Archive for May 18, 2005
Maison et arbres, 1890-94. CÃƒÂ©zanne.
“The Scourge of Nationalism”
“Egypt says Bush backs poll reforms” (For those who missed it, the “reforms” basically allows Husni Mubarak to select who will run against him–how dare they–in sham “elections”)
Iraq: Sign to the right says: “Minister of Interior is a Terrorist of the First Rank”.
“Fresh claims about abuse of Iraqis by British troops”
“‘War on terror’ at odds with ‘war on Castro’?”
This but not the daily killing of Iraqi civilians may bother many Americans: “Yet the costs for Pentagon operations are likely to pile up in years ahead. By 2010, war expenses might total $600 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office.”
I told an LA Times reporter yesterday that Al-Arabiyya has better access to the White House than the LA Times’ office in DC. And I mean that. I can’t believe how frequently high-ranking officials of the US administration appear on that American propaganda network, ironically named “The Arab One.” Just now, they announced that Laura [...]
“Brazil’s poor are cut down after a 150-mile protest march”
I am reviewing Remaking Muslim Politics: Pluralism, Contestation, Democratization (ed. by Robert Hefner, Princeton University Press, 2005) for a journal and I recommend it to my readers. But I do not recommend peaches yet; it is not the season.
“TOURISM IN TRIER: Cash Cow Karl Marx”
What do you do when your client dictarship faces trouble? “The unrest in Uzbekistan, a volatile former Soviet republic and a key U.S. ally in the war on terrorism, has left Washington unsure how to respond.”
The Heroic Deeds of the Lebanese right-wing Opposition in…Australia: Amir sent me a news item from a Syrian news website which reports that a Syrian boy, Peter Farah, 14, was severely beaten by his Lebanese classmates at his school in Sidney, and the boy suffered brain damage, according to the medical report.
“NAZI SPAM: The Next Attack is Already Programmed”
Signs of “liberation”: “Iraq draws up plan to privatize state-owned firms: Foreign investors solicited for cash”
She is looking at her American “liberator” in Iraq.
I am officially opposed to the salvation of the planet if the saviors include King `Abdullah of Jordan, Richard Gere, Dalai Lama, Elie Wiesel–especially Elie Wiesel, and Shimon Peres. But I cannot deny that the Saudi King of Jordan threw some pearls of wisdom: “The world is at a critical crossroads.” I dont know about [...]
Anybody who writes his/her memoirs is a narcissist; but anybody who writes his memoirs before she/he reaches the age of 60 or 65 suffers from serious delusions of grandeur. And eating vegetables does not make you a vegetarian.
The Farce of the Lebanese Parliamentary Elections: This is going to be one of the more, or most, predictable election in modern Lebanese history (along with the 1992 election which was largely boycotted by Christian voters). To date, and we are talking about the first round of the Beirut electoral districts, 9 candidates have won [...]