Archive for June, 2006

Yesterday, the Sunni Mufti of Lebanon (a Hariri appointee) blasted the ruling government and accused it of “security terrorism.” He said that Sunni detainees have been subjected to torture worse than Abu Graib. That was politically significant. Cracks in the ruling coalition are expanding. Today, typically, An-Nahar newspaper reported that a Lebanese physician was “voted” […]

Posted on June 28, 2006 by As'ad

The Yemeni president, `Ali `Abdullah Salih, finally compromised. The Yemeni dictator finally succumbed to “popular pressures” and agreed to serve for yet another term. I bet the UN Security Council will not meet, and will it not issue a special resolution against this extension of his term. I bet that Chirac, who received the son […]

Posted on June 26, 2006 by As'ad

Not much time to blog. Much to say, especially on the Lebanese Minister of Ping Ping and acting minister of Interior, Ahmad Fatfat. He said yesterday that when he was in America he spoke to“the American public opinion.” So I ask my American readers: how many of you knew that Mr. Fatfat was in the […]

Posted on June 25, 2006 by As'ad

Graham Allison and Taqiyyah; and the new Lebanonese secret chicken recipe. Yesterday, I attended the Lebanese Communist Party’s rally in memory of George Hawi. The UNESCO hall was full, and tens of people, if not more, stayed outside. It reminds one to not categorize all people, any people; dissent and anti-conformity lives on, everywhere. Foucault […]

Posted on June 22, 2006 by As'ad

I will be on NBN’s Al-Malaf on Thursday evening (Beirut time). Much more to say, but there is alas little time. Anti-royal graffiti are appearing on Amman’s streets, but erased by the secret police before dawn. Two main streets have been renamed after King and his wife–both are quite increasingly unpopular. An-Nahar reported that two […]

Posted on June 21, 2006 by As'ad

From Lebanonesia With…ALARM. I have known this alleged country all my life, but I don’t remember a time when the clerics, Sunni, Shi`ite, Christian, and Druzes, have exercised a more influential role in Lebanese politics and society. That is most alarming for me. If it is up to me, I would send all of them […]

Posted on June 19, 2006 by As'ad

Letter from Lebanonesia: The Mother of All Miracles. There are less pictures of Rafiq Hariri in Beirut than a year ago. Did somebody realize that it was overdone and that people were getting sick, literally? Mini-Hariri is living in an island, and people cant even pass on the streets around his house. Yes, even the […]

Posted on June 17, 2006 by As'ad

Zarqawi’s I-pod. Just wait. In no time, they will also dig out Zarqawi’s own i-pod, in mint condition, from the under the rubble of the house, bombings by 2 F-16s notwithstanding. I hear that all the codes of the insurgency are on the i-pod, and that once US occupation gets a hold of it, US […]

Posted on June 16, 2006 by As'ad

These are the only time when House of Saud feigns principleness: “Saudi Arabia Boycotts Award Sponsored by Beer Company”

Posted on June 16, 2006 by As'ad

A Syrian women, Ghufran Baghdadi (born in 1988), was found dead near Sidon. There were bruises and signs of physical abuse on her body.

Posted on June 16, 2006 by As'ad

“Those deaths went largely unnoticed in Sderot, as did the destruction of another Gaza family three weeks ago when an Israeli airforce missile attack on Islamic Jihad activists also wiped out three generations of one family. Among the survivors was three-year-old Maria Aman, who is paralysed from the neck down. Her uncle Nahed can only […]

Posted on June 16, 2006 by As'ad

I have one question: who writes their scripts? I mean, really? Do they think that they are being smart? Or are they just too dumb to notice? “Mowafaq al-Rubaie, Iraq’s national security adviser, said a memory stick, laptop and other documents had been found in the rubble of the house near Baquba after the US […]

Posted on June 16, 2006 by As'ad

“I think there has been a substantial revival of interest in Marx in recent years, and this has been largely because what he said about the volatility and shape of capitalism was correct – even some business people now seem to recognise this. Marx is once again somebody that you can quote [outside of the […]

Posted on June 16, 2006 by As'ad

A short (and long) history of British anti-Semitism

Posted on June 16, 2006 by As'ad

Sheikh `Ali Al-Kurani: what have you been up to? I was reading about the demonstrations yesterday by a Shi`ite crowd in Basra. They attacked the Iranian consulate there. It started according to news report when Lebanese Shi`ite cleric, `Ali Al-Kurani, attacked and mocked Iraqi Shi`ite cleric, Mahmud Al-Hasani. He said, among other things, that Al-Hasani […]

Posted on June 16, 2006 by As'ad

“If the US were serious about democracy in the Middle East, it would be slashing its funding for the Mubarak dictatorship”

Posted on June 16, 2006 by As'ad

“Domestic Vilence: A Special Report”

Posted on June 16, 2006 by As'ad

“It is one of those issues many Jordanians prefer to sweep under the carpet. Cases of verbal, physical and even sexual assault of migrant workers at the hands of their employers are often dismissed by the general public and exacerbated by inadequate legal safeguards. Activists and legal experts tell Sheila M. Dabu that things won’t […]

Posted on June 16, 2006 by As'ad

“The Iraq War as a Trophy Photo”

Posted on June 16, 2006 by As'ad

“The Transportation Ministry said yesterday it would install temporary X-ray scanning machines in the Kiryat Shmona airport, in an effort to calm public protests over its policy of barring Arabs from traveling on flights from the north to Tel Aviv. “ (thanks May)

Posted on June 16, 2006 by As'ad