Archive for November, 2007
I am excited; I am thrilled.
My article in Al-Akhbar: “Rafiq Al-Hariri and the Formation of Islamic Rule in Lebanon”
Fatwawawa USA: “During the luncheon, the Fiqh Council of North America will present a fatwa, or religious edict, against terrorism and declaring that it is Muslims’ duty to help prevent terrorism directed at Americans.” (thanks Junaid)
“Saudi gang-rape victim goes public with account of police complacency, judicial insults” (thanks Nadim)
“YouTube suspends Egyptian blog activist’s account” (thanks Jerome)
“Hariri family increases share in Arab Bank via small contributors” (thanks Nicholas)
“Three Palestinians, including two sick children, have died recently while waiting for resettlement from Iraq, the U.N. refugee agency said on Friday.” (thanks Marc)
“Ghadry, who heads a Washington-based group called the Syrian Reform Party, hopes to be the man in charge one day in Damascus. When I met him, he had already been granted audiences with David Wurmser, Vice President Dick Cheney’s top Middle East advisor and Perle protege, and with Cheney’s daughter, Elizabeth, who headed the State [...]
Is he honeymoon between Israel and House of Saud over? “”The notion that there is a moderate camp and an extremist camp, and that the Kingdom [of Saudi Arabia] and Israel, together with others, are in the first, while Iran, Hamas, Syria and Hezbollah are in the second — is false,” Jamal Khashoggi, a political [...]
“The security personnel of El Al Airlines descended upon me at Newark International Airport like a flock of vultures.” (thanks A.)
“Ten Reasons to Suspect “Save Darfur” is a PR Scam” (thanks Laleh)
This is the 60th anniversary of the lousy UN partition plan of Palestine. Read Kermit Roosevelt, “The Partition of Palestine: A Lesson in Pressure Politics,” The Middle East Journal, II, no. 1 (1948).
In the 1960s, Sudan had one of the most liberal democratic systems in the Arab world (and one of the largest communist parties in the region). Look at it now: “Anger and dismay as Sudan court jails teacher for 15 days for insulting Islam.”
If you don’t know the unprincipledness of Walid Jumblat you would have been surprised at his shifts and flip flops. A few weeks ago, he was referring to Hizbullah as a terrorist organization. This week, he is referring to them as “resistance.” Today, he praised the Lebanese commander-in-chief of the Army because he said he [...]
I am told that the Lebanese contingent that used to work for the failed Hurra TV resigned and most of them are joining the new Hariri news TV.
Petty minded Lebanonese standards. An-Nahar (the right-wing, sectarian Christian, anti-Syrian (people), anti-Palestinian (people) newspaper) is bragging today that Lebanon is ranked–and we know how much Lebanonese care about ranking–third in “economic freedom”according to a Canadian outfit. We know what high marks in economic freedoms mean? Kuwait and Oman ranked ahead of Lebanon, laments An-Nahar. Let [...]
This does it. This explains a lot about my anger. This is a very symptomatic article from the Saudi-controlled Arabic press. It is written by a Lebanese journalist (who specializes in praise for House of Saud, and was one of the pioneers). You have to read it. It is a tribute to the chief of [...]
Dear Rami Zurayq on the responsibilities of the lousy Lebanese state.
Syria’s ambassador to the US, `Imad Mustafa, is a very nice guy and a very competent person. He is–as I told him a few times–somebody whose regime does not deserve. But I just read some of his comments about Annapolis. He was expressing his pleasure that Rice shook hands with members of the Syrian delegation [...]
“Roger Cohen: Viva Mubarak, Fuera Chavez!” (thanks Ken)