Archive for July 20, 2006
Beirut: destroyed by Israeli bombing “in self-defense.”
“Robert Malley, who handled Middle East issues on the National Security Council staff for President Bill Clinton, voiced skepticism about whether the current course would pay off for either Israel or the United States. “It may not succeed with all the time in the world, and Hezbollah could emerge with its dignity intact and much [...]
The brilliant mind is at work again: “In Mideast Strife, Bush Sees a Step To Peace”
“Two British journalists were recovering in Beirut last night after being attacked by a mob which surrounded their car for almost an hour, smashing windows and trying to force them out.”
If the war on Lebanon continues for another week, militias of Sunnis, Shi`ites, Druzes and Maronites, will run the streets of Lebanon. There are already reports of local militias taking over security in some neighborhoods in Beirut.
“The catastrophic scale of destruction inflicted on Lebanon’s infrastructure and economy by the Israeli bombardment was becoming apparent yesterday as government officials released details to the Guardian of the damage so far. With countless homes wrecked, 55 bridges destroyed and numerous roads made impassable, factories, hospitals and airports hit and fuel storage facilities destroyed, estimates [...]
Former Palestinian minister, Nabil `Amru, is no more than a progandist for the House of Saud. But in fairness to him, he also propagandizes on behalf of UAE’s ruling family.
Al-Quds Al-`Arabi reports that the Algerian government cracked down on a pro-Palestinian demonstration.
Maryam Hamid (85) was injured in Nabatayyah by Israeli bombs. But according to the Israeli foreign minister, she is one of the civilians who are with Hizbullah.
Her brother was killed by Israeli occupation troops in Gaza.
“The Bush administration said on Thursday it approved the sale to Saudi Arabia of 24 UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters, radios, armoured vehicles and other military equipment worth more than $6 billion (3.25 billion pounds).” (thanks John)
Who is he? An Israeli newspaper reported that an Arab leader called the Prime Minister of Israel to congratulate him on the attack on Lebanon.
On the 9th day of Israeli aggression on Lebanon, Pierre Laval, the prime minister of Lebanon, meekly criticized the US for supporting Israel.
Here, Israeli planes bomb the Khiyam torture center in South Lebanon. During the long years of Israeli occupation of South Lebanon, this was a notorious torture center and horrific prison. After the humiliating withdrawal of Israeli occupation troops from South Lebanon in 2000, the evacuated prison became a widely visited site. Noam Chomsky visited it [...]
Kucinich who? In the last presidential election, I did not agree with leftist comrades in their support for Dennis Kucinich. He did not have a glowing voting record, I thought, and has the charisma of a potato. He reads speeches like he is reading from the Yellow Pages. And he did not dare vote no [...]
Whenever there is a Middle East crisis, and whenever there is a spike of visitorship to this site, the number of hate mails and kooky messages that I receive increases substantially.
Bombast Alert. I have been following bombastic rhetoric in Lebanese and Arab political rhetoric in this crisis. The bombast “award”–a dubious honor really–goes to the Lebanese Minister of Defense, Ilyas Al-Murr in his interview on AlJazeera. He “predicted” that in case of a prolonged war with Israel, the Israeli people will all leave Israel to [...]
Hasan Nasrallah’s Long Interview on Al-Jazeera: An Assessment. So Ghassan Bin Jiddu, who has been working for years on a long documentary on Hasan Nasrallah’s life, got an interview with Hasan Nasrallah. Bin Jiddu said that it was conducted “somewhere, sometime.” He said that security arrangements were rather more strict than usual to the point [...]
1982-2006. (From Time in 1982).
Arab American courage in Congress: “Nevertheless, Rahall and Issa said they were considering voting in favor of the resolution. “I want to show support for Israel’s right to defend itself,” Issa said.”