Archive for April 14, 2006
“How to Lose Your Job at a Saudi Newspaper” (And how to apply for a job at an American or Israeli newspaper). Of course, I never will say anything in defense of the House of Saud, or its media empires worldwide, or their insistence on monopolizing thought, opinions, and expression in the region. And of [...]
“The Lobby and the Bulldozer”
“How the Media Uses Blacks to Chastize Blacks”
“What Rumsfeld knew: Interviews with high-ranking military officials shed new light on the role Rumsfeld played in the harsh treatment of a GuantÃƒÂ¡namo detainee.”
“these two scholars have been subjected to a relentless barrage of vituperative insults in which the accusation “anti-Semite” is merely the beginning. Just a few of the most colorful: “Crackpot” (Martin Peretz); “Could have been written by Pat Buchanan, by David Duke, Noam Chomsky, and some of the less intelligent members of Hamas” (Alan Dershowitz); [...]
The Daily Star calls for a “fresh vision” of US occupation of Iraq. (They presumably also would like “a fresh vision” of US wars).
Sectarian Iraqi Shi`ite militias under the protection of foreign occupation: “Sunni Arab political leaders said Thursday that nearly 90 Sunnis had been reported abducted or killed over the last two days by groups with possible ties to Iraq’s Shiite Muslim-led Interior Ministry forces.”
There are certain talents that one appreciates even if one despises those who posses them. Take Tom Shales, TV reviewer for the Washington Post. Is there a more ironic and witty writer than him? (And he is a fanatic anti-Arab, pro-Zionist advocate).
A new version of Iraqi history: Saddam? Saddam who? (This is like the version of Lebanese history of the Lebanese Civil War? Civil War? No way. This was a war of “outsiders” on Lebanon).
“The top military intelligence officer at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq recommended in early 2004 that Army dog handlers not be disciplined for allegedly abusing detainees, urging commanders to immediately suspend the approved use of dogs in interrogations.”
Would somebody explain this to me? Why is the abuse of women in Muslim countries more newsworthy than the abuse of women right here at home? WHY?
“In an act of at least partial contrition, an officer in charge of the US military occupation of Babylon in 2003 and 2004 has offered to make a formal apology for the destruction his troops wrought on the ancient site. Colonel John Coleman, former chief of staff for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq, [...]
“I agree with Shimon Peres that the Labor Party was never a social-democratic party and is not worthy of calling itself by that lofty title. The Labor Party over the generations was, and still is, a conservative movement”
“”A truth squad? That sounds like the Taliban or something. Aside from it bothering my free-speech instincts, I don’t think those tactics serve McDonald’s very well. They work hard to cultivate this image of a friendly company – and then they get out the brass knuckles if you disagree with them.””
“American investigators armed with a “box full” of cash have paid thousands of dollars to buy back stolen computer drives – many of which contain sensitive military data, shopkeepers outside the main US military base in Afghanistan have said.”
“Donald Rumsfeld was directly linked to prisoner abuse for the first time yesterday, when it emerged he had been “personally involved” in a GuantÃƒÂ¡namo Bay interrogation found by military investigators to have been “degrading and abusive”. Human Rights Watch last night called for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate whether the defence secretary [...]
“British officers took part in a US war game aimed at preparing for a possible invasion of Iran, despite repeated claims by the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, that a military strike against Iran is inconceivable. The war game, codenamed Hotspur 2004, took place at the US base of Fort Belvoir in Virginia in July 2004.”
I wish that Holocaust deniers and anti-Semites spare us their “support” for the Palestinians. I thought about that after reading the recent speech by the Iranian president. His views on the Holocaust undermines the “credibility” of anything that he says about anything, as far as I am concerned. But what is amazing is this: Western [...]
I heard a leader of Al-Jam`ah Al-Islamiyyah (a Hariri Islamic fundamentalist tool with a long history of intolerance) taking credit for resistance against Israeli occupation in Lebanon. Not true. But Al-Jama`ah did play a big role in bombing all liquor stores in the Sidon region. I can’t think of one good thing that the Muslim [...]
Among shallow Lebanese (An-Nahar culture industry crowd), you sound “civilized” and “modern” if you say that you like Jazz. Is Sha`ban `Abdur-Rahim Jazz?