Archive for April 21, 2007
“The Bush Administration has announced the first officially disclosed sale of US military equipment to Israel since the end of Israel’s conflict with Hezbollah guerillas in Lebanon in 2006. In a notice to Congress, the Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency said Israel had requested as many as 3500 MK-84 “general purpose” bombs, spares and parts [...]
“Jordanian authorities on Saturday confiscated the videotape of an interview with the country’s former crown prince by Al-Jazeera Television, the Qatar-based satellite broadcaster and a Jordanian official said. The tape was confiscated as an Al-Jazeera reporter was about to leave the Hashemite kingdom. No further details about the circumstances of the seizure were immediately known. [...]
“On Saturday, Six Palestinians, including a 17-year-old girl, were killed Saturday by IDF and Border Police troops in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources said.”
People who bomb planes should be called terrorists–I don’t care what their causes are. But do you notice that people who bomb planes and support US right-wing causes are called “militants”?
“The Marine Corps chain of command in Iraq ignored “obvious” signs of “serious misconduct” in the 2005 slayings of two dozen civilians in Haditha, and commanders fostered a climate that devalued the life of innocent Iraqis to the point that their deaths were considered an insignificant part of the war, according to an Army general’s [...]
This looks like a real authentic Iraqi political party. This looks like a party that really speaks for the aspirations and sentiments of the Iraqi people. I will not accept any accusations that this is a party that reflects some American covert activities in Iraq. No, way. It looks like a bunch of Iraqis came [...]
“Israel asks for $65 million in military equipment from U.S.”
I must confess that As-Safir has been quite sharp in its criticisms of the March 14th camp as of late; and the paper strongly criticized the latest Arab “peace” initiative. Al-Akhbar, on the other hand–which was supposed to emerge as a leftist alternative publication–has been copying the wishy-washy positions of Hizbullah.
Finally, an article on Syrian workers in Lebanon. (Can somebody find me the original article from Le Monde Diplomatique? Thanks)
Not much time to blog. But Al-Quds Al-Arabi is reporting about a new crisis between AlJazeera and Jordan (unfortunately, this time I had no role in the crisis). Apparently, Ghassan Bin Jiddu interviewed former Crown Prince, Hasan (who was one of the most vicious anti-Palestinian in Jordan and one of the most enthusiastic advocates of [...]