Archive for November 17, 2007
“The first lady was happy when she received the gift.” A Saudi woman on Al-Arabiya TV on meeting Laura Bush and giving her a Saudi head cover (not to be confused with the Persian carpet head cover that was donned by Karen Hughes in moments of acute cultural sensitivity to Muslims).
“Lebanon remains an important part of the Middle East mosaic….”
Lebanese singer `Azar Habib died. I liked his voice. His songs were similar in tunes but they were sweet. He was a Lebanese civil servant who sang on the side. In the era of Prince Walid’s control of Arab taste, there was no room for Habib. I have his CDs.
Khalid Saghiyyah skillfully defines the leftist outlook of Al-Akhbar. To his pride, he states that the paper has never ever praised any Arab or Middle East leader. Never.
This is from the lead of Al-Arabiya TV’s main newscast: “And in a noticeable humanitarian gesture, the Saudi King was seen helping Walid Khadduri to the stage.” I kid you not. Video footage did indeed show the Saudi King touching the arm of Walid Khadduri, who received some OPEC award. (Is Walid Khadduri not a [...]
Hi. We came to win your hearts, minds, and livers. Smile, damn it.
“Some witnesses say that Fatah partly provoked the violence. Soma Abu Aisha, 40, a Fatah supporter who was at the rally, said that what first angered the police was the removal of a Hamas flag from the top of a mosque minaret and its replacement with four Fatah flags. Also, she said that there was [...]
“A tribal group tapped by American forces to root out extremists here said Friday that more than four dozen of its members were killed during United States air and ground strikes north of the capital this week.”
This is the Saudi press: a tribute to Anwar As-Sadat. (Notice that Zionists, when they talk about Sadat, ignore his Nazi and anti-Semitic ideology, and they ignore the fact that he was a dictator).
“Law professor Alan Dershowitz has become notorious since 2001 for his advocacy of legalizing torture and his insistence that it is fully constitutional as long as it is not used to compel self-incrimination. He has also been arguing since 2004 for a pre-emptive attack on Iran” (thanks Nader)
Lessons in Arab culture: “THE lowly shoe is considered a degrading weapon in Egypt. To be beaten with a shoe adds insult to injury.” What is it with Western obsession with shoes and Arab culture. I mean, I admit I am obsessed with socks and Western culture but I try to hide that obsession.
“The shopping list is lavish, including a BMW, a thermal night vision kit for a Hummer, ivory tusks and two karaoke machines. A British court released details of the list and ordered Saudi Ambassador Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf to pay $6.3 million to reimburse a personal assistant for hundreds of items bought on the Saudi [...]
“Prouty was assigned a sensitive post in Baghdad, NBC News has learned” (thanks Laleh)
“The suit claims that during the brief meeting with the doctor, Farah and her escort were not asked a single question and did not receive any explanation about the method of treatment. There was no physical examination. This week, Walach said: “I don’t remember the case that well.”” (thanks Ashraf)
This is an actual headline from Haaretz: “Christians in Jerusalem want Jews to stop spitting on them” (thanks Alaa)
“Military regimes in Pakistan have largely suceeded in controlling student activism. But will it last?” (thanks Basim)