Archive for September 8, 2005
Flash: there is a new beverage that I want to recommend. It may become the official Angry beverage (no, I am not getting paid, jerks). I have only seen it on the campus at UC, Berkeley, it is called Coke, Zero and it tastes like the regular sugary coke but comes in ZERO calories. Start [...]
Beach at Heist. c. 1891-92. Georges Lemmen.
“Pakistan’s real problem with rape”
“Norway’s formula for a happy life”
“An annual U.N. report on development released Wednesday shows that living standards in parts of the former Soviet Union and in sub-Saharan Africa have been declining steadily even as conditions elsewhere in the world have largely improved. Norway tops the index, which seeks to assess nations’ economic development, dignity and quality of life. The United [...]
“Some Iraq Projects Running Out of Money, U.S. Says: Work will be stopped on some utility plants, officials tell lawmakers, because security costs are depleting funds.”
Supporters of Husni Mubarak voting with their…fists.
“UN hits back at US in report saying parts of America are as poor as Third World”
“While suicide bombers are often portrayed in the West as brainwashed automatons, Mr. Abu-Assad said his research in Palestine suggested that people acted mostly out of conviction. “The daily humiliation is so big that people just agree to it,” he said. “The biggest motivation is the feeling of impotence. You are captured in your own [...]
And Bush blames Mother Nature for that too: “Insurgents Assert Control Over Town Near Syrian Border”
“Oil-rich Iraq, which holds the world’s third largest crude reserves, is to impose further gasoline rationing, the government said on Sunday” (via informed comment)
Regarding my entry on Arab political and literary memoirs. Joseph asked why I did not include Taha Husayn’s Al-Ayyam which is an important piece of Arab literature. This was not an exhaustive list: I wrote it at the spur of the moment, and did not sit down and include all that is to be included. [...]