Archive for August, 2006

“The report condemned the World Bank for forcing privatisation or inappropriate private sector projects on developing countries, and criticised Western governments for signing up to the so-called Washington agenda.It said the scale of the problems in areas such as sub-Saharan Africa was so vast it could be solved by direct government action – in the […]

Posted on August 31, 2006 by As'ad

Fatwa-to-go. Tele-Islamist Yusuf Al-Qardawi offers a verbal fatwa to Palestinian singer, Mays Shalash (seen above with her mother). He said that she can sing provided that she sings for the ummah. O.K.

Posted on August 31, 2006 by As'ad

Many Arabs did not admire Mahfouz until the White Man expressed his admiration. The colonized still mimic their colonizers.

Posted on August 31, 2006 by As'ad

“Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, marked the 37th anniversary of the coup d’etat that brought him to power on Thursday by urging his supporters to “kill enemies” if they asked for political change.“

Posted on August 31, 2006 by As'ad

“Rosa Luxemburg argued that: ‘society faces a dilemma, either an advance to socialism or a reversion to barbarism’; either ‘rebirth through social revolution’ or else ‘dissolution and decline into capitalist anarchy’. [54]“

Posted on August 31, 2006 by As'ad

A new history of the crusades. The crusaders were peaceful tourists. I never knew. “The crusading movement started as an outgrowth from peaceful pilgrimage. Increasingly in the 10th and 11th centuries, Christians made the difficult journey to Jerusalem — and a few other holy destinations — as an act of penance. Because of disorder in […]

Posted on August 31, 2006 by As'ad

Yesterday, I gave an Arabic link to the article “Shame, shame” by `Alya As-Sulh. Here is an English translation. (thanks Lisette)

Posted on August 31, 2006 by As'ad

The matter has been settled. Today, Hizbullah issued an official statement in which it categorically denied the “Turkish” interview with Nasrallah that was posted on Counterpunch. The official statement is printed below. The Anatolian News agency has issued a similar report in English of the denial (thanks to Assaad and Gabriele). نفى مسؤول العلاقات الاعلامية […]

Posted on August 31, 2006 by As'ad

Israeli army: their days of glory are behind them. Way, way behind them.

Posted on August 31, 2006 by As'ad

The New York Times explains the literary significance of Naguib Mahfouz: “Mr. Mahfouz supported President Anwar el-Sadat and the Camp David accords that led to the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, and he was denounced by many of his countrymen.”And then the New York Times writer said: “Arabic has a rich tradition in poetry, but the novel […]

Posted on August 31, 2006 by As'ad

The Boating Party, 1893-94. By Mary Cassatt.

Posted on August 31, 2006 by As'ad

“This from a translation service of the Hebrew press. No link:- Maariv: Maariv has learned that US human rights activist, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, was sent to Lebanon and to Syria at the directive of Israel, in order to bring new information about the condition of the abducted Israeli soldiers. Jackson reported to Israel’s Ambassador […]

Posted on August 31, 2006 by As'ad

It should be “nudhal” and not “nuzal”, ok?

Posted on August 30, 2006 by As'ad

Here, the Los Angeles Times argues for the return of the warlords in Somalia. It will be good for the women, it argues.

Posted on August 30, 2006 by As'ad

Naguib Mahfouz (this is the mistransliteration of Western media) died. What can I say. As an avid admirer of classical and modern (up to 1960 with few exceptions) Arabic literature, I was never a huge fan of his works. I certainly will argue that his prominence in Western eyes rose in the Sadat era—when Sadat’s […]

Posted on August 30, 2006 by As'ad

“Back from the Middle East”

Posted on August 30, 2006 by As'ad

“Hopping mad: Tyre-born UC Berkeley visiting political science professor As’ad AbuKhalil is Shiite on his dad’s side and Sunni on his mom’s. He ditched religion after “I discovered Marxism and leftism by the time I was thirteen,” the author of Bin Laden, Islam, and America’s New “War on Terrorism” (Open Media, $8.95) told the Los […]

Posted on August 30, 2006 by As'ad

That is their new house in Ghanduriyyah in South Lebanon.

Posted on August 30, 2006 by As'ad

“Expect chaos if Siniora’s Cabinet falls” (Well. I don’t know about you. But between Sanyurah and chaos, I choose chaos. Any day.)

Posted on August 30, 2006 by As'ad

” End Times had its coming-out party in the mainstream media via a now-notorious editorial penned in the Wall Street Journal on August 8th by former Princeton scholar Bernard Lewis. In it, Lewis posited that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was planning a “cataclysmic event” on August 22nd (the same date Beck was focused on), because […]

Posted on August 30, 2006 by As'ad