Archive for September 19, 2008
Kooky Wahhabi science. A Saudi “medical” study “proves” that Ramadan fasting increases the fertility of men and women alike. Good night.
My article in Al-Akhbar: “Your age, o Ibn Baz”
Can New TV town it down a bit in their news coverage of the American financial crisis? Today, they started the broadcast with this headline: “The US is days away from total financial collapse.”
Dahlan Army: “About 500 members of a security force loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas crossed into Jordan on Thursday for U.S. funded training, the second such battalion to do so.”
“The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR) published its weekly report on the Israeli violations in the occupied Palestinian areas in the period between 11 – 17 Sep. 2008. During the reported period, Israeli soldiers carried out 47 invasions, killed one Palestinian child, wounded 22 civilians — including four children — and kidnapped 39 civilians [...]
“The number of detainees the US military is holding in Iraq will probably exceed 15,000 by year’s end Ã¢â‚¬â€œ another factor America’s next president must weigh when considering how much to downscale the US role in the country.”
“A US soldier was sentenced Thursday to seven months in prison for conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the deaths of four detainees in Iraq last year, an army spokeswoman said.” He will be out in two weeks.
“Rwanda became the first country in the world where women outnumber men in parliament, according to provisional results announced Thursday at the close of a four-day legislative vote.”
“Foreign troops killed an ally of President Hamid Karzai in southern Afghanistan during an overnight gunbattle, officials said Thursday. The Afghan president said the death resulted from a “misunderstanding between foreign and local forces.””
“Shlomo Hillel, a government minister and an active Zionist in Iraq, adamantly opposed the analogy: “I don’t regard the departure of Jews from Arab lands as that of refugees. They came here because they wanted to, as Zionists.” In a Knesset hearing, Ran Cohen stated emphatically: “I have this to say: I am not a [...]
I have three books to report to you about: especially 1948 by Benny Morris.
Another Lebanese genius. This one invented a way to link your phone to your shoe. (thanks anonymous)
“In his address to the Council, Tutu also charged that “the international community is failing to fulfil its role in respect of the suffering of the people of Gaza.” “It is the silence of the international community in the face of what is happening there which most offends. This silence begets complicity,” he said.”” (thanks [...]
“During that period, in Mr Bergman’s telling, Israel failed miserably to penetrate the Shia organisation. Time and again, long before the war of 2006, Hizbullah surprised Israel with its feats of espionage, novel tactics and new weapons. By contrast, he says, Israel’s efforts against Hizbullah looked more like those of a bumbling Inspector Clouseau than [...]
“A Special Forces soldier will be court-martialed early next year on charges that he killed an Afghan civilian and cut off his ear near a remote village, the Army said Thursday.” Let me save you time: he will be found innocent, and the ear will be accused of posing an imminent danger to the soldier.
“Who in Bolivia is receiving millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars? That is what many Latin America policy analysts in Washington want to know. “Washington has decided to keep its ties to Bolivia’s opposition shrouded in secrecy,” said Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Centre for Economic and Policy Research, an independent think tank.” (thanks Olivia)