Archive for March 15, 2005
The Whole City, 1935. Max Ernst.
“U.S. commanders and Bush administration officials are overstating the number of Iraqi security forces on duty, providing an inaccurate picture about the training mission that is the U.S. military’s exit strategy for Iraq, a government audit agency said Monday.”
“dislike for nuanced talk”
“Re-branding America: Marketing gurus think they can help ‘reposition’ the United States – and save American foreign policy.”
Justice is served: “An American army platoon leader who ordered his troops to throw two Iraqi prisoners into the Tigris river was sentenced yesterday to 45 days in military prison.”
The brilliant group that wrote that famous neo-conservative document (clean break) predicted that the Shi`ites of Iraq are going to declare the Saudi king of Jordan as their leader. Here, Iraqi Shi`ites are burning the picture of the King and the flag of Jordan after a devastating bombing was traced to a Jordanian.
Colonial nostalgia. I read Daniel COHN-BENDIT’s Obsolete Communism: The Left-Wing Alternative in college. It influenced my flight from Marxism-Leninism. But I never had doubts. European socialists are not necessarily free of the prejudices and biases of European societies. Some French colonial officers in Lebanon and Syria during the Mandate system were socialists. Here, Cohn-Bendit seemingly [...]
Anti-Shi`ite Prejudice of the Lebanese Opposition: “The Shias look at the state as something they have to grab. They’re so voracious,” said Ghassan Tueni, a former Christian minister who runs the publishing house of Lebanon’s leading liberal newspaper, Al-Anhar.” Tell the reporter that An-Nahar was a “liberal” newspaper before 1975, and it has become a [...]
Bush did not know that the Cardinal was Christian. “One of the messages I want to say is my meeting with the Patriarch is in no way embracing any religion for Lebanon; it is a way for me to speak to people.” He later added that he would not be embracing any religion except Christianity, [...]
“Instead of changing his foreign policy, President Bush is changing the story”
According to Ar-Riyadh newspaper, 87 % of men in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia support the participation of women in elections.
These are protests that I support: “Street protests by poor push Bolivia to the brink”
A reader who wishes to remain anonymous, sent me this message:“I am of the view he [Robert Fisk] has some inside track of what is in store for the targeted and embattled country. Look at the piece that was written as early as in January 8, 2005 in the Independent and was reprinted here.
Here, Thomas Friedman celebrates America’s version of “free trade” in the Middle East: “On Dec. 14, Egypt, Israel and the U.S. signed an accord setting up three Qualified Industrial Zones (Q.I.Z.’s) in Egypt. The deal stipulated the following: Any Egyptian company operating in one of these Q.I.Z.’s that imports from an Israeli company at least [...]
“Guerilla War in Sadr City” (thanks Virginia)
Camus and Sartre
JohD from Australia sent me a link regarding an interview with Robert Fisk on Phillip Adams LateNight Live on Australia’s ABC. This was regarding a claim he made in the comments’ section regarding the friendship between Hariri and Fisk. It was interesting, and I am sharing it with you (he transcribed this section):“PA: “You knew [...]