Senator James Inhofe of the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has an excellent blog on the Minority Page. Posts now include:
Breaking: Less Than Half of all Published Scientists Endorse Global Warming Theory
Scientific Smackdown: Skeptics Voted The Clear Winners Against Global Warming Believers in Heated NYC Debate
Global Warming on Mars & Cosmic Ray Research Are Shattering Media Driven “Consensus’
and my personal favorites:
Hollywood Celebrities Challenged To Take The “Gore Pledge”
Gore Refuses Pledge
During the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on March 21, 2007, “Vice President Al Gore’s Perspective on Global Warming,” former Vice President Al Gore refused to take a “Personal Energy Ethics Pledge” to consume no more energy than the average American household
The pledge was presented to Gore by Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. At the hearing, Senator Inhofe showed Gore a frame from Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” where Gore asks viewers:
“Are you ready to change the way you live?”
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[photopress:400000_darfur.jpg,full,alignleft] The Anti-Defamation League has launched a website called Fight the Boycottto protest British calls for boycotts against Israel and claims that Israel is an apartheid state. The site argues that,
While the anti-Israel activists point to the divestment campaign against South African apartheid as an example of how such a campaign can achieve dramatic results, most recognize that the Israeli-Palestinian situation is distinctly different. First and foremost, pro-Palestinian advocates of divestment cannot offer the same moral clarity as the 80’s anti-apartheid campaigners did. The treatment of Arabs by the State of Israel can in no way be compared to the treatment of the Blacks of South Africa under apartheid.
There is no Israeli ideology, policy or plan to segregate, persecute or mistreat its Israeli Arab citizens, nor Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank (Israel already unilaterally disengaged from the Gaza Strip in August 2005). Apartheid South Africa was extraordinarily repressive, regulating every detail of the lives of its subjects – 90 percent of whom were non-white – on the basis of their skin color. By contrast, Israel is a democracy which encourages vibrant debate, which has a flourishing free press and which shares with other liberal democracies a core value: the equality of all its citizens before the law. [italics mine]
As the website’s ads succinctly point out, free press and equality before the law are not political values that Israel’s enemies (who are not the subject of this boycott) share.
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A member at The Forum for Ayn Rand Fans recently posted the website for Melanie Phillips, a British journalist and author. Phillips isnoteablypro-West and pro-Reason in her writings. She is a critic of BBC media bias, global warming, and supports Israel’s right to exist. While her site makes no mention of Objectivism, her arguments are so clear and insightful it makes one wonder about her influences. For example, in her diary entry “The war against the Jews (2)” she writes:
As the proposed academic boycott of Israel continues to reverberate, it is important to grasp that the appalling animus behind it goes far deeper than a protest at Israel’s behaviour in the disputed territories. It is an attempt to delegitimise Israel altogether in order to pave the way for its destruction…It is indeed vital that people understand that the boycott is a direct descendant of the century-old Arab attempt to drive the Jews out of their ancestral homeland altogether. It is thus an accessory to ethnic cleansing.
It is very rare to find such a powerful commentary. Highly recommended!
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