Archive for September, 2005
“Sunni death cult is pushing Iraq towards civil war”
“Former US military spokesman signs on with Al-Jazeera”
Violations of human rights that you really really like: “US waives sanctions on Saudis over religious rights”
The poem Pharaonic Summoning by Syrian poet Muhammad Al-Maghut (my translation):“The worlddoes not like my nationand my nationdoes not like my homelandand my homelanddoes not like my villageand my villagedoes not like myquarterand my quarterdoes not like my houseand my housedoes not like my roomand my roomdoes not like my pillowand my pillowdoes not like [...]
Former Crown Prince Hasan gave an interview on Al-Arabiyya TV, crowning his visit to the US. Did you notice how he became a sudden champion of democracy and Palestinian rights, when he was fired from his royal position by his late brother (who previously would refer to him as “apple of my eye?”) He said [...]
Muhammad Hasanayn Haykal’s oral memoir on Al-Jazeera TV continues. But at the pace he is going, and most people hear him in anticipation of his experiences with Nasser, he may not be able to get to the Nasser era before the year 2059 (when Haykal would be entering his 140th year). Today, he just finished [...]
I really feel that Al-Arabiyyah TV director, and Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat columnist, `Abdur-Rahman Ar-Rashid writes every single column with an eye on Thomas Friedman. As in, I wonder if “the great Thomas Friedman will like this article, and cite it in his column.”
When Hummus Hit the Fan: Follow up to the Hummus Revolution. Ad-Diyar newspaper and As-Safir gave the most incredible accounts of the last meeting of the Lebanese Council of Ministers. Apparently, the camp of Hariri-Jumblat fought against Emile Lahhud. Obscenities were hurled, fists hit the table, and rivals almost came to blows. This is the [...]
Muhammad Ad-Durrah, named after his brother Muhammad, who was shot by Israeli occupation soldiers.
An excellent article by Joseph Samahah on foreign aid and Lebanon, and another excellent article by Khalid Saghiyyah on Ilyas Murr and his latest attempt at false heroism.
Israeli occupation forces prevent Palestinians from visiting their olive fields.
The war on terrorists (and their daughters). People of Fallujah demonstrate because US occupation forces kidnapped a young woman accused of..being a daughter of Zarqawi. The residents denied that. Imagine: you have to deny being a son or a daughter of a wanted man. The new signs should read: Wanted: (and your sons and daughters [...]
From Bin Laden to Sa`d Al-Hariri. I never trusted the clerics of Lebanon (or clerics anywhere else for that matter). Take the case of the Mufti of Biqa`in Lebanon, Khalil Al-Mays. This fanatical Bin Laden fan was transformed in the last election in the course of weeks, after the influx of Hariri money into the [...]
Flash. Lebanese journalist Michel Abu Jawdah did not die from natural causes (was it in 1993 or 94?). He, according to his nephew, committed suicide. According to the nephew of Abu Jawdah in a phone call to a program on Al-Mustaqbal TV, Michel Abu Jawdah took pills and killed himself after being banned from writing [...]
Kamil Mnassah was like the Walter Cronkite of Lebanon when I was growing up. He also was a close family friend. But I heard him say something really silly on Future TV: he said that one of the reasons that Mayy Shidayaq was targeted was because she was “pretty.”
Judith Miller waving to Ahmad Chalabi on her way to court. Now that she is free, she pledged to keep writing stories about Iraqi WMDs based on the sources that Chalabi provides her.PS: if somebody can find the text of my debate with Judith Miller in New York City (I forgot the name of the [...]
“Whenever I get mixed with the esttemed citizens known as Lebanese, for more than 10 years, I become convinced that most of them are liars. Liars who brag that they are the best people ever brought out to people.” This was written by right-wing sectarian columnist, George Nasif in his Kitab Al-Jurh (Dar An-Nahar, 2005), [...]
RÃƒÂ©seaux des stoppages ÃƒÂ©talon. Marcel Duchamp.
“The number of Iraqi army battalions that can fight insurgents without U.S. and coalition help has dropped from three to one, top U.S. generals told Congress yesterday”
Larry Franklin to testify against former AIPAC officials”