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.”
The Wise One strikes again: “Bush Strategy: Win War at Home” and lose big time abroad, and nobody will notice.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.”
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.
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 […]
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.
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.”
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.”
I have received this message, and I could not verify the information. But if anybody knows anything, please let me know:“Dear AsÃ™â€žd, 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 […]
“US resumes production of Cold War plutonium”
“Iraq: A bloody mess”
“Giving Chutzpah New Meaning”
“Israeli soldier guilty of killing Briton in Gaza”
“US polls show support for conflict waning”
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 […]
“Lebanon: an illusion of unity” (thanks Joseph)
“Rice silent on womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rights in Middle East”