Sunday, January 02, 2005

Back in action - Chrenkoff updates 

As promised - it's Sunday, 2 January, and I'm back in Brisbane - tanned, rested and ready to resume blogging. The holiday has been fantastic - once the tsunami clean-up finishes, be sure to visit the areas which suffered; I'm with Tim Blair and Glenn Reynolds on this one - you can keep on helping the victims and their families with your tourism dollars - but once you visit Thailand or Indonesia, come and relax in the Whitsunday Islands.

To get the blog ball rolling, here's some updates on my recent posts:

"Of violins and violations" - the strange case of a Palestinian violinist allegedly forced to play his instrument at an Israeli checkpoint: Dave L of Israellycool reports that even the peace activist who filmed the incident doesn't believe the violinist was ordered to play by the soldiers.

"Devil's Advocates" - the profile of Saddam's all-star Western defense team. I mentioned then that Ramsey Clark was a sad omission in an otherwise very impressive line-up. Well, not anymore (hat tip: Daveed and Willis).

I suspect I'll be blogging a lot more about the tsunami, but here for the starters are two interesting viewpoints from my fellow bloggers, which found their way into my email inbox:

NZ Bear agrees that commerce is the best form of aid (long term, of course), and would encourage you to buy some coffee and tea from the tsunami affected countries and area - and he provides you with a handy list of products, too, to start shopping.

The Diplomad
, meanwhile, notes: "Well, we're heading into Day 7 of the Asian quake/tsunami crisis. And the UN relief effort? Nowhere to be seen except at some meetings and on CNN and BBC as talking heads. In this corner of the Far Abroad, it's Yanks and Aussies doing the hard, sweaty work of saving lives." I'm sure the UN aid will start coming in, right after the UN finishes solving the Darfur problem.


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