Archive for January 25, 2005
Exotic Landscape, 1908. Henri Rousseau.
For those who care (and can read Arabic): the transcript of my appearance last week on Al-Jazeera.
Whither Political Islam?
Full text: Global Opinion: The Spread of Anti-Americanism
Coaching Iraq’s New Candidates, Discreetly: U.S.-Funded Programs train the puppets.
Shifting roles of US spies and special forces: Pentagon takes over some CIA spy operations while US ‘super-secret’ commandos get duty on US soil.
Terry Eagleton offers his views on suicide bombings. An interesting treatment, but I disagree with him. Not only due to my categorical rejection of all forms of suicide–regardless of motives, but also he is not accurate that sucide bombers do not necesarrily embrace death. Some suicide bombers (especially those who are driven– even if partially–by [...]
The only democracy in the Middle East is…Cyprus. “Israel is poised to expel a senior BBC journalist it accuses of criminal defiance of censorship laws over an interview with the nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu.”
Global poverty targeted as 100,000 gather in Brazil (Bush offered to bomb poor people worldwide to eradicate poverty).
Israeli occupation forces stole her land.
So the president of Columbia University has organized the most pro-Israeli and unbalanced conference to appease the Zionist activists who have been attacking Middle East studies at Columbia. And then Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Danny Ayalon cancelled his participation. Good, I say.
The Israel Defense Forces have asked Attorney General for permission to clear completely a 300-meter-wide strip along the Gazan-Egyptian border. This would require the demolition of hundreds of Palestinian houses in Rafah.
Sa`d Al-Bazzaz and Saudi Intelligence. This is explosive. In a trial in London, it is revealed that Sa`d Al-Bazzaz’s media empire is a front for Saudi intelligence. I have written about this former Goebbels of Saddam Husayn. Nobody has worked harder than this man to produce the personality cult of Saddam, especially during the Iran-Iraq [...]
Letters of Isaiah Berlin.
I cannot stop pontificating on Yasir `Arafat.
From the poem The Eye in the Wound by Syrian poet Muhammad Al-Maghut (my translation): “I planted, in the wound, my eye So my destroyed house appeared and near my rosy spear I saw the head of Kulayb, lightening the face of the camp saying to me: Do not make peace saying to me: You [...]
Losing the war for hearts and minds in the Middle East: U.S. ‘liberty’ Policy is provoking resistance and instability (by Michael C Hudson–my dissertation advisor)
The armed Israeli occupiers versus the unarmed natives.
Defying Israeli soldiers with a flag.
Sexual assaults in [Texas] state prisons are up sharply