Archive for January 29, 2006
“U.S. Fighter Jet Crashes Off Australia:…The ship, the USS Ronald Reagan, had been due to conduct naval operations in support of the war on terror as well as security commitments in the western Pacific, the ABC said.” (?!)
“Iraq sees ‘brain drain’ as professionals flee threats, violence”
“Women of Gaza fear for their freedoms under new religious regime”
“Netanyahu compares Hamas election win to rise of Hitler” (Is this not insulting to the victims of the Holocaust?)
“A mixed-sex marathon passed off peacefully in Pakistan yesterday, despite threats of violent disruption from Islamic conservatives. Crowds cheered as hundreds of women and thousands of men ran together through Lahore.”
The Saudi King, letting his hair down, in Hong Kong.
So do Iraqis seem happy in their “liberated” country? Well, this picture was taken yesterday in Baghdad. Do they seem pleased with the fruits of “liberation”?
Israeli military jets violating Lebanese airspace yesterday (and every day).
Mukhabarat that you find cute: “Jordan: Editor Prosecuted for Posting Articles by MPs: Authorities Revert to Silencing Critics Through Repressive National Security Laws”
Arab nationalist columnist (and Bin Laden and Saddam fan) `Abdul-Bari `Atwan is correct about one thing (in his column today): Israel and Arab governments will use the Hamas victory to justify and receive support for their own oppressive regimes.
A Palestinian girl was shot dead by Israeli occupation troops last week. There was no outrage in the Arab/Muslim world over that. The Arab/Muslim world was busy being outraged over a cartoon in a Danish newspaper. !##??&%%@#!!
The Hariri Inc hold on Lebanese (and some Arab) media is such that they can simply block the publication of any unfavorable or embarrassing news items that dealswith mini-Hariri. After meeting with Bush, mini-Hariri made a statement about Hamas that was not printed in any Lebanese newspaper. Only Muhammad Shirri in Ad-Diyar, mentioned it today. [...]
Between Garrison Keillor and Bernard-Henry Levy I am supporting Keillor. This is a devastating review of a poseur who acts like a “philosopher.” But then again, this “philosopher” has said some profound things, like “God is dead but my hair is perfect. Worse, this brilliant philosopher says somewhere that poverty will not disappear from earth [...]
Staffa, Fingal’s Cave, 1832. Turner, Joseph Mallord William.
The brilliant pundit of the Arab media. Today, I was astonished to listen to a `Ala’ Bayyumi, a pundit on AlArabiyya TV. He was introduced as a “journalist from Washington, DC.” . He did the best job (in terms of foolishness) of defending Bush and the neo-cons; better than Bush himself, but that is not [...]
“Why did Slate hire Ahmad Chalabi’s daughter to write tediously about the Iraq elections?” (thanks Mark) “Weisberg also defended the idea of the daughter of a candidate reporting on her father’s campaign, an arrangement that I told him I thought was odd.”