Archive for September, 2008

“President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday that he had repeatedly sought the intervention of the Saudi royal family to bring the resurgent Taliban to peace negotiations. But Mr. Karzai said his appeals had failed to yield any talks, and his tone suggested a degree of frustration with the Saudi government for not having acted more decisively.”

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

Bahraini foreign minister calls for the creation of a regional organization that includes Arab countries and Israel, Turkey, and Iran. He then added: I am only doing what I am told. I don’t understand. I am not very bright. I am not bright at all, in fact.

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

I was summoned for jury duty. It was the most boring experience ever, although I was not selected. Everybody I know assures me that I only need to open my mouth to be excluded by both sides. I took with me the autobiography of Shakib Arsalan (nicknamed Amir Al-Bayan). Why is this guy considered a […]

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

“As Williams read English translations of Adonis’ poetry, Adonis recited his works in Arabic.” (Above, Adonis proving his humanity by hugging the White Man).PS A member in the audience told me that Adonis also kissed him on the head.

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

Western liberals will not declare this as the most humanitarian gesture in the entire history of humankind: “Israel has cut purchases of US-made cluster bombs, defense officials said on Tuesday, stocking up on supplies of M-85 bombs from the state-owned Israeli Military Industries (IMI). The report has not yet been confirmed by the IDF.” (thanks […]

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

Meet the next prime minister of Israel: “Binyamin Netanyahu will resume building in existing West Bank settlements if he is elected prime minister, the opposition leader told Walla! News on Sunday.”

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

“Yet life for these 300 Palestinian families and their thousands of other kinsmen displaced from Nahr al-Bared – some for the third time in their lives – might very soon be getting a lot worse, in large part due to the neglect of the region’s Arab states.” The last sentence must have been inserted by […]

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

“Hundreds of protestors demonstrated agains the proposed $700 Billion bail out plan for the finance and banking industry, yet the national news media in America didn’t even report it!”

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

American capitalists are freaking out: “Bailout marks Karl Marx’s comeback”. I wish.

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

Guess who will now “liberate” the Shi`ites of Lebanon? A Lebanese Forces dude in Washington, DC.

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

Palestinians are being shot regularly by Israeli occupation troops and occupation settlers and only when an Israeli is attacked (by other Israelis) the Western press takes notice. “To Ezrahi, there is a clear connection between an upsurge in violence perpetrated by settlers against Palestinians in the territories, particularly in the northern West Bank, and the […]

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

I don’t know who Khaled Amayreh is but I read two silly articles by him (sent to me by well-wishers, I think) in two days. In one of them, he argued that Ahmadinajad’s nutty thesis of Zionist control of the world is factual. In the second article, he informs me that Yusuf Al-Qaradawi is “wise.” […]

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

“Obama argues that the war was a mistake to begin with, that it led us to “take our eye off the ball” and allow Osama bin Laden to escape and al-Qaida to regroup, and that it has strengthened Iran. He says that if elected he will withdraw American troops in stages over a 16-month period.” […]

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

How did Salah Jadid die? I was surprised that Salah Jadid still has some appeal among the secular Syrian opposition based on reactions I received regarding my last article on Syria in Al-Akhbar (the issue of Al-Akhbar on Saturday was not distributed in Syria, I am told). Many people (including some with connection to his […]

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

“”It’s not based on any particular data point,” a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. “We just wanted to choose a really large number.”” (thanks N.)

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

“”If I had enough funds to assist the American economy, I would do all that I can.” (thanks Kamal)

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

“Jiao Weixin of Peking University says that with the development in the next few years of a new rocket, the Long March V, with a heavier lift capability, “it’s a matter of time” before China formally announces plans for landing a man on the moon. According to the Washington Post, Michael Griffin, the head of […]

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

This is a member of the Sahwah council: are you not proud? I don’t think that there has ever been a more professional army than this.

Posted on September 30, 2008 by As'ad

CSI: Lebanon (it is a farce show)

Posted on September 29, 2008 by As'ad

Comrade Ra’id dissects Walid Jumblat. (Warning: it is very delicious.)

Posted on September 29, 2008 by As'ad