Abraham Foxman

Foxman just announced that it is anti-Semitic not to find him good-looking, eloquent, and funny.  More later on this developing story. 

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

This was part of the Oslo agreement

"Treatment in Gaza was rendered harder by the 1993 Oslo interim peace accords because radiation chemotherapy, the two sides agreed, could have military applications. Only five practicing oncologists remain in Gaza, Shannan notes with gloom."

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

Ambassador William Burns

Amb William Burns has retired. He should not be missed.  This is all that you need to know about him: he walked amid the rubble of the Jenin camp (wearing a mask) and denying that a massacre took place there.

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

The US commits to democracy in the Middle East

"The US has a long-term commitment to Bahrain and the region, a senior American naval officer said yesterday."

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

honest broker?

"The United States isn't, and can't be, a neutral mediator in the Middle East. It has long acted as Israel's closest ally, biggest benefactor, and ultimate guarantor of its security."

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

torture philanthropy

"Bill Gates' philanthropic body, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has been accused of complicity in the torture of Palestinian prisoners through its investment in British security company G4S." (thanks Amir)

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

weeks after Russia became a foe of the US, it earns another honor from Western propaganda

Now it is official: the Russian economy is suddenly declared to be "in shambles".  I always write that since i came to the US in 1983, I have been reading that the Iranian and Syrian economies are in shambles.  The Libyan economy was also in shambles until the Bush administration made a honeymoon deal with Qadhdhafi.

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad



Look how the New York Times publishes unsubstantiated claims by Western propaganda machines

"They faced not only the civilians, but behind them a force of well-armed men in unmarked green uniforms, who Western governments have said are either Russian soldiers or Russian-equipped militants."  If there is a Pulitzer for bullshit it should go to the writer and editor of this piece.

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

look at the language of US newspapers when the protesters dare to oppose a pro-US government?

" crowd of pro-Moscow residents, mingling with covert Russian operatives instigating violence in the east,"  How do you know that they are covert Russian operatives? Not one evidence was presented in this regard beyond the claims by US propagandists.

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

The propaganda account of the Economsit about Syria: they are cheering Al-Qa`idah

"Moreover, the mainstream rebel forces appear to have contained, or at least diminished, what had been a looming threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). Last year this extreme jihadist group, which is commanded by Iraqis and largely manned by foreign fighters, had rapidly expanded its influence in rebel-held areas. Its cruelty and pan-Islamist ideology prompted a Syrian nationalist backlash. Since open intra-rebel fighting erupted in January, ISIS has been pushed back to a rump territory in and around the central city of Raqqa. ISIS’s efforts to break out, either into Kurdish-held regions of the north-east or towards the town of Abu Kamal on the border with Iraq, appear to have been repulsed. This is one reason why other rebels have been freer to reassert their pressure on government forces in Aleppo."  Mainstream? They are talking about Nusrah and its sisters.

PS What is hilarious about this article is the feverish propaganda content of all Economist's coverage about Syria. For the last three years, the Economist has been insisting that the rebels are marching toward victory. Week after week, even bizarrely this very week.

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

quasi-monarchical?

"Simon Henderson, director of the Gulf and Energy Policy Program at The Washington Institute, said in an analysis that "Qatar is likely unwilling to eat humble pie." "Unlike (Saudi) King Abdullah and certain other Gulf leaders, Doha seems to view its own quasi-monarchical political system as above any potential Brotherhood threats," he wrote ... " (thanks Basim)

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

a liberal Wasnington Post columnist on Edward Snowden

So you can imagine the conservatives:  "Certainly, many of the Snowden-fueled disclosures following the original NSA revelation have been gratuitous and harmful; those, and his sheltering in Russia rather than arguing his case in a U.S. court, raise doubts about his motives. "

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

Life in an "elite" US collge

I spent a summer at Dartmouth in the 1990s:  "Dartmouth College’s president lamented Wednesday that the Ivy League school’s promising future “is being hijacked by extreme behavior,” including sex assaults, parties with “racist and sexist undertones,” and a campus culture in which “dangerous drinking has become the rule and not the exception.”"

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

Civilians in Homs

" Virtually no civilians remain, they said."  Wait. Have you not been telling us all along that it is full of civilians? 

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad



Golfing: the Jordanian prime minister


It is widely known in the world: you can learn about golfing from watching the Jordanian prime minister play. (thanks Yusuf)

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

This is the quality of foreign policy analysis in the Washington Post and New York Times

"Obama, in contrast, has shown himself once more to be the opposite of a macho politician. He is reserved and analytical, occasionally caught shirtless on vacation but rarely photographed with the top buttons of his shirt undone. He’s the good boy in the class, sometimes to a fault. "  David Ignatious Al-Saud

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

General Brigadier Michel Kilu

There is an amusing story about how Michele Kilu, most likely at the behest of his sponsor Bandar, tried to form a sectarian Christian battalion in Syria. ha ha

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

Repression by the Israeli state (imagine if the repressive state here is not Israel)

" An Arab citizen of Israel who was detained by the Israeli authorities over the weekend after a visit to Lebanon was released Thursday but ordered to be kept under house arrest. He was being held on suspicion of conducting an unauthorized visit to an enemy state and contact with a foreign agent, according to his lawyers and Israeli security officials.

The man, Majd Kayyal, 23, a Palestinian rights advocate from the northern Israeli port city of Haifa, was arrested on Saturday at a border crossing between Jordan and the West Bank. Mr. Kayyal is a web editor at Adalah, a legal center promoting Arab minority rights in Israel, and a freelance contributor to several publications. He had been invited to Beirut, the Lebanese capital, to attend a conference marking the 40th anniversary of As Safir, a Lebanese newspaper where his writings have appeared regularly.

Under sweeping security restrictions, Mr. Kayyal was not allowed access to a lawyer until Wednesday night. A court-imposed gag order on the case was lifted on Thursday, though reports about the episode had already surfaced on social media and on some foreign websites."

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

Qatari dynasty bows down to Saudi dynasty

This is an account about the Qatari surrender to House of Saud by `Abdul-Bari `Atwan.

Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad

The Middle East is lucky: the US really hearts the region


Posted on April 18, 2014 by As'ad