Archive for May 16, 2005
Gardanne, 1885-86. CÃƒÂ©zanne.
“Witnesses Describe Uzbek Bloodshed: Hundreds Reported Dead After Soldiers Fire on Protesters”
“Iraq Violence Taking a Sectarian Twist”
Ideological labels in the Hummus Homeland: I read that right-wing fanatic (a fascist by Western standards really) publisher Jubran Tuwayni (who has to be interviewed by all those conservative correspondents who write on Lebanon especially Hassan Fattah) defined his ideology yesterday as “right-wing liberal.” I kid you not. Was Karl Mark a left-wing conservative, I [...]
Former Iraqi puppet prime minister/car bomber/former Saddam henchman/embezzler-in-Yemen, Iyad `Allawi has been vacationing in Beirut. I noticed that he visited Hariri family yesterday (he was the last foreign puppet leader who met Hariri before his assassination), and had a lengthy meeting with Amin Gemayyel. Amin Gemayyel’s son-in-law was once caught smuggling millions of dollars (in [...]
Women in Kuwait attained voting rights. Shall I celebrate? Not really. This is like givig equal “rights” under an unequal and unfree system. Voting rights in a non-democracy is to be demanded, but it is far from being the end of the road. Once the voting rights (by men and women in Kuwait) can end [...]
I received many angry emails from people mad at the ADC (American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee) for inviting Prince Al-Walid Bin Talal to serve as the keynote speaker at their annual convention. I never was a fan of the ADC–or of any Arab or Muslim organization in the US; early when I came to the US, I [...]
I have said this before, and I say this again. The Saudi-funded media (notably Al-Hayat, Al-Arabiyya, Elaph, and Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat) are no more than blantant propaganda mouthpieces for the US government–I say this without meaning to offend the many fine reporters and anchorpeople who work there, and under tight conditions from what I hear. The [...]
Holding the keys to the house in Palestine from which he was evicted by Zionist forces in 1948.
“Egyptian police ‘too forceful’”
“US ‘backed illegal Iraqi oil deals’”
“Liberation” does not end: those lucky Iraqis. Even though Fallujah had been “liberated” twice before, “US airplanes destroy insurgent command center near Fallujah.”
The Downing Street Memo.
Now they are saying, and contrary to early celebrations, “Elections [in Iraq] may have made things worse, not better.”
It seems that Bush is making progress in Iraq AND in Afghanistan too: “Clerics threaten holy war over alleged Quran desecrations.”
“Next year, reports Jane’s Defense Industry, the United States will spend as much on defense as the rest of the world combined.”
For those who care, I will speak on Iraq tomorrow (Tuesday) at World Affairs Council in San Francisco.