Language and History: Discussion of Bugbears in the News

A discussion of secession and devolution.

The author does somewhat of a decent job, and even I learned something from the article.

He doesn't get into how the phrase "territorial integrity" was so important, even if most of you didn't notice it, during American pronouncements concerning Iraq and Afghanistan, and Saudi pronouncements, and the pronouncements of others.

Still, in the end, he gets it wrong, claiming that it was a religious divide that separates the North and the South of Sudan. He doesn't mention US evangelical involvement in the separation, but, in any event, it is a linguistic divide, and has been for centuries.

Links to my site on Sudan, also mentioned in the article, Somalia, Rwanda, and this graphic about how the scramble for Africa happened.


It's sh*t like this, Israel, America

Tzipi Livni, Israeli Prime Minister: "Israel takes more land [so] that the Palestinian state will be impossible"; that "the Israel policy is to take more and more land day after day and that at the end of the day we'll say that is impossible, we already have the land and we cannot create the state". She conceded that it had been "the policy of the government for a really long time".

At the end of 2007, though, "it is still the policy of some of the parties but not the government".

Erekat: "Short of your jet fighters in my sky and your army on my territory, can I choose where I secure external defence?"

Livni: "No, in order to create your state you have to agree in advance with Israel – you choose not to have the right of choice afterwards."

But the documents show US officials unmoved by such claims. Why were the Palestinians "always in a chapter of a Greek tragedy", secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, asked at a meeting with Erekat in Washington in the autumn of 2009.

Her predecessor, Rice, had been even more dismissive.

Very little on Earth makes me as miserable as the evil perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinians.  For decades Israel has been pretending to negotiate a two-state solution, but here we find out that they've been trying to prevent the two-state solution the whole time.  We learn that nothing short of Israeli jets in Palestinian airspace and the Israeli Army inside Palestinian land will be enough.  American contributors sounds like a couple ignorant fools.

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