Archive for April 27, 2005
The Mosque (Arab Holiday), 1881. Renoir. (Notice that Arabs in classical Orientalist paintings were, and still are in Western media photography, always a mob, or an indistinguishable blob).
“United States: trade in torture”
“Once taboo words ‘civil war’ now spoken in Iraq”
“U.S. Learning in Iraq, Officials Say”. This is an actual headline from the Los Angeles Times; and the actual article is more dumb than the headline.
“US faces increasingly left-leaning Latin America”
Is this for real? Are you kidding me? Is this supposed to be the new excuse? “The American who led the hunt for Iraq’s missing weapons of mass destruction has revealed that the investigation was cut short after he was targeted by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the militant leader in an attack that left two people [...]
I get frustrated when I learn some information that I cannot use on Angry Arab News Service. Just now, an American reporter in the Middle East told me some juicy information but he/she requested that I do not post on the site. So I am just teasing you, I guess.
“In Cairo, Friday is military day”
“An American teenager was banned from a high school prom parade after he turned up wearing a kilt.”
So how is Bush doing in his “war on terrorism”? “There was a three-fold increase in terrorist attacks worldwide last year and Iraqi insurgents have the same capacity to strike that they did 12 months ago, according to the US government and military. The number of terrorist attacks the US considers “significant” rose to 655 [...]
You know that I think that the Economist is the best magazine there is. But I must confess that the quality of their Middle East coverage has been going down. Their recent article in the last issue on Shi`ite theological schools in South Lebanon is full of errors. They totally miss the point of Shi`ite [...]
Mubarak Marathan Interviews must mean one thing only: he has become fully aware of how unpopular he has become. Throughout the interviews (and I still have a part of part III that I have not seen) he was very defensive, trying–with obvious effort–to promote himself, but the help of Adib’s hagiographic approach will only hurt [...]
A Saudi human rights organization reports that a Saudi lawyer has been arrested for visiting a “banned” website more than a year ago. In other news, Bush praises “reforms” in Saudi Arabia.
The Lebanese Bush: so the Lebanese student groups (representing Hizbullah, Amal, Lebanese communist Party, SSNP, Phalanges (or one element), Maradah movement of Sulayman Franjiyyah, Tawhid Movement, Tahrir Party, The Grouping of Popular Leagues and Committees, and others) that have been staging peaceful demonstrations outside of the US embassy in Lebanon, held their 8th demonstration yesterday, [...]
Waiting at a Gaza crossing, after Israeli occupation closed all entry points.
Full text. HRW: “U.S.: Abu Ghraib Only the ‘Tip of the Iceberg’”
“Columbia Unbecoming: An internal memo urges retaliation against pro-union graduate students. (thanks Joseph)