Archive for October, 2005

I thank all of you who wrote to As-Safir about the banning of Ibrahim Al-Amin. Al-Amin is back in the paper today for the first time in weeks. I am told that people at As-Safir heard your noises.

Posted on October 31, 2005 by As'ad

Al-Jazeera’s Hiwar Maftuh on Syria. Ghassan bin Jiddu is one of the best interviewers and presenters of political programs. I never met him, but spoke on the phone with him couple of time when I appeared on his program a few months ago. According to surveys, Hiwar Maftuh is one of the most widely watched […]

Posted on October 30, 2005 by As'ad

This will make me more unpopular with Arabs/Muslims in the US. But it is ok. Don’t vote for me when I run for president of…the world, no less. It is about time that we in the Arab world stop thinking of Mustafa Aqqad as a “great director.” He is not. This is a joke, really. […]

Posted on October 30, 2005 by As'ad

“Seeds of leak scandal sown in Italian intelligence agency” (thanks Robert)

Posted on October 30, 2005 by As'ad

Bush family cook speaks out: “For one thing, Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia – he won’t eat shellfish. He’s a constant visitor to the residence, and he is a very nice guy.”

Posted on October 30, 2005 by As'ad

This is great. Just great. Thank you Robert F. Worth. For all in Middle Eastern studies. A New York Times reporter reveals his reading list on Iraq (and the Middle East). Now we know why they sound so ignorant and so uninsightful and so unwise. And then he says this: “There is one thing more […]

Posted on October 30, 2005 by As'ad

“City cracks down on hookah bars” (links between Arab smoking and terrorism suspected)

Posted on October 30, 2005 by As'ad

…off to Kalamazoo. I am speaking on The Bush Doctrine and the Middle East at Kalamazoo College on Tuesday night. I shall return on Wednesday. (By the way, I never travel without this. In fact, I use this several times a day).

Posted on October 30, 2005 by As'ad

Robinson’s Wrap, 1974. Frankenthaler, Helen.

Posted on October 30, 2005 by As'ad

“Syria orders probe of Hariri killing” (Investigation likely to focus on Hariri’s high blood pressure and high cholesterol)

Posted on October 30, 2005 by As'ad

“Lack of Armor Proves Deadly for Iraqi Army” (No. Are you saying that US occupation does not treat Iraqi forces as it treat US soldiers? No way. I would not believe that, although I have noticed that the “bullet-proof” vests used by Iraqi forces are suspiciously different from ones worn by US soldiers)

Posted on October 30, 2005 by As'ad

“Iraq Confidential”

Posted on October 30, 2005 by As'ad

News from “free, peaceful, and democratic” Afghanistan: “ the culmination of a week of bloodshed which has rocked the country”

Posted on October 30, 2005 by As'ad

“The Prince of Wales will try to persuade George W Bush and Americans of the merits of Islam this week because he thinks the United States has been too intolerant of the religion since September 11.”

Posted on October 30, 2005 by As'ad

“Militia boasts of role in Sabra massacre” (and the pathetic and lousy director, Lukman Slim dares say that: “‘Personally I don’t think there are victims and perpetrators [in this conflict]“)

Posted on October 30, 2005 by As'ad

Israel “denies schooling to Bedouin children”

Posted on October 30, 2005 by As'ad

Does Hizbullah know What it Wants in Lebanon? Not Clear. The least you can say about Hizbullah’s political performance in Lebanon is an acute case of political naivite. They really think that they are outsmarting their opponents, while it is obvious that they are the ones who are being outsmarted by Hariri Inc (and its […]

Posted on October 29, 2005 by As'ad

It is so frustrating to listen to sectarian feudal warlord, Walid Jumblat, these days. He just can’t talk about anything except the assassination of Rafiq Hariri. Two years ago, as some of you may remember, Rafiq Hariri was quoted as saying: “that whenever Walid Jumblat gets mad at me, cash payments will take care of […]

Posted on October 29, 2005 by As'ad

Syrian troops “sealing” the border with Iraq for US news media; i.e. “we will do anything to stay in power.”

Posted on October 29, 2005 by As'ad

“U.S. Quietly Issues Estimate of Iraqi Civilian Casualties” (but excludes Iraqi civilians killed by US troops–they just were unintentional victims of “liberation”. But look how the NYT adds this as an afterthought: “No figures were provided for the number of Iraqis killed by American-led forces.” Why bother?)

Posted on October 29, 2005 by As'ad