Archive for December 28, 2003
From the x-mass issue of the Economist, the best magazine there is: “WHAT is Islam’s greatest gift to the world? The faith of the Koran, Muslims will promptly sayГўв‚¬вЂќalong, some would add, with the Arabic language. Yet it may be that the single most pervasive legacy of Islamic civilisation is not holy scripture, but the [...]
Some of the latest countries to grant women suffrage are: Switzerland (1971), Iraq (1980), Namibia (1989), South Africa – black population (1994). Some countries still do not have universal suffrage. Among them are Brunei Darussalam, Kuwait, Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates. Among the developing nations which have not ratified the Convention [...]
Not in the US press: Iyad `Allawi, the member of the Iraqi puppet council who used to work for Saddam’s intelligence apparatus, and who chased and killed Saddam’s enemies in Europe, according to `Abbas, and who is now a key client of US occupation in Iraq, speaks to Al-Hayat: he calls for a CLOSED trial [...]
The Palestinian right of return. Nobody can abrogate it.
Mass grave found in Algeria. You will not be hearing about it; the government responsible is a close ally of the US. US supports the right of its allies to burry in mass graves, provided they call the victims “terrorists.”
Brazil will NOT allow inspections of its nuclear site. Bush says: It is ok. Brazil is not Muslim, nor Arab.
Even Iraqi singers at mad at US. But the good news remain good: US is NOT mad at US. That is all what counts.
IAEA chief says that Libya was not even close to making nuclear weapons. Upon hearing the alarming news, Bush orders the bombing of Libya, and the liberation of its people.
Evidence of Mad Cow disease found in different states. In other news, George W. Bush brags that he is still eating plenty of beef.
Need I say anything: An hour with N. Chomsky.
Dean is receiving lessons in foreign policy. Lesson no. 1: Don’t you ever talk about “even-handed” US policy in the Middle East. Lesson no. 2: Do not ever worry about Israel WMDs, but worry a great deal about potential Arab weapons. Lesson 3: stay ignorant, and encourage the public to stay ignorant. Lesson 4: never, [...]
A policy that is based on the longevity of P. Musharraf is hanging by a thread.
The Democrats keep ignoring the poor voters of the South, black and white.
Amos Elon on the very special relations between the US and Israel. The second part has an interesting treatment on US disregard of Israeli nuclear arsenal. For information on that, see the BBC report or even the MSNBC report. If that is not enough, read the report of the Federation of American Scientists. All that [...]
Make no mistake about it: Bush is emulating Saddam’s rule in Iraq. Not in the US press (from AlHayat today): the US colonial administration has issued a royal decree in which it is stated that demonstrations in Iraq are banned unless they are authorized in advance by the colonial powers. Those who wish to demonstrate [...]
Iraq: quicksand and blood.
The enemy is getting tougher to defeat, says this Bin Laden expert.
US troops morale is low, obviously, despite the brave 2 hours trop by Bush.
This is the member of the puppet council who was a Saddam intelligence henchman, and who (acccording to my friend Abbas–just in case he sues me) used to chase and kill Saddam’s opponents in Europe. He is now writing in the Washington Post, daring to speak in the name of all Iraqis. As a spokesperson [...]
I do not mean to disturb you, but there is a war going on in Afghanistan, long liberated by Bush.