Archive for June, 2007

This time Hamid Karzai will issue a very stern warning. Hamid Karzai is now angry. Hamid Karzai means business. “Air strikes in the British-controlled Helmand province of Afghanistan may have killed civilians, coalition troops said yesterday as local people claimed that between 50 and 80 people, many of them women and children, had died.”

Posted on June 30, 2007 by As'ad

I am told by sources in Syria that my blog was blocked two days ago.

Posted on June 30, 2007 by As'ad

“Iraq by the Numbers” (thanks Wissam)

Posted on June 30, 2007 by As'ad

“Whatever the cause, Europeans embarked on one of their greatest policy mistakes in the region – second only to their support for the invasion of Iraq – with their dogged determination to isolate Hamas and attempt to return Fatah to power.” (thanks Ziad)

Posted on June 30, 2007 by As'ad

Let it be noted that I found Soy Milk in Islamabad (but not Vanilla flavor).

Posted on June 30, 2007 by As'ad

Yesterday, I was told that all the street sweepers, cleaners, and servants in Pakistan are Christians. That they were former Hindus who converted to Christianity to escape caste, only to face a rigid (albeit unofficial) caste system.

Posted on June 30, 2007 by As'ad

This is really bothering me. Outside of my hotel, there is a man who spends the whole day (he works for the hotel) on his hands and knees, cleaning (with a broom) the…grass. Who come up with those jobs except capitalism?

Posted on June 29, 2007 by As'ad

““There are serious concerns about our ability to recruit quality sources in the future,” the spy master said.“

Posted on June 29, 2007 by As'ad

“At a mosque in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday, a preacher taunted his Fatah rivals in his weekly sermon. Two police cars were parked outside the mosque during the sermon. In the West Bank city of Jenin, a pro-Hamas preacher was replaced by a clergyman who spoke of the need to support […]

Posted on June 29, 2007 by As'ad

“This review, published here in its entirety, was originally commissioned by The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, the official foreign-policy journal at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Between the time I was invited to write the review and the time I was told it would be published, over two months had passed during which […]

Posted on June 29, 2007 by As'ad

These are the kids that were shot at by the Lebanese Army yesterday. The Lebanese press continues its unanimous endorsement of Army’s campaign of killing. Even Al-Akhbar still talks about the Army “being dragged”–yes, against its will. How many Palestinians will have to die in Lebanon before Al-Akhbar holds the Army responsible? (AP)

Posted on June 29, 2007 by As'ad

““People fear they will never be able to return to the camp because of the level of destruction. They live here in hard conditions, sometimes 50 or 60 in one classroom, and wait in long lines to use bathrooms,” said Abu Jihad, an official from the mainstream group Fatah, who spoke by telephone from his […]

Posted on June 29, 2007 by As'ad

“Four civilians were killed early Friday by American and Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan, according to the leader of a small human rights group who gave an account of the deaths entirely at odds with that of the United States-led coalition. “The soldiers claimed they were looking for three Taliban suspects, and they blew out […]

Posted on June 29, 2007 by As'ad

The entire collection: CIA’s “Family Jewels” (thanks N.)

Posted on June 29, 2007 by As'ad

“A common thread involves creams and soaps that are said to lighten skin tone. Often they are peddled with a “power” message about taking charge or getting ahead.” (thanks Haytham)

Posted on June 29, 2007 by As'ad

“Study Traces Cat’s Ancestry to Middle East“ (thanks Earl)

Posted on June 29, 2007 by As'ad

“Or whether Europe’s friends in Fatah, such as Dahlan, with his claim to be able to deal with Hamas, persuaded Europeans to shut their eyes to the revolution in Palestinian sentiment. Dahlan, Al-Ahram Weekly recently reported, tacitly admits that he has been behind much of the lawlessness and security chaos in Gaza: ‘I just deploy […]

Posted on June 29, 2007 by As'ad

HRW: “We Don’t Pick on Israel” (thanks Laleh)

Posted on June 29, 2007 by As'ad

“Now Mithal al-Alusi is charging the US embassy with shielding Hashemi from arrest.” (thanks Amina)

Posted on June 29, 2007 by As'ad

“The spy, known by the code word “Babel,” had warned Israel of the coming war, just hours ahead of time. But the warning was ignored because Military Intelligence believed the spy was really a double agent deliberately planting erroneous information.” (thanks Regan)

Posted on June 29, 2007 by As'ad