Archive for June 5, 2005
Untitled (Public Opinion), 1991. Black rod licorice candy, individually wrapped in cellophane (endless supply), ideal weight, 700 pounds, dimensions variable. Felix Gonzalez-Torres.
“HORROR IN UGANDA”
Oh, no. It looks like war will be going to Latin America. “US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has called for greater intervention by the Organisation of American States in promoting democracy in Latin America.”
Israeli occupation soldiers uprooted his Palestinian olive trees.
“As Hamas makes gains, will Abbas’s ruling party unravel? On Saturday, the Palestinian president delayed a vote amid disarray in his party.”
“Museum planned for late PA leader Arafat’s personal belongings.” It is not clear whether the museum will display the millions that Arafat was sending to his wife, Suha.
I have changed my mind. All along, I have assumed that the US government (White House, Congress, etc) does not care about Palestinian lives. Not anymore. I now firmly believe that the US government sincerely cares about the lives of some Palestinians: those who collaborate with Israeli occupation.
Now really. How many times have you read that US soldiers captured “a senior aide to Zarqawi.” How many times? How many senior aides does Zarqawi have? And do these announcements lend credibility to US annoucements?
Clashes between supporters of traditional Druze rivals, Walid Jumblat and Talal Arsalan, continue in Lebanon.
Israeli occupation forces destroy an Arab house in Hayfa.
Heavily Armed Tourism: Neither Aljazeera nor Al-Arabiyya refers to US occupation of Iraq “as occupation.” They call it “presence.” If it is not occupation, what is it? It must be heavily armed tourism.
Why Hizbullah is grateful To George W. Bush: Hizbullah never knew that the George W. Bush was going to make their electoral victory sweeter and more resounding. But it happened. Bush thought that he would achieve with his harping on voting and elections what he could not achieve in his war in Iraq. He wanted [...]
Robert Fisk on Lebanon: I never thought I would say this. Robert Fisk is no longer reliable on Lebanon. He, the one that I used to describe as the best foreign correspondent in the Middle East. He has become a loyal and uncritical voice of the right-wing opposition in Lebanon. To be sure, one cannot [...]
Riddle of the Sphinx, 1991. M. Kelley.
“The people at the top of America’s money pyramid have so prospered in recent years that they have pulled far ahead of the rest of the population, an analysis of tax records and other government data by The New York Times shows. They have even left behind people making hundreds of thousands of dollars a [...]
” “Even if you turn this country into heaven, we don’t want it from you,” a tribal chief tells Bob Silverman, the American civilian administrator in Tikrit. “Just go away from Iraq and leave us alone. We’ve had enough of you and can’t stand it no more.””
These are the kind of articles that you read in the mainstream US press about the Middle East that have no connection to the Middle East. This article talks about “cultural revival” in Beirut. As evidence, the author (I bet he knows not a word of Arabic) he cites the numerous songs composed in memory [...]
“An Iraqi army unit has been disbanded after refusing to attend a U.S. training course in Baghdad, former members of the unit said Saturday.”
How dumb do you have to be to believe this tale: “In the incident involving urine, which took place this past March, Southern Command said a guard left his observation post, went outside and urinated near an air vent, and “the wind blew his urine through the vent” and into a cell block.” Wild Kennedy [...]
“Forgotten child soldiers who want to stop killing”