Archive for November 21, 2005
“The Mirror Sage”
“CIA interrogators use “a variety of unique and innovative ways” to collect “vital” information from prisoners”
This is the difference between a stupid media (the Washington Post), and intelligent media (the Economist, the best magazine there is). Both are talking about Jordan’s king Abdullah. Post says: “The king, who was educated in the West, promotes democracy and has championed Muslims to stand together against extremism.” Economist says: “For all the talk [...]
On the Iraqi “army”: Iraq has no army. No, it does, but it is Saddam’s army. No, it will have one in 2 years.
“Why Iraq war support fell so fast: US public support has dropped faster than during the Vietnam and Korean wars, polls show.”
Lebanese singer Hayfa Wahbi was invited by the American University of Beirut to give a lecture on “Class formation in South Lebanon: the case of tobacco farmers.” Here, she signed autographs after her talk. Thanks to the anonymous AUB student who sent me this picture. (My college friend and comrade, Rami, can be seen to [...]
Lebanonese Mussolini-wanna-be, Michel `Awn, at a Lebanonese HummusShop in Georgetown (thanks Fadi).
Such a fluff piece on Michael Doran, the new Middle East “expert” at the NSC. Oh, and he is qualified because he looks at “Islamic websites.” That is now expertise? Go read books instead. And Robin: what on earth does this bizarre phrase mean? “the pro-Arab “orientalism” of the late Palestinian-born Columbia University scholar Edward [...]
I arrived early for my talk at the Jerusalem Center in DC. I sat in the audience for some minutes. This college students from DC was sitting next to me. He leaned over, and whispered in my ear: “So, I hear the Angry Arab is speaking.” I was amused. When I told him that Angry [...]
Last meeting between George W. Bush and Rafiq Hariri (a witness account): Prior to the ineffective useless Paris II meeting in Paris, France (which Hariri had set up to show “empty” economic support for Lebanon, but was a mere empty gesture in the silly war between Hariri and Lahhud), Rafiq Hariri and his entourage met [...]
Thanks for the inquiries. I am still in DC; flying later tonight. Realized that I have to travel from now on with computer technology. I compared notes about blogging with Juan Cole and he made me feel guilty. He says that he makes it a point to blog daily; for that, he travels with gadgets, [...]