Archive for August 22, 2004
The Assembly of the Birds: Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-tair (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din cAttar, ca. 1600; Safavid. (Painted by Habib AllahIran (Isfahan) ).
Najaf, Iraq. (And you do not need to know Arabic to understand the picture.)
News from the other country that “Bush” had “liberated”: The United Nations should withdraw all its personnel from Afghanistan as the country has become too dangerous to work in, the UN staff union has said.
United States army medics have been accused of being complicit in the abuse of Iraqi inmates at Abu Ghraib prison.
“US deal ‘wrecks Middle East peace’ “: What Middle East “peace”.
“The East is to be opened and transformed, whether we will it or not; the standards of the West are to be imposed upon it; nations and peoples who have stood still the centuries through are to be quickened and to be made part of the universal world of commerce and of ideas. …” Woodrow [...]
Guantanamo’s military trials are condemned as grossly unfair.
This is from the pen of Pentagon propagandist/New York Times correspondent John Burns on the career of Iraqi puppet prime minister/car bomber/Saddam’s former assassin/embezzler-in-Yemen: “Due process was not always his mÃƒÂ©tier, as Iraqis who knew him as a young medical student on the Baghdad University campus in the 1970′s recall. Then, these people say, Dr. [...]
“I got the impression that US interrogators and CIA officers have not a clue about what they are doing. Their questions were shallow and indicated serious ignorance of the Iraqi scene.”
This is Zionism: Palestinian child shot in Nablus.
The Iron Sheik is receiving good press.
The Gut Feeling of an Israeli Historian: When US media want to learn about the Middle East, they often turn to Israeli “experts.” They believe that Israelis are better equipped to explain those Arab “savages” to the superior master race. For analysis on Iraq, the media often turn to Israeli historian Amatzia Baram. In fact, [...]
“liberated”–face down. (Kufa, Iraq)
Kashan carpet (second half of 16th century; Safavid)
The US can fight two wars of “liberation” simultaneously: “U.S. soldiers opened fire on a pickup truck that failed to stop at a checkpoint in central Ghazni province in Afghanistan, killing a man and two women and critically injuring two other people, the military said Sunday.”
Residents of Baghdad slum remain defiant in the face of U.S. sweep.
That is what the Middle East needs: the pontification of a spoiled royal brat.