Archive for October 25, 2005
It is amazing that the Lebanese racist press wanted to stigmatize the Palestinian people with the clashes in Ta`mir area near Sidon, when we now know for sure that the Palestinians were not involved. Two Lebanese groups were involved: Ad-Dinniyyah group versus Jund Ash-Sham.
Another reason to oppose him: Bill Gates in Israel. “He will meet with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Industry, Trade and Employment Minister Ehud Olmert, as well as with economic leaders. He is expected to announce a cooperation agreement with Israel.”
Cedars of…MOROCCO. They have cedars in Morocco too. They just don’t make a big deal out of like Lebanonese, and they do not paint it on their flag. They, unlike Lebanonese, know who they are, and are secure about their identity. Unlike Lebanonese nationalists, they do not feel they have to invent fantasy nationalism, and [...]
“Arabic classes gain popularity” (thanks Amir)
” ‘Brain drain’ is damaging world’s poorest countries, study shows” (But Bush’s “Brain” remains safe in the US)
He came to “liberate” them. Is he not nice?
Detliv Mehlis, sounding like a big baby, said that his team received threats in Lebanon. Everybody receives threats in Lebanon. The grocer next to our house in Beirut was receiving threats on a weekly basis, and he did not take that to the Security Council.
The Hummus Revolution Continues. A restaurant (Istirahat Al-`Ayn in the town of `Ayn in Northern Biqa`) owned by a Syrian was bombed yesterday. No picture of the suspect was circulated by Lebanese police. He may resemble the Minister of Interior.
I wrote 45 questions about the Mehlis report, but I lost them due to a technological glitch that is driving me crazy. This blogger service is now insisting on inserting a word recognition system for every post, and it often looses what I have written. Even Neal could not answer that one.
Where can I go to escape praise for King `Abdullah of Saudi Arabia? Where?
The book burners of Al-Azhar are at it again, and again. Mufti Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi (who last year threw an ash tray at a journalist when she asked him a question he did not like, and who was appointed to his position only because he possessed the qualifications of servility and senility that Mubarak insists [...]
A family tradition continues. Jubran Tuwayni’s daughter, Nayla, who cannot write or speak Arabic, is now an official correspondent for An-Nahar.
You see all those columnists at An-Nahar. But they all sound the same. Even the Washington Post and New York Times (and As-Safir) have a much more diverse, and interesting, op-ed page.
I never agreed with Yasir `Arafat on anything. But in private, when the Palestinians were facing difficulties, he used to tell his advisors that you cannot rely on the Arab masses for solidarity or support. With that, I agree.
The headline of the Lebanese right-wing sectarian newspaper, An-Nahar, contains a lie. But with An-Nahar, lies are part of their editorial policy provided they fit into their right-wing sectarian agenda.
What do I think of Sa`ib `Urayqat? Well, he is what the ancient Greeks used to call “flatterer of the masses” (demagogue in Greek).
Trying to save his toys from his house after its destruction by Israeli occupation soldiers.
This is a major lie of the Israeli (in)justice system: the Israeli government vehemently denies that it uses Palestinian children as “human shields” but the Israeli supreme court asked the Israeli government to stop the practice of “human shields.” So the Israeli government is officially asked to stop doing what it does not do. OK. [...]
Nobody is going to agree with me. But I am not a fan of the art work of Diya’ `Azzawi.
Jund Ash-Sham: are out in the open. People who know on this matter in Lebanon, especially the very well-informed expert on Islamic affairs Qasim Qasir of Al-Mustaqbal newspaper, assure me that Jund Ash-Sham is a very small group, and that An-Nahar for obvious reasons exaggerates its significance and role. The leader of Jund Ash-Sham, Abu [...]