Archive for July, 2005

There is a new Angry Poll (below to the left). Vote NOW. (If you wish to be paid for your vote, you may contact Sa`d Al-Hariri in Beirut. It is perfectly legal in Lebanon. You will simply be registered as “electoral delegate.”)

Posted on July 31, 2005 by As'ad

Dream of Return by Iraqi poet Baland Haydari (my translation):“I dream, o my city, of returnto our housewith extinguished candlesI dream that I returnand wake up the lampand open the window forthe windand leave the keys behindthe doorfor the thievesand for guestsfor promises*I dream, o my city, of returningI dream of returnto all what there […]

Posted on July 31, 2005 by As'ad

South of Beirut. 

Posted on July 31, 2005 by As'ad

Beach near Rawshah. 

Posted on July 31, 2005 by As'ad

At Al-Jumhur. 

Posted on July 31, 2005 by As'ad

On the road at Al-Jumhur. 

Posted on July 31, 2005 by As'ad

Near Rawshah in Beirut. 

Posted on July 31, 2005 by As'ad

A weather broadcaster on Al-Arabiyya TV ended her review of the weather by, “…Wa-Allahu A`lam.” (And God is Most Knowing). This was how Muslim theologians used to end their treatises.

Posted on July 30, 2005 by As'ad

“Saddam hit in court attack” (no humiliation visited on Saddam is sufficient to punish him for his crimes.)

Posted on July 30, 2005 by As'ad

‘My face was so awful I hid. I would have killed myself had it not been for my mother’

Posted on July 30, 2005 by As'ad

“Astronomers point out 10th planet using Palomar Observatory photos.” As soon as the news was announced, a Jordanian “scientist” appeared on Al-Arabiyya TV to declare the news a confirmation of the Qur’an. (He was obviously referring to a verse of Surat Yusuf (12:4) which says: “إِذْ قَالَ يُوسُفُ لِأَبِيهِ يَا أَبتِ إِنِّي رَأَيْتُأَحَدَ عَشَرَ كَوْكَبًا […]

Posted on July 30, 2005 by As'ad

“The world has turned away – but Darfur’s misery goes on”

Posted on July 30, 2005 by As'ad

“The ugly side of beauty: Breast implants for 18-year-olds? Hymen reconstructions? Rape-themed fashion collections? Don’t tell Sheila Jeffreys these are signs of female liberation.” (thanks Julie)

Posted on July 30, 2005 by As'ad

Al-Balad newspaper is reporting today that the bomb that killed George Hawi and Samir Qasir was very similar to the ones that killed Jihad Jibril and two military cadres of Hizbullah two years ago–in three sepearte car bombings that did not receive the attention of Mr. Annan.

Posted on July 30, 2005 by As'ad

The pro-Saudi, pro-US elaph site, reported that some 32 Muslim Americans in Detroit alone, by one count, changed their names in the last few years due to difficulties and harassments. Jihad became `Imad (Jihad is a common male name with no religious connotation on the mind of the parents. Even Christian Arabs use that name) […]

Posted on July 30, 2005 by As'ad

Walid Jumblat gave one interview after Hariri’s assassination in which he validated (in his ever changing mind) the “Bush doctrine.” Neoconservatives, like this guy, still cite it. But they will never tell you that Jumblat later denounced that interview and that view, and that last week he even seemed to defend the terrorist attacks in […]

Posted on July 30, 2005 by As'ad

The House of Saud’s Al-Arabiyya TV prides itself on being “objective.” It is, but only in the same way that Fox News TV is “fair and balanced.” (Of course, there are some great reporters at Al-Arabiyya, like Hadil Wahdan and Muna Shiqaqi, among others).

Posted on July 30, 2005 by As'ad

Mr. Obscene is now a Syrian diplomat. I was watching this program on Al-Jazeera today while working out, and there I saw “Dr. Yahya Al-`Aridi, the Director of the Syrian Press Office in London.” I knew the guy. When I was a graduate student in the 1980s, a colleague and a friend, the wise `Abdul-Khaliq […]

Posted on July 30, 2005 by As'ad

When you shop for groceries, if you are asked “paper or plastic”? Don’t provide a hasty answer. Just wait for a fatwa in that regard from the Council on American-Islamic Relations and Ibrahim Hooper. Just tell them that Hooper will soon answer that question, once and for all. CAIR and Hooper will produce a fatwa […]

Posted on July 30, 2005 by As'ad

Steps in Exile by Iraqi poet Baland Haydari (my translation):“This isme–discarded–there aretwo suitcasesand steps feeling a sidewalkthat does not belong to a placefrom one thousand harbors I cameand to one thousand harborsI am destinedand one thousand waitingis in my sightNo…I have not finishedNO…I have not finishedyour grapevines, oh road, are stillpregnant and thewine jugs are […]

Posted on July 30, 2005 by As'ad