Archive for September 16, 2008
Remind me to write about Bob Woodward’s new book. I will write about it upon returning from Austin.
The meeting between Jumblat’s party leadership and Hizbullah’s leadership is very indicative. I have always advised Lebanese to never trust any of the sectarian parties and organizations: all those parties are willing to subordinate their declared goals and policies to their petty sectarian calculations. They casually engage in double betrayals: they betray their own principles, [...]
“The family of a Saudi man who died in the custody of religious police after being apprehended on suspicion of alcohol possession were left un-vindicated Tuesday when an appeals court refused to find the officers guilty of murder.”
Egyptian government tried its best to prevent the Egyptian people from watching the new Ramadan serial, Nasser. This is a report on its success.
News from your “liberated” Afghanistan: “A senior United Nations human rights official in Afghanistan voiced deep concern today that two individuals convicted in 2006 for the rape of a woman in the north of the country have been released early.”
If those people were a little bit more informed on foreign affairs (like the GOP vice-presidential candidate who can see the world from her window in Alaska) they would not have been so easily misled. “A GOP congressional leader who was wavering on giving President Bush the authority to wage war in late 2002 said [...]
““There will be many opportunities, both by encouraging and by deporting, but we must start with encouragement, with a general statement. That’s the minimum.””
Poop Zionism. “An Israeli city is using DNA analysis of dog droppings to reward and punish pet owners.” (thanks D)
…off to University of Texas at Austin. Returning on Thursday.
“The Israel Defense Forces must investigate its soldiers’ failure to prevent a group of settlers from attacking and wounding eight Palestinians on Saturday, a human rights group demanded Monday.” Israeli military investigations of such matters remind me of the U.S. military invsetigations in matters relating to killing of Iraqi or Afghan civilians by U.S. troops. [...]
All Lebanese (at least) should read this: Saqr Abu Fakhr teaches `Awn Minister, Jubran Basil, a thing or two about the Palestinian cause. (thanks Kamal)