Archive for May 20, 2004
From Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani’s Bread, Hashish, and Moon (my translation): “In the nights of the East when… the moon reaches its fullness.. The East is stripped from any dignity and struggle.. And the millions which run without shoes… and which believe in four wives… and in the Day of Judgment.. The millions that do [...]
My dear friend Joseph’s article Imperial mementos
From a poem by Egyptian poet Amal Dunqul (my translation): “I die in bed…the way donkeys die I die, and the horn.. is blown in Damascus.. I die in the street: in the prefumes and fashion I die, and the enemies trample on the face of righteousness. Not a spot on my body does not [...]
A Patriotic Star: An evangelical US general played a pivotal role in Iraqi prison scandal
Even America’s favorite puppet/embezzler (Chalabi) says: “My message to the CPA is ‘let my people go. Let my people go free.’ “
SEXUAL DOMINATION IN UNIFORM: AN AMERICAN VALUE (thanks Julie)
Bulldozers crush hope in Rafah camp
‘US soldiers started to shoot us, one by one’
Iraqis Provide New Details of Abuse
Videos Amplify Picture of Violence
I went to Stanford yesterday to watch the showing of the documentary About Baghdad. (thanks for losing my car Nirvana). I was delighted to introduce my friend Sinan, who is one of the directors/producers, along with my friend Bassam. The movie chronicles Sinan’s return to Baghdad after years in exile, and it focuses on living [...]
Excellent photo collage by Nico: GAZA UNDER SIEGE (thanks Nico) May disturb people with hearts.
From Egyptian poet’s Amal Dunqul’s Ending (my translation): “Oh…who will stop the windmills in my head? Who will remove the knives from my heart? Who will kill my poor children…? In order that they do not…grow up in the red furnished apartments.. servants.. catamites.. pimps… who will kill my poor children?”
About 200 American and international advisers will continue to work at 26 Iraqi ministries as consultants after the June 30 transfer of authority to Iraq, Bush administration planners said Wednesday. At the oil ministry, some 58577930030 American advisors will help advise.
Women Missing from CNN’s View of World
Anti-American sentiment rising in Asia
Donald Rumsfeld on the whereabouts of Usamah Bin Laden: “We do know of certain knowledge that he is either in Afghanistan, or in some other country, or dead.”
The stories sound familiar: Muslim prisoners beaten and sexually humiliated by American guards. But it happened in Brooklyn, not Baghdad. (thanks for the article Michelle). You can get a free one-day pass for Salon.com
Many in Baghdad decry what they see as a light sentence for the abuse of prisoners. They contend the case was designed to serve U.S. interests.
“Pentagon records provide the clearest view yet of the U.S. tactics used at Anu Ghraib and elsewhere to coax secrets from Iraqis. Brutal interrogation techniques by U.S. military personnel are being investigated in connection with the deaths of at least five Iraqi prisoners in war-zone detention camps, Pentagon documents obtained by The Denver Post show. [...]