Archive for April, 2004

Oh, and LA reminds me of Beirut, and I don’t mean that as a compliment to either city. Both are big on fakeries (and bakeries); and they both thrive on ostentation, superficiality, imitation, lack of style in architecture, sexist plastic surgery, excellent restaurants and beaches, contempt for the poor, rigid social hierarchies, and promotion of […]

Posted on April 30, 2004 by As'ad

Being a Saudi political activist means learning to do jail time

Posted on April 30, 2004 by As'ad

Where US snipers fire at ambulances

Posted on April 30, 2004 by As'ad

Pictures of US soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners of war. American patriots amused.

Posted on April 30, 2004 by As'ad

There were 1,442 state and federal court-authorized communications intercepts in 2003, up 6 percent from 2002, a U.S. court agency reported Friday.

Posted on April 30, 2004 by As'ad

Asked how many American troops have died in Iraq, the Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian (Paul Wolfowitz) estimated Thursday the total was about 500 — more than 200 soldiers short.

Posted on April 30, 2004 by As'ad

U.S. Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners Inflame Arabs (but not American patriots).

Posted on April 30, 2004 by As'ad

U.S. Forces Turn to Saddam General

Posted on April 30, 2004 by As'ad

Anti-American grafitti

Posted on April 30, 2004 by As'ad

What the US papers don’t say

Posted on April 30, 2004 by As'ad

When you disagree with the cruel US colonial war in Iraq, people often tell you that you do not speak for Iraqis. They often give you anecdotal evidence instead: as in, once I met this guy, who knew this woman, whose uncle once talked to somebody, whose nephew talked to an Iraqi on the phone, […]

Posted on April 30, 2004 by As'ad

To those from UCLA who emailed me, I will be speaking tomorrow afternoon at Ralph Bunch’s hall. He (Ralph Bunch, that is) was a lousy person, if you ask me. There are two good biographies of him. He was mostly silent about racial injustice, and did not mind being used as the token black member […]

Posted on April 30, 2004 by As'ad

I am finishing Bob Woodward’s book. Will share my reactions (to those who care).

Posted on April 30, 2004 by As'ad

I am addicted to Northern California weather. I believe it is the best weather the world over. Southern California is more warm; too warm for my taste. I keep my house at 63 degrees (F) during the summer. We had an unusually hot weather last week. No, I do not blame Bush for the weather […]

Posted on April 30, 2004 by As'ad

..off to UCLA.

Posted on April 29, 2004 by As'ad

Now who is really behind the attacks on US troops in Iraq? Well, here is the chronology according to US officials: first, it was Saddam Husayn; no, it is his cancer-stricken deputy who looks like my grandfather on his deathbed; no it is the man with the wooden leg (Abu Mus`ab Az-Zarqawi) who hops and […]

Posted on April 29, 2004 by As'ad

IDF admits it killed Palestinian lecturer by mistake. But they admit that the killing of other tens of thousands of Palestinians over the decades was NOTa mistake.

Posted on April 29, 2004 by As'ad

“In their new book, “The Bushes,” Peter and Rochelle Schweizer, who interviewed many Bushes, including the president’s father and his brother Jeb, quote one unnamed relative as saying that W. sees the war on terror “as a religious war”: “He doesn’t have a P.C. view of this war. His view of this is that they […]

Posted on April 29, 2004 by As'ad

I am leaving tomorrow for UCLA. Will be back Saturday night. I shall try to update from LA but may not have time.

Posted on April 28, 2004 by As'ad

The quality of life for Iraq’s poor has deteriorated since the defeat of the Saddam regime, according to a new survey commissioned by Christian Aid.

Posted on April 28, 2004 by As'ad