Archive for January, 2007

Dear friends Riad Ba`albaki (seen above) and Rami Zurayq visited the village of Qulaylah south east of Tyre 10 days ago. They took pictures of my aunt Nadya’s house. She died last year. In 1982, when our neighborhood in West Beirut was bombed by Israeli occupation forces (and an adjacent apartment building was leveled to […]

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

Notice that Al-Manar website avoids criticizing the Amir of Qatar for meeting with Shimon Peres.

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

Let them eat…fraud. “A police training camp in Baghdad, with an Olympic-size swimming pool, that has never been used was yesterday highlighted as an example of waste by a congressional investigations team looking at billions spent on reconstruction in Iraq. The team’s report, published yesterday, is the latest in a series of quarterly audits into […]

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

There are pro-US dictators, tyrants, and despots throughout Asia and Africa, but the Western media are just concerned that a democratically-elected Chavez may increase his powers.

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

Saudi dates: (there is no joke and no news story). I just like Saudi dates.

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

My biggest nightmare is if some medical study reveals that Hummus is effective against some disease. I can only imagine the reaction in Lebanon, and on the front page of An-Nahar. But I am sure that American and Israeli newspapers would in that case pay tribute to “Israeli food.”

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

My biggest nightmare is if some medical study reveals that Hummus is effective against some disease. I can only imagine the reaction in Lebanon, and on the front page of An-Nahar. But I am sure that American and Israeli newspapers would in that case pay tribute to “Israeli food.”

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

Reports of the Lebanese police: Lebanese police reported the death of a 34-years old woman who “fell” from the 11th floor. This was reported as an accident (qada’ wa qadar). I wish somebody would do a gender breakdown of Lebanese police reports of deaths.

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

So Marwan Al-Barghuti (who is ostensibly in an Israeli jail), sent a delegation to Damascus. That only proves my theory: that Marwan Al-Barghuti (an early propagandist for Oslo) can’t be trusted. Do you think that real Hamas and Fath prisoners in Israeli jails will be allowed to send delegations to Damascus?

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

At least 10 people have sent me links to the pictures of the socks of Paul Wolfowitz. I of course have refused to post any of them for at least two reasons: 1) there is nothing wrong in having holes in one’s socks. Many poor and not-so-poor people have holes in their socks. I don’t […]

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

In Arab (Saudi-funded) media, they never stop referring to the “wisdom” of the Saudi king. Wisdom? I would settle for his ability to read one sentence in Arabic, I swear. Spare me the wisdom. And does he still keep the Hitler dagger (given to his father by Hitler) in his private desk (a former US […]

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

“As a result of Israeli occupation and the accompanying restrictions on movement, the Palestinian economy is in freefall. Fully 70% of Palestinians are now living in poverty, according to UN calculations, a figure which rises to 80% in Gaza. Over half of all Palestinians are now unable to cover their families’ daily food needs without […]

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

In the daily feature of Al-Akhbar newspaper in Lebanon, Saudi ambassador tells the newspaper that he is still hopeful. That is quite a scoop worthy of the front page, no less.

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

“Sneak attacks.” Do you know that Wolf Blitzer refers to attacks on occupation troops in Iraq as sneak attacks? I heard him say it today. That is quite fascinating in its implications. So according to the former writer for the mouthpiece of the Israeli lobby (and former correspondent of the Jerusalem Post, turned objective reporter), […]

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

Joseph Samahah on the dilemmas of the Lebanese opposition.

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

One should ask Walid Jumblat (Gumblat in Egyptian accent) why he never showed an enthusiasm for the truth about the killers of his father back in 1977? It raises questions that he seems more concerned about “the truth” about the assassination of Rafiq Hariri than about the assassination of Kamal Jumblat–although the Syrian regime may […]

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

Sen. Biden expresses his views on race: ““I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said.”

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

“Organizations representing minorities are outraged by a Quebec town’s “standards” for newcomers, calling them insulting and xenophobic.” (thanks Amal)

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

“The ruling was the result of a suit, in which I am one of the plaintiffs, brought against the National Security Agency by the American Civil Liberties Union. It was a response to revelations by this newspaper in December 2005 that the agency had been monitoring the phone calls and e-mail messages of Americans for […]

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad

To my readers in the Arab world: this is a piece of propaganda peddled through Saudi Arab media. What do you expect from a project run by Fox News’ “expert” on the Middle East? “Mr. Ginsberg said he had sent a copy of the same highlight reel to an aide to Karen Hughes, a close […]

Posted on January 31, 2007 by As'ad