Archive for August 19, 2005
I was thinking about this analogy: to compare Amal and Hizbullah in South Lebanon during the Israeli occupation, with Muqtada As-Sadr and the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq under the American (and Macedonian) occupation. I would not, have not, underestimated the political skills of the demagogic and fanatical cleric, As-Sadr. But I [...]
First I was surprised to see that the Nation magazine has asked a Palestinian to write about Palestinian affairs. But when I read Bishara’s praise for Palestinian puppet president Mahmud `Abbas’ PA I uderstood.
Where were the international media when the Israeli occupation forces forcibly and not gently removed and not “escorted” thousands of Palestinians from their homes in the last year alone?
Anything to Please the US: the Syrian government seems to be increasing its pressures on Palestinian organizations based in Syria hoping to please the US. I noticed the other day that the military commander of a major Palestinian organization based in Syria (and who has not been permitted to engage in any military activities there [...]
I was reading the statement by the `Abdullah `Azzam Battalions of Al-Qa`idah in Bilad Ash-Sham. I noticed that the statement contained threats against King `Abdullah, but none of the Arab media made a reference to that. What caught my attention is a phrase in that statement that said: “…we are closer to you than your [...]
“Will Withdrawal Make Gaza a Frontier Ghetto?”
“Give Iranian Nukes a Chance: In a mad world, the logic of MAD still works” (By Slavoj Zizek) (While I like Zizek’s style, Zizek is like everybody in the West these days. He insists on being a Middle East expert. `Amir was mad at this quote: “Iran is the only large Arab state which not [...]
This is a news story in a Lebanese newspaper about 18-year-old Sri Lankan Thushara Delrokshi, who killed herself by hanging (see post below). Notice how the Lebanese state simply accepts the “explanation” giving by the employers. How typical.
“A woman in Singapore is facing trial on 80 separate counts of physically abusing her domestic maid, in a case highlighting the mistreatment domestic servants suffer across much of Asia at the hands of their employers.”
Now that is impressive. (Upon hearing the news, George W. Bush expressed desire to move to France).
A Hariri block member of parliament told me this: two years ago, Hariri member of parliament Muhammad Qabbani planned a dinner party in honor of Syria’s chief of intelligence in Lebanon, Rustum Ghazalah. Ghazalah, told Hariri about the dinner invitation, and Hariri was not pleased. He called Qabbani and told him to cancel the dinner [...]
The new Iraq: the new Director of Arab Affairs in the Iraqi Foreign Ministry is none other than`Awad Fakhri. This Saddam henchman was linked in the 1994 assassination of Iraqi dissident Talib As-Suhayl in Beirut.
Musician Marcel Khalifah is very talented and original in his compositions. His latest works are even more impressive than his earlier more popular work: Tasbahun `Ala Watan is one of the best pieces of Arabic music in recent memory, I think. . I just wish that he would not talk; he annoys me when he [...]
Two Clowns in Palestine: So Palestinian puppet president Mahmud `Abbas, former holocaust-denier-turned-ally of Israel, was giving a speech at the (closed) Gaza airport yesterday. Standing next to him is the super corrupt Palestinian major puppet Muhammad Dahlan, whose corruption is revealed in various incriminating documents sent to Angry Arab by anonymous Palestinian sources. The two [...]
Israeli Kindness to International Media: have you noticed how kind and accommodating the Israeli military has been in the last week in allowing the international media to go unintruded wherever they wanted in Gaza to cover the “painful” but gentle eviction of Israeli occupation colonial settlers from Palestinian lands? It makes you wonder why the [...]
Angry Arab cited in Guardian (not because he cited me, but I think that Whitaker, whom I don’t know, is one of the best reporters who write on the Middle East). (thanks to those who sent it to me)
His (Palestinian) father was shot to death by an Israeli colonial settler.
King `Abdullah’s son, Husayn, examines a fighter jet at a Moscow military show.
I am not making this up: “[Fareed] Zakaria refuses to infect his show with glitziness. Movie star Natalie Portman recently appeared on Foreign Exchange to riff on her pet cause, microfinancing in the third world.”
In a poll conducted in Iraq by an Iraqi group (on which I know nothing), it is revealed that 65% of Iraqis prefer considering Islam as “one of the sources of legislation” while 26% prefer considering Islam as the “sole source of legislation.” 89.4 % of Iraqis support a quota for women’s representation in parliament [...]