Archive for October 25, 2006
Schwitters, Kurt, Bild mit heller Mitte, 1919. (The painting may be a little sticky; I caramelized it).
It is not a good sign when your own puppets are mad at you: “Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki lashed out at the United States on Wednesday, saying his popularly elected government would not bend to U.S.-imposed benchmarks and timelines and criticizing a U.S.-Iraqi military operation in a Shiite slum in Baghdad that left at [...]
“Horror at the bloodshed accompanying the U.S. effort to bring democracy to Iraq has accomplished what human rights activists, analysts and others say Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had been unable to do by himself: silence public demands for democratic reforms here.” (Notice the casual language of the Washington Post. Notice how they insert propaganda lines [...]
The only Iraqi who seems to know the future path of events in Iraq is Iyad `Allawi (former puppet prime minister/car bomber/embezzler-in-Yemen/Saddam’s henchman): he is building his retirement house in Lebanon.
Was Nuri Al-Maliki (Iraqi puppet prime minister) not funny today? He was when he said that his government will insist on monopolizing the possession of weapons in Iraq. He was talking about militias. He forgot to notice the presence of a foreign occupation. Is it not funny when quislings act as if foreign occupation does [...]
“For example, the original war plan envisioned the U.S. troop presence in Iraq being cut to 30,000 by the fall of 2003. Last year, some top U.S. commanders thought they would be able to significantly cut the U.S. troop level in Iraq this year — a hope now officially abandoned. More recently, the U.S. military [...]
In one hour from now, I will be interviewed on Aljazeera. The topic is Bush’s press conference.
“This yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s intensely competitive election for control of the House of Representatives and Senate will be the most expensive midterm election ever, the Center for Responsive Politics predicts. Candidates, national political parties and outside issue advocacy groups will spend roughly $2.6 billion by the end of 2006 to influence the 472 federal contests around the [...]
“Even more alarming was the announcement by George Soros, one of the world’s ten wealthiest individuals, that he would employ his financial clout and connections with other Jewish billionaires to create a new body to balance “AIPAC’s hawkish policies”. Soros has no interest in visiting Israel and no qualms about presenting himself as an anti [...]
“Photographs of German soldiers posing with a human skull in Afghanistan triggered outrage in Germany yesterday and cast a shadow over government plans to raise its military profile worldwide.”
“Starbucks, the giant US coffee chain, has used its muscle to block an attempt by Ethiopia’s farmers to copyright their most famous coffee bean types, denying them potential earnings of up to Ã‚Â£47m a year, said Oxfam.”
“The CIA tried to persuade Germany to silence EU protests about the human rights record of one of America’s key allies in its clandestine torture flights programme, the Guardian can reveal. According to a secret intelligence report, the CIA offered to let Germany have access to one of its citizens, an al-Qaida suspect being held [...]
Syrian dissident Michel Kilo is now held on charges that he “weakened the [Arab] nationalist sentiment.” Who can support the Syrian government?
Normalization with Israel: last refuge of Arab scoundrels. When Arab governments feel pressures from the US, or when they unwittingly displease the US, they rush toward expediting normalization with Israel. That explains why the Qatari government invited the foreign minister of Israel.
I watched and listened to the press conference by Bush. Again, I am always most struck that there is no evidence of any learning by him in the course of the years. Six years into his job, and he still sounds as clueless as when he started. When he speaks on foreign policy, he sounds [...]