Archive for April 28, 2005
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)
Full text. Legal advice to the PM of UK.
Guess which deep thinker said those words: “In short, I don’t much care how the U.N. works as a bureaucracy; I care about how often it can be enlisted to support, endorse and amplify U.S. power. That is what serves our national interest.”
“The Catholic Church and the world”
Kudos to the new Minister of Labor in Lebanon: I had previously mocked his unbelievable ideological transformations and oscillations. But I just heard his statement about the Palestinians in Lebanon, the ever forgotten victims. He expressed his outrage that they are “legally” banned from 72 different professions and occupations. He called for bringing an end [...]