Archive for December 15, 2004
Grand Canal: from Santa Maria della CaritÃƒÂ to the Bacino di San Marco. Early 1730s. Canaletto. (For those who do not know him, I should state that his full name is Giovanni Antonio Canale, but is known as Canaletto. I love his style, and his forms of “blue” just as I love–really love–the forms of [...]
Bush Warns Syria, Iran Against Meddling in Iraq. He said only countries that are 10,000 miles away from Iraq are allowed to interfere in and colonize Iraq.
“U.N. Sexual Abuse Alleged in Congo.”
“A new Pentagon study paints a bleak picture of the prospects for creating democracy in the Middle East, declaring that US attempts to bring free elections to the Muslim world risk stoking internal religious conflicts and giving rise to further anti-American sentiments.” (I will try to obtain a full copy of the report from one [...]
“People in France, Germany and Spain are more likely to have an unfavorable than favorable view of Americans, a poll found.”
US government said some timid things about democracy in the Middle East last year, while still arming its client dicatorships. When those clients asserted their tight to oppress, kill, and torture, the US backed off. And its Middle East reform plan became a mere invitation to open up Middle East markets to greedy multinational corporations. [...]
Almost every day, Arabic newspapers and TV stations report about demonstrations by the displaced residents of Fallujah. They want to return to their homes. Ostensibly, the US government had surrendered sovereignty in Iraq to an “Iraqi” government. Yet, the US ambassador in Iraq can tour Fallujah, but its own residents cannot go there. Whenever the [...]
“For faith and country: insurgents fight on; as a US general conceded Iraqi cells are getting more effective.”
“When you talked to them about an autopsy they would get fits,” says Kurdi. “He [Abbas] said it would disturb relations with France.”” (A long but informative article on Arafat’s death).
Israeli soldiers killed her son. Israel ostensibly does not have the death penalty. But under Zionist rule, it only means that Israeli forces can kill without trials or due process.
I owe JON LEE ANDERSON of the New Yorker an apology. I have read and appreciated his articles from Iraq before and after the war in the New Yorker (not to mention his excellent biography of Che Guevara). Yet, I have several weeks ago posted a link to a critical review of his last book [...]
“”They Laughed at Him and Kicked Him More” Who Killed Baha Mousa?”
Who is terrorizing whom in Iraq?
A Saudi news source is reporting that an unpublished Saudi public opinion poll has revealed that Bin Laden is more popular in the kingdom than…King Fahd. Apparently, Bin Laden is admired by 70 % of the Saudi youth. With four more years of Bush and his alliance with the House of Saud, you can expect [...]
“A New York City businessman admitted Wednesday to participating in an arms smuggling ring that shipped missile and fighter jet components from the United States to Israel and possibly on to Iran.”
Registered to vote in…Iraq.
The Jewish National Fund (JNF) defends its right to be racist.
I am asked to explain my comment about Marwan Barghuti (not to be confused with Mustafa Barghuti). I am not the only one who has expressed suspicions about Barghuti’s role. He learned politics at the feet of the master unprincipled leader, `Arafat, who can no more send millions to the account of Suha `Arafat in [...]
Grand Canal: the Rialto Bridge from the South, c. 1727. Canaletto.