Archive for November 8, 2005
…off to Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. My lecture “will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Mississippi Room on the second floor of the Morris University Center.” I hope that I can find this in Edwardsville. I have to find this in Edwardsville. Will return Friday night.
Lion Hunt, 1854. Delacroix, Eugene. (A favorite of Angry Arab. Yes, I know it is by Delacroix. Leave me alone. I am enjoying it as we speak).
Fundamentalists in the Egyptian “elections” are engaged in oneupmanship (or should I say oneuppersonship?). To the slogan “Islam is the solution” others have offered “God is the Solution” and “Qur’an is the solution.”
Of the 440 candidates on the Egyptian ruling party’s list, there are only 6 female candidates and 2 Copts. Imagine. Yet, I am sure that US govt will hail the election.
Voting in the Rain. I’m Voting in the Rain. Voting in the fall: countries that schedule voting in the fall or winter (like Egypt and the US) are countries that wish to keep voting turnout low.
The Forgotten Palestinians of Lebanon. All Lebanese sects, all Lebanese militias, all Lebanese politicians, left, right, and center, Muslims and Christians, have exploited the Palestinian people in Lebanon. Now they are ready to discard them, to leave them defenseless in a sea of Lebanese hostilities and unending Israeli assaults on Lebanon and its refugees. I [...]
Regarding Turkey (the meat, not the country and not to be confused with its sister Tofurkey). In Bilad Ash-Sham, we know it as Habashah (Abyssinia), and in Egypt, it is known as Roman Rooster. Why, I wonder? Do countries call it by the name of the area where they think it comes from?Ã™Å’
Elaph is a political National Inquirer with heavy dosages of Saudi propaganda and MEMRI’s flavor.
Yemeni president trying to stop the Japanese Prime Minister from stabbing himself.
This is Zionism. “Israel Defense Forces troops on Tuesday evening shot dead a Palestinian teenager near the West Bank town of Nablus and a wanted Islamic Jihad militant south of Jenin. The youth, who was killed on the slopes of Mount Eival when IDF troops began shooting a cluster of houses in the area, was [...]
“US criticised for use of phosphorous in Fallujah raids” (this story is big, except in the US)
Learning from (and emulating) Chirac’s behavior toward Lebanon, I want a special UN Security Council session to deal with the disturbances in France. I also want to have a special UN committee to investigate the causes of the riots, and the tossing of a sound grenade by French police outside of a mosque. I also [...]
I really think that Jennifer Griffin of Fox News is less biased than most American correspondents in Israel. She is not likely to last in her job, I predict.
And let there be opposition
Helen Thomas versus White House Spokesperson:“Q I’d like you to clear up, once and for all, the ambiguity about torture. Can we get a straight answer? The President says we don’t do torture, but Cheney –MR. McCLELLAN: That’s about as straight as it can be.Q Yes, but Cheney has gone to the Senate and asked [...]
“Look around you. This place is shit, it’s a dump. We have nothing here. There’s nothing for us.””
On her second day in Lebanon, US Deputy Asst Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Elizabeth Dibble said that Lebanon “is our gate to the Middle East.” (I don’t know what words she actually used in English as I translated what she said from the Arabic account in AnNahar).
So who is the terrorist?
“Official Reveals Budget for U.S. Intelligence” ($44 billion)
Dictatorships you like: “The rising tensions posed problems for President Ilham Aliyev, who had staked his personal credibility on repeated assurances that the vote would be fair, and also for the Bush administration, which had embraced Mr. Aliyev as a reliable oil exporter and an ally in counterterrorism efforts.”