Archive for April 18, 2005
Garden at Fontenay, 1874. Renoir.
“For the third time in nine months, the Bush administration has redrafted its project to rebuild Iraq, forcing planners to cancel more of the water, sewage and power plants that were part of the grand American design to transform the shattered country.”
“Fidel Castro on Sunday mocked the European Union for failing to back Cuba’s call for a United Nations investigation into U.S. treatment of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay camp.”
“Gunmen on Monday assassinated a senior Iraqi Interior Ministry official who had told the media that a hostage crisis that fueled sectarian tensions was exaggerated”
“Israel resumes use of naked screening”
Even the NYT is admitting the obvious: “Israel, on Its Own, Is Shaping the Borders of the West Bank”
The counter below has crossed the 500,000 mark yesterday. All but 4, are my own clicks.
“Lebanon, a House Divided” (did the foreign editor of LA Times notice that she interviewed one of the two cousins?)
What on earth is going on in Mada’in?
“5,000-year-old Marsh Arab haven is devastated by fishermen’s use of chemicals and electric shocks”
Stalin and “the legacy of dead dictators”
Mullah rule in…Iraq. (From a recent meeting of the National Assembly).
“In an Unseen Front in the War on Terrorism, America is Spending Millions…To Change the Very Face of Islam”
Poor Syrians wait under this bridge in Beirut to be picked up by employers who are searching for cheap manual labor.
As-Safir is reporting about the repercussions of the flight of Syrian workers from Lebanon. In the construction sector alone, some 60% of construction sites are not operating anymore.
Egyptian singer Sha`ban `Abdur-Rahim has a song about…Hariri: Ã˜Â£Ã™â€ Ã˜Â§ Ã˜Â¨Ã™Æ’Ã˜Â±Ã™â€¡ Ã˜Â§Ã™â€žÃ˜Â¥Ã˜Â±Ã™â€¡Ã˜Â§Ã˜Â¨ Ã™Ë†Ã˜Â¨Ã™â€šÃ™Ë†Ã™â€žÃ™â€¡Ã˜Â§ Ã™â€¦Ã™â€ Ã˜Â¶Ã™â€¦Ã™Å Ã˜Â±Ã™Å .. Ã˜Â§Ã™â€žÃ˜Â´Ã˜Â¹Ã˜Â¨ Ã˜Â§Ã™â€žÃ˜Â¹Ã˜Â±Ã˜Â¨Ã™Å Ã˜Â§Ã˜ÂªÃ™â€ Ã™Æ’Ã˜Â¯ Ã™â€žÃ™â€¦Ã˜Â§ Ã˜Â§Ã˜ÂªÃ™â€šÃ˜ÂªÃ™â€ž Ã˜Â§Ã™â€žÃ˜ÂÃ˜Â±Ã™Å Ã˜Â±Ã™Å (I hate terrorism, and say so from my conscience..The Arab was distressed when Hariri was killed)
“What I Didn’t See in Iraq”
“Aviation sources say the [no-fly] list has grown to more than 31,000, up from 19,000 last September.”
These were tents where poor Syrian workers lived in Al-`Abdah in `Akkar. They were set on fire by “patriotic” Lebanese right-wing supporters.
In the US, we have Fox News. In the Arab world, they have LBC-TV, Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat, An-Nahar, MBC TV, Al-Arabiyya, Al-Hayat, and (as of late) Al-Mustaqbal TV. I am really suffocating.