Archive for March 13, 2008
“On November 30, Israel held the unflattering 74th spot in Inter-Parliamentary Union’s ranking for number of women legislators. But during December it dropped to the 83rd spot out of a total of 135 parliaments counted, the lowest level since such counts appeared on the Internet, a decade ago. Ahead of Israel are Angola (79th), Zambia [...]
On Sunni-Shi`ite tensions in…Kuwait.
The Qatari prime minister was regularly ridiculed in Saudi media, especially in the mouthpiece of Prince Salman, Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat. You have to read about this jovial meeting between the Prince Hamad Bin Jasim and Saudi editors. He asked them to forget about the past conflict between Saudi and Qatari media.
Orders have been issued: Saudi media have been ordered to praise Saudi-Qatari relations–after years of attacking Qatar. Qatari media will be doing the same. Are you not touched?
Hassan Fattah on Media: “Look, the idea of us being government-owned locally is not a bad thing. And in fact gives us certain street cred that an independent paper would not have, ironically enough. But it is also just a reflection of the different way the government works here and this sense of the government [...]
“Rumsfeld was not happy with a lot of Al Arabiya sometimes. And they tried to put pressure on the sheikh. He said look if you can shut your tv stations in the U.S. then I can shut these guys down. I put them in a free zone: Media City. And I’m not going to change [...]
The meeting between Rice and Ja`ja` (Ga`ga` in Egyptian accent) was so brief, that only this exchange was possible:Rice: Hi, how are you.Ja`ja`: I am fine, how are you.Rice: OK, bye. Out this way NOW.Ja`ja`: Bye.Yet, Ja`ja` told the press that Lebanon, Palestine, and the situation on the Columbian border were all discussed in the [...]
Comrade Pierre on Paul Shawul.
Comrade Khalid on the Arab summit.
Is this guy for real? “Blair declares Occupied West Bank ‘open for business’”. (thanks Hicham)
“Senator John McCain hailed as a spiritual adviser an Ohio megachurch pastor who has called upon Christians to wage a “war” against the “false religion” of Islam with the aim of destroying it.” (thanks Kumar)
“Their faces are covered in dirt. Their hands are tough and grimy. Their eyes have been hardened by years of adult labour. Lebanon’s child workers lost their playfulness a long time ago.” (thanks Laleh)
“Egypt has noticeably increased its efforts in recent weeks to curb the smuggling of weaponry and explosives from Sinai into the Gaza Strip, senior defense officials have told The Jerusalem Post.” (thanks Ali)
“Гўв‚¬Е“It is also shocking to read the horrific record of what amounts to torture and cruel treatment of individuals held by allies of the United States in the war on terror, knowing that the U.S. government has sent people to those countries for interrogation through its extraordinary renditions program,Гўв‚¬Вќ the executive director of Amnesty International [...]
Samir Ja`ja` (Ga`ga` in Egyptian accent) promised in a speech in Washington, DC that Lebanon would become “a shining example.” Is that like the Iraqi “shining example”?
Saudi media is announcing that 700 Saudis have been released from jail after the Saudi government succeeded in “repairing their takfiri thought.” I kid you not. How did the repair occur? Well, according to Prince Nayif: once the prisoners chanted Long Live House of Saud, their thought was fully “repaired.”
Transcript of AlJazeera’s interview with Admiral Fallon. (thanks Yago)