Archive for December 14, 2005
This is for you Bassam Al-Quntar (brother of the “dean” of the Lebanese prisoners in Israeli jails, Samir Al-Quntar). I know that you will be reading this. I can’t believe your words in An-Nahar. Were you that desperate to see your name in print? Were you that eager to be quoted by a newspaper? What [...]
“Two tribes go to war” (thanks Kamal)
This is a sign from today’s demonstration in Beirut. It reads: “The rooster of An-Nahar is stronger than the dogs of the Ba`th.” Yes, this is the same movement that calls itself, day and night, “the civilized movement.” Oh, ya. There were many other signs that mocked the Syrian dialect. I don’t understand that part. [...]
“The section of the West Bank separation fence surrounding Jerusalem seriously impinges on the accessibility and quality of medical services received by tens of thousands of Palestinian East Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza residents, according to a report released Wednesday by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel.”
“Fatal Torture of Inmates Suspected: Security forces may have physically abused or starved two detainees, the head of an inquiry says. In Ramadi, a Sunni Arab candidate is slain.”
“Pentagon to Seek $100 Billion More for War Costs”
“U.S. Ranks Sixth Among Countries Jailing Journalists”. See full report.
State of Iraq.
So who is the terrorist?
Those are forgotten victims. Washington Post will not write editorials about them. Three little girls–sisters–were injured yesterday in Saksakiyyah village, in the district of Sidon in South Lebanon. They walked on land mines left by Israeli occupation forces. Israel left some 400,000 land mines in South Lebanon, and refuses to submit a map of their [...]
Lebanese police sketch artist is back. He offers a new sketch of the new suspect of the new murder. Like previous sketches, the man looks like all Lebanese men who don’t have moustaches. Keep looking.
The Iranian president. The statements of the Iranian president are getting more and more stupid and more bigoted. In my dictionary, any questioning of the holocaust is grotesque and cruel (and stupid of course). That is for sure. But are his ugly words worse than the ugly (continued) Israeli killing of Palestinians? And why do [...]
I have this to say about opportunists like Karim Muruwwah and Habib Sadiq in Lebanon. They were vulgar as Stalinist communists, and they are now vulgar as Hariri Lebanonese nationalists. These are people desperately looking for a role. Any role.
“They are not Lebanese.” A caller to the Future (Hariri) TV, railed against Shi`ites and Shi`ites deputies. She finally blurted out: “They are not Lebanese.” To his credit, the host, `Ali Hamadi, said: “No. They are all Lebanese.” (I take this opportunity to offer `Ali (he is the uncle of Jubran Tuwayni) my condolences.) But [...]
A caller to a show on Al-Mustaqbal (Hariri) TV, told this story. She said that she was at the Jubran Tuwayni’s funeral, and that they spotted this guy (implying that he “looked Syrian). He was asked by the mob to submit his identity card, and he got scared and ran away. They ran after him [...]
Those of us who fiercely oppose the Hariri Inc (and its patron, the US-Saudi) plan for Lebanon, should not allow our opposition to the new (old) government of Lebanon to lead us to lend any support to the Syrian government. The Syrian government, for what it did to its people and to Lebanese and Palestinians [...]
Despite political disagreements, I wish to salute Ghassan Tuwayni today. He made the most humane and the most wise statement about the death of his son, his last surviving child. He called for an end to hatred and differences. Even his last editorial before the death of his son expressed his wish that his son [...]
Nushirvan Receives an Embassy from the Khaqan (Page from a manuscript of the Shahnama (Book of kings)) Iran, Tabriz, c. 1530-35.I mistakenly posted the wrong painting below.
Banquet scene from the Shah-Nama (Shiraz, 1444).
Like the last Iraqi elections-under-occupation, the Saudi media are going into full drive to promote Iyad `Allawi (former puppet prime minister/car bomber/former Saddam’s henchman/embezzler-in-Yemen). And this time`Allawi promises to bring back Saddam’s Ba`thists into the government, if elected. Yesterday, he was “interviewed” on LBC-TV. I could not believe the interview, even by one of the [...]