Archive for August, 2005
“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.”
Leading the world: “The value of military weapons sales worldwide jumped in 2004 to the highest level since 2000, driven by arms deals with developing nations, especially India, Saudi Arabia and China, according to a new Congressional study. The total of arms sales and weapons transfer agreements to both industrialized and developing nations was nearly [...]
“U.S. warplanes launched strikes in western Iraq on Tuesday which the U.S. military said killed an al Qaeda militant named Abu Islam among other fighters, and which a hospital source said killed at least 47 people….A hospital official in Qaim, near the Syrian border, told Reuters at least 47 people died in the U.S.-led strikes. [...]
Archeological ruins in downtown Beirut near my favorite Cafe (Casper and Gambini) at 1:30AM.
The uncle, left, and father of Waleed Khaled, a soundman shot Sunday by US troops in Baghdad, wept over his body. (Have any military investigations of such shootings EVER produced results? Have they ever held a soldier responsible?)
“The France aviation authorities (DGAC) published a blacklist of airlines that are not allowed in France. They are Air Koryo (North Korea), Air St. Thomas (USA), International Air Service (Liberia), LAM (Mozambique) and Phuket Airlines (Thailand).” (Lebanonese patriots, who like Lebanon to be on every list, complained that Lebanon did not make the list. And [...]
“The [UK] government was under attack from development charities last night for allegedly wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds on aid to Malawi by paying it to American consultancies.”
“Iraq took a historic gamble yesterday when the ruling Shia and Kurdish coalition bulldozed over the objections of Sunni Arabs to finish a new constitution.”
“Birth, death, balls and battles”
“Andrew Sullivan, who does not have Luke Baker’s experience on the ground in Iraq, bizarrely believes that the carbombings, bodies floating in the river, assassinations, ethnic militias, poisoned watermelons, bomb-scarred ice cream shops, shuttered video and liquor stores, and Swiss cheese architecture of Iraq present a “tantalizing” prospect of “success.” It should be remembered where [...]
“President Bush on Saturday asked Americans to be patient with the U.S. military mission in Iraq.” He said that all will be well by 2079. OK.
This blogger was editor-in-chief of Daily Star, Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat, and Al-Hayat in the past. He is now a columnist for Al-Hayat. Enjoy: “Although King Fahd was sick and hospitalized, the announcement of his decease was a shock to every Arab citizen, who knew and loved him like we did, and to every Saudi citizen who [...]
US press just amazes me: the “news” of “people believed to be backers of” Chavez throwing rocks at foes of the regime gets more coverage than the news of Israeli murder of Palestinians in Tulkarm. Where are the standards? No, what are the standards?
Politics aside, have you noticed that Christopher Hitchens (as a writer and speaker) gets more boring with every step he takes on the path of Bushism?
Fadi Ghandur: I just read that Aramex purchased LebanonPost. Make sure they deliver the mail, ON TIME. And please ban the delivery of any mail containing praise for the King of Jordan (as rare as they will be).