Archive for April, 2005
View of the New Building of the Sacre-CÃ‚Å“ur, c.1896. Renoir.
Electric “liberation”: “After two years and $1.2 billion, U.S. effort to resuscitate electrical system is wide of its mark.”
“Ivy League colleges lead boom in student-run porn magazines”
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Compare this man to Arab ministers of defense. You may yell obscenities while doing so.
Iraqis: “liberated” near Mosul.
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 […]
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 […]
What happened to the counter, Neal? The entire figure of the counter has been erased? Neal!
…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.
Noirmoutier, 1892. Renoir.
“Organisers of a series of pro-democracy demonstrations in Egypt say police arrested about 75 people in connection with protests held across the country.”
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 […]
Iraq has a partial cabinet. You are supposed to celebrate.
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.
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 […]
“A Polish priest at the Vatican was accused Wednesday of collaborating with the communist-era secret police during the 1980s.”
“U.S. to Avoid Confrontation in Lebanon” (I wonder why)