Archive for March 8, 2005
The Vision of Bush: “As he prepares to give another major speech today to mark the progress, Bush has been in a buoyant mood, aides said, seeing the recent moves as vindicating his expansive vision. “He feels validation,” said one aide.”
Without exaggeration, it can be said that the right-wing An-Nahar newspaper in Lebanon, Al-Mustaqbal TV, and LBC-TV are more (un)fair and (im)balanced than Fox News. The correspondent of Fox News today said that between half a million and a million people showed up for today’s demonstration in Beirut. An-Nahar, gave the estimate of 235,000 by [...]
Brave Kuwaiti feminists crossed out a sign that said: “According to Islamic law, women have no political rights.”
Evidence of Lebanese Divisions: Washington Post reports: “In a Zogby poll of 1,250 Lebanese conducted in November, 58 percent of those surveyed said they opposed the U.N. resolution, engineered by the United States and France. Nearly half also said Syrian-Lebanese relations needed “improvement or restructuring outside American and French interventions.” Other findings: “On the critical [...]
“Violence and Political Doubts Persist in Iraq”
“International Women’s Day”
“Continuing the United StatesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ longstanding support for Israel, President Bush recently asked Congress to provide $2.52 billion in vital assistance to the Jewish state in fiscal year 2006. BushÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s budget request would set aside $2.28 billion in military aid for Israel, with another $240 million in economic assistance.”
“Kuwaitis demonstrate for women’s suffrage”
“Some 69 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Israel according to a recent Gallup poll, the first taken since the death of former Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Yasir Arafat in November and the announcement of an end to violence at the Sharm el-Sheikh summit in February.The approval rating is IsraelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s highest since the [...]
Eureka, Eureka! Read all about it. Read all about it. Hassan Fattah of the New York Times was seen running aimlessly in the streets of Beirut, yelling: “Eureka, Eureka!” You see, Hassan Fattah has made a discovery. He has been covering Lebanon for the New York Times, but he did not know. He revealed to [...]
Freedom for Sri Lankan maids in Lebanon: A Lebanese opposition demonstrator drags her Sri Lankan maid to a demonstration in Beirut yesterday. Will Bush speak on behalf of Sri Lankan maids in Lebanon since he is in the “freedom” business?
The Many Lebanons and Bush’s Two Kinds of Middle East Democracy: Commenting on the pro-Syrian (and anti-Lebanese opposition) demonstrations in Lebanon, the New York Times said on its website “Today’s crowds vastly outnumbered those at recent rallies demanding that Syrian forces leave Lebanon.” I wonder if that sentence will make it into the print edition [...]
Freedom for…Sri Lankan maids in Lebanon: A Lebanese demonstrator drags her Sri Lankan maid to a demonstration. (The passports of foreign domestic workers in Lebanon are confiscated by employers).
Jordanian police prevents unionists in Amman from demonstrating. I did not notice that US media took notice, and Bush did not make speeches in their support.
Under the slogans: “We are not less, and we are not more; We want balance; We want an open gate” Kuwaiti women demonstrated demanding political rights. I did not notice that US media took notice, and Bush did not make speeches in their support.
Who is not Whom? Bashshar Al-Asad pleads with Time magazine that he “is not Saddam.” Husni Mubarak pleads that he is not Bashshar. King `Abdullah pleads that he is not Mubarak. Crown Prince `Abdullah pleads that he is not King `Abdullah. Qadhdhafi pleads that he is not Khomeini. Abu Mazen pleads that he IS Allawi. [...]
What people do not realize is this: Hariri’s (and subsequently Jumblat’s) rift was primarily and originally not with Syria, but with Lahhud. Hariri was frustrated that he could not push his own agendas and deals as Lahhud objected to some of Hariri’s policies. So Hariri did not want Syria to support Lahhud. I was just [...]