Archive for May 28, 2005
Haere Mai, 1891. Gauguin.
“Aid officials are worried that the United States might not make its annual contribution to a United Nations food drive for North Korea. The U.S. has been one of the largest suppliers of food to the impoverished nation, last year providing 50,000 tons. It has not yet indicated whether it will make a pledge this [...]
This is the new Lebanon: “Following a spate of bombings aimed at Christian targets, young men describing themselves as ‘vigilantes’ have appeared in the wake of the attacks, leading some to fear a revival of the old Christian ‘Phalangist’ militias – and the memories of the slaughter that they perpetrated.”
“FÃƒÂ¼r Elise sounds better in Bonn”
Gen. Michel `Awn claims that he wants to fight corruption in Lebanon. He wants to end the prevalent nepotism and favoritsm in Lebanese politics. Toward that end, he designated two major leaders of his movement, Alain `Awn (his nephew) and Jubran Basil (his son-in-law) to tackle the issue. It is not clear whether his candidate [...]
On the farce of the Lebanese election: For those who know Arabic, there is wealth of information on this section of Al-Jazeera’s website (thanks Amir). Christian Science Monitor has an interview with their Beirut correspondent, Nicholas Blanford, on the Lebanese election. Surprisingly, I don’t have much problems with it…but there is one error. He says: [...]
From a poem by Iraqi poet `Aqil `Ali (the one who was left to die on a Baghdad street because he smelled of alcohol–see post below) (my translation):“Who was thatWho wasthat who carries the eagernessof the spinster at thethreshold of the seathe fruits of his shoulder arefull of glassestraveling in the traces,counting the traps of [...]
I spoke to a friend in Beirut the other day. He/she met recently with the French ambassador and his wife in Lebanon. The person tells me that the French ambassador’s wife (and to a lesser extent the ambassador himself) expressed her outrage at the plight of the Palestinians in Lebanon, and the worsening socio-economic status [...]
Untitled (Violet, Black, Orange, Yellow on White and Red), 1949. Rothko.
ACLU: “Defense Department Personnel Impersonated State Department Officials in GuantÃƒÂ¡namo Interrogations, FBI”
“over 100 detainees have died in U.S. custody so far”
Bush’s reforms come to the Middle East: “Violence Mars Egyptian Referendum About Presidential Vote”
Berkeley’s “KPFA pair give young Palestinians a voice” (thanks Nora for NOT sending me this article)
“Muslims Across World Protest Koran Reports” (I wish those Muslims equally–if not more–protest the daily killing of Iraqis)
This is Zionism: “The commander of an Israeli army squad has been suspended after his patrol took over a Palestinian home and confined the family to a spare room so the soldiers could watch Liverpool’s victory in the Champions League final.”