Archive for March 11, 2005
“Children held by the U.S. Army at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison included one boy who appeared to be only about 8 years old, the former commander of the prison told investigators.”
“A group of public health experts sharply criticized Britain and America on Friday for failing to count the number of Iraqis who have died as a result of the war in Iraq. The group said the United States and Britain rely on the Iraqi Ministry of Health tally and that number was “likely seriously to [...]
I want a Fatwa to end all Fatwas. And I want it, NOW.
US occupation soldiers gently knocking on a door in Baghdad yesterday.
Israeli “FM Shalom warns nuclear armed Iran would be ‘nightmare’”. He adds that nuclear armed Israel wishes you sweet dreams.
“US inmates face threat of worse abuse under scheme to send them to prisons in their own countries”
“Pro-Syrian Premier Returns in Lebanon” (succeeding a pro-Syrian (himself), who succeeded a pro-Syrian premier (Hariri), who in turn succeeded a pro-Syrian premier (Huss), who succeeded a pro-Syrian premier (Hariri), who succeeded a pro-Syrian premier (Karami), who succeeded a pro-Syrian premier (Rashid As-Sulh), and on and on and on.
In 1957, US called for free elections in Lebanon. Details: “In Lebanon in 1957, the CIA supported Christian parties with U.S. government money and donations by American oil companies that wanted to insure a friendly government in Lebanon, a pivotal Middle Eastern country. Wilbur Crane Eveland, a CIA officer, later described driving his gold and [...]
This is the Lebanese opposition: Qasim `Ali Yusuf (who appeared on NBN TV) said that young men who were playing songs of the right-wing Lebanese Forces militia stopped him in the area of Sinn Al-Fil [a stronghold of the right-wing Christian opposition], and asked him whether he is a Syrian. He said that he was [...]
3 killed in courthouse shooting in Atlanta. Syria blamed. Bush calls on Syria to withdraw its troops (and intelligence personnel) from the state of Georgia. UN agrees.
For those who care, my interview on Middle East “democracy” for Counterspin.
“But in private, Israeli officials are making no secret of their desire to see Syria out of Lebanon, and there is a new note of optimism here about the fresh problems that Syria’s weakness causes for Hezbollah.”
This is Zionism: Israeli occupation forces destroyed this house yesterday killing a man inside (his name is `Abdul-Latif Husayn AbuKhalil). They later said that he was a “suspect.”
“Foreigners on US death row no longer have right to make international appeal”
“Lebanon is not Ukraine”
“In the opinion of many legal experts, the US government broke international law when it waged war on Iraq without explicit UN backing. Unrepentant, it has reserved the right to take similar action again, unilaterally if need be.”
Waiting for US soldiers to allow her to go home in Baghdad.
Thomas Friedman’s quality of Foreign Policy Analysis. You be the judge. This is supposed to be high quality and sophisticated foreign policy analysis? You would never read this in Le Monde or Spiegel or Economist. He said this today: “Consider the message that the leaders of Iran, Syria and Hezbollah were sending to President Bush [...]
Now we know for sure. Lebanese opposition does not speak for the Lebanese. Lebanese pollster Abduh Sa`d conducted a comprehensive public opinion survey in Lebanon, across sectarian lines. I do not have time to talk about it now (I shall do that perhaps tomorrow), but the results merely confirm what I have been stressing as [...]