Archive for November 24, 2004
La femme au Metier, 1875. Monet.
“The U.S. government knew of a plot to oust Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in the weeks before a 2002 military coup that briefly unseated him.”
In pockets of Fallujah, US troops still face harsh battles.
Biographer takes shine off Spielberg’s Schindler.
The Ayatollah and the transsexual.
This fascist Zionist once called Palestinians “drugged cockroaches in a bottle.” In his obituary, the New York Times calls him “a blunt talker.”
“An Israel Defense Forces officer and soldiers at the Beit Iba checkpoint near Nablus forced a young Palestinian on November 9 to open a violin case he was carrying and play the instrument, while local residents waited behind him in a long line.”
Full text: Academic Freedom and National Security in a Time of Crisis.
People in the US always complain about Muslim clerics: they think that they (Muslim clerics) are all fans of Bin Ladin. Not true. (Now I will never stand up for clerics of any religion: and agree with Robespierre that “clerics are to virtue what charlatons are to medicine” but facts are stubborn things, as somebody [...]
From a Pentagon’s advisory report: ” “Today we reflexively compare Muslim ‘masses’ to those oppressed under Soviet rule,” the report adds. “This is a strategic mistake. There is no yearning-to-be-liberated-by-the-U.S. groundswell among Muslim societies – except to be liberated perhaps from what they see as apostate tyrannies that the U.S. so determinedly promotes and defends.” [...]
Anybody who shook Saddam Husayn’s hand is guilty in my book, especially if that person was reaching a military-political deal with Saddam’s dictatorship. I know this woman (Rima) who was part of an Arab delegation in Iraq in the 1980s, and they were suddenly invited to meet with Saddam, and she managed to avoid shaking [...]