John -- Against the Israeli Academic Boycott

Topic(s): Palestine / Israel
Date Posted: 03.19.03


[posted online on February 14, 2003]


QUOT-Among the Judenrat wannabes is your old friend and mine, Neve Gordon,"
wrote a Haifa University professor in one of his articles. "Gordon," the
professor continued, "is a fanatic anti-Semite from the monochromatic (Red)
Department of Politics at Ben-Gurion University." The contemptuous
adjectives did not, however, satisfy the angry professor, so in another
commentary he urged his readers to harass me. Some obediently complied.

This type of assault is not altogether exceptional. During a casual
encounter with a university official, I learned that the administration has
been receiving incensed letters from abroad by people who have read
newspaper articles in which I criticize Israel's neoliberal monetary
policies, the ongoing discrimination of its Palestinian citizenry and, most
important, the government's draconian policies in the occupied territories.
Some of the letter writers were unhappy with the fact that an Israeli
academic institute continues to employ me, and they are even considering
stopping their annual donations to the university.

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John -- Colin de Land, Art Dealer Who Fostered Experimentation, Dies at 47

Topic(s): New York
Date Posted: 03.19.03

Colin de Land, a New York art dealer whose ambivalence about commercialism
was reflected in an art gallery that sometimes resembled an anti-art
gallery, if not a work of Conceptual Art, died on Sunday at Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Hospital. He was 47.

The cause was cancer, said Dennis Balk, an artist represented by Mr. de
Land's gallery, American Fine Arts.

With little display of exertion or financial solvency, Mr. de Land oversaw
galleries in different art neighborhoods for nearly 20 years. He was known
for his relaxed work habits and even more relaxed art installations, which
did not all open on time, as well as an insistent sartorial style that
presaged the "white trash" look. At times he exhibited fictive artists, like
John Dogg, whose work was widely assumed, but never confirmed, to have been
made by Mr. de Land and the artist Richard Prince.

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John -- T-shirt, Web site spark challenges to U.S. rights

Topic(s): Civil Rights
Date Posted: 03.19.03

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Free speech, a key tenet of the U.S. Constitution,
is facing unusual challenges in pre-war, post 9/11 America -- where wearing
an anti-war T-shirt prompted an arrest and lampooning the vice president's
wife drew a letter from a White House lawyer.

The creator of a satirical Web site that took aim at Lynne Cheney, wife of
Vice President Dick Cheney, said he felt a chill when the letter on White
House stationery arrived.

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John -- Carter -- Just War - or a Just War?

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 03.19.03


ATLANTA - Profound changes have been taking place in American foreign
policy, reversing consistent bipartisan commitments that for more than two
centuries have earned our nation greatness. These commitments have been
predicated on basic religious principles, respect for international law, and
alliances that resulted in wise decisions and mutual restraint. Our apparent
determination to launch a war against Iraq, without international support,
is a violation of these premises.

As a Christian and as a president who was severely provoked by international
crises, I became thoroughly familiar with the principles of a just war, and
it is clear that a substantially unilateral attack on Iraq does not meet
these standards. This is an almost universal conviction of religious
leaders, with the most notable exception of a few spokesmen of the Southern
Baptist Convention who are greatly influenced by their commitment to Israel
based on eschatological, or final days, theology.

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John -- More on Blanchot

Topic(s): Blanchot
Date Posted: 03.19.03

(Mostly in French)

ArtForum News Online 3/3/03

Maurice Blanchot, one of the most reclusive writers of the last
century, died on February 20 at the age of ninety-five at his
residence in Yvelines, just outside Paris. The formidable writer
and critic-of whom there exist only two blurry photographs-
seems to have hoped that his death, like his life, would go

As Libération's Eric Loret reports,
a neighbor who visited Blanchot daily left a message on the
answering machine of France Culture to announce that the
writer had passed away. His death was confirmed only later by
family members, who seem to have had no intention of making
an official public announcement. With due respect to Blanchot's
silence, others close to him-including Jacques Derrida and
Jean-Luc Nancy-made no comment until after the funeral,
which was held last Monday.

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Avi -- Levy -- `Save the children, Shukri!'

Topic(s): Palestine / Israel
Date Posted: 03.19.03

Shukri Makadama: "Where are your religious people, when they see children being slaughtered?"
(Photo: Photo by Miki Kratsm)

New widower Shukri al-Makadama lies on the floor of his brother's house, lighting cigarette after cigarette. His neck is encased in plaster, due to a possible fractured vertebra caused by a wall falling on top of him. He mourns his dead wife and moans in pain.

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Oz + Avi -- American woman peace activist killed by IDF

Topic(s): Palestine / Israel
Date Posted: 03.19.03

Photo story: Israeli bulldozer driver murders American peace activist

American woman peace activist killed by IDF
bulldozer in Gaza
By Arnon Regular, Haaretz Correspondent, and Agencies

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Deidre -- The alternative United States

Topic(s): US Analysis
Date Posted: 03.19.03


A SMALL news item reported that Prince Walid Ibn Talal of Saudi Arabia had donated $10m to the American University of Cairo to establish a centre of American studies. The young billionaire had offered an unsolicited $10m to New York City soon after 11 September 2001, with a letter that described the gift as a tribute to New York and suggested that the United States might reconsider its policy towards the Middle East. He had in mind the total, unquestioning US support for Israel, but his polite proposition seemed also to cover the general policy of denigrating, or at least showing disrespect for, Islam.

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Deidre -- On the Internet, betting on Hussein's fate is heavy

Topic(s): Iraq
Date Posted: 03.19.03

By Farah Stockman, Globe Staff, 3/11/2003

Want to know the odds that Saddam Hussein will be dead by June? One-and-a-half to one, according to, an Internet gambling site. What about the odds that he will be ousted by the end of March? Two to one, according to And the likelihood of him in exile, smoking Cuban cigars with Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy? Five to one.

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