Archive for September, 2006

Do you notice that “liberated” Afghanistan is looking increasingly like “liberated” Iraq?

Posted on September 30, 2006 by As'ad

“University of Texas constitutional law professor Sanford V. Levinson described the bill in an Internet posting as the mark of a “banana republic.” Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh said that “the image of Congress rushing to strip jurisdiction from the courts in response to a politically created emergency is really quite shocking, and it’s […]

Posted on September 30, 2006 by As'ad

Gris, Juan, The Siphon, 1913.

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

International media are reporting that a French teacher is now under protection because he received threats via emails in the wake of an article in which he attacked Islam. I mean, I receive threats regularly and that does not become an international story. Or does it all depends on who is threatening whom?

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

“Pakistan: Human rights ignored in the ‘war on terror’”

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

“There’s the president, who once said, “I don’t have the foggiest idea about what I think about international, foreign policy,” deciding that he’s going to remake the Middle East and alter the course of American foreign policy.”

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

“Marwahin, 15 July 2006: The anatomy of a massacre”

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

Why is the Independent publishing an article on Lebanon by Anthony Bourdain? Don’t think that celebrity worship is an American phenomenon. The article did not have one interesting thing to say. I wish he stuck to Shawirma talk.

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

I noticed that people and media in UK have brought up the issue of the human rights violations in Pakistan during Musharraf’s visit (unlike her in the US). “President’s boast undermined by human rights violations.”

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

“The United States Congress Friday approved an additional $500 million for developing joint defense projects with Israel.”

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

“About six in 10 Iraqis say they approve of attacks on U.S.-led forces, and slightly more than that want their government to ask U.S. troops to leave within a year, a poll finds.”

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

“It is not clear whether Mr Bush raised Mr Nazarbayev’s shaky human rights record, though he did say: “I’m looking forward to buying you lunch.””

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

Islamist book burners of Al-Azhar are angry. (thanks Marc). They did not like a very historically accurate account of changes in verses in the Qur’an that Muhammad `Abid Al-Jabiri presented in this article. Early books on Islam talked about such matters but in the Shakhbuti era (as Yasin Al-Hafidh called the Saudi era) you can’t […]

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

The fanatics that supported the fanatics: “After a conflict within the military itself, a rightwing coup backed by the United States seized power and proceeded to crush the left. In rural Java especially, the new power was enthusiastically supported by Islamists, led by the Nahdat ul-Islam grouping. A convergence between the anti-communism of the military […]

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

“But it is hard — indeed, I would say it is impossible — to reconcile Bush’s absolutism over allegedly human life when it is a clump of unknowing, unfeeling cells with his sophisticated, if not cavalier, attitude toward the loss of innocent human life when it is children and adults in Iraq.”

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

There is something that SOME Lebanese can–or should–agree on. Why can’t those secular anti-sectarian Lebanese come together to form a movement calling for the full secularization of the Lebanese state AND society? Why can’t we make civil marriage yet again a priority among priorities, and away from demagogues like Ilyas Hrawi? Why can’t secular Lebanese […]

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

Where is my late father on all this? The other day, I had a pressing question for my mother. It has been on my mind for a week, if not more. I needed to know. It became pressing, the more I thought about it. I was wondering what my father’s political stance would have been […]

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

“There would have been no established Byzantine or Roman Christianity if the faith had not been spread and maintained and enforced by every kind of violence and cruelty and coercion. To take Islam’s own favorite self-pitying example: It was the Catholic crusaders who sacked and burned Christian Byzantium on their way to Palestine—and that was […]

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

Nawal Saadawi is to feminism what Bush is to peace. On New TV today she said: “The wife who is beaten, deserves to be hit; the one who is humiliated by her boss, deserves humiliation because she is weak.” In the West, this woman is considered a “feminist” because she does not offend the precious […]

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad

Arab Orientalism: English is “the language of reason and logic.” Raphael Patai would have so approved of Edmond Sa`b of An-Nahar (the right-wing, sectarian Christian newspaper), who started his career by translating from English into Arabic American anti-communist propaganda. (thanks Amer)

Posted on September 29, 2006 by As'ad