Archive for October 7, 2005
I hate the verb pooh-pooh. It sounds like baby talk. I have never used it, and don’t plan on using it in my life, unless there is indeed transmigration of “souls” and I come back a…baby–angry baby of course, again.
“Civil war, not terrorists, greatest danger in Iraq: US generals, Iraqi journalists say civil strife is Iraq’s greatest threat”
“Afghan warlords retain power”
“How long will we permit millions of pounds, thousands of imperial troops and tens of thousands of Arabs to be sacrificed on behalf of a form of colonial administration which can benefit nobody but its administrators?” T.E. Lawrence, The Sunday Times, August 22, 1920.
Shame on Al-Jazeera (one more time)
“MI5 unmasks covert arms programmes”
“Off The Record: Cool Hand Judy”
You have to admit this: US “liberation” does not end in Iraq.
Oh, No. The Libyan dictator is planning a new satellite TV channel dedicated to propagating his Green Book. Now that he is best friends with the US government, we may even receive it here in the US. I watched some of Libyan state TV yesterday, and I can say this. It is the most Orwellian [...]
Ahmad Chalabi and Ajami: In an interview on Al-Arabiyya, neo-con Fouad Ajami talked about his recent visit to Najaf in last July. He said that “he was honored” to have been given “the gift” of a meeting with Grand (not really) Ayatollah Sistani. He said that this meeting was arranged for him by his friend [...]
The reason that I have no respect for the Lebanese journalists and politicians who now criticize Syria is that I remember all of them when they use to write the most pathetic and fawning praises of the Syrian regime and its leadership. (There are Lebanese journalists of course who also had not written praise for [...]
You have to be a certified idiot to believe the statement by the Lebanese Army that its recent mobilizations and movements around Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon were aimed at…Israel? Israel? Little Palestinian kids in the `Ayn Al-Hilwah refugee camp in 1982 showed more courage against Israel than this Lebanese Army in its entire history.
Today, the US ambassador in Lebanon visited for the 6th time the hospital where May Shidyaq is being treated. Is there anybody out there (aside from prime minister Fu’ad Sanyurah) who believes that the American ambassador is genuinely and sincerely concerned over the health of Shidyaq, and of the press in Lebanon?
Arabs and Nobel Prizes: Five* Arabs have hitherto won Nobel prizes. Anwar Sadat for “peace”-I shudder when I write that, Naguib Mahfouz for literature, Ahmad Zuwayl for chemistry, and now Muhammad Bradi`i for “peace.” Four are from Egypt, the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel, and the four men have not [...]
That God was speaking to George W. and urging him to launch wars and invade Iraq, may have three implications: 1) it may impy that God is just not very bright; 2) that God is a neo-con; 3) there is also the possibility that God was playing (a cruel) practical joke.
The First Arab Feminist: long before the two books by Ahmad Amin which are regarded as the first expressions of Arab feminism, and long before Huda Sha`rawi and Nadhirah Zayn Ad-Din–the latter is far more interesting and significant than the former but less studied in Western and Arab writing, there were expressions of liberal feminist [...]
The Waggon Tracks. 1918. Joan MirÃƒÂ³.
Mohamed ElBaradei has won the Nobel Peace Prize. Of course, I respect the EMI awards much more than I respect the Nobel prizes, especially in peace and literature. But ElBaradei, who was installed in his position by the US government (Egypt at the time had another candidate), has been an obedient enforcer of US policy. [...]
and this from George Will about George W.: “He has neither the inclination nor the ability to make sophisticated judgments about competing approaches to construing the Constitution. Few presidents acquire such abilities in the course of their pre-presidential careers, and this president particularly is not disposed to such reflections.”
“Armed resistance instinctively produces in an imperial power an unwillingness to capitulate to violence; yet capitulation happened all over the Middle East between the end of 1920 and the fall of the Lloyd George government at the end of 1922.” Elizabeth Monroe, Britain’s Moment in the Middle East, 1914-1956 (Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University [...]