Archive for October, 2006

“The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies have created a new computer system that uses software from a popular Internet encyclopedia site to gather input on sensitive topics from analysts across the spy community, part of an effort to fix problems that plagued prewar estimates on Iraq.”

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

“There will come a time to look at the lessons of the Iraq war, but it is not now, Margaret Beckett, the Foreign Secretary, told the Commons last night. An inquiry now would send the “wrong signals at the wrong time”, distract resources from where they were most needed, and appear to set a deadline […]

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

Why is the Washington Post giving P.W. Botha a quasi tribute (with pictures)?

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

CLIFFORD GEERTZ dead.(Let me summarize for you his book Islam Observed. Islam in Morocco is different from Islam in Indonesia.)

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

Full text: Afghan women and girls

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

“Women’s lives ‘no better’ in new Afghanistan”

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

“Baghdad is under siege”

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

“Al-Jazeera backs new pan-Arab daily paper”

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

Peter Galbraith is one of those people that I intensely dislike. Here, he informs you about Iraq: ““It’s not a country.” This person who never studied the Middle East although he poses as a Middle East expert added that Iraq is a fruit, but not a country.

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

““It is folly to think we can win in Iraq the way some of us thought possible in 2003,” Eliot A. Cohen, the director of the Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, wrote this month in The Wall Street Journal.”

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

“Threats of bloody retribution and accusations of American involvement erupted across Pakistan’s tribal areas yesterday after the missile strike that killed 80 people in a radical madrasa. An estimated 20,000 tribesmen crowded into Khar, six miles from the school that was shredded by air strikes on Monday. Cries of “Down with America” rang out as […]

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

Walid Jumblat and the word-of-the-day. Walid Jumblat has a word-of-the-day subscription. HE really does. The man, in addition to subscribing to the New York Review of Books (that really impresses the hell out of shallow upper class Lebanese society), now receives a different word every day to expand his vocabulary. Today in his talk at […]

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

Israeli occupation forces destroyed her house in Khan Yunis.

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

Hasan Nasrallah’s interview. I watched the interview with Hasan Nasrallah carried live on New TV. The interviewer is Batul Ayyub of Manar TV. She is a good interviewer and she asked tough questions. One thing stuck in my mind: when he spoke about “brotherhood and love” between Hizbullah and the Saudi government. For some reason, […]

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

For those who want to see a Lebanese war criminal live from Washington, DC.

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

“How to cut and run” (thanks Kamal)

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

The New Yorker on Rachel Corrie. The New Yorker, a magazine that has a literary reputation that it does not deserve, a magazine that under David Remnik has become a replica of Newsweek and people magazine but with longer articles, a magazine that has neither insights nor wit, a magazine that has made great efforts […]

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

“The Pentagon is beefing up its public relations staff and starting an operation akin to a political campaign’s war room as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld faces intensifying criticism over the Iraq war and the public is increasingly disenchanted with the conflict. In a memo obtained by the Associated Press, Dorrance Smith, assistant secretary of […]

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

Selective history of Arab communism by Hazim Saghiyyah: here, Hazim Saghiyyah, lists ME communist victims. Oddly enough, he fails to mention any Arab communist who was killed by pro-US regimes (Jordanian, Saudi, Moroccan, Sudanese (during the Numayri era), Yemeni, Omani, Iraqi (when the US supported Iraqi persecution of Iraqi communists), Tunisian, etc). But then again: […]

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad

I read in Al-Quds Al-`Arabi that Ahmad Chalabi (who was assumed to be the most popular leader in Iraq while the Bush administration was preparing for war relying on the advise of the likes of Kanan Makiya–who offered the “sweets and flowers” prediction) is planning to form a new “liberal” political party in Iraq. Is […]

Posted on October 31, 2006 by As'ad