Archive for August 30, 2008
“A Pakistani lawmaker defended a decision by southwestern tribesmen to bury five women alive because they wanted to choose their own husbands, telling stunned members of Parliament this week to spare him their outrage.”
“One in six American soldiers in Afghanistan and one in eight in Iraq are taking daily doses of prescription antidepressants, sleeping pills or painkillers to help them cope with the stresses of combat, according to figures contained in a US Army mental health advisory team report seen by The Herald.”
“In 2003, after lobbying for six years, Lockheed Martin got Congress to approve a $3.8 billion loan for Poland to buy 48 of its F-16 fighter jets. It was one of the largest military loans in recent memory.” (thanks Tanweer)
Blame the Shi`ite sectarian death squads and their sponsors at the American occupation apparatus: “But the Palestinians, who number about 11,000 and mostly live in Baghdad, remain one of the most vulnerable groups, said Daniel Endres, the envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Iraq.”
“And yes, Joseph R. Wood, Cheney’s deputy assistant for national security affairs, was in Georgia shortly before the war began.” (thanks FLC)
Husni Mubarak had a role in an old Egyptian movie–kid you not. (thanks Pierre)
“Police have been searching for two weeks for the body of Rose, the blue-eyed child.” If only Palestinian children are blue-eyed. Maybe then the Western press would pay attention to their suffering. (thanks Abdullah)
“But now here comes Israel’s environment minister, Gideon Ezra, with an equally huge whopper as he warns of an even bigger, more terrible war should Hizbollah attack Israel again. “During the (2006) war, we considered the possibility of attacking Lebanon’s infrastructure but we never (sic) resorted to this option, because we thought at the time [...]
“Among the Palestinians on board was Saed Mosleh, 12, who lost his leg to an Israeli tank shell, as well as students who had been prevented by the Israeli embargo from studying abroad.”
The Kuwaiti government bans a book because it promotes reconciliation and amity among Sunnis and Shi`ites. Saudis must have protested. (thanks Yahya)
“Dissatisfied with the answers, the rabbis nullified her conversion. Yael did not need a divorce, they ruled, because she had never been married. She had never been married because she had never been Jewish. And because she had never been Jewish, her children were not, either.” (thanks Nabeel)
“Israeli forces sprayed waste water and gas into a crowd singing songs for freedom from oppression. They also chanted against the killing of children, the abuse of political prisoners and the occupation in general.” (thanks Marcy)
“While boycott and divestment campaigns in the West become more sophisticated and widespread, the Arab world’s longstanding boycott of Israel is being undermined by Arab governments, companies and businessmen.” (thanks David)
Talal Salman on Adonis.
Based on what took place in the Lebanese parliament last Monday, it is clear to me that March 14th and its Saudi, French, and American sponsors will do their best to postpone or even cancel the next parliamentary elections.
I don’t like flags and I don’t like nationalisms, but…for Palestine and the Palestinians, anything and everything.
“The black-and-white checkered scarf — which became an international symbol of the Palestinian struggle when Yasser Arafat first sported it in the 1960s — has since grown into a global phenomenon more and more disconnected from the land and the struggle in which it was born.” (thanks Olivia)
As is known, shoes are only offensive in Arab culture. So in the picture above, Pakistani demonstrators are merely saluting their president who carried Bush’s banner of reform for years.