Archive for June, 2005

The true Lebanon: I was told that when the wife of the Filipino president tried to enter the Riviera beach in Beirut, the officials told her that “maids are not permitted on the premises.”

Posted on June 30, 2005 by As'ad

The Wise One strikes again: “Bush Strategy: Win War at Home” and lose big time abroad, and nobody will notice.

Posted on June 30, 2005 by As'ad

This I can confirm: Sa`d Hariri did take special tutorials in Beiruti accent after complaints from Beiruti families about his Saudi accent. He also is taking special lessons in Fusha (classical) Arabic. There is more that I cannot post for the time being lest I lose access I have here. Fu’ad Sanyurah is the next […]

Posted on June 30, 2005 by As'ad

The foreign correspondent told me the story herself: a foreign correspondent based in Beirut was interviewing the right-wing member of parliament and director-general of the right-wing propaganda sheet known as An-Nahar, Jubran Tuwayni, when the latter twice told her: “Pull your hair to the back; you will look nicer.” When he said it to her […]

Posted on June 30, 2005 by As'ad

Why the Economist is the best magazine there is (among other reasons of course): the Middle East correspondent of the Economist has lived in the region for 30 years and is fluent in Arabic. The New York Times and the Washington Post only require their Middle East correspondents to eat 3 falafil sandwiches before they […]

Posted on June 30, 2005 by As'ad

How (in)Justice gets served: “The Pentagon has promoted or nominated for promotion two senior Army officers who oversaw or advised detention and interrogation operations in Iraq during the height of the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal.”

Posted on June 29, 2005 by As'ad

The New York Times says that Bush is “Insisting on a Fight to the Finish.” Finshing what, I wonder. Does he mean that the aim is to finish off the Iraqi population? Clarify, please, oh wise one.

Posted on June 29, 2005 by As'ad

The vote for the speaker in parliament in Lebanon, and the celebrations by supporters of Amal-Hizbullah yesterday, reveal the deep sectarian divisions in this country. Mostly Christian candidates did not vote for Birri, while Muslim candidates did. Birri is now set for “four more years” as they say in the US. The Shi`ite political ranks […]

Posted on June 29, 2005 by As'ad

I have received very incriminating documents revealing the corruption of Muhammad Dahlan. I shall post some of them upon return from the US. Also, a source in Ramallah has been writing to me about public displeasure with the thuggery by some armed groups there. More later.

Posted on June 29, 2005 by As'ad

This is dumb: “CIA analysts forced 30 flights to be cancelled and raised the US terror alert from yellow to orange because they thought that al-Qaida was sending hidden messages through the headlines of the Arabic television news channel al-Jazeera, it has been revealed.”

Posted on June 29, 2005 by As'ad

This is Zionism: “An Israeli soldier who refused to demolish buildings in the Gaza Strip was jailed yesterday for 56 days for refusing to obey orders.”

Posted on June 29, 2005 by As'ad

I have received this message, and I could not verify the information. But if anybody knows anything, please let me know:“Dear AsÙ„d, I want to appeal to your strong sense of compassion as a colleague and a fellow Middle-Easterner. One of my dearest friends, Farshid Faraji, an independent Iranian documentary filmmaker, has recently been arrested […]

Posted on June 29, 2005 by As'ad

“US resumes production of Cold War plutonium”

Posted on June 28, 2005 by As'ad

“Iraq: A bloody mess”

Posted on June 28, 2005 by As'ad

“Giving Chutzpah New Meaning”

Posted on June 28, 2005 by As'ad

“Israeli soldier guilty of killing Briton in Gaza”

Posted on June 28, 2005 by As'ad

“US polls show support for conflict waning”

Posted on June 28, 2005 by As'ad

It seems that everybody here has an entourage. Journalists, politicians, and crooks. There is a measure of simplicity in the US that I like: when I first came to Washington, DC I encountered Robert McNamara walking by himself around Dupont Circle (and I did not yell Arabic obscenities at him). I asked an Italian journalist […]

Posted on June 28, 2005 by As'ad

“Lebanon: an illusion of unity” (thanks Joseph)

Posted on June 26, 2005 by As'ad

“Rice silent on women’s rights in Middle East”

Posted on June 26, 2005 by As'ad