Archive for December 5, 2006
Full text: the UN study of the world distribution of household wealth.
Ahmad Fatfat (of the Fatfatism fame) caught in a lie, again.
“And the protests are rife with irony. In pursuit of its political aims, Hezbollah has employed tactics praised by the Bush administration when mass demonstrations took place after the assassination of former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri in February 2005 helped end Syria’s 29-year military presence in the country.”
“Military has taken control of Fiji” (US officials urge that Fu’ad Sanyurah be returned to power)
Fu’ad Sanyurah’s favorite video. He watches it at least once every hour. (Watch to the end).
Fatfatism in Wikipedia.(thanks to whoever made the effort).
“The richest 2% of adults in the world own more than half of all household wealth, according to a new study by a United Nations research institute.” (thanks Julie)
Fu’ad Sanyurah among his supporters yesterday. In a speech, he–I kid you not–decried sectarian agitation. Seated next to Sanyurah is a huge Bin Laden supporter in Lebanon.
I am happy to report that Alberto Fernandez has been released from Guantanamo. As you may remember, Fernandez was taken to Guantanamo after criticizing US foreign policy in the Middle East on AlJazeera. I saw him the other day on TV and there were no signs of his imprisonment.
Nobody understands Walid Jumblat better than Joseph Samahah. Here, he deconstructs one sentence from Jumblat’s press conference yesterday. What makes it even more effective is the knowledge that Jumblat cares so much about Samahah’s opinion. You see: Walid Jumblat thinks of himself as sectarian warlord/medieval landlord/intellectual. He believes that he deserves the last title because [...]
`Abdul-`Aziz Al-Hakim (the spiritual guide of the sectarian Badr militia which, among other things, has terrorized the Palestinians in Iraq) was in Washington, DC. His militia has been armed, financed, and trained by the Iranian regime. He said that he needs the American (and Macedonian) occupation soldiers to stay in Iraq. Of course, he does. [...]
People complain that I criticize but don’t offer solutions. Do you want a solution? Do you want a solution? You can’t handle solutions. Here is one. I have an idea to solve the problems of Lebanon and in Iraq simultaneously. What if we respond to the opposition’s demand in Lebanon and ask Sanyurah to resign. [...]
Beirut runners think that a marathon is too long. So they shorten it to 10 kilometers. Just like that. It is called Hummus marathon. (thanks Julie)
Haykal is still talking on AlJazeera. I have never baked a thing in my life–except manaqish. But I will bake him a cake if he goes away.
Saudi foreign policy adviser, Nawaf Obeid, has just been fired from his job by House of Saud for writing an editorial in a US newspaper in which he suggested that Saudi Arabia would arm Sunnis in Iraq.
One of the chants in Beirut today. “Ahmad Fatfat Ya Qabaday; wahad qahwah w-tnayn shay” (Ahmad Fatfat, O tough guy; One coffee and two tea).
Robert Fisk (or was it Abed, his driver) said that Walid Jumblat is “eloquent.” But I have never ever seen a person who has a more uncreative use of language. He repeats the same words and the same sentences over and over again. And when he writes his speeches down: he is laughable. He writes [...]
Fu’ad Sanyurah continues to receive “popular” delegations who offer him support. I just notice that a large number of his visitors are the Bin Ladenties of Lebanon, I kid you not. Yesterday, seeing all those fanatics around him, he said: “[spilling] Muslim blood is haram (forbidden).” Does that mean that the esteemed prime minister permits [...]
This is incredible: not really. It will surprise only those who have liberal illusions about the US media. On the first page of the New York Times today is a “report” by official propaganda, and the Israeli government did not have to pay for the free ad. And notice how transparent and objective the process [...]
Al-Jazeera correspondent in Amman was interviewing students about their views of the Jordanian government of Bakhit. Two students were interviewed when “the university security” goons came and prevented the correspondent from talking to students. Upon learning of that, Condoleezza Rice praised the “reforms” in Jordan.