Archive for August 14, 2005
Somewhere in Hayy Sursuq in Beirut. (Somebody in the comments’ section may be right. The building from yesterday may have been the Sursuq Museum. Eliane: you were there. Which building is which? Help.)
“Qatar Airways intends to sign deals by September worth $15.6 billion for 80 Airbus and Boeing wide-body jets, its chief executive said Reuters reported.” 80?!!!!
Sadat Street in Beirut.
“Iraqi investigators have uncovered widespread fraud and waste in more than $1 billion worth of weapons deals arranged by middlemen who reneged or took huge kickbacks on contracts to arm Iraq’s fledgling military, according to a confidential report and interviews with U.S. and Iraqi officials.” (This corruption investigation does not get the attention of the [...]
A “liberated” man speaks: “Guantanamo Detainee Says Beating Injured Spine: Now in Wheelchair, Egyptian-Born Teacher Objects to Plan to Send Him to Native Land.”
“The Bush administration is significantly lowering expectations of what can be achieved in Iraq, recognizing that the United States will have to settle for far less progress than originally envisioned during the transition due to end in four months, according to U.S. officials in Washington and Baghdad. The United States no longer expects to see [...]
So after more than a year of “transfer of sovereignty” in Iraq, does the US interfere in Iraqi affairs as it accuses Iraq’s neighbors of interfering? This is a former US puppet minister in Iraq: “”The Americans say they don’t intervene, but they have intervened deep,” said Mahmoud Othman, a Kurdish member of the constitution [...]
“Terror’s Greatest Recruitment Tool”
So who “liberated” whom? “New dark age for Iraqi women”
“A top Sunni negotiator warned of dire consequences if Shiites and Kurds force through a constitution that establishes a federal system, with semi-autonomous regions in the Kurdish north and Shiite south and a comparatively weak Baghdad government.”If we are pushed in this direction, then the country will continue in the situation it is in now [...]
In an interview with Al-Hayat, an advisor to Iraqi president Jalal Talbani accused the US (in its charges about Iranian influence in Iraq) of violating the sovereignty of Iraq.
I heard of this in several Middle East media. I then looked for a reference to it in US media to no avail. When I searched last night, it was only mentioned (in English) on Al-Jazeera website and in this well-known Pakistani newspaper: “An attack on a US military patrol followed by US gunfire left [...]
“Bruno Tertrais, de la Fondation pour la recherche stratÃƒÂ©gique, analyse la crise iranienne :Ã‚Â«Il n’y a pas de violation du traitÃƒÂ© de non-prolifÃƒÂ©rationÃ‚Â»”