Archive for February 8, 2006
Tell the Financial Times that my name is As`ad (not Sa`ad as in mini-Hariri)
It is hilarious, in a way. Ajami is now reduced to writing what reads like press releases for the White House. Everything he wrote after Sep. 11 reads like inelegant RNC talking points about the Middle East. I mean, read this, for example: “Our war in Iraq has smashed for good that despotic state.” I [...]
Che Guevara just before his execution. Who betrayed him?
What happened to the “Symphony” that Lebanese musician Walid Ghulmiyyah wrote for Saddam?
“United States military authorities have taken tougher measures to force-feed detainees engaged in hunger strikes at GuantÃƒÂ¡namo Bay, Cuba, after concluding that some were determined to commit suicide to protest their indefinite confinement, military officials have said.”
“Police killed four people Wednesday as Afghans enraged over drawings of the Prophet Muhammad marched on a U.S. military base in a volatile southern province, directing their anger not against Europe but America.”
“Saudi Arabia, which implements strict Islamic law, last year executed at least 86 people, up from 35 people put to death in 2004 and 53 people in 2003. Human rights groups have said they were concerned by the sharp rise in executions, usually carried out by public beheading with a sword.”
“Syrian female activists seeking to change unfair civic laws for women have been intimidated and muzzled by conservative Muslim clerics.”
5% of Americans think that the US constitutes the greatest danger to…the US.
Zionist [In]Tolerance: “Israel plans to build ‘museum of tolerance’ on Muslim graves”
Correction. I made a reference to Middle East gypsies as “Roma people.” My friend Mary sent me this correction:“Actually, the “gypsies” of the Middle East are “Dom,” not “Rom,” or “Roma.” The Dom left India at a different time than the Rom or Lom. (Their names rhyme because they all come from a word meaning [...]
This is Zionism: “Clashes erupted between Bedouins and police officers on Wednesday, when Israel Lands Authority (ILA) inspectors and Agriculture Ministry officials plowed 2,500 dunams of lands between Be’er Sheva and the Bedouin town of Rahat. The A-Turi and Abu Al-Keif Bedouin clans claim ownership to these lands and use them for agricultural purposes, while [...]
“Library book overdue for 61 years earns Ã‚Â£3,500 fine”
“The two-thousand-year obsession with Mary Magdalene.”
A New Poem by Saddam. Oh, no. Please, no. Those of you who don’t read Arabic have the advantage of not being able to read the “literary” production of Saddam. Now, his lawyer in Iraq released yet another poem by him. Same arduous and boring style of Saddam. In it, he states that “dignity passes [...]
Apparently, there is a feud in the defunct Israeli surrogate army in South Lebanon. One member told a news agency that Antoine Lahd (dubbed General Hummus by Israeli press when he opened his restaurant, Byblos, in Israel) embezzled the budget of the SLA, and that he also recently opened another restaurant in Paris (get me [...]
Since the 1967 Israeli occupation of Palstine (not to be confused with the 1948 occupation of Palestine), Israeli occupation forces have destroyed (according to one Israeli study) 12,000 Palestinian houses. This is Zionism.
Came home from a long day last night to check my email. I was astonished at the large volume of emails from people who listened to the debate on Democracy Now yesterday. I know that Democracy Now has a very large audience, and that it grows by the day. I would say that 90% of [...]
Le pin de Bonaventura a Saint-Tropez, 1892. Paul Signac.