Archive for January, 2006

“MOST UNWELCOME SURPRISE After being picked up at the airport in Damascus, John Denson, an international lawyer in Houston, felt something hard near his feet. It was an Uzi. He asked the driver if it was his, “and he replied that he had his own, and that one was mine, ‘just in case we need […]

Posted on January 31, 2006 by As'ad

The Large Pine, Saint-Tropez, c. 1892-93. Paul Signac.

Posted on January 31, 2006 by As'ad

“Afghans Find Key Promises Unfulfilled”

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

I just read an article by Fu’ad Matar in which he offers fawning praise for King `Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Matar was a staunch Nasserist journalist when he worked for An-Nahar in 60s and 70s. He then became a staunch Saddam Husaynist, and Saddam funded his London-based magazine, At-Tadamun. The magazine was a gift for […]

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

“Outrage in Kenya as government spends £7m on fleet of Mercedes” (Hariri Inc spends more than that per week on bribes)

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

Submit to our conditions, or starve. (Imagine if the US Congress makes US aid to Israel conditional on Israeli end to violence, hatred, and occupation).

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

You have your outrages; and I have my own outrages. While many Arab/Muslims are busy being outraged over a Danish cartoon (Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador from Denmark and Libya has closed its embassy in Copenhagen, the Danish capital. Kuwait called the cartoons “despicable racism.” Iran’s foreign minister termed them “ridiculous and revolting.”), I […]

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

According to one study by pro-regime Syrian MP, Muhammad Habash, 30% of Syrians attend the Friday prayers in the 9000 mosques of the country. The Syrian regime has established 300 religious schools (I hate it when people in US congress and media now use the word “madrasah”, not knowing that it merely means “school.”)

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

Hi. Do you like being “liberated”?

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

Hamas promised (before the election) to release Ahmad Sa`dat. I shall wait.

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

This is absurd. In Arabic newspapers, some Western companies took out ads to declare that they are not Danish. This while Arab governments are doing business with Israeli companies. Personally, I boycott Israel and Israeli products, but will not boycott Denmark or Danish companies. Also, I don’t need lectures about cultural or religious sensitivity from […]

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

AlArabiyya TV kept saying all day today that King `Abdullah of Saudi Arabia received a “royal welcome” in Malaysia. Ya. He is the king. OK.

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

Hamas was yesterday giving assurances to capitalists around the world. It issued a statement in which it stressed its support for “private enterprise.” Hamas also said: “Palestine is part of the world economic system and part of the tools of world market.” I wish Karl Marx was alive; only to explain that last phrase for […]

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

This is a good and concise article on Hamas. For English readers, I recommend the book by Ziad Abu Amr (but it is dated now and is not critical–see my review of it in JPS), and the book by Khaled Hroub.

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

Lebananese public opinion survey: view of the US. 50.4% of Lebanese people consider the US role in Lebanon as [undesirable] guardianship* over Lebanon, while 38.2% view it as support for Lebanon. And 40% of the Lebanese surveyed consider Jumblat’s attacks on Hizbullah to be in the interest of Lebanon, while 60% disagreed. And 31.1% of […]

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

Struggle in Saudi Arabia: Sahar Mandur of As-Safir is right. Why is AlJazeera devoting so much time to the coverage of Arab/Muslim protests against Danish and Norwegian publications? (All Arab media are now consumed by that story.) I mean, it is not that the region is not suffering from foreign occupations, poverty, and oppression. And […]

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

Kata’ib Shuhada’ Al-Aqsa (or the branch that is loyal to Muhammad Dahlan) held a rally today, and issued threats to Denmark and to Danish people who “dare visit Gaza”. Muhammad Dahlan, and those who support him, don’t see the violent Israeli occupation, and American support for the occupation, because they are busy offering critiques of […]

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

Define the Bush Doctrine: “One official recounted how President Bush had personally but unsuccessfully appealed to Mr. Abbas at the White House last October to disarm Hamas before the elections…What Mr. Abbas instead offered at the White House was a plan to avoid a civil war among Palestinians by winning the election and only then […]

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

Lebanonese arithmetic: The Lebanese Parliament today met and approved the budget for 2005 (yes, last year). The Lebanese parliamentarians approved the expenses and revenues that already were spent or received. According to that budget, 39% of the Lebanese budget goes to paying interest on the foreign [Hariri] debt.

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad

“According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York watchdog group, at least 61 journalists have been killed in Iraq since the United States invaded in 2003. Bombings and other insurgent attacks killed 36 journalists while American fire killed 14, the group says.”

Posted on January 30, 2006 by As'ad