Archive for April, 2008

“We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state founded on terrorism, massacres and the dispossession of another people from their land. We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state that even now engages in ethnic cleansing, that violates international law, that is inflicting a monstrous collective punishment on the civilian population of Gaza and that […]

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

One of the most unprincipled and corrupt Palestinian leaders, Bassam Abu Sharif, writes a biographical anthology of lies about Yaser Arafat: a Palestinian leader as incompetent and as lousy as Hajj Amin Husayni and Ahmad Shuqayri–the latter was at least amusing and was oratorically gifted. In this new book, for example, Abu Sharif claims that […]

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

Sarkozy declares the Tunisian police state “an exemplary model”

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

“Oppressed workers and peoples…and Imperialism” by Sulayman Taqiyyidin

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

Dahlan o Dahlan. Abu Mazen brought Damascene sweets to Olmert and Livni. (In South Lebanon we have a saying: مطرح ما يسري يهري)

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

Since the beginning of this year, eight female domestic servants were found dead in Lebanon.

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

A campaign for the foreign domestic workers in Lebanon.

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

“Doctors in Afghanistan say rates of some health problems affecting children have doubled in the last two years. Some scientists say the rise is linked to use of weapons containing depleted uranium (DU) by the US-led coalition that invaded the country in 2001. A Canadian research group found very high levels of uranium in Afghans […]

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

On Workers’ Day (not Labor Day as they call it in the US), comrade Khalid writes “One Day”

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

“Her first mention of Hariri comes on page 176, of Hassan Nasrallah on page 234, and her command of the two most galvanising figures in recent Lebanese politics is weak. Solidere gets a single sentence.” She also gives Assad’s son, Syria’s current president, the name Bashir rather than Bashar. (thanks Chris)

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

I need a bibiliographical help–and I need it NOW. I heard that the Mahdawi trials’ transcripts were published in books but I can’t find a reference to that. Anybody knows?

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

“I still remember my first time visiting Israel: It felt like coming home to a place that I had never been. And every time I return, and as I look upon the land where Israelis have made the desert literally bloom, and as I drive past the aging hulks of Israeli tanks, which recall the […]

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

“Los Angeles Police Department officials announced Tuesday that they investigated more than 300 complaints of racial profiling against officers last year and found that none had merit — a conclusion that left members of the department’s oversight commission incredulous.” (thanks Sellam)

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

“CAIRO: “Mr. President, Mr. President, Egypt’s youth are behind bars.”With those words Belal Diab, a 20-year-old literature student at Cairo University, interrupted Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif as he addressed the student body on campus Monday, kicking up a media storm.” (thanks anonymous)

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

A special section in As-Safir’s Youth Supplement on migrant workers in Lebanon.

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

“Lebanese employers, placement agencies, and the Lebanese authorities should improve the treatment of domestic workers by ensuring fair contracts, timely payment of wages, and a weekly day’s leave, Human Rights Watch said today, on the eve of Labor Day. Human Rights Watch is launching a campaign to highlight the often invisible abuses that many women […]

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

“On the following Monday, he deliberately swallowed a dose of LSD and rode his bicycle home as the effects of the drug overwhelmed him. That day, April 19, later became memorialized by LSD enthusiasts as “bicycle day.””

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

“They say Hamdan, already the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, has essentially been driven insane by solitary confinement in a tiny cell where he spends at least 22 hours a day, goes to the bathroom and eats all his meals. His defense team says he is suicidal, hears voices, has flashbacks, talks to […]

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

Arab oil princes and kings: they gave more money to New Orleans than they gave to Lebanon after the Israeli war on Lebanon. (thanks May)

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad

“But the Barbican Arts Centre’s show Homeland Lost, consisting of 16 black and white images taken by the photojournalist Alan Gignoux soon after Israel gained independence, is the unlikely frontier of new hostilities between Britain’s Israeli and Arab communities. Jonathan Hoffman, of the Jewish umbrella group the Zionist Federation, has complained to the London arts […]

Posted on April 30, 2008 by As'ad