Saturday, May 31, 2008

How stupid can one be? Answer: Very

1. “The American State Department has withdrawn all Fulbright grants to Palestinian students in Gaza hoping to pursue advanced degrees at American institutions this fall because Israel has not granted them permission to leave.”

U.S. Withdraws Fulbright Grants to Gaza

2. “…a measure creating a federal fingerprint registry totally unrelated to national security passed a U.S. Senate committee… legislation would require thousands of individuals working even tangentially in the mortgage and real estate industries — and not suspected of anything — to send their prints to the feds…. fingerprint mandates were tucked into housing and foreclosure assistance bill…”

Fingerprint Registry in Housing Bill!!

3. In Turkey “…A public prosecutor has indicted a singer for anti-military remarks she made on a television show in which she said that if she were to have a son, she would not let him fight in other people’s wars… Public Prosecutor indicted Bülent Ersoy, a transsexual singer and a popular TV host, on grounds that her remarks had the purpose of “making the public detest military service,” a crime under the Turkish Penal Code (TCK)…"

Singer Bülent Ersoy to stand trial for alleged anti-military remarks

4. President Bush and Nuri al-Maliki trying to nail down a last minute “Status of Forces Agreement” on the QT…

Iraqi officials worry about security deal with U.S.
Overstuffed SOFA
Two different kinds of "rejection"
Sunni resistance spokesman: Let us all stand against this, each in his own way
Haeri Fatwa Against Security Agreement; Al-Alam: Basra Pols Oppose Security Agreement with US

5. "Multi-National Force-Iraq is investigating a report that U.S. military personnel in Fallujah handed-out material that is religious and evangelical in nature,"

Iraqis claim Marines are pushing Christianity in Fallujah

6. Once again newscritters uncritically print lists of anonymous allegations without any checking or context...

Exclusive: Iran in secret talks with al Qaeda, U.S. officials say

7. "A senior Zimbabwean army official has publicly urged soldiers to vote for President Robert Mugabe in next month's presidential election run-off... "The Constitution says the country should be protected by voting and in the June 27 presidential election run-off, pitting our defence chief comrade Robert Mugabe [against] Morgan Tsvangirai of the MDC [Movement for Democratic Change], we should, therefore, stand behind our commander-in-chief," Major General Martin Chedondo, the Zimbabwe army's chief of staff, was quoted as saying by the government mouthpiece Herald. "Soldiers are not apolitical. Only mercenaries are apolitical. We have signed and agreed to fight and protect the ruling party's principles of defending the revolution. "If you have other thoughts, then you should remove that uniform. The willingness to serve the country should be there and should burn forever so that the country does not slip away."

Back Mugabe, Zim soldiers told

UPDATED: June 2nd the State Department reversed itself, see:

State Dept. Reinstates Gaza Fulbright Grants

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