Archive for March 6, 2005
I cannot keep up. I am reading the accumulated copies of the New York Times from last week. This part of an editorial from the New York Times got my attention: “Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, whose pronouncements carry great weight throughout the Arab world”.Do you see what I mean? What do you expect [...]
Liberation Centers: “The American military’s major detention centers in Iraq have swelled to capacity and are holding more people than ever…As of this week, the military is holding at least 8,900 detainees in the three major prisons, 1,000 more than in late January. Here in Abu Ghraib, where eight American soldiers were charged last year [...]
Jamal `Abdun-Nasser and his grandson: The Arabic music satellite TV channel, Melody, which specializes in video clips of Hayfa Wahbah and Nancy `Ajram, is owned by Jamal Marwan, grandson of Jamal `Abdun-Nasser.
Behind Lebanese “Unity”: a reliable source in Beirut was telling me this. That you can still see the sectarian divisions in the crowd at Martyrs’ Square. She said that you will see the Christians on one side, the Druze in one side, and the Sunnis in a separate section. The Christians chant :”freedom, sovereignty, independence” [...]
Who Speaks for Lebanon? There was yet another front page article in the New York Times, with yet another picture of demonstrators in Lebanon. When Chou En-lai was asked by Henri Kissinger in the 1970s about his impressions of the French Revolution, he famously answered “it is too soon to tell.” Yet, US newspapers are [...]
“Women fear losing rights in new Iraq”
“Rule Change Lets C.I.A. Freely Send Suspects Abroad to Jails”
I read a statement by one of the pathetic Jordanian lawyers who volunteered to defend the tyranny of Saddam Husayn. He was expressing his concern over Saddam’s prison conditions. But he does not seem to be concerned over the prison conditions of political prisoners in Jordan. Only tyrants concern him.
Reforms in Egypt: Egyptian security forces preventing demonstrations.
A Palestinian girl behind the racist separation wall in Palestine.
The files of the Maronite Patriarchate in Lebanon: In 1947, Maronite Bishop “Mubarak expressed his opinions in a passionate letter to UNSCOP (UN Special Committee on Palestine). Denying any Arab claims to Palestine, contrasting the enlightened Jews (and Christians) with the “backward and unprogressive” Muslim Arabs, and citing the need for cooperative minority havens in [...]
Walid Jumblat (the feudal warlord who is a descendant of a medieval dynasty–he recently sent his son Taymur to Paris to preserve the dynasty) the star of the “democratic” opposition in Lebanon receives tips about democracy from democratic theorist Crown Prince `Abdullah.
“A woman who drew international attention after being gang-raped in Pakistan in a retaliatory “honor” attack said yesterday she is fearful after several of the alleged perpetrators were ordered released from prison.”
“The attachment of American Jews to Israel has weakened measurably in the last two years,” according to a study carried out by Prof. Steven Cohen of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.”
“China announced Friday that its military budget would grow 12.6% this year”
Heroin Addicts for Bush: “More than three years after a pro-US government was installed, Afghanistan has been unable to contain opium poppy production and is ”on the verge of becoming a narcotics state,” a federal report said.”