Archive for August 31, 2004
The Banquet of the Physicians (Syria, 1273).
Balance of power?
The End by Syrian poet Nasib `Aridah (my translation): Shroud them! And bury them! Place them deep into the grave and leave, do not mourn them It is a people that are dead, and will not awake It was humiliated, It was killed, It was burdened, beyond its capacity, It endured humiliation for ages It [...]
Iraq’s forgotten hostages.
Top U.S. general in Iraq sent memo authorizing use of dogs to scare prisoners.
The war on “terrorism” continues in Afghanistan: “Local police and aid workers said that between six and eight villagers were killed and nine wounded by U.S. bombing in Weradesh, in Konar province’s Manogi district. They said several houses were also destroyed.”
Army investigators have recommended bringing abuse-related charges against 26 soldiers stemming from a probe into the deaths of two detainees in Afghanistan in December 2002.
And this is supposed to be the “only democracy in the Middle East”? The decision on whether to screen a movie, A MOVIE, on Jenin in Israel, had to go to the Israeli Supreme Court. That only proves this: Cyprus is the only democracy in the Middle East.
Hostage crisis unites France behind headscarf ban. I sure am glad.
George W. Bush wants you to vote for him because he pledges to win the war on terrorism, although he thinks that it cannot be won. OK!
The Archbishop of Canterbury has allowed Muslims to go to “heaven.”
Today, 27 million people are enslaved, more than at the height of the transatlantic slave trade.
Kidnappings backfire on Iraq militants: The kidnapping of French journalists has sparked anger across a broad spectrum of the Muslim world. (I can attest to that from watching Arabic media).
“Federal air marshals have slept on the job, tested positive for alcohol or drugs while on duty, lost their weapons and falsified information, the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general said Monday in a scathing report on the air marshals program.”
This is the show on PAX TV to which I was invited (I declined).
Abu Aardvark says this: “Want another reason to oppose Porter Goss’s nomination to head the CIA? Mark Huband’s new book “Brutal Truths, Fragile Myths” offers this doozy: “In a November 12, 2002, statement broadcast by al Jazeera, in which he highlighted the plight of Iraqis and Palestinians, bin Laden sought to drive a wedge between [...]
“We were supposed to humiliate them”: Interview with US Staff Sergeant Ivan Frederick on torture at Baghdad’s AbuGhraib prison. (thanks Sami)
This is Zionism: Jewish residents in Ramle are trying to block the opening of an Arab school in the Kiryat Menachem neighborhood, fearing it will harm property values and increase crime. (thanks Haifa)