Archive for November 25, 2007
“If there was a single low point in American diplomacy in recent years, it may have been the Bush administrationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s handling of the 2006 Lebanese war. For weeks, while Israel responded to HezbollahÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s abduction of two soldiers on July 12 by heavy bombing of LebanonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s infrastructure and Hezbollah rained rockets on Israel, the United States [...]
“Stalin is, in fact, so cool that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s often escaping from the secret police and Cossacks in drag, sometimes even in Muslim drag…”
This helped. Haytham found me a version of the song “From the Window, I will throw off myself to you….From the window.” This version is so bad that it may cure me.
I wonder. Will the final communique from Annapolis contain a reference to….”From the window, I will throw myself off to you. From the window.”Ã™Ë†Ã™â€¦Ã™â€ Ã˜Â§Ã™â€žÃ˜Â´Ã˜Â¨Ã˜Â§Ã™Æ’ Ã™â€žÃ˜Â§Ã˜Â±Ã™â€¦Ã™Å Ã™â€žÃ™Æ’ Ã˜ÂÃ˜Â§Ã™â€žÃ™Å Ã™Ë†Ã™â€¦Ã™â€ Ã˜Â§Ã™â€žÃ˜Â´Ã˜Â¨Ã˜Â§Ã™Æ’
“Dr. Asali is a leading Palestinian-American activist on Middle East issues…Dr. Asali is the author of numerous publications on the issue of Palestine and Israel.” For some reason, these I could not locate those “numerous publications” on amazon. (thanks Yousef)
According to Syrian news agency, the Syrian president and the Iranian president agreed in a phone conversation that the Annapolis conference is destined to fail. In other news, the Syrian regime sent a representative.
““And she is also a Republican,” he added. “That will enhance Stanford’s public image, and in fact our image in our own eyes.””
Domestic violence in the Batata homeland.
`Umar Nashshabah on the “suicides” of foreign maids in Lebanon.
On the Ethiopian maid in Lebanon who tried to kill herself.
“Hussein had at least 55 secret meetings (all listed) with leading Israelis, including at least seven prime and foreign ministers.” Shlaim is too sympathetic to the King. It bothers me. (thanks Amer)
“”diplomatic consensus that a new Palestinian state should have a police force but no army””. Let me translate for you: this means that the new Palestinian petty state can shoot at Palestinians but can’t shoot at Israeli invaders. (thanks Yasmine)
“James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, hailed the Arab decision to participate.” In 1993, I read this clown praise the appointment of Martin Indyk to a high post in the US administration, and he added that Arabs don’t have a problem with him. (Later Indyk returned the favor, and hired his son to [...]
I saw a short clip on the History Channel: it showed a CBS report from the 1960s from Vietnam. The reporter was Morley Safer. It was amazing. You compare the coverage then of US atrocities to the coverage today. You find the coverage of the press then in comparison to their coverage of present-day US [...]
“Now Harris, author of “The End of Faith,” is raising money to (putting it bluntly) keep Ali alive. It’s an issue that unites Harris with evangelist Rick Warren, who offered to help after Harris e-mailed him.” I wish that the civilian victims of US bombings in Iraq and Afghanistan get 1% of the coverage that [...]
Joan Baez said that whenever she used to go to protest events in the 1960s, people would ask her: Is Bob coming? And she would always say: No. Bob is not coming. He never came and he will never come, you morons. (This is in the Dylan documentary).
“John Howard, a staunch ally of Israel and America, has been swept from power after 11 years of conservative rule as Australians delivered a landslide victory to Labor on Saturday night.” Did you notice that the New York times, upset about his defeat, attributed it to mere personality factors. When I hear silly commentaries like [...]
“While the personal and sectarian dynamics of Lebanese politics (including the declining role of Maronite Christians in Lebanon that has so incensed Michel Aoun and even the Maronite Patriarch) should not be underestimated in terms of prolonging the current crisis, it is the larger US project to reconfigure the Arab (as well as larger Muslim) [...]
The memoirs of Eric Hobsbawm. I was so eager to read the memoirs of this great Marxist historians that I could not wait to read it. Finished it on the plane last night. What a big disappointment. You can be a great historian and write a lousy memoirs. You don’t even learn much about who [...]