Archive for October 2, 2005
Twenty years ago, the Christian Science Monitor was a good newspaper. (On, and there was no Bush Doctrine. But we had the dreadful Reagan Doctrine. I want an American president with no doctrine, not that I will vote for him–you don’t vote for female presidents in the US).
The real Bush Doctrine. I mean really. Look at the Arab countries that are showcased in the US media as manifestations of the Bush doctrine: Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine. And with the clashes in Palestine yesterday between Hamas and Fath, can we not say that in all the countries that Bush points to as “his [...]
Oh, and Israel would like to select the candidates in Palestinian elections.
Another reason to discard, ignore, and oppose UNSC 1559. Sharon said: ““[Security Council] Resolution 1559, which has not been fully implemented, must be implemented.”
Yet another brilliant American adventure in the Middle East: I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP. The US government wants Israel to pick Syria’s leaders. Let us see how the Syrian people will react to that.
“Stasi spied on ‘critical’ Pope for two decades” (…but why only “two decades”?)
This is the Iraqi model that Bush created: “Foreign fighters who have used Iraq as a combat training ground are returning home with plans to mount similar attacks throughout the Muslim world, Iraq’s interior minister has said.”
This is the irony of Arab reform. Reform in the region is funded by the House of Saud, which funded (and still funds) religious fanaticism. Figure that one out.
Ilyas `Atallah and the Fake Left, and the handful of what is comically known as the Democratic Left Movement in Lebanon, were never ever allowed to be on TV. But when they became tools, mere tools, of the Hariri political apparatus after the Hummus Revolution, they became regular and daily features of the right-wing Lebanese [...]
Between watching Gizelle Khuri on Al-Arabiyya TV and pulling my own teeth while watching Larry King Live, I would choose the latter. Lesser punishment.
“Get on your knees. We came to “liberate” you.”
News from “liberated” Iraq: she is looking for food in Baghdad.
Al-Qa`idah: Islam scholar Rudwan As-Sayyid (who also was speech writer for Rafiq Hariri) is correct when he makes a distinction in the rhetoric and propaganda of Al-Qa`idah in recent years. There is a clear distinction between Bin Laden’s justifications and rationalizations of Al-Qa`idah’s deeds and violence, and those of Ayman Adh-Dhawihiri’s. Bin Laden always offers [...]
I have written before about my dislike for the Hamas movement, at every level (no, I am not a fan of Dahlan or Abbas either). But the delusions of the movement really anger me as they tend to spread confusion and illusions among the Palestinian people. Just yesterday, a Hamas leader spoke about Hamas successes [...]
Whenever I hear Arab journalists (as I did on Hiwar Maftuh hosted by the highly talented Ghassan Bin Jiddu on Al-Jazeera) talk about “press objectivity” and about “journalistic professionalism” I squirm. People who talk like that belong to two groups: 1) those who invoke those words, as they do in the West, to disguise–not to [...]
The new “liberal” Iraq. I will be the last person to defend the House of Saud, but I will be the first person to attack racism and bigotry. The Iraqi Minister of Interior, Bayan Jabr, responding to recent statements by Saudi Foreign Minister on the mess in Iraq said that he will not learn from [...]
“Stay on your knees. US occupation soldiers came to liberate you.”
The Dilemma of Lebanese Journalists: despite the recent ban by the Saudi King of the kissing of his hands, Lebanese journalists have been recently seen prostrating themselves before the king, and kissing his hands. An exemption agreement was reached to the satisfaction of both sides.
Charles Ayyub, editor of Ad-Diyar newspaper, reminded viewers on NBN-TV, that the Syrian regime (Hafidh Al-Asad and his army’s chief-of-staff, Hikmat Ash-Shihabi) were the ones who created, sponsored, and imposed the Hariri political apparatus on Lebanon in 1992. They were the ones who imposed him as prime minister.
They never dared to attack him when he was alive; so now they attack him because he is dead. The trashing of Edward Said in Al-Hayat. Following the lead of fanatical Zionists here in the US, this writer by the name of Sayyid Mahmud, writing in a newspaper funded by Wahhabi fanatical royals, dares in [...]