Archive for February 10, 2007
Mahmud Haddad unearths an article by Bernard Lewis from 1954. In 1954, Bernard Lewis ruled that Islam lends itself to communism; in 2007, Bernard Lewis rules that Islam lends itself to terrorism. In other words, Bernard Lewis (when he is not engaged in Orientalist nemerology that is) is willing to rule that Islam lends itself [...]
“But the U.S. has ignored his pleas, Siniora said.“They’re not doing it,” he said.“That’s what we’re telling them. That’s what we disagree with them about.”..And during months of angry anti-government protests, he has been cursed in the streets as a stooge of U.S. policy.”
“The new National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq starkly delineates the gulf that separates President Bush’s illusions from the realities of the war. Victory, as the president sees it, requires a stable liberal democracy in Iraq that is pro-American. The NIE describes a war that has no chance of producing that result. In this critical respect, [...]
Any mention of anything that has to do with Lebanon is a great honor to celebrate, as far as Lebanon’s right-wing, sectarian Christian (anti-Palestinian (people), anti-Syrian (people)) newspaper is concerned. This picture won some award somewhere, and An-Nahar printed it today on its front page, as if it is a tribute to Lebanon. I bet [...]
“”I was quite serious when I announced that I would remove my army chief’s hat… But events that soon began to unfold started putting serious doubts in my mind… Therefore, much against my habit and character, I decided to go against my word.””
“The U.S. military confirmed on Saturday that American forces at Camp Anaconda, the huge air base north of Baghdad, shot and killed a civilian contract truck driver. A spokeswoman for KBR, a contracting subsidiary of Halliburton that was formerly known as Kellogg, Brown & Root, said the shooting was under investigation.” But look at how [...]
We have a very funny (not intentionally) Minister of Defense in Lebanon. He was only brought to the Lebanese cabinet because Emile Lahhud (notorious and shameless in nepotism) wanted his son-in-law to be a minister (he is now divorced from Lahhud’s daughter); and his father, Michel Murr, has been one of the most loyal servants [...]
E. is following the Mehlis network in Germany. She sent me this: “So Lehmann is suing the German independent daily, “Die Junge Welt” for citing al Akhbar’s claims that Lehmann is working as a private security consultant for Hariri Inc. Lehmann is not requesting that “Die Junge Welt revoke the accusation but rather that they [...]
“How much American money should Israel ask for?” I don’t know. How about $20,000,000,000,000,000.43? Would that suffice?
Amira Hass is worried about the image of Fath.
“For four years girls and young women disappeared from their homes in the drab industrial Russian town of Nizhny Tagil. Their parents called the police and pasted up posters. But in the end it was a stray dog that tracked them down. The decomposing bodies of 30 females aged from 13 to 25 were found [...]
I know of no journalist, anywhere, who is more tough than Ghada `Id of New TV. I have written about her before: she runs a weekly program called Al-Fasad (Corruption). I consider her show to be the most important and effective program on TV.
The Saudi King will award the International King Faysal Prize for this year, in the category of “Service to Islam,”–hold your breath–to the president of the Republic of Tartaristan. The award acknowledged “his great efforts in reviving Islamic culture in his homeland, and to inform the Muslims of his country about the principles of their [...]
Debating Iraq in the US Senate: “The matter was resolved. Byrd took the floor and spoke for 44 minutes — about coal mining.”
Yusuf Shahin says that he had met Rafiq Hariri and detected in him “love for arts”. You know what I have been detecting in Yusuf Shahin as of late?
If you don’t have high blood pressure, and would like to experience high blood pressure, please read this piece in Hariri rag. It is titled: “Rafiq Hariri: A new word in the Dictionary of Love”. Call a doctor: you are hyperventilating.PS The author of the article is a professor of communications in the Hummus homeland.
Hariri family squabbles. The letter by Rafiq Hariri’s widow, Nazik, is most significant for those who follow Lebanese politics. The language used (affectionate toward Hasan Nasrallah, and very bitter against Israeli aggression) is quite interesting, and reinforces the existence of a rift between Nazik and mini-Hariri and his team. As is well-known, Hariri loyalist, Bahij [...]
“Bad Feith” (thanks Bassam)
“Wedding and War in Galilee: A view of the emerging India-Israel-US axis, from a wedding in Palestine with Israeli helicopters whirring above, to Indian towns filled with Israeli soldiers looking for Shanti, to deportations and surveillance in the U.S.“ (thanks Lara)
From Isma`il Haniyyah’s speech in Mecca (BBC version): “I want to extend the gratitude offered by brother Abu-Mazin [Mahmud Abbas] and my dear brother Abu-al-Walid [Khalid Mish'al], by offering further gratitude and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for this blessed and generous invitation and initiative. [...]