Archive for May 18, 2004
From Egyptian poet Amal Dunqul’s Death in Bed (my translation): “Blood before sleep we wear it..a garb blood has become water spilled every day… blood in the pillows with its dark color and hot milk is sold by newspapers… spoiled milk spoiled milk spoiled milk”
From the poem Homeland by Syrian poet Adonis (my translation): “To the faces that harden under the mask of melancholy I bow down; to the paths where I left my tears behind, to a father who died as green as a cloud with a sail on his face I bow down; and to a child [...]
The commander of GuantÃƒÂ¡namo Bay, sacked amid charges from the Pentagon that he was too soft on detainees, said he faced constant tension from military interrogators trying to extract information from inmates.
The Israeli army killed at least 20 Palestinians, including children. (thanks anonymous)
Bush White House checked with rapture Christians before latest Israel move (thanks Yun)
U.S. forces beat three Iraqis working for Reuters and subjected them to sexual and religious taunts and humiliation during their detention last January in a military camp near Falluja.
Ã¢â‚¬ËœDefinitely a Cover-UpÃ¢â‚¬â„¢: Former Abu Ghraib Intel Staffer Says Army Concealed Involvement in Abuse Scandal
Pervasive Abuse Alleged by Freed Detainees, Red Cross
Death of Prisoner Detailed in Testimony
To the person who left me an annoying message on my office’s answering machine, you are quite annoying; to “Angry American”, I have not, and will not, change my opinions; and to all those who keep sending me (polite and impolite) invitations and requests to leave the US, I am not leaving the Land of [...]
From Syrian poet Adonis’ The Traveler (my translation): A traveler who has left my face on the glass of my lamp My map is a land without a creator Rejection is my bible.
This is an important development in the US war and occupation of Iraq. Hasan Nasrallah (the secretary-general of Hizbullah–the Party of God) just gave a speech in Lebanon. It was carried live (in part) on AlJazeera and (in full) on Al-Manar TV. I watched it. I have noted before (in an article I had written [...]
They are not really human, so they will not feel the pain, by ROBIN TOLMACH LAKOFF “An American soldier refers to an Iraqi prisoner as “it.” A general speaks not of “Iraqi fighters” but of “the enemy.” A weapons manufacturer doesn’t talk about people but about “targets.” Bullets and bombs are not the only tools [...]