Archive for August 26, 2005
Wait. I thought that the Shi`ites in Iraq are the lynchpin of the Bush Doctrine, no? “One hundred thousand Shi’ites protest Iraq charter.”
LA Times just noticed that things are not working well for Bush: “Deep divisions in Iraq over the country’s draft constitution carry seeds that could finally destroy the Bush administration’s beleaguered strategy for turning the strife-torn country into a unified and stable democracy.More than any single act, Bush’s telephone call to Shiite leader Abdul Aziz [...]
Just leave: “Uzbekistan’s senate voted unanimously yesterday to expel the U.S. military from a base that it has used to support missions in Afghanistan, a strong public statement that backs a recent government decision to oust U.S. troops.”
“Revealed: How Bra Wars devastate world’s poor”
It seems that stealing land is still highly popular in Israel: “The population of West Bank settlements grew by 12,800 people over the past year, a government official said Friday.”
Do you know that in the “liberal” Israeli newspaper Haaretz, which is thought of so highly among many US leftists, they give far more extensive coverage to Israeli victims of car accidents than they do to scores of Palestinian victims of Israeli gunfire. At least they know their priorities.
It is frustrating how there is sometimes little understanding or ignorance of the US in Arab media despite the over-coverage of the US. The other day, there was a lengthy interview on New TV with the kook Lyndon H. LaRouche. I hear that many Arab governments subscribe to his publications, and Saddam’s regime, I heard, [...]
Make Him Stop. Please. Within weeks after Muhammad Hasanayn Haykal (Nasser’s chief propagandist) officially declared his retirement from journalist writings, he reached a deal with Al-Jazeera to babble for an hour a week. It is painful. He so likes to show that his memory is still very good at the age of 81 or so, [...]
The only Arab leader that is criticized in the Arabic press is Mu`ammar Al-Qadhdhafi. This was only due to his disagreement with the Saudi government. Yet, when US began its honeymoon with the Libyan dictator, the Arab media ended their criticisms. Let me tell you this: the Saudi-funded Arab media are worse, much worse, than [...]
A former detainee at Guantanamo gave an interview to a Muslim publication in which he revealed that the writings of Ibn Taymiyyah and Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah were initially given to prisoners. Somebody must have later realized who those authors were, and took them away.
I am skeptical about whatever I read in the US and UK press about Zimbabwe.
And you are surprised? “Fox TV is accused of overseeing and airing shows that were produced by writers who endured intolerable working conditions, being forced to skip meals, submit fake time cards and work more than 80 hours a week in cramped and overheated offices.”
What is going on in Iraq. The situation is so out of control of US hands, and I am not even referring to the security situation. The crowds that turned out for As-Sadr yesterday tells a story that is missing from much of the US coverage. Much of the US media as you know dismissed [...]
A house in Jummayzah in Beirut (it should be transliterated as Bayrut, but those early colonial officers who decided on matters of transliteration did not know Arabic in most cases).
A Palestinian, trying to stop Israeli theft of Palestinian lands in the West Bank.
“Three…Two…One…and Action…Cut…Now, let us do that again, but I want more “anguish” from the soldiers, ok? Also, send Amos Oz to the US: he is good at talking about the “anguish” of Israeli occupiers to American liberals. They really love him at the Nation magazine.”
“F.B.I., Using Patriot Act, Demands Library’s Records” (Oh, and they would like to know what beverage you prefer)
“The address was his, but the name on the credit-card offer took Sami Habbas by surprise: “Palestinian Bomber.” “I thought it was a joke or something,” said Habbas, 54, a Palestinian American who served in the U.S. Army. Habbas opened the letter, and the salutation read “Dear Palestinian Bomber.””
This George W. Bush seems to have very strong feelings about the Iraqi constitution. Is George Sunni or Shi`ite Iraqi?