Archive for March 29, 2008
Ash-Shraq Al-Awsat, the mouthpiece of Prince Salman, noted that Bashshar Al-Asad did not preface his speech to the Arab summit with “In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate.”Even the liberal pretender, the Wahhabi Saudi advocate who edits the mouthpiece, complained about that. In Saudi Arabia, it is a required refrain, you must understand. [...]
To protest the attempt (by the Lebanese security services to please Iran and its supporters in Lebanon) to ban the film in Lebanon–it has since been unbanned, Persepolis, Al-Akhbar published illustration from Persepolis.(Al-Akbar was the only paper to do so in Lebanon. Yet, Hariri propagandists and hoodlums continue to wrongly associate the newspaper with Iran. [...]
The Muslim World League (which was founded by Saudi Arabia (with US support) to spread fanatical religious thought and practices against Nasserism and communism during the Cold War) has spoken: it condemned Danish cartoons and the Dutch film. It does not speak about the oppression of Muslims by their own governments, of by foreign occupiers.
My response to the obituary of May Murr by Habib Yunis in Al-Akhbar.
Did you see Muqtada As-Sadr on AlJazeera after two years of absence from the media? He is very changed, in appearance and in personality. As if he underwent a PR course. He never used to smile in interviews: in fact, he used to scold and sneer at journalists. In today’s interview: he did not stop [...]
Michael Husayn Young cites in a recent article Paul Berman citing Camus. I don’t know about you, but does that not certifiably promote Michael Young to the status of an intellectual? And let us not forget the man’s contribution to the literature on offshoots.
Return? Today, in his speech, Bashshar Al-Asad talked about “the return” (`awdat) of occupied lands and not tahrir (liberation). I have never heard of a liberation movement talks about the “return of occupied lands”. As if occupied lands just return on their own, or they fall from the sky. But then again: in the era [...]
I actually watched the speech of Mu`ammar Al-Qadhdhafi. I am bitterly disappointed how much New TV promotes that mentally disturbed man: the promotion of him by New TV is only increasing. The fact that New TV has been signing agreements (to train and advise the launching of new Libyan TV stations) with the Libyan government [...]
US-approved Wahhabi moderation: “In places as different as Saudi Arabia, they have been looking for moderate voices among the imams.”
Dubai, trying to show how environmentally enlightened it is, today turned off its lights for an hour. The ruling family, however, stressed that all brothels in Dubai will stay well-lighted.
“U.S. jets widened the bombing of Basra on Saturday, dropping two precision-guided bombs on a suspected militia stronghold north of the city hours after strafing a house and reportedly killing eight civilians, officials said.”
Learning from MEMRI. Just as MEMRI makes all the Arab Zionists it likes “prominent” and “celebrated”, Haaretz is doing the same: “Magdi Allam, the most famous Muslim in Italy, and one of the leading and most courageous intellectuals in Europe today.” I am sure people will go: Magdi who? (thanks Mick)
“As protests spread across Iraq, US aircraft also attacked Sadr City in eastern Baghdad, killing at least five civilians, according to Iraqi police and hospitals. “There have been engagements going on in and around Sadr City. We’ve engaged the enemy with artillery, we’ve engaged the enemy with aircraft, we’ve engaged the enemy with direct fire,” [...]
“According to a Unesco publication, the creation of the Sharjah Quranic Garden has been supervised by Shaikh Abdul Nasser Abul Basar, dean of the faculty of Sharia and Islamic studies at University of Sharjah. The garden will host samples of regional flora mentioned in the Quran and medicinal plants, which have been used in the [...]
Look how innocent the US is: “Maliki decided to launch the offensive without consulting his U.S. allies, according to administration officials.” And don’t you believe that? I do. Iraq, in case you have not heard, is a sovereign nation. As a result, Iraqi puppet rulers are permitted to make their own decisions. (thanks Amer)
Ziyad Makhoul: is a “journalist” in the Lebanese press which is doing its best to imitate North Korean press in its praise for the ruling family, and its appointees: ““…littÃƒÂ©ralement transfigurÃƒÂ©, devenu mÃƒÂªme cet ÃƒÂ©tourdissant homme dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Ãƒâ€°tat Ã¢â‚¬â€œ bien plus haut, bien plus loin, bien plus fort…” (thanks Ziyad)