links for 2009-01-26

  • Interesting, and compelling, op-ed on the Palestinian crisis from an unexpected source:

    THE shocking level of the last wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence, which ended with this weekend’s cease-fire, reminds us why a final resolution to the so-called Middle East crisis is so important. It is vital not just to break this cycle of destruction and injustice, but also to deny the religious extremists in the region who feed on the conflict an excuse to advance their own causes.

    But everywhere one looks, among the speeches and the desperate diplomacy, there is no real way forward. A just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians is possible, but it lies in the history of the people of this conflicted land, and not in the tired rhetoric of partition and two-state solutions.

    (tags: politics palestine israel)

  • We ate at Eat Fish in Bedford yesterday. Fabulous food. Try the Lobster Bisque – outstanding

    (tags: fish food restaurant bedford)

  • Charles Stross gives some great arguments against using proprietary formats for personal work

    (tags: linux microsoft software opensource writing)