Archive for February 4, 2006
In France, this man is considered a “philosopher”: “”Say what you will about America – but it still stands for fighting for truth and justice….”Radical Islam is, to me, the real devil.”” That says something unflattering about the state of French philosophy.
Hafidh Al-Asad and Yasir `Arafat hated one another. But they both agreed that Dennis Ross (who studied the Soviet Union at UCLA) is too fanatical in his Zionist advocacy to be suitable as a “mediator” between Arabs and Israelis. Don’t you think?
“‘The new Afghanistan is a myth. It’s time to go and get a job abroad’”
“The inside story of the newspaper cartoons that inflamed the Islamic world”
“There is something that gives Jews and Muslims alike a perverse thrill in calling the other a Nazi.”
French Hariri coins. These are the Hariri coins ordered by Chirac. At cafe Strada in Berkeley you need a coin to use the restroom. I wonder if I can use those. Hmm.
Results of Israeli bombing of South Lebanon.
A tribute to cash donations. Chirac here announces a new special Hariri coin medallion in France. He also–I am not kidding–announced that Hariri will be considered one of the greatest of humanity. (He did not mention that his criterion is the extent to which a person can donate (legally and illegally) to his electoral campaigns.
I could not resist. I saw this picture on the cover of Al-Afkar magazine of mini-Hariri meeting with mini-Bush. But what struck me was the look of admiration that mini-Hariri expresses toward mini-Bush. But then again, I heard that mini-Hariri owes all his intellectual brilliance and knowledge of world affairs to mini-Bush.
“The department was responding to criticism that the U.S. had sided with Iran, Zimbabwe and other repressive regimes in excluding two gay rights groups the U.N. Economic and Social Council.”
“Foreign Companies Eye Oil Reserves in Iraq”
“With immigrants from Turkey, Pakistan, the Arab world, Afghanistan, Iran and, most recently, Somalia, he said, “There has been a very marked xenophobia and Islamophobia, not only because of Sept. 11, 2001. That was just the culmination.” Politically, this is shown in the rise of the right-wing Danish People’s Party, which holds 13 percent of [...]
Danish Cartoons (not pastries): the controversy continues, and the protests have spread. Israel was bombing South Lebanon yesterday, after killing an innocent Lebanse shepherd, and the protests against the cartoons increased in intensity. There are so many layers to the story. As those who know me know, I used to draw political cartoonsГўв‚¬вЂќand sometimes I [...]
Cap Lombard, Cassis, Opus 196, 1889. Paul Signac.
Another patriotic day in Lebanon. Tents of poor Syrian workers were yet again set on fire in the Cedar homeland.
“Venezuela’s Chavez Wins Hearts Among the Poor”
For those who are fans of wars: “Pentagon lays out “Long War” Strategy: 20-year plan includes expanded special forces, envisions deployment to dozens of countries at once to combat nontraditional threats.”
This will explain why Baradei won the Nobel Prize. “In its resolution referring the Iranian nuclear program to the Security Council, the International Atomic Energy Agency will include a call for nations of the Middle East to be rid of nuclear weapons. On Friday night, the United States bowed to pressure from Europe, Russia, and [...]
Dictators you like: “Mr Niyazov, 65, likes to be referred to as Turkmenbashi, or “the leader of all Turkmen”, and has renamed both a town and the month of January after this title. He has also renamed April – and bread – after his late mother. He has reportedly banned gold teeth, smoking, video games, [...]