There’s No Gas in Gaza

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The irony is striking. The response time of the international community to two very different situations is telling. Yesterday Moscow heeded pressure by, amongst others, a group of EU nations and reopened the much needed gas supply to the countries currently not enjoying extreme bouts of cold. The dispute with the Ukraine regarding the price of gas has not been solved and may become acrimonious again but it was sensibly decided to reopen the gas supply and avoid any potential sufferance in the coming weeks.

Zoom to Gaza where Hamas show the first signs of caving in to the might of Israeli rockets. Israel seems set to move into Gaza City as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tries a last ditch mission to negotiate a truce.

Slovakia had been on the brink of blackout. Hungary had to halt supplies to Serbia and Bulgaria for technical reasons. In stepped the EU and before you know it mediation between Russia and Ukraine is in place and the gas is flowing. Of course Russia made its point. It brought Europe to its knees.  The Economist cartoon of the week makes the point clearly by portraying an EU man lying down and tied to the ground by pipes in a Gulliver fashion with two other men – Russia and the Ukraine  – fighting on top of him. The prostrate Europe is saying to the two “Ok  you two… you know where I stand on the matter”. Which is exactly what it could not really afford to do. Stand that is. Russia had Europe by the balls… and all this with the excuse that it had a tiff with Ukraine.

Meanwhile back to Gaza where the rockets fly, Palestinians are living a daily mess and the embargo on journalists means that Palestinian bloggers are the only source of information (and foreign bloggers in Palestine). Mediation is not exactly foreseeable in the near future… at least not until the Israelis are satisfied that they have incapacitated Hamas’ military power.

Elsewhere the sun sets on the Shambles of the Bush Empire. Speaking at his last press conference he referred to the fact that no weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq. “You may call it a mistake…”, said he… talk about no regrets. Pity no journalist was equipped with metal tipped DM’s to hurl at the bastard.  May he get itches in places where he cannot scratch.

Such a pity there’s no Gas in Gaza.

addendum: Vittorio Arrigoni blogging from Gaza (the real blog journalism)

6 responses to “There’s No Gas in Gaza

  1. source: http://stoptheism.com/Default.asp?M=21

    VITTORIO ARRIGONI (PICTURED BELOW) IS CURRENTLY IN GAZA ASSISTING HAMAS

    ARRIGONI HAS BEEN DEPORTED REPEATEDLY BY ISRAEL AND WAS DEPORTED NOT ONLY IN 2005 BUT JUST LAST MONTH AFTER ENTERING GAZA ILEGALLY WITH THE GAZA FLOTILLA. HE WAS CAPTURED BY THE IDF NAVY AND DEPORTED ONLY TO SHOW UP AGAIN IN GAZA WITH THE ISM HAVING REENTERED JUST DAYS LATER WITH THE GAZA FLOTILLA.

    ARRIGONI WAS AWARDED A MEDAL FROM HAMAS AND IS CURRENTLY DOING HUMAN SHIELD WORK FOR HAMAS IN GAZA. WE PROVIDE THIS PHOTO SO THE IDF CAN HOPEFULLY FIND HIM AND GET RID OF HIM PERMANENTLY. THE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT BEHAVFED DISGRACEFULLY DURING THE ACHILLE LAURO AFFAIR AND ENABLED MACHMOUD ABBAS TO ESCAPE AFTER HIS CAPTURE BY THE US MILITARY> WE DOUBT THE ITALIAN GOVERNMENT WOULD BE OVERLY CONCERNED BY THIS RECIVIDVIST ANARCHIST FOR HAMAS AND THE ISM AND HOPE HE BECOMES A TARGET FOR PERMANENT REMOVAL:

  2. quite a disturbing website.

  3. Erm Sandro. Because the Israelis cannot stand Arrigoni that makes him bad?

    Arrigoni is a journalist with Il Manifesto and currently blogs from Gaza. Of course he is helping Palestinians in Gaza which probably does not make him the first candidate for a Star of David medal does it?

  4. “Sono critico sugli errori palestinesi (il più grave aver eletto hamas) e mi pare di averlo già riconosciuto…” – Vittorio Arrigoni

  5. That website gave me the shivers.

  6. War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields

    The military invasion of the Gaza Strip by Israeli Forces bears a direct relation to the control and ownership of strategic offshore gas reserves.

    This is a war of conquest. Discovered in 2000, there are extensive gas reserves off the Gaza coastline.

    British Gas (BG Group) and its partner, the Athens based Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) owned by Lebanon’s Sabbagh and Koury families, were granted oil and gas exploration rights in a 25 year agreement signed in November 1999 with the Palestinian Authority.

    read more over here:

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=11680

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