
It’s worth reading.