August 9th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Amy Winehouse Treated for Exhaustion

Amy Winehouse Treated for Exhaustion

The Associated Press
Wednesday, August 8, 2007; 11:04 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Amy Winehouse was hospitalized in London Wednesday for "severe exhaustion," a Universal Music spokeswoman said.

The 23-year-old soul singer was released in the afternoon and advised to "take complete rest," said Serena Gallagher. Winehouse's scheduled performances in Norway and Denmark this week have been canceled.

The big-haired singer is scheduled to begin the North American leg of her tour in September.

Chris Keeley

Henry Siegman on the Peace Process Scam--London Review of Books 8/16/07

The Great Middle East Peace Process Scam

   Henry Siegman

When Ehud Olmert and George W. Bush met at the White House in June, they
concluded that Hamas's violent ousting of Fatah from Gaza – which
brought down the Palestinian national unity government brokered by the
Saudis in Mecca in March – had presented the world with a new 'window of
opportunity'. [*]
<> (Never has a
failed peace process enjoyed so many windows of opportunity.) Hamas's
isolation in Gaza, Olmert and Bush agreed, would allow them to grant
generous concessions to the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, giving
him the credibility he needed with the Palestinian people in order to
prevail over Hamas.

Both Bush and Olmert have spoken endlessly of their commitment to a
two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, but it is their
determination to bring down Hamas rather than to build up a Palestinian
state that animates their new-found enthusiasm for making Abbas look
good. That is why their expectation that Hamas will be defeated is
illusory. Palestinian moderates will never prevail over those considered
extremists, since what defines moderation for Olmert is Palestinian
acquiescence in Israel's dismemberment of Palestinian territory. In the
end, what Olmert and his government are prepared to offer Palestinians
will be rejected by Abbas no less than by Hamas, and will only confirm
to Palestinians the futility of Abbas's moderation and justify its
rejection by Hamas. Equally illusory are Bush's expectations of what
will be achieved by the conference he recently announced would be held
in the autumn (it has now been downgraded to a 'meeting'). In his view,
all previous peace initiatives have failed largely, if not exclusively,
because Palestinians were not ready for a state of their own. The
meeting will therefore focus narrowly on Palestinian
institution-building and reform, under the tutelage of Tony Blair, the
Quartet's newly appointed envoy.Collapse )