Archive for May 22, 2005
Avvenimento #247, 1956. Bacci.
I heard Muqtada As-Sadr speaking on AlArabiyya today. He is still a bad speaker, but appears to act like an elder statesperson. He is now mediating between the Sunni Islamic `Ulama Grouping and the Badr Militia (oh, ya: there are legal (US approved) militias in Iraq, not to be confused with unapproved illegal militias). When [...]
“Dozens Have Alleged Koran’s Mishandling: Complaints by inmates in Afghanistan, Iraq and Cuba emerged early. In 2003, the Pentagon set a sensitivity policy after trouble at Guantanamo.”
“Laura Bush speaks out for women’s rights in Mideast”. I am waiting for her to speak out for women’s rights in…THE US.
“Karzai seeks more control over US bases” and US seeks more control over Karzai.
“Azerbaijanis Demanding Vote Are Beaten”. When asked about them, Bush said: “I love the Hummus demonstrations. They are so nice. They are so Western. And I love Hariri.”
A Jordanian friend mentioned this irony to me the other day. King `Abdullah announced the ouster of the head of Jordanian mukhabarat. A few days later, the King uncovered his weekly diabolic plot by some militant Islamist terrorists who were planning on hijacking the Red Sea. The King needs these dramatic announcements to keep the [...]
I mean: will the US government or the US media or anybody in the US, including KFC, finally notice the persecution, oppression, arbitrary arrests that are going on in Egypt in preparation for the 49th term of Husni Mubarak? Will Bush, the great fan of the Hummus demonstrations in Lebanon, notice the demonstrations by Egyptians?
Today, I read that the Iranian council that screens candidates (mullacracy at work, you know) approved the candidacy of 6 candidates out of…1000. Of the 6 approved, two will be validated. Of the two, the council is expected to select the best.
The Heritage Foundation has been bragging for weeks that its own (reliable of course) poll showed that favorable opinion of the US has risen in Indonesia. In other news, “[a]bout 7,000 people [in Indonesia] staged a protest Sunday condemning the alleged desecration of Islam’s holy book by American troops at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.”
“I think Lebanon should be for the Lebanese,” said Hijazi King of Jordan `Abdullah. By that logic (“Jordan for the Jordanians”), get out of Jordan, NOW, king `Abdullah. Go back to Hijaz. (Also notice how the US media treat King `Abdullah as a great Middle East expert, and they ask him for wisdom and insights).
Surprisingly, not a bad article on the Lebanese election in the Washington Post, of all places.
“Yale Fires An Acclaimed Anarchist Scholar”
“Paul Ricoeur, philosophe de tous les dialogues” His best work? Undoubtedly, when French student radicals placed a trash can over his head in the late 1960s.
AP ran this photo with this caption: “U.S. first lady Laura Bush rushes back to her car after visiting the Western Wall and the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City Sunday May 22, 2005. Anti-U.S. protesters heckled Laura Bush at a major Islamic holy shrine on Sunday, during a Mideast tour meant to defuse [...]
Sharon: “I won’t compromise on Jerusalem.” (Angry Arab: I won’t compromise on Palestine.)
Today, the New York Times ran this picture (influenced by Renoir’s The Mosque) with this caption: “When feeling threatened, Sunni Iraqis tend to retreat to old mind-sets, skewing their view of the future.” Can you imagine the uproar if this statement was said about another religious group of millions of people? For how long will [...]
A national best-seller list can tell a lot about a country. You be the judge.
King `Abdullah was supposed to make a speech before the World Economic Forum. Instead, he sang opera. The audience pelted him with eggs and tomatoes. He was confused, not amused.