Archive for September 13, 2007
Professional Arab News. Today, the younger brother of Sheikh Abu Rishah was interviewed on Al-Arabiya TV. He started by thanking Al-Arabiya TV for its favorable coverage of his brother. I kid you not.
“In a showdown over academic freedom, a prominent legal scholar said Wednesday that UC Irvine’s chancellor had succumbed to conservative political pressure in rescinding his contract to head the university’s new law school, a charge the chancellor vehemently denied.” (thanks Yasmine)
“African Maids Face Abuse in Lebanon” (thanks Amina)
“Saudi women to put their foot down on driving ban”
“Ten days after President George Bush clasped his hand as a symbol of America’s hopes in Iraq, the man who led the US-supported revolt of Sunni sheikhs against al-Qa’ida in Iraq was assassinated. Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha and two of his bodyguards were killed either by a roadside bomb or by explosives placed in his car [...]
Husam `Itani on the cult of Bashir Gemayyel.
Abu Mazen’s police established Moral Police to impose “morality”. Arab liberals will not say a word in protest.
I heard the speech of Bush on my satellite radio. He said that Iraqis voted for “freedom.” Oh, no they did not. The Kurds voted for tribal chieftains, the Shi`ites voted for an archaic Ayatullah, and the Sunnis voted for former Ba`thists. Millions of Iraqis did not vote at all. And today Bush bragged about [...]
A well-placed Armenian Lebanese told me that US ambassador in Lebanon had called the secretary-general of the Tachnaq party and urged him to not support `Awn in the Matn election. In the same week, the US ambassador asserted that the US government does not interfere in Lebanese internal affairs.
“Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, on Wednesday recanted his claim that the new surveillance powers recently given to the government helped foil a terrorist plot in Germany. Гўв‚¬Е“Information contributing to the recent arrests was not collected under authorities provided by the Protect America Act,Гўв‚¬Вќ Mr. McConnell said in a statement issued late in [...]
“In recent days, however, several reports have emerged quoting anonymous US sources confirming that the Israeli foray took place and suggesting Israeli forces had carried out a provocative attack on a strategic target.”
No show annoys me more than Al-Jazeera’s Maw`id Ma`a Al-Mahjar (An Appointment in Exile). It basically features an Arab personality living outside the Arab world. But the problem is that they always, I mean ALWAYS, feature an Arab professional: scientists, physicians, and professors. They never, I mean NEVER, feature an Arab street vendor, worker, farmer, [...]
“An Egyptian court sentenced four outspoken newspaper editors to one year in prison with labour on Thursday for defaming President Hosni Mubarak and his politician son Gamal, court sources said.”
“The Israel Factor”
“Rediscovering Che Guevara”
“The US commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, expressed long-term interest in running for the US presidency when he was stationed in Baghdad, according to a senior Iraqi official who knew him at that time.”
Bush Doctrine: “Al-Qaida has revived, extended its influence, and has the capacity to carry out a spectacular strike similar to the September 11 attacks on America, one of the world’s leading security thinktanks warned yesterday.”
Here, a “liberal” House of Saud columnist, rails against homosexuality. This passes as Arab liberalism–Wahhabi style.