Archive for November 25, 2006
This is a Lebanese tradition–call it folklore: Lebanese factions and sectarian personalities ready for war as they rule out the possibility of civil war.
I never understood why Lebanon has a Ministry of Defense. When did Lebanon ever defend itself? When?
“An earlier WHO study puts the number of women physically abused by their partners or ex-partners at 30 per cent in the United Kingdom, and 22 per cent in the United States.”
I don’t like “friendships” between countries. Nor do I like “brotherhood/sisterhood” between countries–which reminds me: whatever happened to the treaty of “friendship, cooperation, and sisterhood” between Lebanon and Syria? But no friendship irks me more than the declared friendship by France toward Lebanon. Please, spare me. Merci.
I like the Saudi Arabia-based correspondents of Al-Arabiya TV (my least favorite “news” station). No, I really do. You see they don’t even try to be “fair and balanced.” I greatly enjoyed the report from the Riyadh correspondent today reporting on the visit to Saudi Arabia by Dick Cheney. He kept talking about how the [...]
Can somebody find me the link in the French media in which Jean-Marie Le Pen, the well-known racist advocate, referred to the Gemayyels as his “friends”?
I noticed that no news accounts, not even in the Lebanese press–not even in Al-Akhbar–, mentioned that the Gemayyel family–and Amin Gemayyel personally–was behind many assassinations and assassintion attempts in the history of the Lebanese civil war. Certainly, Amin Gemayyel was (allegedly) behind the assination attempts on Walid Jumblat (who used to refer to Gemayyel [...]
The Jumblat Doctrine. From p. 10 (Nov. 24th) of the Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Rumsfeld, says Mr. Jumblatt, recalled the incident: “He told me: ‘You were firing at me’…I told him: ‘I’m sorry. At that time I was a warlord. Now I’m a democrat.’…The former warlord says he now shares Washington’s view that Iraq and [...]
In the Egyptian dialect, Samir Ja`ja` is pronounced Samir ga`ga`.
Since Alberto Fernandez has been presumably banned from the Arabic airwaves by the US State Department for accusing the US of stupidity and arrogance, I notice that Adam Ereli (a fanatic Zionist who has a lousy command of the Arabic (and English) language) has been doing the rounds on Lebanese TV stations.
So with the curfew imposed on Baghdad, are we to conclude that the Iraqis have been “liberated” but they can’t leave their houses? So they are “liberated” but inside their homes? OK.
So Hizbullah is not pleased with the monopoly of power that is being exercised by Hariri Inc in Lebanon. Hizbullah forgot that it helped put Hariri Inc in power in the last parliamentary election.
Right-wing Lebanese “journalist”, Sij`an Qazzi (who ran the Voice of Free Lebanon during the Bashir Gemayyel era) was on LBC-TV last night. He said: “Who said that we, the Christians, are not armed?” Well, I never said that any sect in Lebanon is not armed. Not me.
Ghassan bin Jiddu (Beirut bureau chief for Aljazeera), who is related to the the Gemayyel family, has been paying non-stop tributes to the Gemayyel family in his coverage of Lebanon in the last week.
“At a conference on the subject in the Egyptian capital Cairo, the scholars said governments should enforce existing laws against the practice. Earlier, the top religious authorities in Egypt said religion offered no justification for the procedure. Female genital mutilation is widespread in parts of Africa and the Middle East. It is relatively unknown in [...]
It is somewhere between hilarious and absurd when this man talks about Lebanon. And who takes him seriously except mini-Hariri and Lebanese Forces?
Maureen Dowd explains the Arab world to Americans: “…failure to comprehend that in the Arab world, revenge and religious zealotry can be stronger compulsions than democracy and prosperity.”
“LOCALLY PRODUCED HUMMUS IS SET TO BLAST OFF TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION The #1 Mediterranean Gourmet Foods Brand in the Middle East and Africa is now available in SPACE! (Lake Forest, CA) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Hungry Sultan, Inc., a division of California Garden Products, headquartered in Lake Forest, CA, will send its all-natural hummus to the International [...]
“But if you ask anyone on the street in Beirut”. Dickey forgot to add: “…anyone who speaks English–since I can’t speak Arabic, and who lives on my street in Jummayzah, the Green Zone of the press corps in Beirut.” (Dickey is one of those Western correspondents in Beirut who reproduces the talking points of the [...]