Archive for March, 2005

UN Security Council will after all appoint a special commission to investigate the murder of Hariri. The Secretary General made it clear that if you have more than a billion dollar, and if you fly in a private jet, and if you meet regularly with Iyad Allawi (puppet prime minister/car bomber/embezzler-in-yemen/former Saddam henchman) in Iraq, […]

Posted on March 31, 2005 by As'ad

What you will not read in the US press? What Bush will not brag about? First, did the Hassan Fattah team of the New York Times report about the peaceful demonstration in front of the US embassy in Lebanon? Or will that conflict with the Bush’s and US media’s insistince on the validation of the […]

Posted on March 31, 2005 by As'ad

Did I miss anything? Did Bush “liberate” new countries in my absence? A DJ friend in DC tells me that rich Lebanese now chant the slogans of the right-wing opposition in trendy Washington, DC night clubs. When I took a cab from Dulles airport to Georgetown, I asked the ground dispatcher for a cab where […]

Posted on March 30, 2005 by As'ad

…off to DC. I am speaking on the current state of Middle East studies at Georgetown University. Am also taping a segment for CBS Evening News on Friday, but I do not know when it will air. Will try to update.

Posted on March 29, 2005 by As'ad

” “A poll released Monday in Australia, long known for friendly relations with Americans, found that only 58 percent of the population had a positive view of the United States. That put the United States behind China (69 percent positive), and not even in the overall Top 10 countries, regions or groups that Australians respect.”

Posted on March 29, 2005 by As'ad

Columbia University professors are speaking out, now. Too little, too late, as the cliche goes.

Posted on March 29, 2005 by As'ad

Get me a ticket on this airline, now. Angry Arab would like it very much: “”The major first-class innovation will be a cabin with a shower. “A full shower, with space for dressing,” Sheik Ahmed said. Are any competitors planning to top that? “Not so far,” he said.”

Posted on March 29, 2005 by As'ad

Israeli occupation soldiers showing their toughness. 

Posted on March 29, 2005 by As'ad

How do countries look after they are “liberated” by Bush? Like this, of course: “IRAQ’S interior minister warned citizens yesterday not to protest, saying the gatherings were an invitation for a large-scale terrorist attack.”

Posted on March 28, 2005 by As'ad

This brilliant headline is from the formerly good Christian Science Monitor: “Muslims split over gender role.” (And Christian, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists are not split over gender role????)

Posted on March 28, 2005 by As'ad

“Minister: Iraq May Be Secure in 18 Months” (Angry Arab: Elvis May be Back in 18 days).

Posted on March 28, 2005 by As'ad

“The State Department, releasing an annual report on its efforts to promote human rights and democracy, declared yesterday that upholding human rights will be key to assessing relations with other countries. But the report sidestepped mention of U.S. prison abuse scandals in Iraq and Afghanistan, which had prompted a delay in the report last year.”

Posted on March 28, 2005 by As'ad

News from “liberated” Iraq: “Female students in fear as Shias push for headscarves”

Posted on March 28, 2005 by As'ad

“In the Gulf, Dissidence Goes Digital”

Posted on March 28, 2005 by As'ad

Consequences of the Bush doctrine: “For Islamic militants in Europe, Iraq far outshines Afghanistan as an urban-terrorism training ground.”

Posted on March 28, 2005 by As'ad

“LYNCH-MOB “JUSTICE” ENCOURAGED BY U.S.-FINANCED IRAQI TV”

Posted on March 28, 2005 by As'ad

It seems that the Iraqi puppet police is also “liberating” Iraqis: “Iraqi Guards Open Fire on Other Guards Protesting.”

Posted on March 28, 2005 by As'ad

This aparment, where three poor Syrian workers lived, was set on fire in Ba`albak. Neither the Lebanese nor the Syrian government has addressed this issue. 

Posted on March 28, 2005 by As'ad

Rime Allaf said: “Undeniably, a number of individuals in the Syrian regime will always resist attempts to uproot their authority and business interests from Lebanon. But for every Syrian profiteer, there are dozens of Lebanese associates who have made this situation possible. A rushed Syrian exit will harm their stakes and they will try to […]

Posted on March 28, 2005 by As'ad

Panorama populaire, 1926. René Magritte. 

Posted on March 27, 2005 by As'ad