Archive for February, 2008

“Q A quick one on Lebanon, too. Prime Minister Siniora comes out today and says he has summoned the U.S. charg d’affaires to request clarifications about the USS Cole being sent to the region; says he had nothing to do with it. Was there really no coordination between the United States and Lebanon about this […]

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

“ Vilnai’s holocaust threat, however much Israeli officials attempt to qualify it, fits into a consistent pattern of belligerent statements and actions by Israeli officials. Israel has attempted to isolate the population of Gaza, deliberately restricting essential supplies, such as food, medicines and energy, a policy endorsed by the Israeli high court but condemned by […]

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

My article in Al-Akhbar: “The Triumph of Sadatism: The country (and US) first.”

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

“First it is important to establish the facts. Here are the facts: I am not a Muslim and I never have been. I never attended a madrasa. I did not take my oath of office on a Koran. I am a committed Christian. I lived in Indonesia for four years as a child, where I […]

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

“But we must act and time is running out.” The Nintendo Wii is selling like hot cakes. Get your game NOW. (thanks W.)

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

For knowledge on Iraq and Middle East issues, I always–ALWAYS–turn to her.

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

“Terje Rød-Larsen, who played a key role in the so-called “Oslo Agreement” that later fell apart, has refused to turn over documents tied to negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians in the early 1990s.” (thanks Badis)

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

“The Bush administration’s continued backing of President Pervez Musharraf, despite the overwhelming rejection of his party by voters this month, is fueling a new level of frustration in Pakistan with the United States. That support has rankled the public, politicians and journalists here, inciting deep anger at what is perceived as American meddling and the […]

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

The dispatch of USS Cole to the waters off Lebanon was expected. You see, most of the Syrian and Iranian intervention in Lebanon has been arriving by sea. Also, members of “the democratically-elected” government of Fu’ad Sanyurah, may be forced to flee for their lives and the presence of those ships is very reassuring to […]

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

“U.S. Terror Watch List Surpasses 900,000 Names, ACLU Estimates – UPDATED” (thanks Greg)

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

O Arabs. Your money will be funding this library: “Mr. Bush’s library, which is to include a museum and a public policy institute, is expected to cost more than $200 million, though Mr. Bush said Thursday that he could not confirm that amount. He said he would “probably take some foreign money, but don’t know […]

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

““I was never on his show,” Gore Vidal, with whom Mr. Buckley had a famous feud, said on Thursday. “I don’t like fascism much.” He added: “I was one of the first people he asked. And, of course, I refused to be on it. And, of course, he lied about it afterward.””

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

This was an ad in an Israeli newspaper, Haaretz. (thanks Eyad)

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

“Likewise, physician Khaled Bsat of the Hariri Clinic in the Sunni-majority Beirut neighborhood of Tarik al-Jdeideh said his staff “give free medicine to everyone, not according to sect but because healthcare is for everyone.” However, were a patient to be a member of the Future Movement, their treatment at the Hariri Clinic would certainly be […]

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

“Mr Senoussi has again been banned from performing in his own country. One reason, say his fans, was that he cheekily called the king “Sa Majetski”, in reference to the monarch’s love of noisy waterbikes. Bziz also recently drew attention to the plight of dissidents by appearing for an interview on the al-Jazeera satellite channel, […]

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

“IT IS the world’s fourth-most-important food crop, after maize, wheat and rice. It provides more calories, more quickly, using less land and in a wider range of climates than any other plant. It is, of course, the potato.” (thanks Karim)

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

If Prince Harry joined the British military earlier, I am confident that he would have been able to save the British Empire.

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

An American correspondent in the Middle East sent me this: “so LBC is starting a new show thats supposed to target youth and tackle social issues the episode they’ve been working on is about economic issues. they prepared a set of questions for the woman who is the economy and stockmarket expert for al arabiya. […]

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

“So far, Obama’s campaign has responded with aggressive corrections that tout his Christian faith, attack the attackers and channel a cooperative witness before the House Un-American Activities Committee. “Barack has never been a Muslim or practiced any other faith besides Christianity,” states one fact sheet. “I’m not and never have been of the Muslim faith,” […]

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad

The child, Muhammad Al-Bur`i, a victim of Israeli occupation killing rampage in Gaza, being buried. (Reuters)

Posted on February 29, 2008 by As'ad