Archive for August, 2008

Phoenician science. “Lebanon is an eastern Mediterranean country inhabited by approximately four million people with a wide variety of ethnicities and religions, including Muslim, Christian, and Druze. In the present study, 926 Lebanese men were typed with Y-chromosomal SNP and STR markers, and unusually, male genetic variation within Lebanon was found to be more strongly […]

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

Ghassan Sharbil asks Muhammad Dahlan:Q Was it difficult for Abu `Ammar to shake hands with the killer of Abu Jihad [a reference to Ehud Barak]:A No, Abu `Ammar did not have complexes. He used to shake hands and joke…”

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

I am not making this up: Saudi King (the Servitor of the two holy sites AND the IKEA store in the kingdom) expresses happiness over the plight of women in Saudi Arabia.

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

For those who want to know why I have contempt for Lebanon and its dominant culture: “L’hebdomadaire britannique The Observer rapporte les résultats d’une étude menée par les chercheurs Pierre Zalloua et Chris Tyler-Smit, qui ont découvert chez des hommes libanais vivant de nos jours un marqueur génétique typique des populations européennes. Selon ces scientifiques, […]

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

After I posted a note about Cham Press below, I received a call from the founder/editor who left a message on my phone. He apologized profusely and said nice things and said that he removed that article which was lifted from Al-Akhbar without permission and without even a note that it came from Al-Akhbar.

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

“Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reprimanded Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas Sunday for meeting with released murderer Samir Kuntar in Lebanon. “You’re not supposed to meet with killers,” Olmert said during a meeting between the two in Jerusalem.”

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

“The Israeli army forced their way into the playing field of a Palestinian secondary school in the village of Tell in south west Nablus district on Friday afternoon.”

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

“The claims come after the coalition was also accused of killing more than 90 people, including 60 children, in air strikes in the west a week ago – a charge it denies. “Five civilians, including two women and a child, were killed in an air strike by coalition forces early this morning,” Sayed Sakhidad, criminal […]

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

Spotting the moon of Ramadan in the Arab world. (thanks Talal)

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

“The president reiterated that the “genocide” being carried out in Somalia by the US Administration and its “servants” was “the biggest crime of the 21st century”, and said even worse was the act of stifling to deny the situation the attention of the world.”

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

“”Sarah’s absolutely pro-Israel,” he said, referring to conversations with her and comments she’s made about Israel’s security and its importance to the United States. He noted that as governor she signed a resolution honoring Israel for its 60th birthday.”

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

“Germany’s Defense Ministry says three civilians were killed when security forces opened fire after their vehicle failed to stop at a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan.”

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

“But General McKiernan also contended that only 5 civilians had been killed.”

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

“Britain has failed in its duty to stop the US from committing “shameful acts” in the treatment of suspects detained during the war on terror, one of America’s most respected intellectuals warns today.” How ironic. A man known and respected around the world remains unknown here in the U.S.

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

This is Zionism: “Human rights groups say Israel has systematically fostered Jewish communities at the expense of Palestinian growth in several areas of the West Bank it wants to keep, and the Jordan Valley is among the hardest hit. Israelis move freely through the valley, while Palestinians are hampered by building restrictions and roadblocks, one […]

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

“Iraqi and Western officials monitoring the talks have said Maliki is afraid of accepting terms that could brand him as an American puppet.” (thanks Olivia)

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

“Jurors wept and embraced former Marine Jose Luis Nazario Jr. after acquitting him of voluntary manslaughter in the killings of unarmed Iraqi detainees during a fierce 2004 battle.” (thanks Thabet)

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

“When did you convert from Hinduism to Catholicism? I was baptized in college. It was after several years of prayer and reading and thinking about this.”

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

“Spotlighting Brigitte Gabriel allowed her to launch a barrage of vitriolic one-line assaults on Muslims. It’s hard to imagine opening your magazine to such a screed were it racist, homophobic or anti-Semitic, whether or not it was delivered by a best-selling author and whether or not your reporter attempted to trip her up. What makes […]

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad

“But not just Iran. On August 21, Saudi Arabia got in on the action, executing two Pakistani nationals for smuggling drugs. The pair were beheaded by the sword after they were caught smuggling heroin in the eastern city of Damman. That was the 63rd execution this year in the country, with drug offenders accounting for […]

Posted on August 31, 2008 by As'ad