Archive for September 25, 2008
A well-connected Jordanian sent me this: “X… in Jordan doubts that Queen Youtube is capable of writing that silly blog. She does not have the skills. It looks like the work of a professional PR agency to try to burnish her image. WIll any enterprising journalist investigate or will they continue to fawn over this [...]
Queen Youtube versus Angry Arab. I really really would rather read the phone book. Or I would really really rather read the manual of the space shuttle. Or I would really really rather read the directions to hell. Queen Youtube is keeping a diary in New York City: and if there is somebody who writes [...]
Damn. Adonis has not delivered his talk at Columbia, Sinan tells me. He will give his talk next week, and he does not know that Darwish was invited and they invited Adonis as a replacement. (So don’t tell him, as you may hurt his global ego). So he gave the text of his speech in [...]
This is a silly story. As if this is the only case of disregard of due process in occupied Iraq. I would rather focus on all those innocent Iraqis who have been victimized during this period of “liberation.” For potato’s sake, there are unnamed American advisers who run Iraqi puppet ministries and you talk to [...]
Trying to impress a Columbia University audience with his knowledge of high culture, Adonis said that his favorite Beethoven’s symphony is number 12.
This just in. Adonis said that he really enjoys listening to Charles Aznavour but that he never met her.
“The defense establishment is currently assessing the possibility of reducing commodities transferred daily to the Gaza Strip in an effort to press Hamas to proceed with negotiations on the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.”
“The Iraqi prisoner had valuable intelligence, U.S. special forces believed, and they desperately wanted it. They demanded that expert American military trainers teach them the same types of abusive interrogation techniques that North Korea and Vietnamese forces once used against U.S. prisoners of war.”
Flawed but not criminal murders, pillage, plunder, occupation, mutilation and torture: “The response submitted to the High Court of Justice claimed that the commander’s behavior was indeed flawed, but his motive was not criminal.”
This just in. Adonis, hoping to impress a New York audience with his knowledge of Western culture, said that he really admires the art of Mr. Frida Kahlo and that Edith Piaf is the best male vocalist that he has ever heard.
I can’t make up my mind: I have had this dilemma for years. Do I despise Shimon Peres more than Elie Wiesel or do I dispise Elie Wiesel more. I am not sure.
Now Hariri. This Hariri website is officially revealing Hariri-Saudi endorsement of John McCain: “This American election year marks the first time a major US political party and its presidential candidate, Republican Senator John McCain, have included clear support for Lebanon in its most important strategic policy document. Lebanon’s inclusion in the platform represents the fruits [...]
It is sexist how people focus on Palin as the least qualified member of the two main tickets in this presidential campaign. I mean, she met with Hamid Karzai and if that does not enhances one’s foreign policy credentials, nothing is. In fact, I once ate at Karzai’s brother restaurant in SF: and I felt [...]
“State Representative John LaBruzzo of Metairie said many of his constituents are tired of paying for children from poor families and that is why he is considering proposing legislation that would pay women on government assistance $1,000 if they choose to be sterilized.”
“Another, proposed by a 12-member commission led by two former secretaries of State — Republican James Baker and Democrat Warren Christopher — but not yet introduced as a bill, would dangerously expand the authority of the president to order acts of war without authorization by Congress. Baker and Christopher are scheduled to testify before Congress [...]
A profile of a really good man in Lebanon: George Corm. (thanks Raed)
Project Censored. (thanks Bert)
On the footsteps of Hariri cult in Lebanon: “The name of Nawabshah district has been changed to District Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and the Sindh government has issued a notification in this regard.” (thanks Sultan)
OK, somebody needs to tell mini-Hariri that it is really not cute. Mini-Hariri still keeps a picture of his dead daddy near him when he meets with delegation. Somebody needs to break it to him that his daddy is really dead, and that the picture will not speak any time soon. OK? And he is [...]
Iran must be really nervous now: “A top security officer warned Iran against involving the GCC in any conflict with the West, saying that the GCC will react strongly to any threat against its stability.” (thanks LS)