Archive for February 13, 2008
You can’t accuse Western media of disregarding news from Africa and India.
“Another possibility is that the bombing was the work of agents linked to the pro-western Beirut government, which is at odds with the Shia organisation and its Syrian backers.” Come on. I mean, I don’t like the Sanyurah government but does any one in his/her right mind believes that Sanyurah or mini-Hariri or Ashraf Rifi [...]
This account by Robert Fisk about his meeting with `Imad Mughniyyah is like Christopher Hitchens’ meeting with Abu Nidal. I mean, it was not Mughniyyah and it was not Abu Nidal that they met. First of all, do you really believe that Mughniyyah would introduce himself to a Western reporter in 1991, and use his [...]
“A South African nurse, who has been missing from Riyadh since November, has called her family from an undisclosed location in the Kingdom where she is supposedly being held. Dannelene Noach, 54, who had been working at a hospital in Riyadh for around seven years, went missing last year after blowing the whistle on alleged [...]
“The ultimate purpose of the proposed project is to provide the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior (MOI) surveillance and over watch capability of all major thoroughfares in Kabul City and the surrounding areas. The network will cover the entire City o f Kabul and connect the National Police Command Center (NPCC) and Kabul City Police with [...]
It hit me as I was reading tomorrow’s issues of Arabic newspapers. An-Nahar is now such a bad newspaper–politics aside. When I Was growing up, it was a sectarian and right-wing newspaper, but it was a good and interesting paper. It really is unreadable now. I am not complaining: I am gloating, in fact.
This writer disagrees with Samir Amin who recently argued that political Islam is aligned with imperialism. But what about the contemporary history of the Muslim Brotherhood? What about the Badr Militia in Iraq? Those are large movements, you know. (But there were inaccuracies in the Amin’s article. No time to elaborate. Take my word for [...]
This account of UNSC understates Hariri’s role (in coordination with the French).
Lebanese and Saudi TV stations will be over saturated with Hariri coverage tomorrow. On Future TV, they will interview a potato that was half-eaten by Rafiq just before he died.
Tomorrow, is Valentine’s Day. It is a day to celebrate love and peace, man.
I saw mini-Hariri analyze the Lebanese situation on LBC-TV. He came across as intellectually gifted as George W. Bush when he analyzes foreign affairs.
Did you know that Egyptian actress Zizi Mustafa died? I just read that. To tell you the truth, I did not like her much. She was too whiny in her acting. (Oh, and she is not linked to any acts of terrorism. Of that we are sure.)
There is a new slogan for AlJazeera: Danish cartoons, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you ask me, American, Israeli, and Hizbullah propaganda are exaggerating the political and military significance of `Imad Mughniyyah–all for different reasons. Ibrahim Al-Amin gives an assessment of Mughniyyah here (he dispels the exaggerated notions of his role). What about Syrian propaganda, you are asking? Well, Syrian propaganda is still obsessed with the song: “The [...]
People are being strangulated in Gaza, and AlJazeera is reporting among its top news…the publication of Danish cartoons. Keep it up and I will publish them too.
“The officer in charge of an army unit that went on a wild rampage in the West Bank and shot a Palestinian without justification last July was sentenced to 15 months in prison Wednesday.” (thanks Yasmine)
The media is quite racist in its assumption that Latinos just would not vote for blacks. “Obama won among men, among women and among union voters. He won big among the affluent, educated voters in the District’s suburbs, but he also won convincingly among rural voters and small-town Democrats.” (No, I am not supporting Obama, [...]
“But limits on waterboarding by US spy agencies remain unlikely to become law, thanks to political manoeuvring from Republicans and Democrats alike as well as certain opposition from George Bush.”
The other day the Hariri rag, Al-Mustaqbal, published pictures (and location) of Palestinian tunnels in Gaza. Did people notice that?
“However it didn’t help their case when, a day after Hariri’s speech, Druze leader allied with the March 14 coalition Walid Jumblatt spoke to his supporters using nearly identical rhetoric as the US and Hariri, saying that March 14 would not sit with their “arms folded” waiting for conflict in Lebanon to occur.”