Archive for February 8, 2005
The Bridge,1887-1888. Philip Wilson Steer.
A most stupid guide to Arab media in the New York Times. It is full of either lies or inaccuracies: AlJazeera does not call US troops “occupation forces” anymore. Aljazeera’s staff are more likely Arab nationalists and “liberals” than Muslim fundamentalists. AlArabiyyah is not owned by Prince Al-Walid (who owns part of LBC among other [...]
US will name a colonial Viceroy for Palestine.
“Iraq’s election turnout carries eerie echo of Vietnam in 1967″ (thanks Robert)
Desire for Democracy in Muslim World
Those rule Arab countries.
An account (in English) of my comments on Bush’s State of the Union speech on AlJazeera.
Egyptian sloganeering. Egyptians are skilled in sloganeering. In modern Arab political history, Nasser, Haykal, and the Lebanese Arab nationalist, turned Marxist, Muhsin Ibrahim have been the most prolific (and sometimes ridiculous) sloganeerers. Nasser coined the slogan “Freedom of Expression is the first introduction to Democracy” while he was ruling tyrannically). Last week, I was impressed [...]
“Hitchens’ defenses of [David] Irving” (the notorious anti-Semitic Nazi writer).
A little girl in Fallujah reacts to a passing US occupation soldier.
The last refuge of Arab scoundrels is…sectarianism and religious identities. Ahmad Chalabi was a secularist until he moved to Iraq and discovered how unpopular he is. Now he operates in the shadow of Muqtada As-Sadr and the Ayatollahs. And Kanan Makiyya (who actually predicted–based on his keen knowledge of Iraqi public opinion) that Iraqi people [...]
Iraqis voted for Ayatollahs, not for Bush. The media coverage left the American public with the impression that Iraqis were voting in large numbers for Bush. In fact, 10 percent more Americans now approve of Bush’s handling of the Iraq occupation based on images of Iraqis inserting papers in boxes.
Rules for the “Beacon of Freedom”: House Democrats (and Republicans) are working on a bill to provide legal cover for members of the US armed forces when they engage in torture.
“U.S. contributions [for programs to fight HIV/AIDS] still total about 15 cents for every $100 in gross domestic product, compared with 80 cents to 92 cents for nations such as the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.”
The New York Times is thrilled: The US is producing “sturdier and more reliable” nuclear weapons.
Allawi (the Iraqi puppet prime minister/car bomber/embezzler-in-Yemen/former Saddam’s henchman) is cloned. From left to right: Chairman Allawi, King Allawi, President Allawi, and Ariel Sharon.
Ward Churchill. It just happened that somebody in the audience at American University on Sunday asked for my opinion of Ward Churchill, and the recent controversy in which he was embroiled. It just happened that I had read his article on Sep. 11. You cannot read that “essay” and not conclude that Ward Churchill is [...]
Cliffs , 1912. Andre Derain.
“Forum questions Summers’ insights” on women and science
“An Israeli officer arrested for shooting to death a 13-year-old Palestinian girl was released Sunday”