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Sydney Food Diary: The 3 Weeds

This site is quite amusing really. I had lunch there today, the first time for ages I have been to Rozelle. An old friend and colleague Ken Watson lives opposite. My steak sandwich (I know, boring!) was excellent, washed down with Speckled Hen. Much talk about books, and people Ken and I have known. And about Dr Nelson and his brain Kevin.

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Posted by on January 17, 2006 in book reviews, Brendan Nelson, education, friends, local, personal

 

Iran again questions Holocaust – World – smh.com.au

Every now and again people in Iran read this blog. I feel so sorry for them; they have been through a lot since the late and generally unlamented Shah departed the scene. And now they have a “hawkish” and “hardline” leader, in other words a raving nutter. Unfortunately we also have a regime in the USA whose rational credentials are to say the least suspect.

Look, there are rational arguments that can be, and have been, mounted which question that the State of Israel in its expanded form is a good idea. There are arguments that Iranian nuclear research is at least as acceptable (or unacceptable) as Pakistan’s or India’s or China’s, or indeed Israel’s. The critique of “double standards” in the West really is rather unanswerable.

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Posted by on January 17, 2006 in Australia and Australian, book reviews, Chinese and China, culture wars, current affairs, fundamentalism and extremism, History, human rights, Indigenous Australians, Iran, Islam, Israel, Pomo, racism, right wing politics