Archive for January 25, 2008
Pierre Abi Sa`b salutes Saudi Arabia (it is an ironic title).
This is Lebanon. A Western correspondent in the Middle East sent me this: “just watching al jazeera english covering the latest bomb.. Rula Amin the corespondent on the scene says she just met a family who have discovered their father had died in the blast.. “their first reaction was to beat up the Syrian man [...]
The New York Times put this caption under a picture: “A guard tried to control the hordes of Palestinians who poured into Egypt for televisions, cigarettes, livestock, food and fuel.” Hordes is never used to describe Western people or Israelis for example.
Sometimes I notice that I have a hard time criticizing people with whom I have broken bread. Is that bad?
“With its international mandate in Iraq set to expire in 11 months, the Bush administration will insist that the government in Baghdad give the United States broad authority to conduct combat operations and guarantee civilian contractors specific legal protections from Iraqi law, according to administration and military officials.”
“”Looking hip is not just about vanity anymore, it’s critical to every woman’s personal and financial survival.” They would never say that about men. (thanks Ema)
To their credit, none of the US media I saw referred to the ethnic background of the corrupt Chicago contributor, Rezko. Al-Hayat (in the Saudi edition that I read two days ago in DC) referred to Rezko as “Syrian” on its front page headline.
The headscarves study (thanks Maria)
My mother tells me that Lebanese she knows are fed up with both: the government side and the opposition. Who can blame them?
So tell me more about you: “I am a Christian, and I am a devout Christian. I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
This is interesting. A “House for Secularists”, literally, in Beirut. A place where Lebanese can find a haven away from their sects.
Classism (and kookyism) in political discourse in Lebanon (by comrade Khalid)
“The Philippines has banned its citizens from going to Jordan to work amid claims of widespread abuse of domestic staff by Jordanian employers” (thanks Mal)