Archive for October 27, 2006
“A council of eight countriesÃ¢â¬âJordan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Pakistan, Palestine and TurkeyÃ¢â¬âwill run the project together.” (thanks Ms. L.)
Sisley, Alfred, Moret-sur-Loing, 1891.
Sen. Obama will do well in American politics. He stands for both sides of every issue.
“From “Mission Accomplished” to “Mission Impossible” in Iraq“
“The Iraqi prime minister sharply criticized U.S. policy Friday during a private meeting with the U.S. ambassador, pointing to America’s failure to either reduce violence or give his government authority over security matters. The criticism in private was the latest example of tension between the two governments and stood in stark contrast with a joint [...]
“Has Sistani met with any American official in the past 3 1/2 years? Frederick Jones, the NSC’s communications director, said yesterday that no American official has ever met Sistani.” (But he regularly meets with US puppets). But you have to read this column: the dude is quite furious that Sistani has not met with Americans. [...]
“L’idÃÂ©e que, sous prÃÂ©texte qu’un pays est dÃÂ©mocratique, ses citoyens, aprÃÂ¨s dÃÂ©libÃÂ©ration entre eux, ont la lÃÂ©gitimitÃÂ© de bombarder les citoyens d’un autre pays est une idÃÂ©e qui va finir par tuer la dÃÂ©mocratie.” (thanks Karim)
The prime mininster of Lebanon reacting to the news that the month of October is about to end. (You may notice that his kleenex tissues are caramelized).
“Rice: Hezbollah must disarm if it is to remain in Lebanese politics” (Rice: Dahlan’s gangs must keep arms to stay in Palestinian politics; Kurdish militias must keep arms to stay in Iraqi politics; Somali warlords must keep arms to stay in Somali politics; Afghan warlords must keep arms to stay in Afghan politics; Mujahedeen Khalq [...]
“Top Democrats are rushing to repudiate former President CarterÃ¢â¬â¢s controversial new book on the Middle East, in which he accuses the Israeli government of maintaining an apartheid system. Two key party leaders Ã¢â¬â Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, party chairman, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Ã¢â¬â and several congressmen issued statements Monday saying [...]
Laleh sent me this under the heading “poor Israel”: “Democrats in Congress are arguing that the Bush administrationÃ¢â¬â¢s handling of the war in Iraq harmed Israel and is tying AmericaÃ¢â¬â¢s hands in dealing with IranÃ¢â¬â¢s nuclear threat.”
“Another study, published this week, suggests that a strong anti-Israel current exists in American academic circles. The study, conducted by Gary Tobin and Aryeh Weinberg of San FranciscoÃ¢â¬â¢s Institute for Jewish & Community Research, found that almost one-third of college faculty members think the United States is the greatest threat to global stability. Overall, respondents [...]
“The State Department is unforthcoming about the real cost of the corporate armies operating in Iraq: the mercenaries, or ‘private security contractors’, who guard US officials and international contractors ensuring that Coalition forces are free to fight insurgents. The GAO estimated last year that there were more than 25,000 of these ‘contractors’, significantly outnumbering British [...]
“Bush promised his evangelical followers faith-based social services, which he called “compassionate conservatism.” He went beyond that to give them a faith-based war, faith-based law enforcement, faith-based education, faith-based medicine, and faith-based science. He could deliver on his promises because he stocked the agencies handling all these problems, in large degree, with born-again Christians of [...]
“The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, passed during the media frenzy following the death of University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias, established mandatory minimum sentences for possession of specific amounts of cocaine. However, it also established a 100-to-1 disparity between distribution of powder and crack cocaine. For example, distributing just five grams of crack [...]
Did you hear Madonna actually say, with a straight face, that she plans to educate and raise her newly adopted son, so that he can go back and help Malawi. Blacks need whites to raise them to do better, it seems.
“Voting is an irrational act: your vote does not matter unless it’s a tie.”
Peter Bergen is one of those. He is one of those who changes his tune to suit his audience. He is a progressive when he writes for the Nation, and a neo-con when writing for the New York Times. We have them in the Arab world too, you know.
“Two years ago, when he was teaching at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the professor hatched a plan designed to undermine the site’s veracity Ã¢â¬â which, at that time, had gone largely unchallenged by scholars. Adopting the pseudonym “Dr. al-Halawi” and billing himself as a “visiting lecturer in law, Jesus College, Oxford [...]
“Mystery of Israel’s secret uranium bomb”