Archive for May 7, 2006
There are two prospects for Lebanon in the next few years (no third): Lebanon will either plunge in a civil war (or civil wars) or it will remain tense but on the verge of civil wars. Enjoy the Cedars.
A Big Hummus Spill in Lebanon. There was a very dangerous sign in Lebanese politics last week. A sign that was inevitably missed by Hassan Fattah and the US journalists who roam the Middle East with a bevy of translators, right-wing native consultants and contacts, chefs, trainers, and bodyguards. The Council of Maronite Bishops expressed [...]
…off to…the store. I am sick and need some aspirin. Do you have a problem with that?
Jamal Abu Samhadanah (the Hamas-appointed Inspector-general of the Interior Ministry) revealed in an interview on Al-Arabiyya that he was kicked out of Fath years ago for demonstrating against corruption. Did he not know that `Arafat turned the movement into a vehicle for corruption?
“Muslim imperialism is therefore a religious duty”. I really believe that this article should be read. Edward Luttwack says what many hesitate to say: that Islam, the religion, and all Muslims, are the problem. For Luttwack, and many others in the West I have no doubt, they consider Bin Laden a logical outgrowth of the [...]
“A group of low-paid people in the US – many of them illegal immigrants – were given cameras and photography classes and asked to capture their lives.”
Mas`ud Barzani looked very hard to find the most qualified and competent person to serve as prime minister of the Kurdish region. He finally found one. He appointed his nephew.
She is reacting to Bush’s “liberation” of her country. (She lost her daughter to a car bomb in Karbala’).
Arab Nationalists on Trial: The able, Ghassan Bin Jiddu, hosted a special program on his Al-Jazeera’s Hiwar Maftuh, to deal with Arab nationalists. His main guests were `Azmi Bisharah, Khalid Sufyan, and the Washington-DC based friend, Kamal Khalaf-Allah At-Tawil. Bin Jiddu, typically asked the tough questions, and he succeeded in putting his guests on the [...]
Today Chomsky arrives in Beirut. Welcome. (No, I don’t agree with all of Chomsky’s views.)
“More Iraqi civilians were killed in Baghdad during the first three months of this year than at any time since the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime Гўв‚¬вЂќ at least 3,800, many of them found hogtied and shot execution-style.”
“Iraq has returned to life.” Lebanese war criminal, Samir Ja`ja`, said this on LBC-TV on Iraq under US occupation.
The Mother of Orientalist Cliches. I was reading Nir Rosen’s new book, In the Belly of the Green Bird: The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq. And Nir hit me on page 11: “There is no separation of church and state. The concept does not exist in Islam.” What is that, and what does that [...]
A Syrian worker, Subhi Usu, 40, was stabbed to death in Burj Ash-Shamali near Tyre.
Now that I got me a slingbox (thanks Peter), I can watch my satellite TV stations from anywhere around the world. I am now able to follow the From Lebanon segment on LBC-TV. Last week, it featured George Tarabay. I have no idea who he is, but the feature said that he was one of [...]
The Gare St-Lazare, 1877. Monet.
“Asked to name the news source they most trusted, without any prompting, 59 percent of Egyptians said Al Jazeera” (thanks Amer)
“Palestinians losing link to U.S. care: Sanctions against Hamas threaten to harm program for kids, entire medical system” (thanks Brenda)