Archive for April 19, 2005
…off to UCLA for a talk. Will return Thursday. You may visit here for a snack.
Please meet the new Pope. I shall call him Angry Pope. He is furious to have been born 5 centuries too late. (thanks enrique for the link)
“Liberating” by the throat: “Iraqi Lawmaker Says U.S. Soldier Grabbed His Throat” (thanks anonymous)
Splitting the Middle East: One “liberation” after another. I just heard on AlJazeera that a delegation from three predominantly Shi`ite governorates in southern Iraq is visiting Kurdistan to study their self-autonomous experience, in the hope of emulating it in the future.
I noticed that Bush has given an exclusive interview to the right-wing Lebanese LBC-TV. The interviewer is Paula Ya`qubian (who formerly worked for ART-TV and now works for LBC-TV, it seems). Her access to the White House may be due to her marriage to Muwaffaq Harb (director of Hurra-TV and Sawa Radio). In the interview [...]
There is a new Pope. There is a new pope. At 77, he was mostly chosen for his youth and vigor. “It is time that we represent the Catholic youth,” said Vatican officials. What we know about the new Pope is that he is a firm believer in classical Church dogmas (the dogmas that produced [...]
Corruption continues in the Lebanese government. I read the names of the new Lebanese cabinet. Most are ok in that they do not come from the sleazy and corrupt backgrounds of most Lebanese politicians. Two are academics I know: Ghassan Salamah and Charles Rizq. Salamah is a fine Paris-based academic who became a Minister of [...]
Oh, no. The mainstream press is now jumping on the Lebanese hummus story. Look at this silly sample from Slate.