Another obstacle to peace the BBC will not report

BBC Watch

As we recently noted, the BBC has refrained from informing its audiences about the terrorist-run summer camps in the Gaza Strip in which tens of thousands of children are indoctrinated with hatred towards their neighbours and encouraged to believe that Israel will cease to exist. 

Like many of the Western voices which – with comic regularity – inform us that time is running out for a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, the BBC endeavours to keep public focus on the issue of Israeli building plans rather than facing up to the fact that supporters of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups have absolutely no interest in an outcome in which two countries exist peacefully side by side. In addition to ignoring that sizeable proportion of public opinion on the Palestinian street, the BBC also ignores the glorification of terror by Israel’s so-called ‘moderate peace partners’ in…

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N. Korean camp survivor urges world’s attention

BRUSSELS (JTA) — When guards dragged Shin Dong-hyuk from his North Korean cell in 1995, he was pretty sure the end was near.

Dong-hyuk, then just 13, was born in the prison known as Camp 14, not far from Pyongyang. Camp 14 is part of a network of political prisons believed to be the largest in the world, where an estimated 150,000 dissidents and their families live in conditions reminiscent of Holocaust-era concentration camps.

As he was brought to the camp’s execution field, Dong-hyuk realized he wasn’t the one due to be killed that day — it was his mother and brother. The boy calmly watched the executions, he says now, having been brainwashed into believing his family members deserved to die. After all, he was the one who had turned them in.


Week One: Extremes

Bookworm on the loose

In a few hours I will have been in Monrovia for exactly one week, a thought that is on the one hand exciting and on the other hand terrifying. I will only be here for less than eight weeks, and it is crazy to think that one of them has already passed! I have met a lot of new people, expats and Liberians alike, and seen a lot of the city – though of course there is still a lot to be explored. In some ways this week has been a study in extremes – both activity and boredom; and as many people have observed both wealth and poverty. Let me explain.

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The Boob Report – Bosom Boosting Buddies

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Bosoms. My sister Patty and I broke out in fits of laughter after one of us said that word. We shared a bed when we were little girls and were supposed to go to sleep after the lights went out.

It referred to our private parts; our undeveloped breasts modestly covered up at all times even though we only had flat nipples like little boys. We thought the word was naughty. My mom would hush us and again we would whisper, “Bosoms!” until tears ran down our cheeks and we couldn’t breathe.

There is something very antiquated about the word bosoms these days, but there is nothing antique about the feeling of having close friends or bosom buddies.

A few days before my surgery, a couple of my girlfriends threw a Boob Party Send Off for me. These were uncharted waters, but they responded to my sense of humor.

sweet boobies


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who could know then

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and if i

sound wde eyed,

it’s because

i am.


a little

in awe of what

i’ve become,

so late

in my


this poem was submitted to
20 Lines A Day prose and poetry
challenge for the month of April.

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Obama makes a complete fool of himself at G8 summit

Charles Rowley's Blog

Perhaps President Obama suffered from serious jet-lag at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. Perhaps he overindulged in nicotine inhalation, or something a little less legal. In any event, he made a fool of himself at the summit and insulted two senior members of the British cabinet.

First he referred to George Osborne, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, three times as Jeffrey Osborne. This surely was not an easy mistake to make. After all George Osborne is white, with a full head of hair and the son of Sir Peter Osborne, the 17th Baronet of Ballintaylor and Ballyman. Educated at Eton and Oxford, he is manifestly a product of the British aristocracy.

In contrast, Jeffrey Osborne is black and bald as a coot. He is the son of a trumpeter and a popular soul singer. He is clearly not a product of any social upper class. Upon being advised…

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