Archive for September 1, 2004
In the Bazaar (13th Century).
From the poem The Earth Does not Rotate by Iraqi poet `Abdul-Wahab Al-Bayyati (my translation): If you wish, gentlemen, the earth does not rotate And its half does not cover darkness and it does not contain those tombs except puppets, dolls, and flowers and everything that was, and will be, written down and destined You [...]
Linguistics professor George Lakoff dissects the “war on terror” and other conservative catchphrases.
And now this: Chalabi, Claiming Exoneration, Plans Another Comeback.
Nepalese Riot After Killings in Iraq: Thousands Chant ‘Down With Islam’ in Protesting Slayings. What would the terrorists of Jaysh Ansar As-Sunnah have to say to that?
For more than two years, the FBI has been investigating whether classified intelligence has been passed to Israel by the American Israel Political Action Committee.
Heroin Addicts for Bush organize.
“The federal government is poised to dramatically reduce the value of publicly-funded housing vouchers in Boston and other Massachusetts cities, a move that would force many low-income families out of their apartments and might prompt some landlords to withdraw from the program.”
Menaced by holy monkeys, Indian villagers call in the contract killers.
I wish that parents would never use their children to make a political point. I wish that Muslim parents in Europe would not use their children to defy law on secular school uniform.
“Flogging the flag The delegates wear designer chinos and yellow baseball caps and the talk is all about patriotism and duty – just don’t mention the deficit welfare meltdown or what’s really in the manifesto. Welcome to the Jekyll-and-Hyde world of the Republican convention, says Simon Schama.”
How pathetically disgusting: Over 300 children held hostage by armed Chechens.
The testimonial video on Ronald Reagan at the Republican Convention tonight was missing an important element. I did not see any footage of his famous White House meeting with the fanatical Muslim fundamentalists that he used to invite to the Oval Office during the Afghanistan War. Some of those fundamentalists he so admired became famous [...]
This is the “war on terrorism”. Feel free to cheer. “A fresh US air strike on the Iraqi town of Falluja has killed 17 people, including three children.”
Politics aside: why cannot American conservatives select qualified people? European conservatives it seems to me always insist on qualification and competence. Richard Nixon was qualified; he knew the world and the issues. That is what is most scary about this president: the extent to which he does not know the world he lives in–and he [...]
We also have “miracles” in Lebanon: Worshippers walk to miracle church for 8th night. (thanks Elie)
Sistani (without the turban).
And this in the US government’s newspaper, NYT: “Another Iraqi political leader echoed those remarks, saying that the prime minister appeared to be reverting to his roots as a former member of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party, where political dissent was often silenced with the gun. “Allawi is a Baathist at heart, and he inherited all [...]
Three men have been trampled to death in a rush to claim vouchers at the first IKEA furniture showroom in Saudi Arabia.