Archive for March 7, 2005
“Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Brigade – the same military unit whose troops fired on the car carrying the freed Italian hostage Giuliana Sgrena – were under investigation last year for raping Iraqi women, US army documents reveal.”
Full text. “D.R. Congo: Tens of Thousands Raped, Few Prosecuted.”
“ARMS AND RIGHTS: Rawls, Habermas and Bobbio in an Age of War” (via Abu Aardvark)
“In the early 1970s, when the petrodollars started flooding in, enterprising Lebanese began smuggling hookers into the kingdom for the princes. Since the women were posing as Middle East Airlines flight attendants, and were driven directly to the royal palaces, the mutawwa couldn’t do anything about it. Having established a beach-head in the kingdom, a [...]
I respect a country that misses its poor people when they die, the way it misses its…billionaires.
“Taliban Are Back — Arab Media Reports” (thanks Ru’yah)
For those who care, transcript of my PBS appearance.
“Two children are held by G.I.’s after their parents were killed when soldiers fired on the family’s car near Tal Afar, Iraq, on Jan. 18.” (NYT)
“U.S. Checkpoints Raise Ire in Iraq” (I wonder why).
When Muhammad died in 632 AD, he did not get the fawning and suffocatingly non-stop media coverage that Rafiq Hariri’s death has received in Saudi-owned and manipulated Arab media.
“Saudi Arabia is not an oppressive country.” Walid Jumblat, March 3rd, LBC-TV (Kalam An-Nas). He is now the star of the “democratic” opposition in Lebanon, and a medieval-style Druze warlord who served as Syria’s chief puppet in Lebanon from 1977-2004.
For those who care, I shall appear on PBS (Newshour) tonight at around 6:00PM Eastern Time. The subject is Lebanon and Hummus.
“Hundreds of Iraqis waited in line on Wednesday to visit family members who are detained in Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad.” (NYT)
“No One Safe on Baghdad’s Roads, Iraqis Say”
Gucci Revolution: “Some people here are jokingly calling the phenomenon “the Gucci revolution” – not because they are dismissive of the demonstrations, but because so many of those waving the Lebanese flag on the street are really very unlikely protestors. There are girls in tight skirts and high heels, carrying expensive leather bags, as well [...]