Archive for January 31, 2005
Many Arabs find the constant references in the US media to how the Iraqi elections represent “the first time that Arabs vote” to be wrong and offensive. Iraqis, Lebanese, Syrians, and Egyptians began voting in relatively free elections in the…1920s.
“The document reveals astounding data: “Settlement formations” include 1.1 million dunams [275,000 acres] of privately owned Arab land, constituting some 35.6 percent of the area.””
Headline from the Washington Post: “94 Percent of Registered Iraq Ex-Pats Vote.” Buried in the text is this: “the number of expatriate Iraqis who registered in a special nine-day campaign represented only 23 percent of the estimated 1.2 million eligible.”
“Basra intellectuals united by fear of rise in religious intolerance”
(From right to left) 1) “Before the elections.” 2) “After the elections.”
It is very likely that AlJazeera, one of three voices against the House of Saud in the Arab media (the other two are Al-Quds Al-`Arabi and New TV) will be bought with Saudi money. The Qatari government (linked to all 3 media outlets mentioned) does not wish to displease the US government.
“The German government is holding up the signing of a contract for the sale of Dingo armored cars to Israel for fear that the Israel Defense Forces will use them against the Palestinians.”
Nurhan Dib, 10, was shot by Israeli occupation forces.
“The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which runs Rafah Elementary School B, said Norhan Deeb was hit by a rifle bullet apparently fired from an Israeli army observation post 800 metres away. “She suddenly screamed and fell bleeding,” a witness said. “The children scattered in all directions.” “
Nurhan Dib (10) used to sit at that desk. She was killed by Israeli occupation forces. Her classmates placed flowers at her desk yesterday.
Pearl of Wisdom of the Day: “Iraqis are basically Iraqis.” Amb Paul Bremer on Fox News today.
“Analysts also noted that the Bush administration initially resisted the idea of holding elections this soon and only succumbed under pressure from Iraq’s most powerful cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. The original plan, designed by then-U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer, was a complicated formula of regional caucuses to select a national government, which would write [...]
“Margaret Burbidge — one of the most distinguished astrophysicists of the past half-century, now a professor emeritus at UC San Diego — recalled how, as a young woman, she applied for a fellowship to observe the stars using the telescopes atop Mount Wilson in Southern California. She was informed “that women were not allowed at [...]
Iraqi ballot boxes are SAFELY kept in a US base in Iraq. Iraqi votes are in safe hands.
U.S. Judge: Guantanamo Tribunals Unconstitutional
Real Victory for Democracy. “U.S. Encouraged by Vietnam Vote : Officials Cite 83% Turnout Despite Vietcong Terror by Peter Grose, Special to the New York Times (9/4/1967: p. 2) WASHINGTON, Sept. 3– United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in South Vietnam’s presidential election despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign [...]
While the Saudi King of Jordan was the first “leader” to call and congratulate Allawi yesterday, his press continues its love affair with Saddam. The Jordanian media has cultivated such a distatesfully favorable picture of Saddam. Just the other day, the Jordanian paper Al-`Arab Al-Yawm published yet another interview with Saddam’s pathetic Iraqi lawyer who [...]
I know of no Empire, state, or entity that relishes the opportunity to engage in self-praise, self-congratulation, and self-flattery like the US Empire. Ironically, such exercises only reflect a high measure of “insecurity” from a mighty empire.
The City Rises, 1910. Umberto Boccioni.
This is the essence of Zionism: “Israelis use barrier and 55-year-old law to quietly seize Palestinians’ land.”