Archive for October, 2007

“I got the distinct sense from reading Lake’s piece that Giuliani’s campaign is simply seeking some distance, albeit artificial, from its controversial advisors. For example, Podhoretz told the Sun, “I have told a million people that I don’t speak for Giuliani. I express my views mainly through email communications to the foreign policy team. Rudy […]

Posted on October 31, 2007 by As'ad

“As political scientist Asad AbuKhalil, the self–described ‘angry Arab’ currently serving as a visiting professor at UC Berkeley, puts it, such analysis “absolves the Bush administration, any administration, from any responsibility because they become portrayed as helpless victims of an all–powerful lobby.” Similarly, Columbia University Professor Joseph Massad—who regularly endures attacks by the Israel Lobby […]

Posted on October 31, 2007 by As'ad

Why should I be mad at the US for the insignificance of the anti-war movement when there is no voice for the anti-war movement in the Arab world. To be fair, I have to be angry at both: the US and the Arab world. But in fairness, I can easily agitate the Arab/Muslim masses if […]

Posted on October 31, 2007 by As'ad

Martin Indyk: anchorperson on Al-Jazeera. “THE Brookings Institution announced yesterday that it will open its centre for public policy research and current affairs programming in Qatar, in February 2008. The centre, a project of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, will be the first Brookings facility in the Muslim world. According to […]

Posted on October 31, 2007 by As'ad

Muhammad Qabbani (a Lebanese MP) is an ex-Leftist. He was a leading figure in the Beirut council of the Lebanese National Movement during the war. Listen to him now writing on the anniversary of Rafiq Hariri’s birthday: “Before he was a prime minister and leader, Rafiq Hairir was a courageous knight, and a human being […]

Posted on October 31, 2007 by As'ad

Syrian singer, George Wassuf, in jail. (And Raghib `Alamah and `Ali Ad-Dik are free?)

Posted on October 31, 2007 by As'ad

Karen Hughes resigned. Look. She did what she could to win hearts, minds, and livers in the Muslim world. She even wore a Persian carpet on her head on the belief that women in the region wear Persian carpet on their heads. She even received adequate briefings on shoes in Arab culture, and she made […]

Posted on October 31, 2007 by As'ad

“Palestinian refugees in Lebanon face discrimination in employment and a lack of access to adequate education and housing. A new Amnesty International report: Exiled and Suffering: Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, examines the wide range of restrictions that continue to impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees.”

Posted on October 31, 2007 by As'ad

A critique of my article on Muhsin Ibrahim.

Posted on October 31, 2007 by As'ad

Monitor of Labor Activities in Egypt. (thanks John)

Posted on October 31, 2007 by As'ad

From mini-Hariri’s press conference yesterday (He was talking about a Syrian assassination plot against his gifted person): “Q: “Do you have proof? A: “Things are very clear and do not require proof.” (thanks Nicholas)

Posted on October 31, 2007 by As'ad

“The French first lady, the one in a role where wives traditionally ignored and overlooked their husbands’ peccadilloes for the greater gain of keeping their marriages intact and running the Élysée Palace, has fled her gilded perch, acting all-American and brimming over with feelings and feminist impulses.” Oh, yeah o New York Times columnist. You […]

Posted on October 31, 2007 by As'ad

“The ritual of chopping off heads was graphically described by an Irish witness to a triple execution in Jeddah in 1997. “Standing to the left of the first prisoner, and a little behind him, the executioner focused on his quarry … I watched as the sword was being drawn back with the right hand. A […]

Posted on October 30, 2007 by As'ad

“When I was at Harvard, a very close friend lost someone to the violence in Israel. I felt so helpless watching her pain. I really wanted to do something, but I didn’t know where to begin. Coming from Israel, I know how polarized that part of the world scene in a can be. I had […]

Posted on October 30, 2007 by As'ad

“”He was shrewd and pleasant and surprisingly frank, and at 82 still as sharp-minded as ever.”” (thanks John)

Posted on October 30, 2007 by As'ad

“Sudanese troops used force in an effort to relocate hundreds of homeless Darfur families, loading their possessions on to lorries and surrounding them with machine guns mounted on pick-up trucks late on Sunday evening, UN humanitarian officials said yesterday.”

Posted on October 30, 2007 by As'ad

It is a University, alright. The horrific Saudi Minister of Interior has his own university. I kid you not. It is called Nayif Arab University for Security Sciences. It offers degrees in electrocution of genitals, removal of nails, flogging, stoning of women, whipping based on Hanbalite penal measures, and it also gives graduate degrees in […]

Posted on October 30, 2007 by As'ad

This is how Arab liberal columnist, Hazim Saghiyyah, refers to Israeli attacks on Gaza: “The Israelis were in the meanwhile responding to a military operation that targeted them in Gaza…” This was published in the mouthpiece of Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al-Liberal Saud.

Posted on October 30, 2007 by As'ad

Al-Akhbar referred to protests against King `Abdullah on the front page.

Posted on October 30, 2007 by As'ad

In the Democratic presidential debate today, Sen. Clinton referred to her experience as “an activist.” An activist? Was that when she sat on the board of Wallmart? An activist my…potato.

Posted on October 30, 2007 by As'ad