Archive for October 5, 2007
The way this Iraqi child is looking at the US soldier tells the whole story. (Economist)
“Between 1995 and 2002, according to Michael T. Klare’s Blood and Oil (2004), eight Persian Gulf nations (Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) accounted for more than $87 billion in arms purchases, more than 60 percent of it from non-US sources.”“Lobbyists did not force members of Congress to [...]
“Exam failure: the price Gaza’s children are paying for international blockade”
Samah Idris offers a leftist (and justified) critique of Hizbullah.
This is good. A truly revealing and informative article by Suheir Daoud on the Palestinians of 1948 and the Israeli war on Lebanon.
Bush continues in his plans for more liberty and democracy in the Middle East: “The biggest of the possible arms sales announced Thursday was to Saudi Arabia, which the Pentagon said wants to buy 61 light armored vehicles, and 50 Humvees along with assorted guns, machine guns and night vision goggles. The Defense Security and [...]
“THE PRESIDENT: King Abdullah is a personal friend of mine, and I respect him.” Let me say that right-wing Lebanese, Elie Naquzi, is now always chosen for interviews with US officials and with Iraqi puppet leaders (he was (un?)officially in charge with `Allawi’s campaign last time around). I noticed several things. That the questions posed [...]
I know that these Iraqis look terrorized but they are being “liberated.” (AFP)
Correction. I received a letter from an uncle of this innocent child. He said that his name was misspelled in As-Safir (from which I received the item). His family name is Kedouh.
This is how the Israeli occupiers treat Palestinian worshippers. (AFP)
Smile, Damn it. US occupation troops are there to “liberate” the hell out of you.(AFP)
Bush hosted an Iftar dinner in the White House. It was a warm event. Invited Muslims guests were offered vodka for beverages, and bacon for the main course. (Hariri rag, Al-Mustaqbal, put this picture on its front page to show the cultural sensitivity of the American president.) (Reuters)
Several people wrote to me noticing that Al-Akhbar newspaper always shows pictures of unveiled woman in Hizbullah rallies in the hope of sending a (propaganda) message that some supporters of Hizbullah in Lebanon are “cool” and “photogenic” (or “telegenic” as MERIP referred to March 14th demonstration in Lebanon). Cut it out.
“At least 17 Iraqi civilians, including women and children, have been killed in a US air raid, Iraqi officials and witnesses say.”
America for Beginners…by Sulayman Taqiyy Ad-Din.
I feel privileged for not being around to be able to attend those weekly meetings that the folks of Shi`r magazine used to hold in Beirut in the 1950s and 1960s. Syrian poet Muhammad Al-Maghut used to say that he used to flee their boring and contrived debates to eat in the kitchen.
“Kouchner’s “Military-Without-Borders” (thanks Badis)
“I asked Admiral Fallon to go to Lebanon to assess how we can further help the government and the forces protect themselves from radical elements…”
“America is standing with mainstream citizens across the broader Middle East”: Sanyruah, Dahlan, Maliki, Abbas, Fayyad, Hariri, Mubarak, and the various polygamous princes and kings.
“In the ensuing battle, several Taliban fighters, but also civilians Гўв‚¬вЂќ including a woman and a child Гўв‚¬вЂќ were killed, a coalition statement said.”