Archive for April, 2005

View of the New Building of the Sacre-CÂœur, c.1896. Renoir. 

Posted on April 30, 2005 by As'ad

Electric “liberation”: “After two years and $1.2 billion, U.S. effort to resuscitate electrical system is wide of its mark.”

Posted on April 30, 2005 by As'ad

“Ivy League colleges lead boom in student-run porn magazines”

Posted on April 30, 2005 by As'ad

From Israeli “scholarship“–what Scott Sherman and the Nation will not investigate: “”Among Arabs, you will not find the phenomenon so typical of Judeo-Christian culture: doubts, a sense of guilt, the self-tormenting approach, `Maybe we weren’t entirely OK,’ or `Maybe we need to act or react differently.’ These phenomena are totally unknown in Arab-Islamic society, toward […]

Posted on April 30, 2005 by As'ad

Count Me Out: If Bush and the Lebanese right-wing opposition are for freedom, then I oppose freedom; if Hariri is Mr. Lebanon–as Robert Fisk calls him–then I support Mr./Ms. Potato Head as Prime Minister for Lebanon; if Islamic fundamentalism has answers for Middle East problems, then I want the problems to be unsolved; if Syria […]

Posted on April 30, 2005 by As'ad

Scott Sherman Watch: Why Arab Wogs Should Behave If I were to use the journalistic methods of Scott Sherman I would easily say that I heard from an “unimpeachable source” that his difficulty with truthfulness is not new. He calls my friend Joseph Massad “a man who favors rigid thinking and coarse rhetoric.” Was Sherman […]

Posted on April 30, 2005 by As'ad

Compare this man to Arab ministers of defense. You may yell obscenities while doing so. 

Posted on April 30, 2005 by As'ad

Iraqis: “liberated” near Mosul. 

Posted on April 30, 2005 by As'ad

Angry Arab and Unpopularity Contests: Whenever I speak to mainstream establishment groups–and I often do, like World Affairs Council, I feel out of place. I feel like a drunken at a Ramadan Iftar, or like a clothed person at a nudist colony, or like Bush at a scientific convention, or like Ahmad Chalabi at the […]

Posted on April 30, 2005 by As'ad

The Nation and the Middle East Part II: My dear friend Joseph Massad wrote an excellent critique of the lousy piece on the war on Middle East studies at Columbia University in the ostensibly leftist Nation magazine. American leftists–especially in the Nation which is still in mourning over the collapse of the Oslo process because […]

Posted on April 29, 2005 by As'ad

What happened to the counter, Neal? The entire figure of the counter has been erased? Neal!

Posted on April 29, 2005 by As'ad

…off to Asilomar to speak (“Lebanon and Bush Doctrine?”) at the World Affairs Council annual conference. Will return on Saturday evening. For refreshments, go here.

Posted on April 29, 2005 by As'ad

Noirmoutier, 1892. Renoir. 

Posted on April 28, 2005 by As'ad

“Organisers of a series of pro-democracy demonstrations in Egypt say police arrested about 75 people in connection with protests held across the country.”

Posted on April 28, 2005 by As'ad

Each Lebanese era has its taboos. During the Syrian era, nobody was allowed to criticize Asad (father, son, nephew, uncle, brother, etc). In the new Saudi-France-US era of Lebanon, nobody is allowed to mention the obvious–not a single Lebanese newspaper dared to mention it–: that Rafiq Hariri was indeed the force behind UNSC 1559. It […]

Posted on April 28, 2005 by As'ad

Iraq has a partial cabinet. You are supposed to celebrate.

Posted on April 28, 2005 by As'ad

More boring than Larry King is Jane Fonda talking about her “spiritual journey.” And she says that it is hard for her to talk about it, and yet she seems to not being able to stop talking about it although whenever she does I get a strong urge to…slice potatoes.

Posted on April 28, 2005 by As'ad

I cannot stand it when the Arabic press publish interviews with pathetic Saddam fans/lawyers who want to talk to us in details about Saddam’s health. Saddam’s health? We are supposed to care? I would rather care about the health of the survivors of Saddam’s prison camps, and about the health of the Iraqi people under […]

Posted on April 28, 2005 by As'ad

“A Polish priest at the Vatican was accused Wednesday of collaborating with the communist-era secret police during the 1980s.”

Posted on April 28, 2005 by As'ad

“U.S. to Avoid Confrontation in Lebanon” (I wonder why)

Posted on April 28, 2005 by As'ad