Archive for February 6, 2008
“Says Valenti, “The word has been so effectively misused and so effectively mischaracterized by conservatives for so long that women are afraid to identify with it. They’ll say everything under the sun that’s feminist, but they won’t identify with it because they’ve been taught feminists are anti-men, feminists are ugly.””
There is no way that Obama can win Texas. Latinos in Texas vote like Cuban-Americans in Texas. They voted for Bush, for example. So if Obama could not win democratic Latinos in California, there is no way he can win Latinos in Texas.
I am always perplexed when people talk about charisma in this leader or that. People now talk about charisma in Obama. I never see it. But then again: I met George Habash: charisma was personified in him. I used to look at the faces of old people in the audience when he would give one [...]
As many of you know, there are many things I detest about Lebanon although I have the utmost respect for the Lebanese ability to “invent” cures for cancer on weekly basis. But one of the most annoying things about Lebanon in my eyes is the new tradition whereby the clerical councils of Sunni, Shi`ites, and [...]
“A liberal Kuwaiti lawmaker said Wednesday he received a telephone death threat after he proposed a bill attempting to reverse the country’s 12-year-old ban on coeducation.”
When Arab journalists–many many of them, including Muhammad Hasanayn Haykal and Saudi clumnists–refer to an article in an American publication (whether it is Newsweek or National Inquirer) they never refer to it as “an article.” It is always a “report”. Listen to the champion of House of Saud, Samir `Atallah, talk about a “report” in [...]
Kamil Daghir on the Palestinians in Lebanon.
Walid Jumblat attacked Al-Akhbar newspaper the other day. Fida’ `Itani responds.
Syrianese? Oh, no. So I was flipping channels, and caught Syrian TV. Let me say that the look has improved substantially, and the animation and graphics look less like claymation. But there was a glimpse of a new show, called “Success Story.” It appeared like those silly Lebanese shows on Lebanese geniuses. I am expecting [...]
A Glimpse Into a Literary Feud. Amer Mohsen wrote this for Iraqslogger. And since it is now subscription based, I can’t link. Here is the full text:“Al-Mada’s Owner “Mobilizes” Iraq’s Intellectuals to His Defense. Patriotism is the last refuge of Fakhry Kareem. After a considerable period of silence, Kareem, who owns al-Mada newspaper and publishing [...]
The Hasan Nasrallah-Michel `Awn-Live-TV Show. So I watched the marathon (taped) live TV interview on Orange TV (owned by the Free Patriotic Current (the movement headed by Gen. `Awn). First, I am very impressed how many commercials Orange TV airs: they ran in one hour more commercials than NBN TV runs in a year. The [...]
Comrade Khalid Saghiyyah on Lebanese “war criminals.”
Amer provided this comment about this article in Al-Mada: “Patriotism is the last refuge of…Fakhri Karim.”
“American forces killed at least two men and a woman and wounded a child in a raid late on Monday near Tikrit in northern Iraq, the American military said Tuesday. Iraqi officials said a fourth person, a young girl, was killed in the attack.”
That new US correspondent for AlArabiya tv in Washignton, DC, Elie Ghanim is his name, I think. How incompetent. He can’t even speak.
The talented New TV reporter, Nansi As-Sab`–one of the few funny reporters on Lebanese TV (she reminds me of the style of CNN’s Jeanne Moos)–did a story yesterday about foreign maids in Lebanon and their political views. The report was sensitively done, and she did not seem to be mocking them. One of the rare [...]
“But while about 24 percent of total registered Dearborn voters and about 20 percent in the state cast ballots, turnout was much lower among Arab Americans. In precincts one and two, or the McDonald Elementary School area, a district made up almost entirely of Arab Americans, less than nine percent of registered voters showed up [...]
The other day, I was driving from San Francisco, and I noticed that I was driving fast. And then I remembered that I had read the article by the Jordanian queen against reckless driving. Immediately, I found myself slowing down. I had not realized the extent to which I was affected by that inspiring article.
“An Arab filmmaker must declare that he respects the uniform of the Israel Defense Forces in order to continue working as a lecturer at Sapir College, the institution’s president, Prof. Ze’ev Tzahor, has decided.”
“Israel will build a fence along parts of the Egyptian border”