Archive for January 25, 2006
The Cairo Book Festival is honornig J. Habermas this year. I am not crazy about his politics as of late.
“ Suicides of Indian workers in Gulf countries on the increase”
“Maids’ shelter hit by cash shortage”
“Ministry of Labor and Foreign Employment do not possess the complete details of the number Sri Lankan women working in the Middle East despite complains of abuse inundates the Ministry. The latest details available with the Ministry were that of the 2003 figures. According to the year 2003 figures available with the Ministry, it has [...]
“Mohammed Mowhoush, the son of an Iraqi general who died in U.S. custody in late 2003, assailed the U.S. military yesterday for imposing a reprimand instead of prison time for an Army interrogator convicted in connection with his father’s death, saying the United States has not properly administered justice.”
“Munich: Mossad breaks cover: Documentaries challenge Hollywood take on the mission to kill Palestinian terrorists” (“And Mr Barak, who famously dressed as a woman for the Beirut raid, describes the operation with evident relish and nostalgia….Spielberg’s film suggests one group carried out almost all the assassinations, but in fact much larger teams of agents were [...]
“US military stretched to breaking point”
Shortcomings of Human Rights Watch. Is it me or does Human Rights Watch suffer from the habit of noting human rights improvements in dictatorial countries that improve its relations with the US government. Human Rights Watch went too far in its report on Libya.
A British newspaper has obtained a copy of video that shows `Udayy Saddam Husayn meeting and joking with George Galloway–the famous buffoon of British leftist politics.
My sources in Washington, DC tell me that mini-Hariri is urging the US government to attack Syria, and to overthrow its government. Hariri is probably assuring US officials that the Syrian people would greet US soldiers as “liberators”, and shower them with “flowers and sweets”; and that the Syrian people would mount no resistance to [...]
I read the text of mini-Hariri’s Q&A at the Wilson Center. I mean, in some way I should be glad that Hariri Inc is being lead by this dude. It would have been more dangerous if he was competent and qualified.
What Lebanese newspapers will not say. The Lebanese jurist, Edmond Na`im, who just died is really known for two things. 1) he was politically a chameleon: he started as a secular socialist, and ended his career a sectarian Christian supporter of the Lebanese Forces; 2) he was known for his ability to give any legal [...]
MBC TV is preparing an Arab copy of the Apprentice. It is called Al-Mustathmir (the Investor), and will feature the Saudi billionaire Walid Al-Jaffali.
New TV seems to be keen on promoting the views of Prince Talal Bin `Abdul-`Aziz. Has Al-Walid infused the station with new cash, I wonder?
There are signs of friction between As-Safir and Hariri Inc. I hope it grows.
When Hummus Hit the Fan. I shall make this a regular feature as was suggested by some readers. Yesterday, former Hariri minister, and current Hariri MP, Samir Al-Jisr, was supposed to give a talk at the Lebanese University complex in Al-Hadath. Upon arriving, supporters of Hariri and supporters of Amal exchanged insults and counter-cheers, and [...]
Hamas has produced what it claims to be a document showing an offer of funding from USAID to Palestinian Fath member, Nabil `Amru (see below). Several people sent me links to websites that show the document. I posted it yesterday with a disclaimer. I have read it several times today, and if I were to [...]
Peace – Burial at Sea, 1842. Turner, Joseph Mallord William.
“Cronyism and Kickbacks” (thanks Laleh)