Outside the New York perimeter, the world is, as usual, blowing up. Israel observed a brief truce to allow humatarian aid into Gaza, and then commenced to bomb the shit out of them again. Russia is doing its usual mid-winter nut-squeeze on the oil pipeline leading through the Ukraine to Europe, and blaming the Ukraine for it. This will persist until the Ukraine pays more for Russian gas. Turkey arrested 30 men, including retired generals and a former police chief, claiming they wanted to overthrow the government: the home of Turkey’s former chief prosecutor was searched. (Also some Turks, mad about Gaza, protested the Israeli basketball team, bringing their local game to a halt.) And China is threatening Google for promoting porn in their workers’ paradise. Count your blessings!
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 7, 2009