Archive for February 7, 2006
“Why Are Arabs Angry?”
Not-my-friend, Andrew Sullivan, on my debate with his “friend” Manji.
“The Brunei royal family: The Sultan, his brother and an Г‚ВЈ8 billion family feud”
He finally spoke. He finally spoke. “Annan equates [Israeli] targeted killings with ‘executions without trial’”
“Workers have uncovered dozens of skeletons in recent weeks at the construction site of the Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem, Haaretz has learned. The reports reveal for the first time the extent of the work at the site, Jerusalem’s main Muslim cemetery until 1948, as well as claims of carelessness by many of those involved [...]
This is Zionism. That’s what Abu Mazen is for. “The acting Israeli prime minister, Ehud Olmert, said yesterday that he plans to annex the Jordan Valley and major Jewish settlement blocks to Israel in drawing new borders, according to a television station that recorded an interview with him yesterday. In Mr Olmert’s first policy statement [...]
Feminism in Syria. A group of Syrian feminists have been circulating surveys among the Syrian population on issues relating to gender. Upon learning of their efforts, clerics denounced them from mosques, and one cleric declared the blood of their leader, Nada Al-`Ali, to be “spillable.” The feminists ended work on their survey.
To stay in power, it is clear that the Syrian regime has been facilitating the American occupation of Iraq as of late. Have you noticed that we have not heard criticisms of Syrian intervention in a while now? The Iranian regime has in fact facilitated the American occupations of Iraq AND Afghanistan.
I have written about, and mocked, the segment of “famous and rich Lebanese” that precedes the LBC-TV’s evening newscast. In the past, the segment, as you may remember, featured such non-Lebanese as Elie Kazan, Frank Zappa, Jack Hanna, and Jack in the Box. The other day, the segment featured Shannon Elizabeth who appeared in the [...]
I can’t stand anything that Muhammad Abi Samra writes in An-Nahar. He tries to imitate Waddah Shararah (his close right-wing friend). In his article yesterday in Tahqiq, he is writing about the “anniversary” of February 6th, for those who follow the history of the Lebanese civil war. But he errs in talking about the bombing [...]
Read the advertisement by Lebanese airlines (still calls itself MEA) (in English) for female cabin crew. “Smart appearance” and “clear complexion”?? Do you have to wonder what they mean?
Ben Ladenites of Lebanon: I have mentioned the role of Hariri Inc in unleashing the Bin Ladenites in (and on) Lebanon. But there is, to be fair, another lousy role in this regard by Najib Miqati (a billionaire, client of the Syrian regime). Miqati, as is well-known, is figure head run by his powerful brother, [...]
Muqtada As-Sadr will be in Beirut any day now. I wonder whether he will praise “the great” king of Saudi Arabia, as he did in Saudi Arabia.
“According to the Tyndall Report, which analyzes the content of the evening newscasts of the broadcast networks, their coverage of Darfur actually declined last year. The total for all three networks was 26 minutes in 2004. That wasn’t much Гўв‚¬вЂќ but it dropped to just 18 minutes during all of 2005. ABC’s evening news program [...]
So who let the Hummus Hit the Fan in Lebanon last Sunday? Investigation Continues. I had mentioned that Hariri Inc camp in Lebanon (the so-called March 14th Movement that led the Tabbulah Festival in Lebanon last year) had accused Syrians, Palestinians, Bedouins, and Jordanians of responsibility for the violent eruptions in Beirut last Sunday. Today, [...]
For those who care, a transcript of my debate with Manji on Democracy Now.
“Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that first published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that have caused a storm of protest throughout the Islamic world, refused to run drawings lampooning Jesus Christ, it has emerged today. The Danish daily turned down the cartoons of Christ three years ago, on the grounds that they could be offensive [...]
Sunset, Herblay, Opus 206, 1889. Paul Signac.
Danish Matters. I mean, I may understand if somebody wants to boycott the Danish publciation that printed the cartoons. But why boycott Denmark? The Danish people are not responsible for whatever a Danish publication prints. I have been to Denmark and find the people there to be friendly and nice. And I like the pastries. [...]
Do you notice that when pro-US governments kill demonstrators, it never produces outrage among Western governments and media, and Kofi Annan (still in grief over the assassination of Hariri) does not even notice: “Afghan police kill four in cartoon bloodshed”