Archive for August, 2005

If Sa`d Hariri was not born rich, he would still be struggling in 1st grade.

Posted on August 31, 2005 by As'ad

The Road in the Forest, c. 1890-c. 1893, Degas.

Posted on August 31, 2005 by As'ad

“Richard A. Clarke, the former head of counterterrorism in the White House under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, said yesterday that there were twice as many attacks outside Iraq in the three years after the 2001 attacks as in the three preceding years.”

Posted on August 31, 2005 by As'ad

“An Iraqi-born U.S. resident who was arrested in Baghdad in April after a mortar attack on American forces has been detained for months despite a finding by a military tribunal that he had nothing to do with the attack”

Posted on August 31, 2005 by As'ad

THIS IS ZIONISM: “Families of Israeli Arabs shot dead on a bus in Galilee are not considered terrorism victims because their killer was Jewish, the defence ministry says (thanks Kefraya)

Posted on August 31, 2005 by As'ad

“Prominent Mideast analyst says he’s U.S. official in case of ex-AIPAC men”

Posted on August 31, 2005 by As'ad

“Penn’s arrogance slighted talented filmmaker host”: “Editor — Would someone please tell Sean Penn that it is the height of arrogance to interview a world-renowned filmmaker without first becoming familiar with his work (“Sean Penn in Iran,” Aug. 24)? For Penn’s information, Abbas Kiarostami has won awards at Cannes and other film festivals for “Taste […]

Posted on August 30, 2005 by As'ad

US media will shed tears over this: “Israel Relocates ‘Collaborators’”

Posted on August 30, 2005 by As'ad

Commitment to Development Index, 2005. You may celebrate: “U.S. Ranks 12th Among Richest Nations for Foreign Aid”

Posted on August 30, 2005 by As'ad

Dictatorship you like and adore: “Uzbek activist held in mental hospital”

Posted on August 30, 2005 by As'ad

Ignored Oppression: “Turkey’s Kurds languish in poverty”

Posted on August 30, 2005 by As'ad

“The Palestinian Authority’s assets in the United States have been frozen; [t]he order has made it difficult for the authority to keep its office in Washington going, according to Hasan Abdel Rahman” (and that is a bad thing, Rahman?)

Posted on August 30, 2005 by As'ad

The percentage of non-Jews in Israel is comparable to the percentage of non-Arabs in Iraq, and yet the US government objects to the affirmation of the Arab identity of Iraq, while it has committed itself (officially under Bush) to a permanent Jewish identity of Israel, with all what that commitment entails in terms of support […]

Posted on August 30, 2005 by As'ad

The Holiday Inn in Beirut. Salih’s father, Ja`far Agha, used to say that I know that the Lebanese civil war has ended when this building is fixed and repaired. It has not.

Posted on August 30, 2005 by As'ad

For those who care, I shall discuss Iraqi developments on Forum radio show tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 9:00 AM (Pacific Time). You may listen live.

Posted on August 30, 2005 by As'ad

“The nation’s poverty rate rose to 12.7 percent of the population last year, the fourth consecutive annual increase, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. The percentage of people without health insurance did not change. Overall, there were 37 million people living in poverty, up 1.1 million people from 2003.”

Posted on August 30, 2005 by As'ad

This is Zionism: Palestinians are made to wait at a checkpoint…on their own land by Israeli occupation army.

Posted on August 30, 2005 by As'ad

“As the going gets tougher for the U.S. military in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the region, one ally has stepped up despite a recent straining of ties: France. Paris has significantly boosted its military presence in Central Asia and Afghanistan, plus in nearby seas, as both it and Washington nurture their budding rapprochement after a […]

Posted on August 30, 2005 by As'ad

Prophetic Tomato? According to Hariri newspaper, Al-Mustaqbal, this tomato was found in the ground with the word “Muhammad” on it.

Posted on August 30, 2005 by As'ad

Iraqi Constitution.

Posted on August 30, 2005 by As'ad