Archive for November 21, 2006
Who writes his speeches? Mini-Hariri just released a statement in which he called the funeral of Pierre Gemayyel a “wedding”.
The UN Security Council today condemned the assassination of Pierre Gemayyel and considered it a “violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty” (!?). The same Security Council did not condemn the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and did not consider it a violation of Lebanon’s sovereignty.
I received many emails about Aljazeera’s Ittijah Mu`akis today featuring Canadian-based activist, Khodr Awarki, and Hariri propagandist, George Bkasini. Everybody agreed that Awarki was most effective against Hariri propaganda. He produced non-stop salvos against prime minister boo hoo hoo and mini-Hariri. I had criticized Awarki in the past for praising Kuwait. He did not do [...]
CNN is treating the assassination of Pierre Gemayyel as if it is akin to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
If you want a very accurate, English language version of Hariri family propaganda, please tune in to Brent Sadler of CNN. In fact, my sources tell me that Sadler travel in Hariri private jets (since Rafiq’s days).
“The number of cosmetic procedures performed on Americans has risen roughly 500 percent over the past decade, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and last year 11 million procedures were done.”
“Foreign Minister Tzipi Livini, who is also currently in Los Angeles, met with actor John Voigt, Angelina Jolie’s father. Voigt told Livni that Israel is very dear to him and that he is willing to assist in any way he can. During the tour of the Fox studios, the Foreign Minister also met with senior [...]
“Colorado attorney general in Saudi Arabia to discuss slavery case” (thanks Muhammad)
A Lebanese leftist friend of mine gets mad at those assassinations in Lebanon. He thinks that they help turn very unsavory characters into “martyrs.”
A Syrian official is visiting Iraq. He said that Syria is not trying to please anyone–anyone except the Bush administration he forgot to add.
The Egyptian Minister of “Culture”, Faruq Husni (whose “art” work is similar to greesy stains on a pizza box) is facing strong criticisms for his statement on the veil. He would have been credible in speaking (on anything) had he once spoken about the tyranny of his regime.
Ghassan Bin Jiddu (Beirut bureau chief) is going too far in his analysis of Pierre Gemayyel. He described him as “symbol of the youth” among Lebanese Christians. Not true. Jubran Twuayni was (until his alliance with Sa`d Hariri0–and Hariri family is despised by Lebanese Christians) but not Pierre. He really had no standing as much [...]
“Six Muslim imams were removed from a US Airways flight at Minneapolis- St. Paul International Airport on Monday and questioned by police for several hours before being released, a leader of the group said.“
The US government stated that the assassination of Pierre Gemayyel is a “terrorist act.” US officials added the Israeli massacre of Bayt Hanun was a “charitable act.”
This is not Anthony Shadid’s best work, for sure. He does not mention what the ideology of the Phalanges Party was about, he does not mention how Bashir Gemayyel was installed as president by Israeli occupation troops, and he was quite inaccurate when he stated that Pierre Gemayyel “swept into power.” He certainly did not. [...]
“40 percent of settlements were built on Palestinian land” (90 % of Israel is built on Palestinian land)
If you really like eggplants on your pizza, I strongly recommend this place in Boston.
I heard `Awn official `Isam Abu Jamra say that assassination with a revolver is the ugliest form of assassination. Was he suggesting that a car bomb is less ugly?
By the way, in the last parliamentary election of 2004, Pierre Gemayyel was going to lose his seat. The `Awn list was winning in the Northern Matn district with a landslide. But at the last minute, a deal was struck between Amin Gemayyel and Miche Al-Murri (who had aligned himself with `Awn) to allow one [...]
It is only fair that I say a word about the Lebanese Gemayyel family. No one family in Lebanon has made more contributions to the formulation of a Lebanese version of fascism than this family. Really. In this respect, one has to note that Pierre Gemayyel (the grandfather), and his son Bashir has made great [...]