Archive for December, 2006
This must have been a very sad month for Donald Rumsfeld. Just think about it. I mean, he lost his job; he then lost Gerald Ford, for whom he had worked. And then came the news of the execution of Saddam, with whom he established that famous and tender US-Iraqi honeymoon of the 1980s.
If Hizbullah really wants to fight the sectarian machinations of Hariri Inc (and Saudi Arabia behind it) it would take a strong stance against the Shi`ite sectarian death squads of Iraq, which are terrorizing Sunnis and Palestinians.
I am told that the latest rumor in Baghdad is that Saddam was not killed, but that his look-alike was hanged. (Life must have been very tough or those look-alikes).
I read a two-page spread in the New York Times: a biography of Saddam Husayn by (the thin-skinned) NEIL MacFARQUHAR. What is striking about it that it does not make references to the support that Saddam was getting from Gulf governments and from Western governments for much of the 1970s and 1980s. It does not [...]
Saudi media give the impression that Muslims from around the world come to Saudi Arabia not to perform pilgrimage but to say hi to the royal family. And would it kill the royal family to train the king on reading the few lines that he has to read once every two weeks?
“U.S. trainers prepare Ethiopians to fight: As soldiers of EthiopiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Christian government continued to rout Islamist militiamen in southern Somalia this week, 2nd Cpl. Wonderfraw Niguse celebrated his own victory on the parched scrublands of eastern Ethiopia hundreds of kilometers to the north.” (Notice the language of the Stars and Stripes). (thanks Laleh)
How token Arabs get hired at the New York Times: the case of Hassan Fattah. When token Arab get hired, by the New Republic, CNN, or the New York Times, they have to try harder. I don’t mean that they have to work harder, no. But they have to try harder to prove their allegiance [...]
“A dictator dies – but tyranny of violence goes on and on”
“How Washington and London helped to create the monster they went to war to destroy”
“In 2005, 679 Israeli citizens sought asylum abroad, mainly in Canada. Some 200 requests were approved, mainly of citizens of the former Soviet Union who came to Israel but left claiming they were persecuted, because of their origin or religion.”
That is something that will occupy the minds of US officials: “Officials from the FBI and US Treasury are focusing their inquiries on Ã‚Â£2.2bn of illegal oil profits.”
For those who asked, here is the itinerary of my (east) Canadian universities’ tour:Monday January 15th: University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.Kings Collage at 7PM.Tuesday January 16th: Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario. 7PM.Wednesday January 17th: Ottawa.Thursday January 18th: Queens University, Kingston, Ontario. Dunning room 14 at 7PM.Friday January 19th: Calgary University, Calgary, Alberta. Room CHC 119. [...]
Abu Mazen said that today that he is disappointed that the Israeli prime minister did not fulfill his promise to him to release “a symbolic group” of Palestinian prisoners. A “symbolic group”?
I notice that Saudi media, reflecting always the interests of the House of Saud, are expressing nervousness toward Saddam’s execution. They, like all autocrats and tyrants, are made to think of their precarious thrones. They now feel secure with US occupation troops all around, but that will not last forever. This account of Saddam’s execution [...]
What’s with Drudgereport in the last two days. Yesterday, he decided that the Grand mosque in Mecca is the site of the Saddam execution, and he put the picture of the Hajj to prove it. And now he is saying that Saddam told his executioners to go to hell. In fact, in the full video [...]
It greatly annoys me how Western and Saudi media act as if the Kuwaitis suffered under the Iraqi occupation more than the Palestinians have suffered since 1948–yes, I said 1948, not 1967.
Let’s face it. Mahdawi-style trials take place in all Middle East countries; with or without “liberation.”
If you want to read me, paragraphed (but not caramelized).
Experts in the US often identify Islam (and or the “Arab mind”) as the major obstacle to democracy in the Middle East. The real major obstacle to democracy in the Middle East (I mean, aside from American sponsorship and support for most dictatorships and tyrannies in the region) is what the US has done to [...]
People are wondering why the execution took place on `Id Al-Adha. Is it possible that Dick Cheney consulted with his friend Bernard Lewis, who provided his own suggestion, based on complex calculations drawn from Orientalist numerology?