Archive for September, 2004
Shahjahan Enthroned with Mahabat Khan and a Shaykh (Mughal, 1629).
From State of Siege poem by Palestinian poet Mahmud Darwsih (my translation): Every death, even if expected, is the first death So how can I see a moon sleeping under every stone?
400 Darfur refugees dying every day.
WSJ reporter: “Being a foreign correspondent in Baghdad these days is like being undervirtual house arrest.”
Insurgents Are Mostly Iraqis, U.S. Military Says: (Bush, Kerry and Allawi have cited foreign fighters as a major security problem.)
Poll: Americans Uninformed on Bush, Kerry.
IMF Approves $436 Million Loan for Iraq. Why Iraq, you may ask?
“Pentagon wants ‘uplifting accounts’ about Iraq: Administration wants upbeat reports, will ‘curtail’ bad news about Iraq.”
“More than 90 percent of Palestinians support calls for sweeping reforms of Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority but far fewer think they will happen, a poll published on Thursday said.”
The books that Texas banned.
I noticed that both Kerry and Bush invoked the security of Israel as an important factor in their respective foreign policies. Well, one thing is for sure. THIS IS ZIONISM: “Israeli forces killed at least 23 Palestinians yesterday on one of the bloodiest days of the intifada, as the army made a rare push into […]
Why Have We Suddenly Forgotten Abu Ghraib?
When everything else fails, try empty propaganda and lies: “The Bush administration, battling negative perceptions of the Iraq war, is sending Iraqi Americans to deliver what the Pentagon calls “good news” about Iraq to U.S. military bases, and has curtailed distribution of reports showing increasing violence in that country.”
Full text. A new report finds the Defense Department now spends half of its entire budget on private contractors. The study also found that the top 50 contractors received more than half of all the money and were more likely to get contracts without competitive bidding.
Do Bush and `Allawi have the same speech writers? Judge for yourselves.
While Bush continues to “make progress” in Iraq, September was among Deadliest Months for U.S. in Iraq.
Alanquva and Her Three Sons (from the Chingiznama of Rashid ad-Din, India, 1596).
The Crying of the Swallow by Syrian poet Muhammad Al-Maghut (my translation): To those who stabbed me in the back while I was leaning over my papers like a Shaykh over his rug The wolf and the serpent will never be two doves under the rain Rain is for me Rain, thunder, wind, and streets […]
Putin hurts democracy, petition says.
Iraqi political cartoon published in Baghdad.