Archive: September 11, 2005 - September 17, 2005

Hitchens v. Galloway

This week's standing-room-only debate in New York between Slate columnist Christopher Hitchens and British MP George Galloway over the war in Iraq made news in Britain, if not America. Not that the Brits were impressed by their native-born verbal pugilists....

By Jefferson Morley | September 17, 2005; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Katrina Conspiracy Theory

After four years of pseudo-debate about whether the World Trade Center towers were blown up by hidden explosives, we probably should not be surprised by the following. "It seems clear that massive sabotage of industrial installations, oil and gas reservoirs...

By Jefferson Morley | September 16, 2005; 1:52 PM ET | Comments (17)

Halliburton's Man in Iran

As the United States and Iran clash over the nuclear issue at the United Nations summit, the Islamic republic is pursuing a corruption investigation against a former top official on its nuclear negotiating team for his ties to Halliburton, the...

By Jefferson Morley | September 16, 2005; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (16)

Tall Afar: Victory or Symptom?

U.S. and Iraqi military forces drove Sunni insurgents out of the northern Iraqi city of Tall Afar earlier this week and, with the help of hooded Shiite informants, captured many more suspected fighters. But, while the Pentagon concluded that "the...

By Jefferson Morley | September 15, 2005; 3:14 PM ET | Comments (5)

Israeli vs. Israeli

On Monday, Israeli retired Maj. Gen. Doron Almog decided not to disembark from an airplane at London's Heathrow airport out of fear that he would be arrested by British authorities for war crimes allegedly committed against Palestinian civilians. That was...

By Jefferson Morley | September 15, 2005; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (72)

Aid for Katrina Victims Spurned

"I hope people don't play politics," said President Bush in the hurricane's aftermath. But that message didn't get through at the State Department, which is playing politics by continuing to ignore Cuba's offer to send 34 tons of aid and...

By Jefferson Morley | September 14, 2005; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (54)

The Not So Superpower

Katrina's racial dimension, discussed earlier today, isn't the only theme in the global reaction to America's natural disaster. There's also a muted sense of satisfaction. For some, Katrina provides occasion to boast. In impoverished, monsoon-prone Bangladesh, Asma Akhter brags that,...

By Jefferson Morley | September 13, 2005; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (58)

America in Black and White

Most black Americans think race was a factor in the government's botched response to Hurricane Katrina, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll.  And many observers in the international online media agree. The Scotsman, a conservative newspaper in Scotland, described...

By Jefferson Morley | September 13, 2005; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (98)

Salman Rushdie on Reforming Islam

Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born British novelist and target of a lethal fatwa for his impious prose,  offers nine provocative thoughts about bringing British Muslims "into the modern age" in a  piece for the Times of London. Here's one of them:...

By Jefferson Morley | September 12, 2005; 4:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

Launching

Starting today, the World Opinion Roundup blog will do on a daily basis what the column of the same name does every Tuesday: Present a balanced selection of what the world thinks about the stories that are -- and are...

By Jefferson Morley | September 12, 2005; 7:56 AM ET | Comments (5)

Unhappy Anniversary

Four years ago this morning, the French newspaper Le Monde memorably proclaimed in a banner headline: "Nous sommes tous Américains -- We are all Americans." Today the Paris daily offers an utterly forgettable Sept. 11 piece (in French) by U.S....

By Jefferson Morley | September 12, 2005; 7:55 AM ET | Comments (8)

 

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