Archive for March 20, 2007
“Experts said loyalty to the Saudi and Al-Hariri family political agendas in Lebanon is expected in return. “The most important aim is to articulate a Sunni political agenda that is critical of the Iranian role in the region,” AbuKhalil said.”
Did you read the article in WSJ on Hariri’s assassination? It was no more than an interview with the director of Internal Security Forces (the Hariri militia in Lebanon), Ashraf Rifi. At one point in the article, it referred to Rifi as “The Tripoli native was close to Mr. Hariri, and once headed the prime [...]
This is an actual headline from the Daily Star: “Are Lebanese taxes scaring investors away?”
The Bush Doctrine in Egypt: “The proposed amendments, which have dominated political life in Egypt in recent months, would also allow President Hosni Mubarak to dissolve parliament unilaterally and would weaken judicial oversight of elections, which have been marred by complaints of widespread irregularities. The amendments also write into the constitution tough new security powers [...]
What? This? It is a meeting of the Egyptian “parliament” in which Mubarak goons show their loyalty.
That’s what I needed. A traffic fatwawawa in…..Dubai.
My first cousin is chief of public relations for the Sunni Mufti in Lebanon, Hariri tool, Muhammad Rashid Qabbani. I once was criticizing the Mufti for opposing civil marriage in Lebanon, and my cousin suggested that I meet with him and discuss the matter. I told him that I would not mind meeting the Mufti [...]
Israeli occupation forces demolished their house in Khalil.
One century later, and there are the Palestinians.
Prior to the Arab summit, Condoleezza Rice asked to see Abu Mazen twice. Just in case he does not understand his instructions.
This is Khalid Mish`al of Hamas with the Saudi king.
“The retiring psychology professor who ran the famed Stanford Prison Experiment savagely criticized the Bush administration’s war on terrorism and said senior government officials should be tried for crimes against humanity. In his final lecture at Stanford University on Wednesday, Philip Zimbardo said abuses committed by Army reservists at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison were not [...]
The Gemayyel family represented a fascist movement in Lebanon in 1975. Today, the family represents a joke. (thanks Bechir)
“Ladies and gentlemen of AIPAC, it’s a new day in America. The sleeping giant of Christian Zionism has awakened. There are 50 million Christians standing up and applauding the State of Israel!” (thanks Laleh)
“SH: Back to Iran, doesn’t Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons destabilize the region, especially since the U.S. government has never acknowledged its existence?JC: I think there is no comparison between Israel and Iran and those who would draw a comparison ignore the fact that Israel is our ally and one of the most important points [...]
“WMR has learned from former UN peacekeeping sources that some of the contract Arabic speaking interrogators and torturers used by the U.S. military in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay were likely war crimes suspects who worked as interrogators for Israeli occupation forces in South Lebanon. In 1991, after Lebanese prisoners and hostages were released from [...]
This upcoming Arab summit is quite significant. Usually, these events are quite formal and rarely reach meaningful conclusions but this summit will officially crown House of Saud as the leader of the club of Arab regimes. The summit will basically be an occasion of official acclamation: instead of tribes offering loyalty and fealty, the US [...]
“For Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), there is $25 million for spinach growers hurt by last year’s E. coli scare. For three conservative Democrats in Georgia, there is $75 million for peanut storage. For lawmakers from the bone-dry West, there is $500 million for wildfire suppression. An additional $120 million is earmarked for shrimp and Atlantic [...]
Would somebody copy and past (and then email to me) the WSJ article on Hariri investigation? I need it NOW. Thanks. (I received it; I don’t need you. Go away NOW).
“ On Saturday, April 21, As’ad AbuKhalil, professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus and visiting professor at University of California, Berkeley will speak after a shorts program that includes Palestine, Summer 2006, a film project initiated by the Palestine Film Collective. It is an entertaining compilation of three-minute works by thirteen different [...]