Archive for December 21, 2004
Village Path, 1875. Pissarro.
Call it “liberation”-”democracy”: Iraqi women were long the most liberated in the Middle East. Occupation has confined them to their homes.
World Bank: “Palestinians could get $500m extra in aid if violence stopped;” and Israel would get $3 billion extra in aid if violence increased.
Israel did not let them use the main roads, their main roads.
News from “liberated” Iraq: Al-Quds Al-`Arabi reports that cases of polygamous marriages have increased in Iraq.
In the Saudi conflict, I do not see a side to support. You have religious fanaticism on both sides. (House of Saud, Al-Qa`idah, and Harakat Al-Islah for sure). And I cannot even identify with the “liberals”. The pro-”reform” “liberal” (John S. Mill would die, again) writer, Jamal Khashuqji (who also is a media advisor to [...]
Why has the anti-War Movement died in this country?
Sunni-Shi`ite tensions are rising in Kuwait. Sunni fundamentalist members of parliament relish picking on the Minister of Information (a mere puppet of the Kuwaiti royal family) because he is Shi`ite. The prime minister warned of the consequences.
They were made homeless by US bombing of Fallujah. But they are suspected of links to Zarqawi (or the Ba`th party).
0.5 % “democracy”? I have read somewhere that a mere 1 % of all Iraqis have actually registered to vote. Since not all those who register to vote actually vote, we may expect a 0.5 % voting. But then again: we learn from the Afghanistan puppet election that we can always resort to the old [...]
New F.B.I. Files Describe Abuse of Iraq Inmates.
Iyad `Allawi met with Elvis too. I read it in the New York Times. I never has any respect for Quislings, regardless of their religion, nationality, or ideolgoy. For this reason, and also because he was a Saddam’s killer, a car bomber, and embezzler, I only have contempt for Iyad `Allawi. Whenever he talks to [...]
Iraq’s library struggles to rise from the ashes (will the Iraqi dead struggle to rise from the ashes too?)
Why Blair’s trip will not succeed.
An Army Without Compassion (by Robert Fisk).
So a couple of Arab journalists were invited to visit GuantÃƒÂ¡namo prison camp. One was a reporter for the pro-Bush, pro-Saud, pro-Allawi Al-Arabiyya TV. The reporter aired a dispassionate report, which is slanted toward the US military (telling us for example that there are doctors in the camp and water to drink, etc.) But she [...]
“An example: Alleged Al-Qaida accountant Ibrahim al-Qosi of Sudan claimed in a civil lawsuit last month that prisoners were subjected to mind-numbing music and humiliated by being wrapped with an Israeli flag — an allegation that military spokesmen flatly denied at the time.”
NYCLU Defends Academic Freedom At Columbia University.
I should be grading, but…The new Iraqi puppet leaders sound so much like Saddam’s henchmen. Well, many of them actually were Saddam’s henchmen. They are crude, vulgar, bombastic, and recklessly defamatory. I read an interview in Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat with the Iraqi puppet Minister of Interior today: he was out of control. Accusing AlJazeera of financial [...]