Archive for February 28, 2008
Barak Obama always brags that he worked as a “community organizer”. Personally, I would much rather be a community disorganizer.
Ibrahim Al-Amin offers a critical analysis of Walid Jumblat’s political and psychological state.
Today, the New York Times carried two pictures of victims in the Gaza bombings. Both were of Israeli victims.
Flower Fatwawawa. So the Muftititi of Saudi Arabia (shown above) was asked about whether it is permissible to bring flowers to patients in hospitals. He ruled against it and the official fatwawawa said: “It is not part of the guidance of Muslims over the centuries to present flowers, real or artificial, to patients in hospitals [...]
“Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates urged Turkish leaders on Wednesday to abandon their invasion of guerrilla-controlled lands in the northernmost reaches of Iraq by mid-March.”
It is over. The Taliban are now finished once and for all. Finally, a solution to the Taliban problem in Afghanistan.
“For the first time in the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s history, more than one in 100 American adults is behind bars, according to a new report. Nationwide, the prison population grew by 25,000 last year, bringing it to almost 1.6 million. Another 723,000 people are in local jails. The number of American adults is about 230 million, meaning [...]
I watched an interview with Lebanese novelist, Rashid Ad-Da`if. What an unassuming and kind man. I was so impressed with his personality: very atypical of Lebanese intellectuals. Note to self: read his books NOW. I did not know that he was a member of the Lebanese Communist Party for 20 years. (For readers: many of [...]
The propaganda war in the current Arab cold war is so intense that it is only comparable to the Arab propaganda war of the 1950s between Nasser and his rivals. Almost daily, there are fabrications, allegations, and fake interviews from both sides (the Saudi and the Syrian).
You know what this means? More Danish cartoons’ coverage, 24-7. “Doha: In the latest sign of an improvement in ties between the two countries, Saudi Arabia has appointed a new ambassador to Qatar six years after recalling its diplomat from Doha and freezing relations with the Gulf country.” (thanks Laleh)
Another Palestinian child injured by Israeli bombing in Gaza.
“An Israeli airstrike aimed at the ministry of interior building in Gaza City also destroyed the nearby Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) head office in Gaza and killed a 5-month-old baby in a residential building in the same area.”
“When the Palestinians arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t making claims, their viewpoint is simply not heard. Keshev, the Centre for the Protection of Democracy in Israel, studied the way IsraelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s leading television channels and newspapers covered Palestinian casualties in a given month Ã¢â‚¬â€œ December 2005. They found 48 items covering the deaths of 22 Palestinians. However, in only eight [...]
Enslaved by a Lebanese family here in Modesto.
“Jonathan McCullum was in excellent health at 155 pounds when he left last summer to spend the school year as an exchange student in Egypt. But when he returned home to Maine just four months later, the 5-foot-9 teenager weighed a mere 97 pounds and was so weak that he struggled to carry his baggage [...]