Archive for September 23, 2005
“Affluent Students Displaced by Katrina Find World of Options, While Others Must Put Education on Hold” (thanks Maryam)
The Washington Post webpage says: “The Angry Arab New Service:Blogger lives up to his name.” (Angry Arab: The Washington Post also lives up to its name)
“Sistani tells followers to support new constitution” (Another reason to oppose it)
Full text. “New Accounts of Torture by U.S. Troops.”
“On the eve of large anti-war demonstrations in Washington and London, Hart Viges has told how indiscriminate fire from US troops is likely to have killed an untold number of Iraqi civilians. Mr Viges, 29, said he was still haunted by the memories of what he experienced and urged President George Bush to withdraw US [...]
“Half of European citizens speak a second language, according to a European Union survey released Friday.”
“A Pakistani man cut the nose and lips off his 19-year-old sister-in-law after she went to court for a divorce”
“a congressionally mandated advisory panel to the department warned that “America’s image and reputation abroad could hardly be worse.”” No way! Why?
Look at the opinion page of the Daily Star, a Lebanese newspaper published in the Arab world. Do they really speak for opinion in Lebanon, or in the region? (By the way, the editor of this page is right-wing neo-con, Michael Young)
“Purging the Poor”
“FBI, Michigan Police Tag Peace Group, Affirmative Action Group, and Others as Гўв‚¬Е“TerroristГўв‚¬Вќ”
When Jalal Talbani tells American leaders of the Wall Street Journal: “Thank you for liberating my country. Please don’t leave before the job is done.,” how many Iraqis does he speak for? Do some Americans really assume that he is speaking here on behalf of all Iraqis?
From the poem From the Notebooks of Fog by Syrian poet Muhammad Al-Maghut (my translation):“Advise to any poem:The hungry will eat youthe frustrated will get youthe merchant will sell youthe doctor will deform youthe philosopher will debate youthe lover will recite youand the struggler willtrade in youAnd you, o poets, critics, singers,and executioners, beware ofconceitremember [...]
This is the new Beirut. The Municipality of Beirut, headed by a Hariri functionary, decided yesterday to name the new avenue by the sea, the King Fahd Corniche.
True story: when I was a graduate student in the 1980s, I was invited by an Arab student group at the University of Kansas to give a talk. The leader of the group was a Syrian student by the name of Tha’ir Lahham. He picked me up from the airport, and takes me for tea [...]
Nocturne in Blue and Green; Chelsea. 1870. James Abbott McNeill Whistler.
As you know, I have never ever been a fan of Hamas. I disagree with them on ideology and on practice and on style. Not only do I disagree with their suicide bombings, and rhetoric, but I have also particularly detested their rhetorical bombast and their military parades. I don’t know what or who was [...]
“Nato-controlled Afghan regions record huge increase in opium production”
“This is global warming, says environmental chief”
“Saudi militants in Iraq.”