Archive for April 4, 2006
“While President Bush vows to transform Iraq into a beacon of democracy in the Middle East, his administration has been scaling back funding for the main organizations trying to carry out his vision by building democratic institutions such as political parties and civil society groups.”
“the plight of prisoners caught up in US rendition”
`Arafat was known to be vague, duplicitous, and ambiguous about what he wanted. Hamas is quite clear. Hamas wants Palestine of 1948; no, it accepts the ’67 borders. Hamas is opposed to negotiations with Israel; no, Hamas accepts some negotiations through Abu Mazen. Hamas is for a truce with Israel; no, Hamas will never observe [...]
As soon as Hamas won the elections, Abu Mazen started uncovering Al-Qa`idah’ plots at the rate of once a day.
“Egypt is recommending that Hamas and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh stop the “violence”” (I am recommending that Egypt stop the “violence”)
Kooks: “Last week village elders in eastern India even ordered a man to leave his wife after he said talaq three times in his sleep.”
The Grand (not really) Mufti of Egypt issued a fatwa to ban statues. This comes as no surprise. Grand Muftis (Sunnis, Shi`ites, Jewish, Christians, etc) specialize in bans.
Hummus Beverages. (thanks Fadi)
If you ever read this cliche, you know that the author is a prisoner of the cliched dogmas of classical Orientalism, and that he/she has very simplistic views of Islamic history: “Unlike Christianity and the Christian kingdoms that once existed under or alongside it, Islam has never distinguished between temporal and religious powers.” (thanks John)
“”He was hoping to get some advantage from all this,” Mr. Jabar said. “He has insulted all the prophets except those who are Christians, because he wants to move to Europe.””
Muhammad Al-Maghut spent the last few years of his life in a wheelchair. Here he says this on the national anthem: “It does not mean anything to me. I never in my life heard it to the end. Here lies the importance of the wheelchair. They stand during the national anthem, and I sit.”
An-Nahar newspaper has to pay for the new downtown headquarters.
Obscene. The spokesperson of the US Department of State yesterday eulogized Syrian poet, Muhammad Al-Maghut. What an insult. Has the spokesperson read what Maghut had written and what he had said on Palestine? Has he read his articles about US wars and policies over the years? Does he think that he is fooling any Arab [...]
I will officially declare the end of the Lebanese civil war when I see Jumblat, Geymayyel, Birri, and Ja`ja` behind bars on war crimes charges.
How foolish Hizbullah leaders sound when they insist that there is a fundamental difference between the position of Jumblat and that of mini-Hariri. Jumblat says in public what mini-Hariri says in private. I am responding to what Husayn Khalil has said to Al-`Alam TV.
“This is despite the fact that over the past three years American and British troops have killed thousands of suspected insurgents. They have also detained more than 100,000 Iraqi men, most of them innocent, with only [???!!!] 15,000 still in custody… Ã¢â‚¬Å“For every one we pick off the streets, we’re creating one to take his [...]
Stay inside. I plan to “liberate” the hell out of your home.
A new study revealed that Israeli occupation soldiers have killed 789 children since the beginning of Intifada II. All of them were identified as terrorists by the Israeli government.
Their house was bombed by Israeli occupation soldiers in Bayt Lahya in Gaza yesterday.