Archive for October 6, 2006
“Africans Lash Out at Chinese Employers”
“One Day in the Life and Death of Iraq”
“Her Socialist government is requiring political parties to allot 40 percent of their candidate lists to women and is telling big companies to give women 40 percent of the seats on corporate boards. Half of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero’s cabinet members are women — the highest proportion in any government in Europe. New [...]
You know. Sometimes you read something that radically alters your views. Take this for example. I was reading this column by Donald Rumsfeld and this passage really really changed my mind about the American war on Afghanistan. I mean, how unfair I have been. Had I known that there is such great progress in Afghanistan, [...]
AlJazeera is playing with fire. There is no need for AlJazeera to play up a comedy skit put out by a right-wing group in Denmark in which it mocked Muhammad.
“A University of Maryland poll six months after the Iraq invasion demonstrated that Fox News viewers were more ignorant about world affairs than any other news consumers, but were also surer than anyone else that they were well informed.”
“Mr Abbas may be president but, on paper at least, he is less powerful than Queen Elizabeth, who unlike him can dissolve Parliament, declare war and appoint the heads of the religious establishment. In practice, of course, she exercises her powers only on the advice of her government. But Mr Abbas is not much freer.”
From the Economist (the best magazine there is–although its coverage of Israel’s war on Lebanon was quite lousy): “Once seen as weak and isolated, this block has been bolstered by Hamas’s electoral win, Iran’s nuclear obstinacy and the skill and determination of Hizbullah in holding off Israel’s far more powerful army. Meanwhile, the whole notion [...]
He was shot dead by the Hariri militia (the so-called Internal Security Forces of Sanyurah’s government) in Beirut. Do you think that Western governments will say a word about the use of force against unarmed civilians?
“He is pretty faceless and does not have much charisma.” (Well. That surely qualifies him for the job).
“Shi`a armed groups have threatened to kill Palestinian refugees living in Baghdad if they do not leave Iraq within 72 hours, Human Rights Watch said today.”
Ahmad Fatfat is Hariri Minister of Ping Pong (and acting Minister of Interior). He does not dare say this in English or French. Here, he says that “Usamah bin Laden is an American invention.” I wonder if he said that during his last trip to Washington, DC earlier this year, when he was hosted by [...]
Joseph Samahah: on Charles Rizq (a once decent man now desperately seeking the presidency)
Polke, Sigmar, This is how you sit correctly (after Goya), 1982.
“Israeli Bomblets Plague Lebanon”
“In Syria, Converting For Sake of Politics: Hezbollah’s Gains During Lebanon War Inspire Some Sunnis to Become Shiites”
Violence against women by their live-in spouses or partners is a widespread phenomenon, both in the developed and developing world, as well as in rural and urban areas, the most comprehensive and scientific international study on the topic has confirmed. “Violence against women by an intimate partner is a major contributor to the ill-health of [...]
“The unofficial liaison between Riyadh and Jerusalem was Prince Bandar, from his luxurious suburban Washington home in McLean, Virginia. Bandar’s Israeli contact is Mossad head Meir Dagan, who discreetly reported on their meetings to Sharon. The connection was maintained when Bandar returned to Saudi Arabia, and according to Israeli sources became closer during the war [...]
“ITN reporter Terry Lloyd was shot in the head by American troops as he was being driven to hospital, the inquest into his death was told today.”