Archive for August 30, 2005
“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 [...]
US media will shed tears over this: “Israel Relocates ‘Collaborators’”
Commitment to Development Index, 2005. You may celebrate: “U.S. Ranks 12th Among Richest Nations for Foreign Aid”
Dictatorship you like and adore: “Uzbek activist held in mental hospital”
Ignored Oppression: “Turkey’s Kurds languish in poverty”
“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?)
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 [...]
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.
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.
“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.”
This is Zionism: Palestinians are made to wait at a checkpoint…on their own land by Israeli occupation army.
“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 [...]
Prophetic Tomato? According to Hariri newspaper, Al-Mustaqbal, this tomato was found in the ground with the word “Muhammad” on it.
“Bush accused of Aids damage to Africa”
“Fiddling while Baghdad burns”
For people to miss somebody like Saddam, things must be really bad: “For Basra’s Christians, Hussein era the good old days Shiite-dominated city’s minorities say repression on rise.”
This headline says: “Bush Abandons Iraqi Women” as if he was ever for Iraqi women, his administration’s exploitation of women’s issues for the purpose of promoting wars notwithstanding, aided by Feminist Majority.
From Denmark: “The law contains curbs on free speech that are remarkable in a country famous for tolerating all points of view. It illustrates how democracies across Europe are adopting tougher measures in an era of rising extremist violence, despite protests that civil liberties are being sacrificed in the process.”
Bush’s progress in Iraq: “Sadr’s Disciples Rise Again To Play Pivotal Role in Iraq: Freed Aides Join Newly Robust Movement.”