Archive for February, 2006
My ode to Brezhnev. Leonid Brezhnev, I must confess that I miss you. While I was growing up, I sympathized with the Soviet side during the Cold War. And then I discovered Kronstadt and the Anarchist criticisms of Soviet communism (and Marcuse’s critique), and I became disillusioned with the Soviet Union too. And you read [...]
I started writing something about the Dubai Port controversy. Wrote a few lines, but then deleted them. I had to realize that I was writing because people have asked me to comment on it, and I did not want to write unless I really feel that I want to write a comment about something. Otherwise, [...]
Bush seems to be also making progress in Afghanistan: “The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency told Congress yesterday that the insurgency in Afghanistan is growing and will increase this spring”
“More than 2,290 US troops have been killed in Iraq. President George Bush has attended none of the funerals – for which he is often criticised by the families of those who have died.”
Annual Ranking: Women in Parliaments Worldwide (US rank: 69).
“Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, who is accompanying George Bush on a visit to India, Pakistan and Afghanistan that begins today, said in January that hundreds of diplomats would be moved from Europe and Washington to Asia, the Middle East and Africa.”
“When the moon hits your eyeLike a big-a pizza pieThat’s amoreWhen the world seems to shineLike you’ve had too much wineThat’s amore”
A scene of Iraq “liberation” yesterday.
When Hummus Hits the Fan: there were clashes and fist fights in `Alay yesterday between supporters of PSP and SSNP. The Army intervened.
By the way, those women in Afghanistan: are they supposed to be “liberated”? Just wanted to know. Good night.
“Good morning. Kindly open the door. We are your kind and gentle “liberators.” Thank you.”
Don’t forget to watch the documentary on terrorism airing today on Al-Arabiyya (2:00PM Eastern Time). You can watch Al-Arabiyya for free on the internet. This documentary was NOT produced by Al-Arabiyya: It was produced by my dear friend Bassam Haddad, although AlArabiyya bought the rights of the three episodes.
A new Arab TV channel will be unleashed today. Of course, it is funded by a member of the Saudi royal family (Al-Walid Bin Talal this time). It is called Ar-Risalah (the Message) and will focus on “moderate” religion. Please, spare me religious channels–here in the US or in the Arab world. I can’t take [...]
Well. A Zarqawi “aide” was captured in Iraq. That would make him Zarqawi aide number 488000303037744th to be captured or killed by US troops. Do you notice that Zarqawi seems to have more aides than Bush or Bill Gates combined?
I hear that right-wing government in Denmark also wants to spread democracy and freedom in the Arab world. If Mussolini and Hitler were alive, I bet they too would have jumped on the band wagon of “freedom and democracy” in the Arab world. Spare me, please.
It is amazing how forgiving US government can be toward dictators and warlords. Just a year ago, Walid Jumblat used a racial/racist slur to describe Condoleezza Rice. Next week, he will be accorded a hero’s welcome in DC. Let them ask him about the bells of Christian churches that he has kept in his palace [...]
“Bush in India: Just Not Welcome” (thanks Ahmed)
On the popular Islamic TV demagogue.