Archive for January 17, 2005
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, c.1825-1828. Joseph Mallord William Turner.
“Anxious Iraqis Are Leaving Before Elections: Some Plan to Wait Out Vote Abroad; ‘I Will Not Stay in Baghdad,’ Commissioner Says.”
“Iraqis Say Graner Got Light Sentence for Prison Abuse.” (And they don’t even know that he will most likely not serve his full sentence).
Sexist of the Day: “The president of Harvard University has provoked a furore by arguing that men outperform women in maths and sciences because of biological difference, and discrimination is no longer a career barrier for female academics.”
“Iraq violence spreads to ‘safe’ areas”. Tell that to George W. Bush. He still thinks that he is making “progress” in Iraq.
They call them terrorists.
“Sgt. Kevin Benderman, a veteran of a tour in Iraq, refused to return. Why did a 10-year military man become a conscientious objector?”
Report: 70 million Arabs still unable to read or write.
For those who read Arabic: my piece in As-Safir. I found a declassified document in the National Archives in Washington, DC which talks about a Lebanese opposition leader asking for US material and moral support for a coup in 1952. I translated it for its historical signficance, and its intersection with itnernal Lebanese developments. Those [...]
Full text: the report of the National Intelligence Council. Mapping the Global Future.
From Seymour Hersh‘s article: “There has also been close, and largely unacknowledged, coÃƒÂ¶peration with Israel. The government consultant with ties to the Pentagon said that the Defense Department civilians, under the leadership of Douglas Feith, have been working with Israeli planners and consultants to develop and refine potential nuclear, chemical-weapons, and missile targets inside Iran.”
The “liberators” are gently knocking on an Iraqi door in Mosul.
Zarqawi’s image problem with…fanatical Muslim fundamentalists: It has become clear that there is utter revulsion in the Muslim world, and even–or particularly–among Muslim fundamentalists in the Middle East region, with the discousre and brutal deeds of Abu Mus`ab Az-Zarqawi. His bloody record has caused revulsion in the Middle East media. But I could not believe [...]
The Real Iyad Allawi: Jon Lee Anderson of the New Yorker thought that I was unfair to him in a previous post. Here he has a long and informative article on Iyad Allawi appearing this week in the New Yorker which provides the most detailed account about Allawi’s background and previous life. But here are [...]
Pro-US occupation puppet/thug versus Pro-US occupation puppet/thug: Chalabi versus Sha`lan. It looks like the feud between the Chalabi camp and the Allawi camp has intensified. In an interview with Al-Arabiyya TV (the pro-Allawi network), Chalabi alleged that the former Saddam Ba`thist, and current puppet Minister of Defense, Hazim Ash-Sha`lan, has smuggled $ 500 million into [...]