Archive for January 23, 2007
Now I know why Washington Post is a fan of Al-Arabiya: it surely can imitate the standards of US media. Today, AlArabiya ran a story on the “elegance” of Nancy Pelosi. It even talked about her hair style. (How could you, Muna?)
Does anybody have a copy of a letter that was written by Muqtada As-Sadr to Saddam Husayn when the father of the former died? It was mentioned by Saddam’s fan and lawyer, Bushra Al-Khalil (from Tyre to boot) on Al-Arabiya.
What does it say about US foreign policy in the Middle East that Bush in his speech tonight did not mention the name of one dead Iraqi, but found time to mention Pierre Gemayyel. Pierre Gemayyel, for potato’s sake. I bet you that his fascistic family and party are thrilled. I wish Bush told the [...]
Abed is back: and he is sound and safe. “It is not that simple. The Shias are the downtrodden, the poor, the dispossessed, those who have always been ignored by the dons and patriarchs of the Lebanese government Ã‚Â for in one sense this is also a social revolution Ã‚Â and on the other were [...]
“Hillary Clinton has a soft spot for Israel.”
Ultra Lebanese nationalist, crackpot poet Sa`id `Aqi, offers his praise for the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. (thanks Hicham–I am not sure that I should thank you for this). What did they do with people like him, people in Europe who cheered the Nazi invasion of Europe?
The US congress during the State of the Union speech, with all the cheering and hollering, remind Arabs of parliaments in the Arab world. I mean, it could be a scene from Damascus or Cairo.
…off to Boston. Speaking at this conference at Tufts University. Returning on Saturday.
A radio interview I taped in Canada. (thanks Laith)
Bush has a new plan for energy conservation. He suggested that you fill your cars with olive oil instead of gasoline. I tried it, and it works. Wait, I am slipping. Help.
“”This is not democracy,” said Roger Hayek, a government supporter and member of the Phalange Party, a Christian group. He pointed across lines of soldiers separating the sides, standing in a smoky haze. “This is an image of Iraq.” A friend jumped in: “They’re animals.””
Bush in his speech spoke about “battery research.” That is great news for the King of Jordan. He has been looking for a portable PlayStation with longer battery life. Help is on the way, o King of Jordan.
Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya now have the annoying habit of carrying Bush’s State of the Union speech live, with Arabic translation. Do they now think that the Arab world is part of that Union?
If you enjoy the “liberal” Saudi-funded, Wahhabi Arabic press, Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat is your newspaper. Here, Tariq Al-Humayyid (is that how he pronounces his name?) asks King `Abdullah of Jordan (as the latter was handling his PlayStation III): “Your Majesty, what distinguishes the experience of your country is that the royal palace remained the security barrier [...]
Don’t you like the civilized? Hariri TV aired an interview with this dude who started talking by saying: “We are very civilized. I am very civilized,” and went on to support Sanyurah and Fatfat.
The lessons of yesterday’s developments in Lebanon are not only that Lebanon is far from addressing the underlying causes of its last protracted civil war, but that its next civil war–whenever it comes–will be even more savage and more bloody than the last one.
In Tripoli, yesterday (according to As-Safir) a coffee vendor was injured. He was too scared to give his name, but said that pro-government loyalists shot at him.
A militia man of the right-wing Lebanese Forces in Lebanon yesterday.
Fu’ad Sanyurah reacting to developments in Lebanon.
Racism of Al-Qa`idah. Al-Qa`idah’s number 2 who has the charisma of a potato, came out with yet another speech that is read more by Americans than by Arabs. Let us face it: I prefer to watch Larry King read from the phone book than Ayman Dhawahiri deliver a speech–and Larry King is as boring as [...]