Archive for December 30, 2005
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 [...]
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. [...]
`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. [...]
“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 [...]
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 [...]
Rustam dressed as merchant before Piran.
“Holocaust survivors go hungry in Israel” (thanks Amina)
“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)
“Marwan Barghouti apologizes to Palestinians for Fatah corruption” (Apologize? Apologize? This is it? It takes much more than an apology Mr. Barghouti).
“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 [...]
“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.”
“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 [...]
“Indonesian military admits being paid by US mining firm”
“Leaders of Pakistan’s 13,000 madrasas have vowed to defy a government deadline to expel foreign students by December 31, saying the regulations discriminate against religious schools.”
“Egyptian riot police beat a Sudanese man during the forceful evacuation of thousands of refugees from their protest camp outside UN offices in Cairo. Photograph: Cris Bouroncle/AFP/Getty Images”“Ten Sudanese refugees, including a young girl, were killed today when Egyptian police fired water cannon and beat migrants with clubs to break up a protest camp in [...]