Archive for May, 2005
“Uzbekistan has shown former Soviet states that the west tolerates the repression of peaceful protest in return for oil”
Bono’s political advocacy is bothering me. There is no world leader or dictator or war enthusiast that he does not like “on a personal level.” And does he play one musical instrument?
“Claims of abuse at Guantanamo are revealed” (When asked about that, Bush said: “But Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East”)
“U.S. Forces Mistakenly Arrest Sunni Leader”. The man was a member (and one-time president) of the now-defunct puppet governing council. But don’t jump to conclusions. The US military explained what happened, and the explanation eased my mind, and should ease yours. Apparently, the Sunni-terrorist-detector device used by the US military malfunctioned. That is all. Go [...]
One more time: Arabs prove that they are genetically capable of stuffing a ballot box (albeit in very small numbers). Western world impressed. Wake up the children, and tell the neighbors. Today, US, UN and Eu extended their congratulations to the Lebanese government for their lousy election. The turnout, it turns out, was even less [...]
Portrait d’un mÃ¯Â¿Â½decin militaire, 1914Ã¯Â¿Â½15. Albert Gleizes.
For the second time today, I am citing approvingly Hassan Fattah (on Hariri): “But at least some voters said they had been put off by his heavily bankrolled campaign.”
After weeks and months of silly US media articles about “Lebanese unity,” now, NOW, the US media are finally learning about Lebanon: “Fault Lines Apparent At the Polls: Religion Remains Divisive in Capital”
Now that the Hummus has melted, “After Withdrawal, Letdown in Lebanon”
“Long Jailings Anger Iraqis” (I wonder why)
Christian Science Monitor asks “Is Iran telling the truth about nuclear program?” I don’t know, but is Israel telling the truth?
“Palestinian youths looking through a hole in the wall following an [Israeli occupation] missile strike in the Jabaliya refugee camp in north Gaza early Monday. (AP)”
“The U.S. Justice Department is expected to file indictments against two former senior American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) staffers.” (Both will be offered jobs as Middle East experts at the National Security Council)
“British soldiers face war crimes charges”
Beirut “election” or Tribal bay`ah? Lebanese pollster `Abduh Sa`d was right today. This was no election, he said. It was more of a tribal acclamation ritual (bay`ah); no surprises and 9 out of the 19 candidates won their seats prior to election day. I meant it when I said that there were more candidates per [...]
While Sa`d Hariri salutes the masses, polling stations in Beirut show crowds of enthusiastic voters.
I heard the Minister of Interior in Saudi Arabia say that the health of the Saudi king keeps improving. In fact, if he keeps improving he may start to reverse the aging process.
Some people believe that the rise of Sunni religio-political movements in Syria is due to opposition against the regime. Others believe that the Syrian intelligence service is behind the rise of those groups. I believe that both sides are correct.
Abu Mazen will be going to Tunisia hoping to calm Faruq Qaddumi down. Qaddumi has been very critical of Abu Mazen. The latter (along with Arafat’s nephew, Nasir Al-Qidwah–the new Palestinian foreign minister) has been trying to replace all of Qaddumi’s people in the Palestinian foreign service. But during the days of Arafat, Qaddumi’s criticisms [...]
Gabriel Yared. (His recent work has become too commercial for my taste).