Archive for May 24, 2006
Mini-Hariri in Moscow. I have been following the trip by mini-Hariri to Russia. I reported yesterday that he requested to meet with Leonid Brezhnev having commented earlier in the trip about Russia, being “the superpower.” Today, his Russian hosts finally told him that Brezhnev is dead. Mini-Hariri was beside himself. He was devastated. “First, my [...]
Hani Abu-Assad’s Reply to my Review of His Film, Paradise Now. A friend of mine sent Hani Abu-Assad a copy of my review of his latest movie, Paradise Now. He replied with a most thoughtful and careful message although I still disagree with him, especially toward the end when he seems to imply that Palestinians [...]
Bierstadt, Albert, Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, 1868.
Now you don’t want to damage American “credibilty”, do you? “A Defense Department investigation of Pentagon-financed propaganda efforts in Iraq warns that paying Iraqi journalists to produce positive stories could damage American credibility and calls for an end to military payments to a group of Iraqi journalists in Baghdad, according to a summary of the [...]
Chutzpah in the Dictionary should have this news item by way of example: “U.S. Questions China on Arms Buildup”
“Armed Groups Propel Iraq Toward Chaos”
Will the conspiracy theorists now change their minds? Now there are those conspiracy theorists who have doubted Al-Qa`idah’s responsibility for Sep. 11 attacks. And now we have Bin Laden, in his own voice, in his latest tape, taking full responsibility for the attacks, and he said that he himself sent the 19 hijackers.
This should dash your hopes in the efficacy of change within the American political system. And this should really eliminate your illusions about differences between Democrats and Republicans in Congress. And this, well, this is different.