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From outside one will always triumphantly impress theories upon the world and then fall straight into the ditch one has dug, but only from inside will one keep oneself and the world quiet and true. /FK (Contact: TBONotebooks at fastmail.fm. The Blue Octavo Notebooks welcomes mail, although we cannot guarantee a response. Your email may be posted in part on The Blue Octavo Notebooks unless otherwise requested.) Please enjoy the notebook entries, and thanks for reading.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

This week’s disgusting Nazi swastika (y'know, Israel) cartoon from Al-Ahram. As usual, the dripping blood is a nice touch.

Anyway, this week’s Orwellian “Say What?” moment from Ah-Ahram comes from Nader Fergany, the director of Almishkat Research Centre and the lead author of the Arab Human Development Report, who wants us to know, among other fascinating things, that

Our leaders are Muslims. They even boast of being guardians of Islam's sacred sites -- although Israel now holds one of the two holiest places in Islam.

Uh, say what?

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