Archive for May 27, 2004
There is an important article on Fallujah in the recent issue of Harper’s. Can somebody find a link?
“I want them to hit everything,” he said. “I want them to use the big planes, the small planes, everything they can that will help out there, and let’s start giving them a little shock.”
Humane colonization: Bush promises Iraqis “a humane, well-supervised prison system.” Iraqis immediately take to the streets to celebrate and rejoice.
Full text: The Kissinger Telcons: National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 123 (thanks anonymous)
Times admits flawed pre-war coverage: Reporters over-relied on Iraqi exiles’ claims
Iraqis say U.S. soldiers steal during house raids (Israelis used to do that too in South Lebanon).
The peach season is about to begin. 2 % of Angry Arab’s earthly pleasures (and atheists have only earthly pleasures to contend with) is derived from the peach season.
How Public is Public Radio? A study of NPRÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s guest list
UN fury over Bush attempts to install PM: Bush cannot understand why Iraqis would not like Paul Wolfowitz as their Prime Minister
Make no mistake about it. On Jon Stewart’s Daily Show on Comedy Central you hear much more wise, insightful, daring, and informed critique of US policies than you do on the “mainstream” respected news channels. This although I often hear obnoxious antiArab/anti-Muslim comments on the show. I heard that Stewart was a socialist in High [...]
U.S. military arrests war’s ‘bargaining chips’: Rights groups say practice holding people to pressure wanted relatives to surrender violates laws (good article Mohamad)
Bush administration has used 27 rationales for war in Iraq, study says. 347668 rationales to follow.
Did the Washington Post create Ahmad Chalabi? I thought it was Judith Miller and Bernard Lewis.
I heard several news media outlets saying rather casually that the US is low looking for terrorists who “do not look like what we think terrorists should look like.” Just like that. Once in a discussion after a movie on the Palestinians at Colorado College, a member of the audience asked me politely and casually [...]
Amnesty: ‘Bankrupt’ war on terror is world’s most damaging conflict in 50 years
OK. I am willing to compromise on the Larry King matter. He can get to keep his show, and even extend it to 2 hours a day. Just put him on another channel. He would be great on the Potato Cable Channel. What do you think?
For those of your are fans of torture: Prison Interrogations in Iraq Seen as Yielding Little Data on Rebels
I am sad. Amer just informed me that French Orientalist Maxime Rodinson has died. He was a huge influence on my thinking, although I never met him. I learned so much from his books and articles, and always made an effort to read everything he wrote. I find it ironic that the best biography of [...]