Archive for May 22, 2006
This is really annoying me. Al-Arabiyya TV is strictly imitating the silly and vapid chit-chat that you see on local US news at 11:00PM. (They are effectively parodied on the best show on TV, Family Guy). I am now worried that Saudi MBC TV will produce an Arabic version of Family Guy, and it will [...]
Now we know where Bush gets his knowledge on the Middle East: Bush today called King `Abdullah of Jordan to discuss Iraqi developments. Oh, ya. The king has great wisdom and insights on the Middle East, having studied the Middle East for 2 weeks at Georgetown University in the 1990s. And what was the Jordanian [...]
“Saudi Arabia has assured the United States it no longer enforces the Arab League boycott of Israel, even though it attended a recent meeting in Damascus to discuss ways to tighten it, a top U.S. trade official said in remarks released on Monday. “We have raised this issue directly with senior Saudi officials on several [...]
House of Saud would do anything to appease US administration. Prince Turki Al-Faysal (a former friend and confidant of Bin Laden) begs Israel for “peace” in an interview with an Israeli newspaper.
Who writes these editorials in the Daily Star? Diplomacy? What diplomacy? Arab diplomacy? Quartet Diplomacy? Was that not tried and exhausted? And what does that mean anyway? From 1948 to 1965 the Palestinian pursued only peaceful diplomacy. What did that get them?
“Iran’s Jews struggle in the shadow of Holocaust denials”
“Blair’s view: ‘We have a government of national unity that crosses all boundaries. Iraqi people are able to write the next chapter of their history themselves’ – Tony Blair on a visit to Iraq yesterday.Another view: Two car bombs explode in Baghdad, killing nine. At least 23 more die in attacks elsewhere, bringing the death [...]
I told you this before; Hamas is on the footsteps of `Arafat. Start transferring millions to Suha `Arafat NOW.
“An unprecedented legal attempt began yesterday to hold British scientists responsible for what the World Health Organisation has called the “largest mass poisoning of a population in history”. British lawyers for a group of 500 Bangladeshis want to sue for arsenic poisoning that the villagers received from drinking water.”
“Liberation” continues: “US warplanes killed up to 80 insurgents and 16 civilians during a raid on a Taliban hideout, as southern Afghanistan saw some of the heaviest fighting since 2001. Six days of violence resulted in 285 deaths, triggering fresh worries about Afghanistan’s stability.”
I was talking to a Palestinian friend about the looming war in Palestine. He is not a supporter of Hamas, but expressed astonishment that Hamas has not ordered the arrest of Abu Mazen and Dahlan for their illegal thuggery, and for trying to bypass the political will of the Palestinian people in their free elections.
Mahmud Darwish’s tribute to Muhammad Al-Maghut. Mahmud Darwish: how he plays with words, in poetry and in prose. If Adonis wants Nobel, as Al-Maghut used to say. Darwish deserves more than Nobel. Much more, although I am not crazy about his politics, or his past association with `Arafat. `Arafat killed Naji Al-`Ali, the great cartoonist. [...]
I never or rarely see anything I like in the right-wing, anti-Palestinian (people), anti-Syrian (people), sectarian Christian newspaper, An-Nahar. This is an exception. I doff my tarbush to Joumana Haddad today for devoting a section to Sri Lankan culture.
Mini-Hariri in Moscow. Mini-Hariri has been visiting Moscow. In a statement he made yesterday in Moscow (and in English), he said that Russia “is a superpower.” Mini-Hariri has not heard of the end of the Cold War. Don’t tell him.
For the record. I reported yesterday about Verso books publishing (and falsely promoting) a book by Samir Qasir. I mentioned that Adam Shatz of the Nation has endorsed the book (on the official site of Verso). Adam Shatz tells me that he did not endorse the book, and that Verso lifted that quotation from a [...]
No Comment. I came across this passage in my reading today:“The blind hatred that the Milice excited in the breasts of the resistants led to terrible reprisals, some of which the Resistance later wished to forget. Shooting down a milicien or blowing up one of their recruiting offices was a patriotic act…The hated and greatly [...]
Flash. If this is not “true,” I would be accused of making it up, or of posting “fake news.” But this is really “true”. Readers of this site have been avidly following the regular weekly news of the American capture of senior Zarqawi “aides” throughout Iraq. We reported on the last capture of a senior [...]
Sami Klayb is a fine journalist who writes in As-Safir, and has a weekly program on AlJazeera. Here, he has a succinct article on Yemen under Salih.
Palestinian children are very politicized; the brutal occupation of their homeland politicized them.
This account by leaders of Fath-Intifadah of the recent clash with the Lebanese Army confirms my early suspicions: that the Lebanese Army provoked the clash. This is part of the brilliant plan of Hariri Inc.