Archive for April 23, 2007
Do you notice that whenever I post something on gender inequality, people rarely bother to comment. It does not seem to stimulate discussions.
“The mainstream US media will sidestep this point, but al-Maliki pretty explicitly said that the reason he called off the wall building is that he doesn’t want his government compared to that of Israel. That is, the Adhamiya wall is being likened in the Arab world to the Apartheid Wall being built by the Israelis [...]
Call me conspiratorial (please do), but Aljazeera.net (Arabic) has this headline: “Olmert shows flexibility toward the Arab peace initiative.” Tomorrow on Aljazeera.net: news about Bush’s promotion of freedoms in the Middle East.
“The UK is covertly trying to oust the head of the world’s main anti-bribery watchdog to prevent criticism of ministers and Britain’s biggest arms company, BAE, the Guardian has learned. The effort to remove Mark Pieth comes as his organisation has stepped up its investigation into the British government’s decision to kill off a major [...]
US Newsweek: “Boris Yeltsin’s accomplishments were far-ranging and unrivalled.”UK Guardian: “A destroyer, not a builder”
“An atmosphere of disappointment, despondency and anxiety prevails in Israel in its 59th year. There is no point in trying to dull the power of these feeling when we mark Memorial Day and Independence Day.”
“Itzik to Palestinians: Swap Qassams for computers” (Angry Arab to Israelis: Swap WMDs for Blenders).
“The new age of the wall has begun.”
“Wolfowitz Says He Will Change…Style”. OK. Stop spitting on your hair.
Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat has started the campaign against Jordan’s Prince Hasan. Make no mistake about it: in the fight between Hasan and House of Saud, I equally detest both sides.
I am proudly biased when it comes to Palestine and the Palestinian people. My friend Amer sent me a picture from an Iraqi newspaper, Az-Zaman, and it showed Palestinians demonstrating calling for the release of Lebanese prisoners in Israel. These are the Palestinians. There are more than 10,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, and yet [...]
6 months in jail if you insult Lebanese president, Emile Lahhud. In Saudi Arabia, it is beheading.
Of course, the elections in Syria is a joke. A sad joke, of course. But I was amused that the US government criticized the elections in Syria. Would the US also criticize the elections in Jordan or the no-elections in Libya and Saudi Arabia?
Is this another brilliant Israeli idea borrowed by US occupation in Iraq?
The Note-Taker as A Historian: The Pain of Reading the Account of Dennis Ross. I normally would not have recommended Dennis Ross’ The Missing Peace especially that he has the literary skills of, well, note takers. His book is no more than a compilation of his notes on US negotiations as part of the so-called [...]
“I like Sanyruah.” “Thomas Friedman is my friend.” Robert Fisk on New TV.
For those who care, I will discuss Iraq tomorrow morning (9:00AM Pacific Time) on Forum. You may listen live.
For those who care, I will be participating in a town hall meeting on Aljazeera English on Wednesday morning (7:00AM Pacific Time). It will discuss the Iraq war. You may watch live.
Bush: a uniter not a divider. (Al-A`dhamiyyah neighborhood in Baghdad).
Chicago was warmer than San Francisco. That was unusual. Also, finished on the plane Dennis Ross’ 800-pages account of his involvement in the “peace process.” I have so much more to say on that later.