Archive for November, 2006

“The Lebanese government has nearly doubled the size of its security forces with some 11,000 mostly Sunni Muslim and Christian troops in recent months, and armed them with donated weapons and vehicles from the United Arab Emirates, a Sunni Gulf state.”

Posted on November 30, 2006 by As'ad

Why `Allawi and Chalabi will be packing soon.

Posted on November 30, 2006 by As'ad

“An Israel Defense Forces soldier, who shot and seriously injured a Palestinian at a roadblock, was sentenced to 14 days in a military prison.”

Posted on November 30, 2006 by As'ad

Why you should not swim if you are smoking crack.

Posted on November 30, 2006 by As'ad

“According to the study, 63 percent of the Arabic students in high school said they were studying it because they wanted to “serve in intelligence.” Zuf Aragman, also of Rosh Ha’ayin, chose it because she wanted to study another language. “Pupils think that those who study Arabic do it only to get into intelligence, but […]

Posted on November 30, 2006 by As'ad

Somebody asked me why the protests in Jordan against Bush’s visit were small. The answer is obvious: Arab and Muslims masses are busy expressing outrage over…Danish cartoons. Whenever you feel Muslim/Arab masses are sleeping, you can wake them up with…Danish cartoons.

Posted on November 30, 2006 by As'ad

From the demonstration that followed the assassination of Pierre Gemayyel in Beirut. (thanks Rami)

Posted on November 30, 2006 by As'ad

Who takes this man seriously, on anything he says: ““The appointment of Desmond Tutu as head of the fact-finding mission to Beit Hanun is an extension of the anti-Israel kangaroo court tactics used by the UN Human Rights Council,” said ADL National Director Abraham Foxman.” In different times, and in different places, Foxman could easily […]

Posted on November 30, 2006 by As'ad

The slogans and goals that are guiding the agenda of the opposition movement in Lebanon are quite small, petty, and sectarian although I am fully in favor of bringing down the Sanyurah government. The movement should have started earlier, and should have focused on his collaborative role during the Israeli war on Lebanon, and on […]

Posted on November 30, 2006 by As'ad

My friend in Lebanon today told me that he went into an internet cafe in Beirut. On the door, there was a sign. It said: “It is strictly forbidden to discuss politics inside.” That is how tense the situation is. At IC (a private high school in Beirut), students were instructed that they can’t discuss […]

Posted on November 30, 2006 by As'ad

“Webb confessed that he was so angered by this that he was tempted to slug the commander-in-chief, reported the source, but of course didn’t.”

Posted on November 29, 2006 by As'ad

Look at this guy. He offers what he thinks is his most brilliant foreign policy idea: “reinvading Iraq, with at least 150,000 more troops, crushing the Sunni and Shiite militias, controlling borders, and building Iraq’s institutions and political culture from scratch.”

Posted on November 29, 2006 by As'ad

For those who care, I will speak tonight at 7:00PM at UC, Davis in Wellman 202.

Posted on November 29, 2006 by As'ad

“”It is the first manifestation of a ‘Who lost Iraq?’ argument that will likely rage for years to come”

Posted on November 29, 2006 by As'ad

I don’t believe this story; Bush and Feminist Majority have already “liberated” the women of Afghanistan.

Posted on November 29, 2006 by As'ad

“Five young girls were among six Iraqis killed by US forces yesterday after troops used tanks and machine guns to attack what they said was a house occupied by insurgents.”

Posted on November 29, 2006 by As'ad

“Israel is said to have been the source of the intelligence regarding the munitions dumps. The units involved in the searches are Belgian, Spanish and French.”

Posted on November 29, 2006 by As'ad

In yet another brilliant observation by Kofi Annan, the US secretary-general today said that the security situation in Iraq is not good. Prior to his statement, people around the world were under the impression that all is well in Iraq.

Posted on November 29, 2006 by As'ad

“Violence against Iraqi civilians, which is already taking between 60 and 100 lives a day, is likely to rise still further, Major General William Caldwell, the US military spokesman in Baghdad, conceded yesterday.”

Posted on November 29, 2006 by As'ad

There is so much to talk about in this leaked memo. It contains so many obvious axioms presented as original policy ideas. So badly presented and argued by the National Security Adviser of the US. Look at this one: “Consider monetary support to moderate groups that have been seeking to break with larger, more sectarian […]

Posted on November 29, 2006 by As'ad