Archive for December, 2007

My article in Al-Akhbar: “The Impossibility of Democracy.”

Posted on December 31, 2007 by As'ad

“Benazir’s last decision was in the same autocratic mode as its predecessors, an approach that would cost her – tragically – her own life. Had she heeded the advice of some party leaders and not agreed to the Washington-brokered deal with Pervez Musharraf or, even later, decided to boycott his parliamentary election she might still […]

Posted on December 31, 2007 by As'ad

Conspiracy? What conspiracy? Al-Arabiya TV is leading with the “news” that Olmert wants to limit the construction and expansion of Israeli settlements.

Posted on December 31, 2007 by As'ad

Do you notice that the Syrian regime treats any visit to Damascus by any US official, even a city council member from Kansas, as a victory for the Syrian regime, or as a vindication for the stance of the regime? The press treatment of the visit by Sen. Specter is only one example, but on […]

Posted on December 31, 2007 by As'ad

I have never seen Walid Jumblat challenged in an interview like he was by that Iranian journalist on Press TV. They aired a segment on New TV: and it was great TV moment. The guy asked him the obvious–and he asked his question without even hiding his contempt for the man sitting across the table […]

Posted on December 31, 2007 by As'ad

Dean of former Arab leftists, Hazim Saghiyyah, warns Lebanese Christians: if you undermine Harirism you will get Al-Qa`idah.PS Let me guess: Saghiyyah also believes that we should not oppose the Saudi government lest Al-Qa`idah takes over.

Posted on December 31, 2007 by As'ad

A tribute to the first remote control.

Posted on December 31, 2007 by As'ad

Abu Mazen’s representative in Lebanon, `Abbas Zaki, heaps praise on Saddam Husayn in a rally organized by Saddam’s Ba`thists in Lebanon. That would not be translated by MEMRI as the Zionists now approve of the Dahlan gang in the West Bank.

Posted on December 31, 2007 by As'ad

Hariri newspaper reviews Hariri TV News channel and gives it very hight marks. In other news, all Saudi media agree: that King `Abdullah was the man of the year–just as they all agreed that King Fahd was the man of the year, every lousy year of his rule. And leave it to this Lebanese journalist, […]

Posted on December 31, 2007 by As'ad

Still “liberating”…in Ba`qubah. (AP)

Posted on December 31, 2007 by As'ad

Lebanese men are more likely to believe in astrology than women.

Posted on December 30, 2007 by As'ad

Damning. In two months, Hariri propagandist, Hasan Sabra (reportedly a former propagandist for Libyan regime before becoming a propagandist for Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the 1980s), changes his view of Michel Sulayman.

Posted on December 30, 2007 by As'ad

Julia Butrus banned from Al-Manar TV: ironies of religious media. Julia Butrus revealed in an interview on New TV that her song, Ahibba’i(My Beloved Ones, which is compiled from words used in a speech by Hasan Nasrallah–I don’t like the song, I prefer her song, Lebanon has Won (Intisara Lubnan) has been banned from Al-Manar […]

Posted on December 30, 2007 by As'ad

The military balance of force in the Middle East has been altered yet again. The Lebanese Army received 100 used trucks from the US government. 50 of the trucks will be used to supply the soldiers with their daily intake of Shish Tawuq.

Posted on December 30, 2007 by As'ad

Mounzer Sulayman on the most frivolous lawsuit by Fakhri Karim (the (un?)official intellectual of the American occupation of Iraq, and its puppet president) against Samah Idris and Al-Adab. You have to read the full text of his ridiculous lawsuit (in the last issue of Al-Adab magazine): it reads as an addendum to Orwell’s 1984. He […]

Posted on December 30, 2007 by As'ad

Khalid Saghiyyah on the New Year’s Eve party at Sanyurah Palace.

Posted on December 30, 2007 by As'ad

“A 16-ounce cup of Starbucks coffee contains on average twice the amount of caffeine found in a similar cup purchased elsewhere (see The Journal of Analytical Toxicology, October 2006), sometimes approaching the amount in three NoDoz tablets. Starbucks in fact publishes the caffeine content of its brewed coffee: a venti cup has 415 milligrams.” I […]

Posted on December 30, 2007 by As'ad

Here, Michael Husayn Young–do people still remember his articles in 2005 predicting that Shi`ite masses in Lebanon are going to shift toward his neo-conservative stance?–laments the decline of the neo-conservative influence in the US administration. Don’t cry for him, Lebanonesia. (thanks Amer)

Posted on December 30, 2007 by As'ad

Is there somebody to tell the owners of Lebanese culture industry that the Karakalla dance performances–like the Mansur Rahbani plays–are a joke? A very embarrassing joke.

Posted on December 30, 2007 by As'ad

“On the outer fringes of the throng around Benazir Bhutto that night in Larkana eight years ago were the local villagers who had somehow blagged their way in. They were welcome enough – as long as they stayed in their place. But one had a camera and took a picture. The flash had not even […]

Posted on December 30, 2007 by As'ad