Archive for June, 2004

I cannot believe how displeased some of you were regarding my comment about conspiracy theories. I was just talking about that to an audience in the Shi`ite southern suburbs of Beirut last night. There are conspiracies in the world, we just have to be careful to not peddle a conspiracy unless it is substantiated and […]

Posted on June 30, 2004 by As'ad

Most Arabic newspapers I saw today mocked the “transfer of authority.” Only the pro-Saudi/pro-US newspaper AlHayat had the headline “Iraq turn over the page of occupation.” The New TV evening newscast yesterday led with “Bremer fled Iraq.” Cartoonists are having a field day with the “transfer of authority.” The cab driver who dropped me off […]

Posted on June 29, 2004 by As'ad

Affecting Iraqi Shi`ite attitudes to occupation, or to how to deal with and oppose occupation, are two major factors: 1) real fear of Saddam’s return as long as he is alive (this explains Shi’ite insistence on an immediate trial, and presumably execution of Saddam); 2) real fear of the havoc and agenda of Wahhabi fanatics […]

Posted on June 28, 2004 by As'ad

I have much to say but little time. Can somebody find me the link for Wolfowitz’s talk before congress from last week? and Prince Nayif’s interview with Le Figaro? What a mess and a sad joke in Iraq. Even the “transfer” of authority was out of control of US. US feared an explosion of explosions […]

Posted on June 28, 2004 by As'ad

U.N. Investigators Appeal to U.S.: Human Rights Workers Seeking Access to Detention Centers (a.k.a. Houses of Freedom)

Posted on June 27, 2004 by As'ad

The Best Goebbels of All?

Posted on June 27, 2004 by As'ad

U.S. Edicts Curb Power Of Iraq’s Puppet Leadership

Posted on June 27, 2004 by As'ad

Iraqi puppet Prime Minister/Car Bomber offers amnesty for insurgents and car bombers (like himself). He, in fact, promises to treat car bombers as a respected group, very much like a religious or ethnic group within Iraq. Allawi offers special seats in puppet cabinets and puppet parliaments for car bombers. Car bombers will also receive salaries […]

Posted on June 27, 2004 by As'ad

Right Man’s Burden

Posted on June 27, 2004 by As'ad

Finally, this is the final cover and, yet again, the final title and subtitle of my Saudi Arabia book. It will be out in a matter of…days now.

Posted on June 26, 2004 by As'ad

Palestine does not have crude oil; but it has olive oil. (thanks Nadya)

Posted on June 26, 2004 by As'ad

Hidden costs of pipeline meant to safeguard West’s oil supply

Posted on June 26, 2004 by As'ad

Cultural sensitivity: US Army Told Not to Use Israeli Bullets in Iraq

Posted on June 25, 2004 by As'ad

Aid workers accuse the Khartoum government of blocking food supplies to complete a campaign of ethnic cleansing

Posted on June 25, 2004 by As'ad

Costs of “Liberation”: In a Chaotic New Iraq, A Young Widow Turns to Prostitution (thanks Maryam)

Posted on June 25, 2004 by As'ad

As I have often stated: Bin Laden has no fans in those lands. Saudi Arabia and its youth maybe the only exception from what I hear. Once again, I looked carefully into the graffiti on the walls (where my past contributions from my high-school days can still be discerned in some neighborhoods) and found only […]

Posted on June 24, 2004 by As'ad

Mind matters (thanks Brenda)

Posted on June 23, 2004 by As'ad

THIS IS ZIONISM: Poll: 64% of Israeli Jews support encouraging Arabs to leave (thanks Zeina)

Posted on June 23, 2004 by As'ad

Israeli Soldiers Steal the Flowers of Nablus for Prison (thanks Zeina)

Posted on June 23, 2004 by As'ad

Saddam’s laws will be enforced by US troops: “Wolfowitz said it is possible that U.S. troops could be used to enforce Iraqi martial law after the partial transfer of power a week from now.”

Posted on June 23, 2004 by As'ad