Archive for March, 2006
Right-wing, sectarian Christian Lebanonese newspaper, An-Nahar is very pleased. Here, it reports that a French visiting delegation (and you know about the superiority of the “Western Mind”) concludes that “the country is civilized.” (Angry Arab, upon visiting An-Nahar, finds it uncivilized, especially in its racist campaigns against Syrians and Palestinians in Lebanon).
This is unprecedented: An-Nahar (the right-wing sectarian Christian Lebanonese newspaper which maintains its commerical supremacy in the Lebanese market by a variety of illegal manipulation (control of the distribution and advertising companies) prints a translation of a full text of a speech that US ambassador made last week. It is not printed as an ad [...]
Do you notice that when the Turkish government engages in killing Kurds, the ostensible American champions of Kurdish rights, like Hitchens among others, don’t say a word? And do you notice that this round of Turkish killing of Kurds is not getting any American press attention?
For US media, some human beings are more expensive than others: “March was the least deadly month in more than two years for U.S. troops in Iraq, but a surge in killings of Iraqi troops and civilians suggests that the overall death rate in the conflict is growing, according to military data.”
“Thirty-five years after the US sprayed the jungles of Vietnam with toxic defoliant, thousands of babies are still being born with horrific defects. But unlike the American veterans, no one in the war-ravaged country has received any compensation.”
Bush’s promotion of “democracy” continues: “The Pentagon is preparing to set off a record-breaking bang, detonating 635 tonnes of high explosives and sending a mushroom cloud into the sky over the Nevada desert. The blast, on June 2, codenamed Divine Strake, is likely to be the biggest controlled conventional explosion in military history, experts said, [...]
This only proves my theory: that civil war looms over a country when Bush uses it for his “democracy” experiment: “A commander of a militant Palestinian group accused of firing missiles into Israel was killed yesterday in an explosion which led to gun battles that killed at least two people.”
I like Sultan AbuAl`Aynayn, the head PLO official in Lebanon. I am having lunch with him in the Rashidiyyah Palestinian refugee camp in June. But he went too far the other day when he called Rafiq Hariri the “messanger of the resistance.” And then he praised the Sanyurah government for resolving the legal problem that [...]
I was displeased when the Lebanese Communist Party started two weeks ago “a dialogue” with Jumblat’s sectarian party. Yesterday, when Jumblat attacked the party, the party resorted to its belief in the official communication lines between the two parties. Jumblat asserted that there is no communication with the Lebanese Communist Party. The Communist Party deserved [...]
Condoleezza Rice admitted that the US made thousands of mistakes in Iraq. Well, maybe she can start by listing them, one by one, and apolgizing for them, one by one.
Not only for ideological reasons, but I distrust and oppose the Muslim Brotherhood, in all of its formations and expressions and organizations. These groups served as mere tools of the US/Saudi alliance throughout the Cold War, and promoted the most reactionary agenda there is, and were used to undermine the Left. Look at the Jama`ah [...]
“Another soldier lay awake reading a book called “The Arab Mind.”” (thanks Nir) (A friend who teaches at a Navy school tells me that the book is a required reading in the Navy).
Walid Jumblat (in his interview on LBC-TV’s Kalam An-Nas) also slipped in two things: he told in a moment of cander how Sen. Joe Biden (when he had visited him in Mukhtarah) asked him to stop criticizing the US. Jumblat (who was meek under Syria and under the Israeli invasion of 1982 when he meekly [...]
Mr. Obscene Ba`thist is recalled back to Damascus. Syrian sites have been talking about the sudden recall of the director of Syrian Information Office in London. Apparently, frictions between him and the ambassador were responsible. But most agree that his performance vis a vis the head of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood on Hiwar Maftuh on [...]
“A US soldier who fled to Canada to avoid serving in Iraq says he was shocked by alleged atrocities committed by the American military.” (thanks Tanweer)
“Harvard Expands Financial Aid Program” (This is a gimmick. It is not about giving aid to students with families of limited income. How many of those are admitted to begin with.)
“Expanding [on Arab lands] in Jerusalem” (The New York Times did not want to know that this was Arab lands, so I thought that I would remind them.)
“Certainly this has to be the only film from those reliable schlockmeisters Mario F. Kassar and Andrew G. Vajna Гўв‚¬вЂќ Mr. Kassar brought us the original “Basic Instinct,” and together they had a hand in much of Sylvester Stallone’s well-oiled oeuvre Гўв‚¬вЂќ to feature the word Lacanian.” (And if you know how much Lebanonese media [...]
For those who asked, this is a webcast of my talk at Rice University. (thanks Tony)
Paul Gauguin. Haystacks in Brittany. 1890.