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My first-hand account of the Palestinian divestment conference at the U. of Michigan

:: Saturday, May 01, 2004 ::

Who are the ad wizards who thought this one up?
Via Iraq'd, I was struck by a particular detail in this article about the Iraqi prison abuse disaster:
In Baghdad, military spokesman Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said the commander of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, was being sent to Iraq to take over the coalition detention facilities.

Kimmitt said the army is taking "very aggressive steps" to minimize the chances of such acts happening again.
It almost seems like a joke. Absurd comparisons of Gitmo to a concentration camp aside, is it really a good idea to associate remedial steps in this case with a lightning rod of international condemnation, which has become a symbol of US arrogance and double standards on the very issues of military justice and prisoner treatment?
11:23 AM
:: Wednesday, April 28, 2004 ::
Nice touch from an Oscar winner
The recent anti-Semitic violence in Montreal hit pretty close to home for some people. Apparently it affected a rather well-known public figure as well:
Tough guy actor Russell Crowe was so upset by a fire-bombing at a Jewish elementary school in Montreal, he called the school to offer a donation to help rebuild its library, a school spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Crowe is in Toronto to film "Cinderella Man," a film directed by Ron Howard about the life of boxer James J. Braddock, who defeated world champion Max Baer in an upset match in 1935.

"It was a huge morale boost for the school community," said Shelley Paris from Montreal.

United Talmud Torahs elementary school was fire-bombed earlier this month and police said a note with anti-Semitic comments was found on the outside wall of the gutted library.

"He said he was very upset about what had happened that a place of learning should be attacked that way," Paris said.

"He wanted to make sure that our students knew that he was thinking about them and that he was very upset about the fire-bombing," Paris said.

The Academy Award-winning actor, who captured an Oscar for "Gladiator" four years ago, offered to make a donation to help rebuild the library, Paris said. The figure was not available.

8:35 PM

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