Archive for July 21, 2005
This is the entrance to the monastery of Mar Qizhayya, the site of the first printing press in the Arab world (1610 AD). (See below).
“Several women’s rights organisations have called upon Egyptian parliamentarians to amend existing laws and develop tougher legislation to stop violence against women.” (thanks Zeina)
Who is fighting in Iraq? Part II After talking to many people in Lebanon, I am now more convinced than ever that the segment of the foreign fighters in Iraq is in fact much smaller than alleged in the US press, but still received support and funding from some elements in Saudi Arabia, among other [...]
I took this picture from Sir`il (see below).
Yet another picture (see the following posts).
This picture shows a direct view of the site of the bombing in Beirut (see the following posts).
This building was constructed as a luxurious officers’ club, right across from Pheonicia Hotel, (and across from the site of the bombing that killed Rafiq Hariri). There was an outcry by people in Lebanon, and the Lebanese Army then rented the building as a hotel. After the assassination of Hariri, there was speculation in Beirut [...]
Yet another angle (see the following three posts).
This one shows the cars, still covered from the time of the bombing. Of course, the site of the boming has been tampered with by some Lebanese security services. Reasons remain unknown.
Another angle of the site of the bombing (see the following post).
The site of the massive bombing that killed Rafiq Hariri and others is closed off. You can still see some of the cars covered, and are being examined by the UN team investigating the assassination (and according to Le Figaro receiving “useful” and innocent Israeli help). I wanted to take pictures of the site, so [...]
This is the poster for Eliane Raheb’s documentary film, So Near Yet So Far, which I wrote about from Lebanon. Eliane has not produced the DVD version yet, but will notify my readers when she does.
Censorship case in Dubai: “Bloggers express disappointment over web block” (thanks to anonymous for sending me this)
Mama, Papa Is Wounded! 1927. Yves Tanguy.
The real “reformed” UN: “At the U.N., a Growing Republican Presence”
“Pentagon Says China Seeks to Extend Military Reach” (And the US does not???)
“Draft [Iraqi] Constitution May Deal Setback to Rights of Women: Changes include loss of guaranteed seats in the assembly and erosion of their social status.”
An admirer of Bin Laden is the new Saudi ambassador in the US. Well, it looks like you will be getting a new Saudi ambassador in the US. But in a piece in the New York Times today, we are assured that he has stopped cultivating his famous ties with Taliban and Bin Laden. In [...]
“Israeli-Arab rap: an outlet for youth protest”
“Nukes for India; Threats for Iran”