Archive for September, 2007

Fruits of “liberation”: A poster warning of cholera in Baghdad. (AFP)

Posted on September 30, 2007 by As'ad

A Palestinian child walking between Israeli soldiers. Does he not look bigger (and tougher)? (AP)

Posted on September 30, 2007 by As'ad

“But our reaction to 9/11 — mine included — has knocked America completely out of balance, and it is time to get things right again.” Now you are speaking? Six years later?

Posted on September 30, 2007 by As'ad

That is a silly point O Economist (the best magazine there is). (“And a lot of the people whom the authors assign to the Israel lobby, such as former Clinton administration officials like Dennis Ross and Martin Indyk, would probably have conniptions on being called neocons”). It is not whether they are neo-conservative or not, […]

Posted on September 30, 2007 by As'ad

“The Militancy of Mahalla Al-Kubra”

Posted on September 30, 2007 by As'ad

Al-Jazeera Modified: or pleasing the House of Saud.

Posted on September 30, 2007 by As'ad

Lebanese Minister of Sports (including Ping Pong) and Youth, Ahmad Fatfat, responds to my criticisms of him.

Posted on September 30, 2007 by As'ad

“ONE of the founding fathers of neoconservatism has privately urged President George W Bush to bomb Iran rather than allow it to acquire nuclear weapons.”

Posted on September 30, 2007 by As'ad

“To accommodate the demand generated by what he says is a very lucrative business, Kim is replacing his main five-story clinic here in the heart of Makeover Town with an 18-story plastic surgery tower. Precise numbers on how many nose, cheek, chin and eye jobs are being done in South Korea are difficult to find. […]

Posted on September 30, 2007 by As'ad

Husayn Fahmi praises the colonial monarchist regime in Egypt (he refers to Gulf dynasties as the exemplary models) (thanks Nasser)

Posted on September 30, 2007 by As'ad

“Britsh MPs visiting the Pentagon to discuss America’s stance on Iran and Iraq were shocked to be told by one of President Bush’s senior women officials: “I hate all Iranians.”” (thanks anonymous)

Posted on September 30, 2007 by As'ad

“GOP presidential candidate John McCain says America is better off with a Christian President and he doesn’t want a Muslim in the Oval Office. “I admire the Islam. There’s a lot of good principles in it,” he said. “But I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on […]

Posted on September 30, 2007 by As'ad

“He insists that he has never entertained political ambitions. And yet, as if to show that his modesty is never false, and that self-effacement is not his only instinct, he goes on to remark that most of the historic statements and documents of the anti-Communist dissident movement in his corner of the world were written […]

Posted on September 29, 2007 by As'ad

““We did not lose the battles of ideas,” she said in a recent speech to the American Sociological Association. “We were not outsmarted and we were not out-argued. We lost because we were crushed. Sometimes we were crushed by army tanks, and sometimes we were crushed by think tanks. And by think tanks I mean […]

Posted on September 29, 2007 by As'ad

“Although 58 percent of respondents said they knew little or nothing about Islamic practices, 70 percent of non-Muslims said Islam is very different from their own religion. Pew Forum senior fellow John Green said that respondents’ knowledge of Islam might be even lower than the survey results suggest. He said that survey respondents “tend to […]

Posted on September 29, 2007 by As'ad

This is your “liberation”: “President Hamid Karzai offered Saturday to meet personally with Taliban leader Mullah Omar for peace talks and give the militants a high position in a government ministry as a way to end the rising insurgency in Afghanistan.”

Posted on September 29, 2007 by As'ad

“More than $24 million was sent out Friday to mostly Jewish nonprofit organizations in major cities nationwide because the federal government considers them to be at high risk of a terrorist attack.” (thanks Ali)

Posted on September 29, 2007 by As'ad

Nahr Al-Barid website (thanks E.)

Posted on September 29, 2007 by As'ad

“‘The President Has Accepted Ethnic Cleansing’” (thanks As`ad)

Posted on September 29, 2007 by As'ad

Jumblat’s Propagandist in Lebanon. Robert Fisk is a more entertaining version of Thomas Friedman, but with a bigger weakness for people with wealth and power: “The food, as always, was impeccable. And why should those who face death by explosives or gunfire every day not eat well? Not for nothing has Nora Jumblatt been called […]

Posted on September 29, 2007 by As'ad