Archive for December, 2005

The Syrian regime. The Syrian regime, according to the well-informed Al-Hayat correspondent Ibrahim Humaydi, will officially take legal action, NOW, against `Abdul-Halim Khaddam for a financial scandal in which he (and his son) were reportedly paid off to bury nuclear waste in Tadmur back in 1996. But the Syrian regime in 2001 arrested a Syrian, […]

Posted on December 31, 2005 by As'ad

The Posts, 1910. Leon Spilliaert.

Posted on December 31, 2005 by As'ad

“Spielberg is plainly nervous about the impulse behind this film, which is why he tosses in wisecracks, further flashbacks to Munich, soft chats between Avner and his mother, and anything else he can, so as to honor and legitimatize a series of state-approved kills. If he had told the story straight, without such hedging, and […]

Posted on December 31, 2005 by As'ad

“Palestinians in Iraq Pay the Cost of Being ‘Saddam’s People’” (What an insult. “Saddam’s people”? They are their own people.)

Posted on December 31, 2005 by As'ad

“Women’s Rights Laws and African Custom Clash”

Posted on December 31, 2005 by As'ad

“Fuel Crisis Deepens in Iraq With Lines Forming at Pumps”

Posted on December 31, 2005 by As'ad

“Kurds in Iraq prepare to form state in north” (thanks Tara)

Posted on December 31, 2005 by As'ad

His last hurrah: “As a fuel crisis deepened in Iraq, the government replaced its oil minister with controversial Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi, whose poor performance in the Dec. 15 elections was a setback in his recent attempt at political rehabilitation.”

Posted on December 31, 2005 by As'ad

I just loved that sentence. I read it in my local newspaper and insisted on sharing it with you (it is the same AP story from another source)–later editions of the story edited it out: “But underneath that Mideast veneer was a full-blooded American teen, a born-and-bred Floridian sporting white Nike tennis shoes and trendy […]

Posted on December 30, 2005 by As'ad

Gas, Oil, and Palestine. A most reliable source tells me this. “[I]t appears that along the Gaza coast there is oil and gas deposits. The CCC company of Hasib Sabbagh and Sa`id Khuri are the leading company that will explore and extract gas and oil on a 60% to PA and 40% to CCC basis. […]

Posted on December 30, 2005 by As'ad

`Abdul-Halim Khaddam on Syrian Policy in Lebanon; and those who rule (and have ruled) Syria. And why Rustum Ghazalah may get a strong urge to hurt himself. Probably like most Syrians and Lebanese (and other Arabs), I was glued to the screen. I watched the marathon interview with `Abdul-Halim Khaddam on the Saudi Al-Arabiyya TV. […]

Posted on December 30, 2005 by As'ad

“The United States government does have a plan to invade Canada. It’s a 94-page document called “Joint Army and Navy Basic War Plan — Red,” with the word SECRET stamped on the cover. It’s a bold plan, a bodacious plan, a step-by-step plan to invade, seize and annex our neighbor to the north. It goes […]

Posted on December 30, 2005 by As'ad

The Lebanonese Revolution Continues: a human rights organization in Syria announced the death of a Syrian (Kurdish) worker who was killed in Lebanon. His name is Shams Ad-Din Ahmad Mahmud, and his name will be added to the list of tens–nobody really knows how many–of Syrian victims who were murdered by Lebanese “freedom” lovers since […]

Posted on December 30, 2005 by As'ad

Rustam dressed as merchant before Piran.

Posted on December 30, 2005 by As'ad

“Holocaust survivors go hungry in Israel” (thanks Amina)

Posted on December 30, 2005 by As'ad

“The announcement comes in the wake of several incidents over the past month in which more than a thousand [Palestinian] olive trees were cut down, mainly from areas near Jewish settlements adjacent to the northern West Bank city of Nablus.” (No links were found between the olive trees and the attack in Munich)

Posted on December 30, 2005 by As'ad

“Marwan Barghouti apologizes to Palestinians for Fatah corruption” (Apologize? Apologize? This is it? It takes much more than an apology Mr. Barghouti).

Posted on December 30, 2005 by As'ad

“The effort President Bush authorized shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, to fight al Qaeda has grown into the largest CIA covert action program since the height of the Cold War, expanding in size and ambition despite a growing outcry at home and abroad over its clandestine tactics, according to former and current intelligence officials and […]

Posted on December 30, 2005 by As'ad

“U.S. officials defended an anti-terrorism program yesterday that secretly tested radiation levels around the country — including at more than 100 Muslim sites in the Washington area — and insisted that no one was targeted because of his or her faith.”

Posted on December 30, 2005 by As'ad

“Lebanese Awaiting Psychics’ Predictions” (This is so true; many Lebanese are extremely obsessed with fortune tellers and “psychics.” The most famous is Michel Hayik. He is now praised for his “accurate predictions” for 2005. What did he predict? Well, he predicted: a stormy session of Lebanese parliament; that some tourists sites in the region will […]

Posted on December 30, 2005 by As'ad