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 [...]
Being a Saudi political activist means learning to do jail time
Where US snipers fire at ambulances
Pictures of US soldiers torturing Iraqi prisoners of war. American patriots amused.
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.
Asked how many American troops have died in Iraq, the Pentagon’s No. 2 civilian (Paul Wolfowitz) estimated Thursday the total was about 500 Гўв‚¬вЂќ more than 200 soldiers short.
U.S. Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners Inflame Arabs (but not American patriots).
U.S. Forces Turn to Saddam General
What the US papers don’t say
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, [...]
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 [...]
I am finishing Bob Woodward’s book. Will share my reactions (to those who care).
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 [...]
..off to UCLA.
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 [...]
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.
“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 [...]
I am leaving tomorrow for UCLA. Will be back Saturday night. I shall try to update from LA but may not have time.
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.