Archive for February, 2005
“How Dubai, the playground of businessmen and warlords, is built by Asian wage slaves”
“Hind el-Hinnawy shocked conservative Muslim Egypt when she publicly declared herself a single mum and launched a paternity suit.”
Not seen in the coverage of Lebanon: An armed gunman in Beirut.
This is also taking place in Lebanon, but the US media and the Saudi-funded Arab media have not noticed. Armed men take to the streets in Tripoli. France, Syria, and US are all playing with fire in Lebanon. Watch out.
The Lebanese Army has already split: What has not been reported in the press (not even the Middle East press) is that there are signs of mutiny in the ranks of the Lebanese Army, which was something that the prime minister warned from, and for that he was attacked by the opposition. You see, the [...]
Lebanon’s Pandora’s Box: This is missing from the coverage about Lebanon. In sectarian terms, the majority of Lebanese are Shi`ites (at least 55 % of the population). And they are not in the opposition, and their two major movements (Amal and Hizbullah) are still aligned with Syria, for whatever reasons. And then there are those [...]
For those who care, I will be on Flashpoints tonight live around 5:30PM (Pacific Time) and tomorrow morning on KPFA at 7:00AM (Pacific).
For those who care, and know how to operate a radio, I shall discuss Lebanese developments tomorrow Tuesday on Democracy Now at 5:00AM (Pacific Time). You may listen live.
ABC of the Lebanese opposition and Dirty politics of Lebanon: Developments are moving fast in Lebanon. Karami tendered his resignation. The ultra-nationalists will now demand that the president resigns. And the Syrian government–out of complicity, incompetence, and stupidity or all of them combined–is refusing to budge, thereby strengthening that lousy group of fascistic militia supporters, [...]
Norwegian Harbour, 1894. By Constantin Korovin.
“The Impermanent Revolution” (this is a very important book)
Two Degrees of Henry Kissinger (from Foreign Policy magazine). (I hesitated before posting this because I do not want to reinforce a deep misconception in the Arab world (especially in Lebanon) to the effect that Kissinger runs the world.
US is willing to sell Lebanon to buy Iraq, and Syria is willing to sell Iraq to buy Lebanon: Foolishness of Lebanese ultra-nationalists (and of the opposition as a whole): they never learn, and they never grasp their own history, although they claim that they worship the bogus “glory” of the past, of their little [...]
Those US occupation forces in Iraq: they just never take a break from “liberating.”
Changing Times: there was a time when Palestinian political groups used to rush to take responsibility for attacks in Israel (even when they were not really responsible). Today, Palestinian political groups, rush to deny responsibility for attacks (even when they are responsible).
Dov Zakheim was a Defense Department official in several Republican administrations. He got in trouble with AIPAC in the Reagan administration when he vetoed the American funding of an Israeli fighter jet (the Levi). Here, he offers a candid American fear of democracy in the Middle East, and a warning to neo-conservatives. He said: “I [...]
US Official: “U.S. Not Interfering in Lebanon.” (And a Syrian official also denied last week that Syria is interfering in Lebanon). Angry Arab: both are lying. Don’t believe them.
“Iraqi girl treated at Gemelli wants to thank Pope for his antiwar stance”
I hereby introduce the new Lebanese flag. The cedar has been replaced once and for all. Julie (a reader of the site from the University of Iowa) read my post on the Lebanese flag yesterday and designed this flag. I approve, and offer it to the fascistic flag-waving Lebanese ultra-nationalists. Wave your new flag, NOW. [...]
Egyptian dictator Husni Mubarak (whose smiling face reminds the Egyptian people of La Vache qui rit) discovered a simple formula for serving a 5th term. First, proceed very quickly in normalization with Israel, and put pressure on Palestinian groups. US Congress will quickly take note, and forgive you for whatever human rights violation you may [...]