DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE:Israeli Crackdown; Landmines & Clusters, Oh My!

Israeli Crackdown; Landmines & Clusters, Oh My! By Conn Hallinan
Thursday March 04, 2010 - 08:45:00 AM

A heavy-handed crack down on Israeli dissidents is drawing sharp criticism by human rights organizations and at least a mild judicial slap on the wrist for the government of Benjamin Netanyahu. The authorities are targeting such groups as B’Tselem, New Israel Fund (NIF), the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), as well as foreign activists in the occupied West Bank. -more-

UNDERCURRENTS: The Dellums Administration Gets It Wrong On Last Year’s Parking Enforcement Crackdown

By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor
Thursday March 04, 2010 - 08:39:00 AM

Wrong, indefensible, and inexcusable. That’s the best way to describe the actions of the Dellums Administration surrounding what appears to be the unequal and outright discriminatory parking ticket practices city administrators put into effect in Oakland this summer and fall, tried to pretend they didn’t, and then blamed on the City Council. -more-

GREEN NEIGHBORS: Beware the Fruitless Mulberry

By Ron Sullivan
Wednesday March 03, 2010 - 05:52:00 PM
Cute fuzzy little death-dealing fruitless-mulberry blossoms. Last year was especially floriferous.

As Joe has been ribbing me: I’m learning phenology the hard way. -more-