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Best of Blogs Round-Up: Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Non-disclaimer: We're liberal to the core, but we include in this daily blog review the political, the social, the cultural and the undefinable from the left, the right, the in-between from all over the globe. And we're suckers for good writing regardless of ideology. Clicking the link will take you to the original post.

Featured Blog I: Valentine Score
The Hunter's Moon

HONG KONG--Having Valentine's Day so soon after Christmas was just sloppy planning on the part of the God of Festival Scheduling. Surely he could have foreseen what a compressed timeframe guys have to work with. There's barely enough time for them to save the tens of thousands of dollars for another modest gift from the heart. They're also still burnt out from the ordeal of having to come up with the bestest Xmas present ever. No wonder so many people resort to the traditional flowers and chocolates. Boring but safe enough to prevent your gonads from being ripped off. All she wants is what her colleague sitting beside her is getting, but noticeably bigger and delivered with more fanfare. However there are also some special things you can do that will increase the chances of her putting out.Try using a different colour in your rose bouquet other than red. For example, coral and orange roses, mean "desire". You'll have your lady love's headgear off in no time! Combine her favourite type of chocolate with her celebrity crush. One popular selection is the Brad Pitt bar, made of exceptionally dense chocolate, but nonetheless a vast improvement on the live version. Read the rest at Spirit Fingers...

Featured Blogger II: The Mideast's New Best Fiend
Predicting the Inevitable: Hamas in the Fuel Mix

I spent the past week in Israel, and had the good fortune, with a few other British writers and journalists, to speak with some of the most senior political figures on both the Israeli and the Palestinian sides. (Our interlocutors' briefings were conducted unattributably, so I am unable to name them or quote them directly.) They were aware of the likely strength of Hamas in the Palestinian elections. Though all (barring Likud) wished for a two-state territorial settlement, none believed it likely in the near future. Their realism was well-placed. My reading of the situation after the Palestinian elections remains as I wrote it a few months ago when Israel withdrew from Gaza:

The dispiriting fact is that no negotiated two-state agreement is likely in the near future. Western commentators who speak of a two-state “solution” adopt a misnomer. A two-state arrangement, with Israel withdrawing to boundaries approximating the pre-1967 armistice line, is not a solution to the conflict, but an outcome of the end of the conflict. The end of the conflict requires something more deep-rooted: a changed relationship and mutual trust between Israelis and Palestinians.

That changed relationship will take time, on any likely reckoning. In the meantime, Israel is likely to continue to pursue a twin-track policy, even with the inevitability of Prime Minister Sharon's departure. (Since the fomation of Kadima and the resignation of Labour and Likud ministers, this is the first government for many years to comprise members of only one party. The ministers in the interim government include some impressive figures, notably the acting Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni. Read the rest...

 

 

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