Archive for October 10, 2005
Divisions in the Kuwaiti royal family.
” ‘Gorgeous blondes only’ for Branson’s airline”
“Three New Orleans police officers have been placed under arrest for the alleged beating of a black man in the French Quarter at the weekend – a brutal mÃƒÂªlÃƒÂ©e that was captured by a film crew.”
“”I felt proud that the Iraqi police had arrested the British soldiers, it is our country and our laws should be obeyed”, said Zainab. Her colleague Fatima added: “I do not like seeing foreign soldiers on our streets, they should go.””
Who is helping the poor country of Pakistan? Kuwait gave the (not poor) US $500 million for Katrina, but could not give more than $100 to Pakistan. Notice that Sri Lanka (one of the poorest countries in the world) donated money to Pakistan. Spain donated sniffer dogs. The US, as usual, first offered (a relatively) [...]
You can steal the land, you can distort history, you can even steal falafil recipes, but what will you do with “Ottoman archive containing all documents pertaining to land ownership in” Palestine?”
Dictatorships you like: “Morocco criticised for dumping migrants in desert without food”
“Straining to find ground troops to maintain its force levels in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon has begun deploying thousands of Air Force personnel to combat zones in new jobs as interrogators, prison sentries and gunners on supply trucks.”
Egyptian border police shot at an Israeli; they mistook him for a….Palestinian. I kid you not. Egyptian government promised to only shoot at Palestinians from now on.
“With Flowers and Sweets”: So now the Iraqi war enthusiasts have to explain what happened. The Washington Post promoted them when they gave the most fake picture of Iraqi reality before the war (remember it was Makiya who told Bush in the White House that Iraqis would greet US soldiers with “flowers and sweets”–he never [...]
Ahmad Chalabi went from a neo-conservative advocate to somebody who can only get a political presence in Iraq, by latching on the ticket of Ad-Da`wah Party and/or Muqtada As-Sadr. Today on Al-Arabiyya he said that Iraq has “full sovereignty and independence” and that there is no occupation in Iraq. He also denied that the sky [...]
This Iraqi is thrilled. He was just “liberated.” Would you not be thrilled?
The US ambassador in Lebanon today visited the hospital where May Shidyaq is staying for the 7th time. This is not about the political exploitation of Lebanese tragic events, of course. The US ambassador genuinely cares about the Lebanese press and about the safety of all journalists. And Al-Jazeera correspondent Tariq Ayyub was not shot [...]
Several Arabic newspaper published a picture of this Iraqi woman carrying loads of the new Iraqi consitution, to use it for non-political purposes.
The New Iraq: Voters without Fingers. My favorite Arab columnist, the brilliant Joseph Samahah of As-Safir, has an article on the new Iraqi constitution, titled, The Constitution of Khalilzadeh: The Obituary of the Iraqi State?. In it, he finds this statement of the head of the Iraqi electoral commission very telling when he said by [...]
For those who care, and know how to operate a radio, I shall speak live (on Iraq) on KPFA’s Flashpoint today at 5:00PM (Pacific Time). You may listen live.
Palestinian minister Nabil Sha`th is now denying what he had said about God and Bush, and their late night conversations. The only reason that Sha`th is willing to show himself to be a liar is because he may become the new prime minister, and unless he denied the story, a veto would have blocked his [...]
The Garden at Les Lauves, c. 1906. Paul Cezanne.