Archive for June 12, 2008
I am not making this up. Hariri TV anchorperson, Munir Al-Hafi, has a new book. It is titled: “Saudi Arabia is for Lebanon.” Do you now know why I was born angry?
I am not making this up. MEMRI today issued a special bulletin titled: “A Palestinian journalist criticizes Hamas.” Do you think MEMRI will issue a bulletin titled: A Palestinian journalist criticizes Dahlan?
Ahmad Fu’ad Najm on Husni Mubarak. (thanks Eyad)
The Pettiness Homeland. On the front page of the Hariri rag, Al-Mustaqbal, they have this: “A Lebanese, Rawi Al-Hajj, wins the most important literary award after Nobel.” In the homeland obsessed with rankings, I award Lebanonese media the most important media award in silliness and small-mindedness.
Hassan Fattah now turns to coverage of labor in Dubia. Here is a sample: “Dubai residents [i.e. UAE's ruling princes] are complaining about increasing harassment from beggars claiming they are labourers who have been injured in construction accidents.” (thanks Lysandra)
“The report, sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness, cited statistics showing that foreign students earned nearly 60 percent of engineering doctoral degrees awarded by U.S. universities. China, Taiwan, India and South Korea have accounted for the most foreign citizens getting U.S. science and engineering degrees, RAND said.”
Saudi “liberal” media explains homosexuality. According to Saudi media, pedophiles are gays, and gays are pedophiles. The author of this article then concludes with this: he said that homosexuality in the Arab world is motivated by economic reasons while in the West it is a mere “luxury”. He recommends “programs” to divert Arab gays from [...]
Suddenly, Saudi media are crying: racism against Saudi Arabia. (By Saudi government standards, it is racist to oppose the House of Saud.): “The passages were found in selected textbooks used during the 2007-08 school year by the Islamic Saudi Academy, which teaches 900 students in grades K-12 at two campuses in Alexandria and Fairfax and [...]
“A mid-level government official supportive of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s political faction was arrested Wednesday for making public accusations of corruption against several top clerics, the Iranian Fars News Agency reported.”
Politics aside: there is something very likable about the British ambassador in Lebanon. She seems so natural.PS If she invites me to lunch or dinner, I shall accept.
Bush Doctrine: “Ethiopia’s government has committed extensive war crimes and crimes against humanity during a brutal counterinsurgency campaign in the remote Ogaden region, a report says today.”
I was thinking: who will be so dumb as to invite George W. Bush to speak on foreign affairs after he leaves office. And then I remembered the ruling dynasties of UAE.
“Security officials say 35-year-old Hisham Ghosein was plowing his field with a bulldozer in his home village of Qantara, when the [ISRAELI] mine exploded and instantly killed him. The village is about 8 km (5 miles), away from the Israeli border. Thursday’s powerful blast also wounded a Syrian worker who was helping Ghosein, while the [...]
“The reaction in Iraq to the US demands for the long-term use of military bases and other rights has been so furious that Washington is now offering limited concessions in the negotiations. For example, the US is lowering the number of bases it wants from 58 to “the low dozens” and says it is willing [...]
Fadl An-Naqib on the late George Habash. (thanks Mirvat)
Real coverage of the AIPAC conference. (thanks John)