Archive for December 18, 2005
“List of murdered Iraqi Academics” (thanks Enrique and Sinan)
What neo-cons did not expect: “Religious parties in the Middle East are using democracy to gain power and legitimacy”
From Bush’s speech: “I see a global terrorist movement that exploits Islam in the service of radical political aims — a vision in which books are burned, and women are oppressed, and all dissent is crushed.” Is this not a description of Saudi Arabia?
“Praised as beacon, mosque project stalls amid rancor”
The Crow by Syrian poet Muhammad Al-Maghut (my translation): “I wrote about peace, but wars eruptedabout order, but chaos spreadon heroism, but treason prevailedon hope, but suicide rate increasedon increase in productivity, butdevelopment rate decreasedon family planning, but streetswere filled with deviants and delinquentson love, but divorce and abortion increasedon environment, but nuclear wastewas buried [...]
“Rise in poll complaints troubles Iraq vote monitors”
A propagandist for a propagandist: “Steven Spielberg has hired the public relations consultant who is spearheading Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon’s re-election campaign to promote his film Munich.”
“Sharon in hospital after suffering stroke” (US Congress worried. Mehlis will investigate)
Planting stories in the Arabic press. Al-Mustaqbal newspaper had a news story under this headline: “The people of Fallujah seek to coexist with the US Marines.”
If Nasir Al-As`ad is the ideologue of the Hariri movement, I have nothing to worry about.
Hariri media are now reduced to peddling the stories of the New York Sun. I feel sorry for the Lebanese people who don’t know anything about the New York Sun.
“Abu Mass Graves.” The secretary general of the (fanatic) Lebanese Islamic Unfication Movement, Bilal Sha`ban, called Samir Ja`ja`: “the father of mass graves.” He also reminded his audience that Lebanese Forces deputy, Antoine Zahrah, was responsible for the kidnapping of Muslims [and leftists] during the war.
This is Zionism. Israeli bombs (including cluster bombs) were found among the houses in South Lebanon. They were dropped by Israeli occupation forces, and recently. A spokesperson of the Israeli army later denied the account of the Lebanese army and said that the Israeli army–I am not making this up–only dropped bombs and rockets that [...]
A new group in Lebanon. A new group of Lebanese youth was formed in Lebanon. They call themselves “Youth Worried about the Homeland.” A group of them sat on the sidewalk with signs, but refused to talk to the press. They then distributed blank flyers that only contained their name.
Attacks on Syrian workers continue in Lebanon. As-Safir printed this news item today: “Tens of Syrian workers in different Lebanese regions were subjected to events and attacks in the last week. It was said that the common factor between the culprits were partisans of two political groups in the “forces of March 14th.” Must be [...]
Amal reminded me of this. For those who care, my analysis of the causes of the Lebanese civil war.
I hear Hariri advisor Johny `Abduh talk about the security situation in Lebanon these days. He should know. When he was chief of Army intelligence in Lebanon, his specialty was sending car bombs to West Beirut, and coordinating with the Israeli army.
Mehlis accuses Syria of responsibility for the assassination of Hariri in his interview with Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat but he does not include that accusation in his report. Why did he not include that in his report, asks Lebanese editor Charles Ayyub. Good question.
This article is the first article I read in the US or UK press that raises questions–albeit indirectly and very timidly–about the Hariri investigation. The last quotation by the Lebanese crackpot presidential candidate who took time off from his busy schedule of offering fawning praise of the Maronite patriarch and of Ghassan Tuwayni said this: [...]
Did you see the documentary on Hariri on Al-Arabiyya? Propaganda footage without the skills of Riefenstahl. Although the “documentary” is billed as a “documentary”, you should wait until they run the credits. You will see that the sript was written by `Ali Nun, none other than the Beirut correspondent of Al-Arabiyya, and a member of [...]