November 12, 2009 MSNBC Rachel Maddow
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E.P. was a US expat kid who lived all over the world growing up and therefore naturally enough I guess wound up getting a superlatively useless liberal arts degree in Classical Chinese* and becoming a reporter for Reuters across Asia. She then jumped ship to epidemiology, getting a PHd in same in London and then working in Asia for the UN or for UN-affiliated NGO’s on AIDS transmission reduction programs for another decade or so. The book is her first-person account of her days in the trenches in the worldwide war against AIDS, and it is written in her distinct and delightful own voice. Her writing is in parts a model of skillful expository prose explaining the technical scientific issues of epidemiology and AIDS biology to the lay reader. It is also in parts a surprisingly informative sociological study of sexual practices in several Asian countries, first and foremost Indonesia. Another part is sociology of drug useage–sex and drugs being the two leading vectors for AIDS transmission–which gets frank and honest treatment, too. Other parts are first-rate explanatory reportage of the political issues in both the first and third world’s responses to the AIDS epidemic. And then there’s the autobiographical parts which are by turns wise, funny, brave, relentlessly honest, and full of human understanding and human decency.
By Paul Craig Roberts
November 12, 2009
It did not take the Israel Lobby long to make mincemeat out of the Obama administration’s “no new settlements” position. Israeli prime minister Netanyahu is bragging about Israel’s latest victory over the US government as Israel continues to build illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land.
In May President Obama read the Israelis the riot act, telling the Israeli government that he was serious about ending the Israeli conflict with the Palestinians and that a lasting peace agreement required the Israeli government to abandon all construction of new settlements in the occupied West Bank.
On November 10 Obama’s White House chief of staff, Rahm Israel Emanuel, surrendered for his boss at the annual conference of the United Jewish Communities. The ongoing Israeli settlements, he said, should not be a “distraction” to a peace agreement.
by Mizgin Yilmaz
Sibel Edmonds’ Boiling Frogs Post
Wednesday, 11. November 2009
Mizgin’s Desk Reports
As mentioned earlier, Brent Scowcroft will be ending his nine-year reign as chairman of the American Turkish Council (ATC) and will be succeeded by former Bush administration Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage.
Armitage may be best remembered for leaking information to Robert Novak that exposed Valerie Plame as a covert CIA agent in a political scandal that became known as the Plame Affair. Selective amnesia on the part of the servile US mainstream media has repeatedly obscured Armitage’s curriculum vitae, which goes back decades and begins during the Vietnam conflict.
Nov. 12, 2009
In a last-minute dissent ahead of a critical war cabinet meeting on escalating the Afghan war, US Ambassador Karl Eikenberry has cast doubt on a troop escalation until the Afghan government can address corruption and other internal problems. Meanwhile, a report reveals how the US government is financing the very same insurgent forces in Afghanistan that American and NATO soldiers are fighting. Investigative journalist Aram Roston traces how the Pentagon’s civilian contractors in Afghanistan end up paying insurgent groups to protect American supply routes from attack. [includes rush transcript]