Archive for May, 2006
Arab Media Notes: The Relationship between Prince Al-Walid Bin Talal and Rupert Murdoch is closer than ever. Al-Walid is now the largest single share holder in Newscorp (at more than 5%). And Murdoch has recently invested in Al-Walid’s music (and sleaze) company, Rotana which monopolizes the production of Arabic music and music videos. And As-Safir [...]
“Q Can you give us a readout on the President’s meeting this morning with the Iraq experts?MR. SNOW: Yes. Oh, my goodness, I forgot to bring the list. But actually — do you have the list, Fred? Yes, it was an interesting meeting. What you ended up having was — I’ve got all the names [...]
Mini-Hariri’s World Tour. Mini-Hariri continued his world tour. Any reason to stay away from Lebanon. Today, he was in Germany. He immediately asked to go Berlin. As soon as he arrived in Berlin, he started yelling a prepared speech. It began: “Mr. Gorbachev. Tear down this wall.”
Blogger was down. I am in Thousand Oaks, near LA. I am giving a talk this evening on Bush Doctrine toward Lebanon and Syria at Newbury Park Library at 7:00PM. Returning tomorrow.
This is hilarious. MEMRI was jumping up and down today hailing a Saudi writer for maintaining that Hamas is opposed to democracy (he wrote that in AlRiyadh newspaper). And House of Saud is in love with democracy?
Guston, Philip, Painting, Smoking, Eating, 1973.
Those who know Arabic, and who follow the Arab-Israeli conflict, should watch this episode (two parts) on Al-Jazeera with Ghazi Al-Husayni. Sure it had its shortcoming: like the typical Fath man that he is, he easily (and justifiably) offers open criticisms of Syria, but refrains from cirticizing Arab governments event when it was about Jordanian [...]
LBC-TV only interviewed the people in the village of Rmaysh in South Lebanon in its report on people in South Lebanon. It was a bastion for Sa`d Haddad in the past. They did not want to interview other people, I guess.
This is the season in the Arab world for communists to apologize and repent. Here, Hazim Saghiyyah tells his story. Forgive him, please. (Is it not ironic for a former communist to mock communism in a Saudi newspaper, of all places?) And he is a good writer–that I can’t deny. But then again, the first [...]
“The number of Guantanamo Bay detainees participating in a hunger strike has ballooned from three to around 75, the U.S. military said Monday, revealing growing defiance among prisoners held for up to 4 1/2 years with no end in sight.”
“More than half a century after hostilities ended in Korea, a document from the war’s chaotic early days has come to light – a letter from the US ambassador to Seoul, informing the State Department that American soldiers would shoot refugees approaching their lines. The letter, dated the day of the army’s mass killing of [...]
A light unto the nations?? Are you kidding me? “One complaint to the ombudsman and state comptroller concerned a exercise in which Israel Defense Forces soldiers practiced occupying a house in a Galilee Arab village. A resident of the Arab village of Jish in Galilee was awoken at 2:30 A.M. in May 2005 due to [...]
“Poverty and unemployment in the Palestinian Authority continues to worsen, according to a United Nations annual report to be presented in Geneva Tuesday….four out of 10 Palestinians in the territories live under the official poverty line of less than $2.10 a day. In addition, the number of poor people in the PA rose from 600,000 [...]
Israel does not seem to stop killing and injuring Palestinians but you would not know it from reading the US press.
“In the Village of Nowhere, a Fate Soon Sealed: Wall to Enclose Palestinians Inside Jewish State”
“Congress has stalled Pentagon plans to put conventional warheads on inter-continental missiles for use in Washington’s “war on terror”, out of concern that they could trigger a nuclear war.” (By the way, as far as the spread of “freedom” is concerned, is a nuclear war a good thing or a bad thing?)
News from “liberated” Afghanistan. “An early morning traffic accident in Kabul involving a US military vehicle rapidly degenerated yesterday into the worst upheaval in the Afghan capital since the fall of the Taliban, as angry protesters burned vehicles and buildings, ransacked shops and aid agencies and hurled rocks and invective at American soldiers. By the [...]
Reasons for Homosexuality. Why People Become Gay According to a Lebanese Newspaper. An-Nahar newspaper (the right-wing, sectarian Christian, anti-Syrian (people), anti-Palestinian (people) Lebanonese newspaper) published what it thought was a “sensitive” and “liberal’ study of homosexuality in Lebanon. Then this Lebanonese newspaper interviewed a Lebanese expert on the subject. He told An-Nahar that a person [...]
The new Lebanonese security regime subjected a communist student to physical abuse, and then lied about it. I bet that Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch will allow the new Lebanese regime a big leeway for cases of torture and murder of prisoners. The Lebanese government gets along with the Bush administration after all. If [...]
Angry Afghans facing their “liberators.” Was I naive when I thought that the occupation of Afghanistan has been going on very smoothly?