Archive: Feb 2010

Latma's Tribal Update this week discusses among other things, the Mossad hit against Haman in Shushan.  The second sketch is a parody of a television personality here in Israel who does a lot of commercials. You may or may not understand it. Also some of the news briefs are inside baseball. But you'll get the drift.   The sound quality this week isn't great and we apologize for that. Our studios were broken into hours before we shot the show and most of our equipment was stol…
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 There is something pathetic about what passes as European foreign policy these days. Quite simply, more often than not, the concerted positions of the EU member nations have nothing to do with any of their national interests.  Take the EU's initial response to the killing of Hamas terror-master Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai on January 19. A senior terrorist engaging in the illegal purchase of illicit arms from Iran for Hamas-controlled Gaza is killed in his hotel room. The same Dub…
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Fahmi Shabaneh is an odd candidate for dissident status. Shabaneh is a Jerusalemite whojoined the Palestinian Authority's General Intelligence Service in 1994. Working for PA head Mahmoud Abbas and GIS commander Tawfik Tirawi, Shabaneh was tasked with investigating Arab Jerusalemites suspected of selling land to Jews. Such salesare a capital offense in the PA. Since 1994 scores of Arabs have been the victims of extrajudicial executions after having been fingered by the likes of Sh…
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This week's show from my Hebrew language media satire website latma.co.il discusses among other things the sorry tale of Uri Korb, the Assistant District Attorney in Jerusalem. Korb, who serves as the chief prosecutor in Ehud Olmert's upcoming trial was forced to take a leave of absence this week.  In his spare time Korb teaches law and a student of his who is suspected of having ties to Olmert's defense team taped him joking with his class about the Supreme Court justices. He criticiz…
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I am going to depart from my area of expertise to discuss a film. The Hurt Locker has been hailed by conservatives and liberals and everyone in between as the best movie about the war in Iraq to date. I just saw it. It literally made me sick. I think that it is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. In truth, I don't see many movies. I don't recall seeing any movies about Iraq. I watched this one because I happened to be visiting relatives who happened to have rented it. If this is what…
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This week at Latma we translated our weekly videocast "The Tribal Update" into English. It is our intention to translate all of our videos into English from now on and I will post them here as well.Enjoy!  
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US President Barack Obama is an inept, incompetent leader. More than his failure to pass his domestic agenda on health care and global warming despite his Democratic Party's control over both houses of Congress, Iran's announcement on Thursday that it is a nuclear power and has the capacity to produce weapons-grade uranium is a testament to Obama's feckless incompetence. Even his most ardent supporters are admitting this. Take The New York Times. In a news analysis Thursday of Obama's failu…
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 A regional war may well be approaching. The actions and statements of Iran and its Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian proxies over the past week or so indicate that this is what Israel's enemies are gunning for. In preparing for this growing threat, Israel's leaders need to consider more than just the military challenges it faces. They must consider the political actors at home and abroad that limit the IDF's ability to fight to victory and develop strategies for neutralizing those acto…
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