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Archive for July 3rd, 2011

Busy World And Blogs.

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I am a bit preoccupied at the moment, so blogging has been slow, but events around the world and in the blogosphere keep moving, so here’s a small compilation:

China’s PM received the red carpet treatment in Britain whilst craftily releasing some dissidents in time for the visit. Business as usual.

Syria in the news, more killed this week and the last.

The Guardian has good coverage of human rights in the Middle East at the moment, Egypt, Syria and Middle East unrest – 30 June.

The BBC succumb to its own internal prejudices when its outlet, BBC News published a false story on 17 June 2011:

Jerusalem rabbis ‘condemn dog to death by stoning

A Jewish rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a stray dog it feared was the reincarnation of a lawyer who insulted its judges, reports say.

The dog entered the Jerusalem financial court several weeks ago and would not leave, reports Israeli website Ynet.

It reminded a judge of a curse passed on a now deceased secular lawyer about 20 years ago, when judges bid his spirit to enter the body of a dog.

The animal is said to have escaped before the sentence was carried out.

One of the judges at the court in the city’s ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighbourhood had reportedly asked local children to carry out the sentence.”

It is still on the web, even Stephen Dawkins picked it up. The BBC released a pitiful apology, which is rather hard to find.

The Beeb’s basic standards in journalism gave way to prejudice. BBC News wanted to believe the very worst of Israelis in general and Rabbis in particular, so published the story. Had they any integrity on this issue they would admit it.

The Holocaust denying, Bishop Richard Williamson is still at it, Jhate has more.

Jameson Timba was freed in Zimbabwe.

In Japan, power shortages.

Conrad Black. I can’t understand why he was released in the first place. Anyone else would have had to wait in their cell for a very long time whilst such matters were decided.

Footballers defect.

Another victory for “anti-imperialism”, as the Taliban attack a hospital, killing civilians.

Inside of a Mayan tomb.

Funny goings on at Crooked Timber.

Bryon Wider’s story.

Baroness Tonge’s at it again.

In the “you don’t say” category, Gaddafi regime ‘not attending London Olympics. Maybe he’ll have a date in the Hague instead?

Written by modernityblog

03/07/2011 at 22:11