Archive for January 15, 2007
The New Iraq (from An-Nahar).
Sa`d Ad-Din Ibrahim on his work on Saddam Husayn’s Committee for Development of Supreme Human Energies.
Here, Iraqi occupation president, Jalal Talbani, paying homage to the tomb of Hafidh Al-Asad.
Just before my talk, a Palestinian student at King’s College here told me a sad story that shook me. He said that when his father obtained his Canadian citizenship, he flew to Israel, and visited his birthplace in the village of Sa`sa` (one of the Palestinian villages destroyed by Israeli in 1948–see the volume by [...]
On the front page of Al-Akhbar, Nabih Birri was quoted praising the Saudi role in Lebanon. I can’t breathe. Can you pass me the oxygen mask? Thanks.
An American correspondent in the Middle East sent me this:“Today the Iraqi government held a one time screening of the most recent execution video of barzan ibrahim and awad hamed al bandar, with no cameras allowed. Bandar was very scared and crying. He was saying the shahada. Journalists asked if Bandar said the shahada. New [...]
Earlier today, I pointed to an error in a dispatch from Lebanon in the Globe and Mail. The correspondent in question would like you to know that this sentence in question was not written by her but was inserted by her editor.
For the record. After my last appearance on AlJazeera, I wrote this comment about a remark that `Abdur-Rahim Fuqara’ (the Washington, DC bureau chief) made on the air. Today, Fuqara’ left me a long and very kind message. He stressed that he made the remark in a light-hearted fashion, and that no offense was intended. [...]
Did you see the Egyptian foreign minister standing next to Condoleezza Rice and denouncing “foreign interferences” in Iraqi affairs, and he did not think that his remarks apply–or should apply–to US occupation? Hell. US says the same things without noticing that this may apply to its own most heavy interferences. But then again: did not [...]
So are you qualified to join the United Liberation Front of Assam:“ Clause-7: – Must be disqualified any person, addicted to porno book-magazine,cinema and ordinary songs.”
From the Economist (the best magazine there is): “Still, the American action raises uncomfortable questions. For a start, how many people died in the air raids and who exactly were they? Taken together, the attacks claimed dozens, possibly hundreds of lives. Sketchy reports, including one from a doctor working for the Islamists, suggest that women [...]
“”I feel like a second-class citizen. It’s discrimination, pure and simple,” said Mr. Nahas, a technician who assembles helicopters.”
I used to think that it is easy to catalogue errors and inaccuracies in US media coverage of the Middle East. Here is Canada’s Globe and Mail: “the Druze-backed Amal movement.” Tomorrow in the Globe and Mail: a feature on the Shi`ite thought of Walid Jumblat.
“America has provided a mere 120,000 Israelis since 1948, and still has as many Jews as Israel. A survey two years ago by Steven M. Cohen, a sociologist at New York’s Hebrew Union College, found that just 17% of American Jews called themselves Zionists.”
Guess who is “going forward”?
Locate the nearest bomb shelter, NOW: “Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, said yesterday that she was going to “deepen” American involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and “accelerate” progress on the road map.”
“Insurgent TV channel turns into Iraq’s newest cult hit”
Can’t the puppets get some respect? “A senior Palestine Liberation Organization official, who sat in on meetings between the two says: “She acts like a school headmistress, telling her student in a commanding tone to do this, or don’t do that.”” (thanks Mohsen)
Look at this headline from Saudi propaganda TV’s Al-Arabiya website: “Rice is committed to a Palestinian state.” Tomorrow on Al-Arabiya, how Sharon is supporting Palestinian struggle for independence.
So we ate at a Thai restaurant here in Toronto. The Japanese Green tea was particularly delicious. So I asked the manager where I can buy the tea. He said that it is a secret, and that he can’t tell me. I was not pleased. It comes in lovely bags too, and it has rice [...]