Archive for April, 2006
“As the U.S. military struggles against persistent sectarian violence in Iraq, military officers and security experts find themselves in a vigorous debate over an idea that just months ago was largely dismissed as a fringe thought: that the surest — and perhaps now the only — way to bring stability to Iraq is to divide [...]
Mark another victory for the Bush Doctrine: “Egypt Extends Restrictive Emergency Laws: Laws Permit Indefinite Detention Without Trial and Limit”
Anthony Shadid is a fine foreign correspondent. Read this piece on Dubai. I have read many articles on Dubai, in more than one language, and none are as good as this one. Notice that he tries to cover all the bases, and does not allow himself to be duped by the glitz. Notice that he [...]
I told you that rich white kids have found a safe cause in Darfur. It has been turned into kitsch. I read today that 10,000 people showed up for the rally in DC. How many of them showed up to spot Cloony or other celebrities? What is next for the Darfur-is-Kitsch crowd? Will they now [...]
“In Zarqawi’s home town“
“An American journalist jailed for two years in Afghanistan on charges of torturing terrorists in a makeshift jail was freed yesterday, two months early.”
“A US congressional inspection team set up to monitor reconstruction in Iraq today publishes a scathing report of failures by contractors, mainly from the US, to carry out projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars. In one case, the inspection team found that three years after the invasion only six of 150 health centres proposed [...]
James Zoghby was in Saudi Arabia. He met with Prince Al-Walid Bin Talal, who now supplies him with an annual sum. A press release later quoted Zoghby offering effusive praise for the Prince. But the money that Al-Walid gives to Zoghby is one where the conditions of “no strings attached” apply. Of, course.
…off to Washington, DC. Will return Monday night.
“Mr. Lewis’s ideas about the Middle East are also more current today than they were 30 years ago. His name is invoked almost constantly by critics of neoconservatives for the counsel he provided to Vice President Cheney about Iraq and the Middle East. Mr. Lewis first met with the vice president in 1990 on the [...]
“Vice President Cheney will speak Monday at the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, at a conference titled “Islam and the West.” Cheney will speak at a luncheon honoring Bernard Lewis, a historian and Princeton University’s Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies. The daylong conference includes speeches by Cheney, U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden [...]
“He doesn’t know why he was brought to Guantanamo Bay. He had hoped he would be freed at his military hearing in December 2004. Instead, he was accused of associating with the Taliban and of funneling money to anti-coalition insurgents. When he asked for evidence, he was told it was classified. And so he sits [...]
“In corrupt and capitalist LA the rich and famous fight in the foyer”
Full text. “When President Richard Nixon took office, he was confronted with evidence that Israel would soon have nuclear weapons. Now, with the aid of recently declassified documents, Avner Cohen and William Burr recount the untold story of the tense debate that erupted in the Nixon administration over whether Israel should be prevented from crossing [...]
“ Iraqi oil gangs syphon off billions”
Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando, 1879. Degas.
“A majority of Iraqis say their country is in dismal economic shape and getting worse, according to a new poll conducted by a conservative American think tank, with three of four respondents also describing security in the country as “poor….Only 1% said they trusted American and coalition forces for their personal protection.”
Bush Praises “dear Dictator”.
“Parsons Corp., the Pasadena engineering firm that won one of the largest rebuilding contracts in postwar Iraq, fell dramatically short of a number of goals, according to interviews and documents that cite shoddy work and negligent government oversight. The firm was to have rebuilt Iraq’s health and security infrastructure. However, an audit and interviews show [...]
“”There’s two kinds of Iraqis here, the ones who help us and the ones who shoot us, and there’s an awful lot of ‘em doing both,” said Hoover, 26, of Newark, Ohio. “Is it frustrating? Yes, it’s frustrating. But we can’t just stop working with them.””