Archive for March, 2008

So this guy, who for years has been referring to Jews AND Christians in the most hateful and vulgar terms, is going to preside over a Wahhabi conference on inter-faith dialogue. An Israeli newspaper reported that he has contacted an Israeli organization to send official religious representatives. It is possible that he will invite Al-Qa`idah […]

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

Take it easy. They are only “liberating” the hell out of you. (thanks As`ad–not me). (Al-Balad newspaper).

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

Al-Akhbar reports that the demonstration against the appointment (by whom?) of Carlos Ghosn in the AUB’s Board of Trustees attracted only tens of students. And the AUB’s Dean of Students (who is doing his best to muzzle any protests) is a well-known Phalangist who supported Amin Gemayyel during the May 17 days. I was a […]

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

The times are changing. The daughter of Jamal `Abdun-Nasir was ordered by an Egyptian (puppet) court to pay a settlement to the daughter of Anwar As-Sadat. And both daughters were ordered by the same court to prostrate before the son of Husni Mubarak. As my father used to say in Egyptian accent (that he had […]

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

The mouthpiece of Khalid Bin Sultan promotes…Khalid Bin Sultan as a “water sociologist.” Oh, yeah. Does that make his brother, Prince Bandar Bin Bribe, a potato anthropologist?

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

Hazim Saghiyyah only criticizes the Syrian and the Libyan governments. But the fact that those two regimes are the only ones that the Saudi government opposes is a mere coincidence, of course. Of course. It could be that the rest of the Arab regimes follow the secular and liberal models that Saghiyyah esposes. Of course, […]

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

Guess who was mediating in the conflict between the sectarian militias of Badr and Mahdi? None other than the “secular-liberal”–that was how the US press referred to Ahmad Chalabi prior to the US invasion–Ahmad Chalabi. He was negotiating on behalf of his ally, Muqtada As-Sadr.

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

An adviser (Nimr Hammad, I think if I heard his name correctly while in the shower) to Abu Mazen told AlArabiya that Bush is exerting great effort to solve the Palestinian problem. Oh, yeah. Wait until his last week in office: he will liberate Palestine for you too.

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

“This incident is just another example of the cavalier way in which the US military treats non-American lives. We’ve witnessed this over and over again in Afghanistan and Iraq where families have been incinerated for driving too close to US Army vehicles, entire villages were bombed under suspicion they were harbouring “terrorists” and wedding parties […]

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

Habib Yunis responds to my critique of his obituary of May Murr.

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

“A total of 76 percent of Israeli Jews give some degree of support to transferring Israeli Arabs to a future Palestinian state, a poll commissioned by the Knesset Channel revealed, Monday.” (thanks Ali)

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

“The last days of Mubarak” by `Abdul-Halim Qandil (who was beaten up by Mubarak goons a few years ago) (thanks Kamal)

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

Who is worse than Al-Qa`idah, and worse than who is worse than Al-Qa`idah? Iraqi puppet prime minister (former Da`wah leader, and the party specialized in car bombings), Nuri Al-Maliki (loyal to both Iran and US) said that he is going after Al-Mahdi militia because they are worse than Al-Qa`idah. But after the failure of his […]

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

“”There are few foreigners who have had as much impact as Ahmad Chalabi has had on U.S. government policy and perhaps even on U.S. history. And none except Chalabi have done it fully funded by the U.S. taxpayer.”” I detest the man but I am amused when they now try to blame all the mistakes […]

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

“But in the final months of the Bush presidency, Rice isn’t pursuing only Middle East peace. There is a North Korean nuclear deal to complete. There is a missile defense pact with Russia to negotiate. There is a civil nuclear deal with India to save. And, of course, there are wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” […]

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

…off to DC, and then to Pomona College until Sunday.

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

The New York Times gets it: Zionism fuels Palestine crackdown.

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

Very casually the New York Times wrote this caption under this picture: “An Israeli soldier throwing noise grenades on Sunday at Palestinian demonstrators during a protest near Nablus, West Bank.”

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

Hariri Big Brother. The Hariri militia came to a woman’s house in Hamra and forced to fill in the form. She refused. They came the next day with an order from the security forces that they control. (Notice the question about whether her house overlooks the house of “the ra’is”–a reference to the dead Hariri […]

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad

Unlike other leftists and liberals at the time (like Adonis, Foucault, and Anwar Abdul-Malak), I never harbored any sympathy for the Islamic Revolution in Iran: “In February 1983 Maryam, who was then 70, and her husband were imprisoned, and Kianouri was accused of spying for the Soviet Union. That April the party was banned and […]

Posted on March 31, 2008 by As'ad