Archive for August 4, 2005
AlArabiyya “documentary” on King Fahd cites the meeting between King `Abdul-`Aziz and FDR. It quoted FDR as saying that “`Abdul-`Aziz taught me about the Palestinian question in 10 minutes more than I have learned in 10 years.” I know what he taught him: that puppet Arab leaders like him don’t give a potato about the [...]
This one is in Murayjat.
From Sawfar’s corniche.
The view from Sawfar’s corniche.
I really believe that the most important tool used by intelligence agencies around the world is a simple Google search. I can’t prove it though.
“The barrier Israel is building to seal off the West Bank is a violation of Israel’s human rights obligations, a group of UN experts said Thursday.”
Prince Talal’s daughter gave an interview in which she stressed her father’s right to be king of Saudi Arabia. The office of the prince then immediately issued a statement in which Talal said that his daughter’s opinions do not represent his. Talal has not been allowed to even hold a ministry since the 1960s when [...]
I am accused of being biased against Lebanonese. Not true. I can be quite fair in pointing out Lebanonese skills and talents. I would be the first to acknowledge the exceptional Lebanese skill in prostrating to oil princes. No people can top them in that. My father once told me about a senior Saudi prince [...]
US calls for the restoration of this dictatorship. (And it has excellent relations with Israel too).
So much of the Arab press references to Condoleezza Rice, especially the caricatures, is a combination of racism and sexism.
Judith Miller was allowed one phone call from jail. She called Ahmad Chalabi, and he fed her yet another story about Iraqi WMDs.
“Exemptions From Ethics Rules Allow Lawmakers to Accept Almost Anything”
With images like this, the US is winning “hearts and minds” of all Arabs/Muslims.
Madawi Al-Rashid is a brave scholar who is critical of the Saudi government. I recommend all her writings on Saudi Arabia. Here, she wrote one of the rare critical pieces on Fahd in the Arabic press. (I like it when she said that “pilgrimage has become a ritual of politics and not of religion.”
“US challenged over ‘secret jails’: Two Yemeni men claim they were held in secret, underground US jails for more than 18 months without being charged”
“how Britain helped Israel build the bomb” (as if the Balfour Declaration was not enough)
” ‘Comfort women’ archives depict Japan’s war crimes”
“An U.S. soldier of the third battalion, seventh infantry division guards two Iraqi boys as their father is detained during a raid, searching for illegal weapons inside their house, in Baghdad August 3, 2005.” (Picture and caption from Reuters)
“Russian TV takes Soviet-era turn”
I hate it when commercials nowadays, to appeal to idealistic young kids, portray the use of their products as if it is a “cause.” No, the consumption of Pepsi is not equivalent to ending world hunger. But maybe it is only me.