The Apartheid Wall Saga Continues

Written by Aritro Ganguly

The Apartheid Wall saga continues

Terje Roed-Larsen,repparttar UN special coordinator inrepparttar 125970 occupied territories (UNSCO) wrote an objective report onrepparttar 125971 impact ofrepparttar 125972 current Intifada, onrepparttar 125973 Palestinian economy in THE FINANCIAL TIMES, on December 21, 2001. According to Roed-Larsen- ·Unemployment in West Bank has risen from 11% to 25%. ·Unemployment inrepparttar 125974 Gaza strip has crossedrepparttar 125975 50% mark. ·The revenue of Palestinian Authority (PA) has declined by 57%. ·The overall loss torepparttar 125976 Palestinian economy is estimated inrepparttar 125977 range of $ 2.4 billion and $ 3.4 billion. ·A steady decline of 37% in real incomes. ·46% ofrepparttar 125978 Palestinian population remains belowrepparttar 125979 poverty level figure of $ 2 a day. ·Israel refuses to payrepparttar 125980 amount of $ 350 million in taxes that it owes torepparttar 125981 PA. ·It has cancelledrepparttar 125982 work permits of 45,000 Palestinians.

To compound matters,repparttar 125983 Palestinian population is being beaten to abject submission byrepparttar 125984 use of brutal military and Air Force strikes, specifically aimed to annihilaterepparttar 125985 terrorists. The Hamas leaders Yasin Malik and Al-Rantissi were liquidated with missile strikes. Finally there isrepparttar 125986 "Apartheid Wall", which Israel claims is being built only to safe guard itself fromrepparttar 125987 terror strikes of Hamas, Al Aqsa Martyr's brigade, Islamic Jihad andrepparttar 125988 Lebanese ultra force, Hezbollah.

The Likud party led coalition government, headed by Ariel Sharon, is stringently implementing these repressive measures. He is actively supported by former PM and Labour party leader Ehud Barak and Benjamin Netanyahu ofrepparttar 125989 far right. The current government has a center of right ideological position and commands a wide range of support fromrepparttar 125990 Labour onrepparttar 125991 left torepparttar 125992 religious parties onrepparttar 125993 extreme right.

Historically and traditionallyrepparttar 125994 Zionist state has been given unstinted support byrepparttar 125995 US to neutralizerepparttar 125996 pan Arabic nationalism as well asrepparttar 125997 communist activities abound inrepparttar 125998 Arab peninsula inrepparttar 125999 50s andrepparttar 126000 60s. The Likud Government also enjoysrepparttar 126001 active alliance betweenrepparttar 126002 influential Jewish lobby andrepparttar 126003 Christian Right ofrepparttar 126004 US republicans. The pro Israeli cabal consisting of Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith and Richard Perle, who runrepparttar 126005 Bush administration, are actively promotingrepparttar 126006 Israeli measures.

Currentlyrepparttar 126007 issue ofrepparttar 126008 "Apartheid Wall" isrepparttar 126009 most contentious among allrepparttar 126010 crises that has envelopedrepparttar 126011 Palestinian people. In May 2003, Sharon had categorically stated- "Ruling 3.5 million people can not go on indefinitely. You may not likerepparttar 126012 word but what's happening is occupation. Holding 3.5 million Palestinians is a bad thing for Israel, forrepparttar 126013 Palestinians, forrepparttar 126014 Israel economy. We have to end this subject without risking our security". This was how Sharon had hinted of his diabolical concept ofrepparttar 126015 wall. But as soon asrepparttar 126016 work onrepparttar 126017 wall proceeded, it drew worldwide criticism from all respective quarters. On October 21, 2003repparttar 126018 UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution demanding Israel tear downrepparttar 126019 proposed 673 km long barrier. Inrepparttar 126020 near unanimous resolution, which asked Israel to "Stop and reverse", only US, Israel, Micronesia and Marshall Islands voted againstrepparttar 126021 motion.

Even as Saeb Erekat (chief Palestinian negotiator) and Yasser Arafat rejoiced thatrepparttar 126022 world had just given its verdict, Ehud Olmert (senior Israeli Cabinet member) reiterated Israel's commitment. "The fence will continue to be built. We have to worry about Israel's security and it is clear that we will not act according torepparttar 126023 instructions of a hostile, automatic majority, which has always acted against Israel" - he said.

The ambitious project is actually a sinister bid by Tel Aviv to grab as much land as possible fromrepparttar 126024 Palestinians. Once completed it will gobble uprepparttar 126025 entire Jordan valley and 58% ofrepparttar 126026 West Bank. The wall will depriverepparttar 126027 Palestinians, their rights overrepparttar 126028 lands, water and other essential services such as medical facilities, schools and fromrepparttar 126029 field of their jobs. It will berepparttar 126030 most blatant act of Human Rights violation inrepparttar 126031 history of mankind. It will further cripplerepparttar 126032 Palestinian economy from its already fragile state.

Bush, Kerry and Electability

Written by Arthur Zulu

I pity English students these days. I pity them very much. Or, I should not have pity for them. Who sent them to study something like syntax inrepparttar first place. Or semantics. By Jupiter, space scientists like Stephen Hawkings,repparttar 125969 briefest astronomer inrepparttar 125970 universe, would damn it. But I pity lexicographersrepparttar 125971 more. They, likerepparttar 125972 grammar students are doomed torepparttar 125973 same fate. Like Achilles who was destined to die in battle. Mayrepparttar 125974 grammarians not perish by their heels.

Because they are helping us to understandrepparttar 125975 meanings of words and how to use them. Like "mental mistake" (which mistake is not mental anyway?) And "peel-and-eat-shrimp" (so that we do not peelrepparttar 125976 shrimps and throw them onrepparttar 125977 floor). They should be in our mouths. The world of unlettered men are eternally grateful torepparttar 125978 grammarians. For we would have starved to death. T.R. Malthus forgot to mention how they would influencerepparttar 125979 world's demography in his theory of population by remembering us to eat. Poor visioner. And thumbs up forrepparttar 125980 grammarians!

Because they are now going to help us understandrepparttar 125981 U.S election. They will tell us that George Bush Jr. isrepparttar 125982 Republican candidate forrepparttar 125983 November election. They will tell us that John Kerry, no, Bob Kerry sounds better. They will tell us that Bob Kerry isrepparttar 125984 flag bearer forrepparttar 125985 Democrats. But since he will not be carrying a physical flag, let's call himrepparttar 125986 Democratic presidential hopeful. I likerepparttar 125987 last word. Especially when pronounced with a stress inrepparttar 125988 last syllable and accompanied by a look towardrepparttar 125989 golden gates of heaven. Like a saint homeward bound. I likerepparttar 125990 word because it takesrepparttar 125991 oration of Demosthenes,repparttar 125992 wisdom of Solomon,repparttar 125993 insight of Hecate, andrepparttar 125994 hand of Maradonna, sorry,repparttar 125995 ‘hand of God,' to remove an incumbent.

But what is electability? That is not an easy question. It is like asking: What is ‘weapon of mass destruction?' Or what is ‘undisclosed secret location?' The lexicographers haven't added those torepparttar 125996 dictionary yet. But just in case you can't wait, I will give you references. For ‘weapon of mass destruction,' ask George Bush. For ‘undisclosed secret location,' find out fromrepparttar 125997 vee pee, Dick Cheney. (Or has he been fired?) We will also hear political statements like these: "I stand onrepparttar 125998 ground and say that I will not raise taxes" (as if he was suspended 1,000 feet inrepparttar 125999 air or 1,000 fathoms beneathrepparttar 126000 Atlantic Ocean). "The greatest challenge facingrepparttar 126001 world in this century is terrorism" (that means it is not a problem, only a challenge). "If elected, I will wipe out reverse discrimination in America" (which discrimination is inverse?)

Now, what is this new comer, electability? They say that electability means those sterling leadership qualities which endearsrepparttar 126002 candidate torepparttar 126003 electorate making it possible for him to win an election. So, Bush is a candidate. And Kerry is one too. But electability (hence E) is not a contestant. E is leadership quality; so E isrepparttar 126004 beautiful bride that Bush and Kerry badly need.

But beautiful brides are so elusive and it can also be dangerous to marry one. It used to berepparttar 126005 practice many years ago in one continent forrepparttar 126006 strongest men to marryrepparttar 126007 beautiful brides. No brains were needed then, just physical power. Suitors therefore wrestled with one another, climbed baobab trees and swarm across crocodile and hippopotamus-infested rivers because they wanted to marry wives. Only one suitor—the strongest man—wonrepparttar 126008 bride inrepparttar 126009 end.

In one of such contests, a dozen suitors were asked to breakrepparttar 126010 strongest iroko wood with an ax in front ofrepparttar 126011 beautiful bride, her parents and an immense crowd. The suitors sweated and bleed for seven days. Six ofrepparttar 126012 men gave up. But one—the most muscular and much enduring of them all—finally brokerepparttar 126013 log. And just in that instant a male and female boa came out ofrepparttar 126014 wood, chased everybody away and returned torepparttar 126015 split wood which gently closedrepparttar 126016 snakes inside and sealed itself again. The mysterious story was told to many unborn generations. That endedrepparttar 126017 physical fitness requirement for marriage. Because men are men and women are women. The E word does not matter. The strong man, however, marriedrepparttar 126018 beautiful bride. And boarepparttar 126019 snake becamerepparttar 126020 god ofrepparttar 126021 people.

But back torepparttar 126022 U.S election. Who is a better candidate? Bush or Kerry? Who stands a better chance of being elected?

Election is an uncertain business. Like breaking a wooden trunk inhabited by snakes. Forgetrepparttar 126023 polls. Things may go wrong. Back inrepparttar 126024 days, when men knew nothing aboutrepparttar 126025 sphericity ofrepparttar 126026 earth, U.S. cartographers dreaded sailingrepparttar 126027 oceans. So they would point their fingers acrossrepparttar 126028 seas and say to one another: "There be monsters!" The sailors meant that anything goes inrepparttar 126029 high seas. They may even have thought that literal monsters and their fellow dragons were performing what Gogol delights doing on land: rampagingrepparttar 126030 oceans. Andrepparttar 126031 heart-in-the-mouth sailors couldn't play Odysseus, who successfully sailedrepparttar 126032 devil-may-care whirlpool of Scylla and Charybdis by clinging tenaciously on a floating piece of wood. All hailrepparttar 126033 aged Greek hero! (Who says it didn't happen?) So it is in an election: A risky adventure.

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