Thursday, March 05, 2009

Morning Roundup

Kevin Jon Heller dives into the ICC indictment decision and explains why the refusal to indict Omar al-Bashir on genocide charges is legally indefensible.

Matt Yglesias says that the attacks on Chas Freeman are in "bad faith", but that "doesn't mean that his enemies don't have the goods."

Ezra Klein noted that Hamas got everything it wanted out of the Gaza operation (this, of course, assumes that Hamas "wanted" massive loss of infrastructure and life in Gaza in order to put pressure on the Israelis. Which is not an unreasonable assumption).

But America may be learning to play the same game: A proposal in Congress would hitch the $900 billion in aid slated to go to Gaza for the release of Gilad Shalit. I'd far, far prefer that Israeli prisoners are exchanged for aid and supplies to the Palestinians than the normal practice of releasing terrorist murderers.

When a man dates a robot, there is no purpose. Only enjoyment.

China: More popular in America than Congressional Republicans.

The California Supreme Court will be hearing arguments over various post-Prop. 8 litigation issues today. The two main elements at stake are (1) whether the proposition was really a "revision" to the constitution, not an "amendment" and (2) what the status is of the gay marriages entered into prior to the passage of Prop. 8. Dale Carpenter has a good overview of what's going down.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a Holocaust denier. Color me unsurprised.

1 comment:

Jenny said...

Speaking of De waal, here's his thoughts on the warrant: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/mar/06/sudan-war-crimes