Archive for April 17, 2004
“I cannot pretend aught truly to know, I cannot pretend that I as a teacher might help or convert a fellow creature.” Goethe (Faust)
“…And I see; what do I see? death, ashes, and fire.” Khalil Hawi (River of Ashes)
These are from impressions of a former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia after his return from a trip to the region. “The most charitable characterization of the Iraqi Governing Council (widely known as “Ahmed Chalabi and the Twenty Thieves”)…They see it as truly Orwellian to describe a large U.S. force accompanied by a small number [...]
This is Adam Shatz’s first part article on Hizbullah in NYR of books. Adam spent time in Lebanon and interviewed Hasan Nasrallah, among many others. He (and I) would like to thank Mirvat for her help during his visit to Lebanon.
Innocent victims in Falujah: “These include the mother of six-year-old Haider Abdel-Wahab, shot and killed while hanging out laundry; his father, shot in the head; Haider himself, and his brothers, crushed but dug out alive after a US missile struck their house. They include children who died of head wounds. They include an old woman [...]
If you have been enjoying your Heroin, be grateful to “liberated” Afghanistan.
Russia dumps its children on the streets
Saudi ambassador in DC was told of US war plans before Colin Powell.
Uzbekistan is repressing a religious resurgence. The former Communist government makes no excuses — but the backlash is deadly.
“President Bush Backs Israel, Yet Again.”
The case has set off alarm bells that Mossad agents may be masquerading as harmless New Zealand travelers abroad, the New Zealand Herald said.
Now that he has united Sunnis and Shi`ites, Bush will try to unite Protestants and Catholics: Sunni Group Allies Itself With Sadr
A Saudi TV presenter who says she was beaten by her husband has allowed newspapers to show pictures of her swollen face to highlight domestic abuse. (thanks Rick)
For those who care, I will be speaking on Radio Monte Carlo next Tuesday at 8:30AM (Pacific Time).
I am not making this up: Neo-consrvative MICHAEL LEDEEN wants a regime change in Iran, to protect the regime change project in Iraq.
Bush Legitimizes Terrorism, by Robert Fisk.
“The Carnage According to Gen. Kimmitt” by my friend Virginia.
I (and the Lebanese Minister of Culture) will be guests on Bayna Qawsayn program on Al-Manar TV tomorrow (Sunday) at 11:30AM (Pacific Time). I will appear via phone.
I watched footage of Muqtada As-Sadr yesterday on Middle East TV stations. Again, I am really astonished at his arrogance and rudeness. He would be walking through a crowd and people would try to touch him or greet him, and he would actually give them dirty looks, or wave them off. What is with that? [...]