Archive for February 13, 2006
This is the real Bush’s Doctrine: “The United States and Israel are discussing ways to destabilize the Palestinian government so that newly elected Hamas officials will fail and elections will be called again, according to Israeli officials and Western diplomats.”
“Liberating” the hell out of them: “Two women were killed and four children injured when their tent was struck by artillery fired by U.S. forces in Afghanistan, two Pakistani officials said”
“Vandals in Denmark Strike Muslim Graves” (Let me guess. I think that I know the liberal code. This is freedom of speech, right?) Let me know on what page will the New York Times print this tomorrow.
Why does Al-Quds Al-`Arabi treat the silly and crude curses of Saddam in court as if they are heroic stances? Why?
This was hilarious. I was watching C-Span in my hotel room. They showed a speech by the Iranian president. The interpretor knew Persian but not Arabic. So Ahmadinajad: said a few words from the Qur’an: the interpretor said: “He is speaking in Arabic.” Ahmadinajad: then recited Al-Fatihah from the Qur’an: the interpretor said: “He is [...]
“Israel Defense Force soldiers fatally shot a 25-year-old Gaza woman near the border with Israel”
News from “liberated” Afghanistan: “The Taliban never really fell in Helmand province. While the outside world was celebrating the end of the Taliban regime after the fall of Kandahar in 2001, the Taliban were still in control of most of Helmand”
“ANOTHER GAY IRANIAN TORTURE VICTIM SPEAKS” (thanks Keyan)
This is America’s reliable ally in the Middle East: “Saudi Arabia’s non-elected parliament said yesterday that it was not entitled to debate the kingdom’s long-standing ban on women drivers. “What has been decided on by religious edict is not within our authority to debate,” said Saleh bin Abdullah Malek, the secretary general of the Shura [...]
This is Zionism: “Israel has effectively annexed the Jordan Valley – about a third of the occupied West Bank – by barring almost all Palestinians from entering the region, a respected Israeli human rights group said yesterday.”
Sa`d Hariri accused Ad-Diyar Newspaper of being like the Syrian Tishrin (not an untrue accusation). So Ad-Diyar’s Charles Ayyub retaliated by recounting the story of when he saw Sa`d waiting on `Azzuz (or `Abdul `Aziz bin Fahd). Sa`d was the official entertainer of `Azzuz when he visited Lebanon.
It would have been more brave if the non-brave (and painfully boring) Al Gore gave his speech about the status of Arab Americans here in the US, and not in Saudi Arabia–in return for oil cash. How much were paid, Al? And did you speak about the environment while there?
The US ambassdor in Lebanon (Walid Jumblat calls him “Jeff”) is a man who abhors all vestiages of propaganda or even public relations stunts. So when Jeff pays his respect to Hariri’s tomb, he does so without alerting the media. Nobody knows when, quietly and away from the instrusive eyes of the media, he goes [...]
The Nation magazine now seeks advise about the fate of the Left from BHL. But then again, you need his brilliant mind to know that the left needs to: “ponder the lessons of the totalitarian century and those of democracy.”
“It would be hard to imagine any such generosity of spirit from the smug US Middle Eastern observer Thomas Friedman, who, despite writing a column for the New York Times, has about as much a sense of literary style as a rhino. Or, indeed, from a right-wing orientalist scholar such as Bernard Lewis, who has [...]
“Diplomats Say Iran Begins Uranium Enrichment” (Angry Arab: Israeli began Uranium Enrichment decades ago)
” Cedar revolution’s bitter aftertaste” (thanks Amal)
Beware: I am a dangerous professor (and I bite). (thanks Yusuf)
“Former Vice President Al Gore told a mainly Saudi audience on Sunday that the U.S. government committed “terrible abuses” against Arabs after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and that most Americans did not support such treatment.”
“At the State Department, for instance, only 10 of 34,000 employees are rated fully fluent in Arabic.”