Archive for October, 2008

My article in Al-Akhbar: “Thank you, Hani: I? Who am I?”

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

Amer sent me this email (I post with his permission): “I never tell you, like…, what “not to say”, no? But I was surprised that you published that bullshit e-mail by the American student complaining about his predicament: had he been a Syrian in a legal bind or an Iraqi trying to cross in the […]

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

Thomas Friedman. I know no one with more political and moral cowardice than Thomas Friedman. Here is a man who wholeheartedly supported Bush’s wars, only to criticize the war when public opinion shifted. Here is a man who was a cheerleader for unregulated savage capitalism, only to offer criticisms of Wall Street when public opinion […]

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

“Dr. Westen’s advice can be heard when Alisha Thomas Morgan, running for re-election to the Georgia House in a conservative suburb of Atlanta, uses the word “leadership” in place of “government” and speaks about the middle class instead of the poor.”

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

“US election: If Iraqis could vote it would be for McCain”. Read this article. The headline leaves you with the impression that the generalization was based on some survey or study. You will discover it it was based on one or two anecdotes. (thanks Ali)

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

You can’t accuse Arab rulers of wasting Arab oil revenues. This is a car of Prince Al-Walid bin Talal. His Mercedes is covered with diamonds. If it is up to me, I would cover it with… (thanks Nabeel)

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

Another American student in Syria sent me this (I use with his/her permission): “I’m an American student conducting some research for my PhD in Beirut and traveled to Syria on Wednesday because my Lebanese visa was about to expire and I needed a new one. I traveled to the border with three friends, all British […]

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

“But the principle that the unequal distribution of wealth is a legitimate concern and government policies should mitigate it has been part of American democracy since at least the New Deal. In fact, it is a commonplace that the moderate wealth-spreading of the New Deal saved American democracy.”

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

“An operation in 2004 meant to disrupt potential terrorist plots before and after that year’s presidential election focused on more than 2,000 immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, but most were found to have done nothing wrong, according to newly disclosed government data. The program, conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, received little public attention […]

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

NYT: “A $50 Billion Bailout in Russia Favors the Rich and Connected.” You see, the $700 billion bailout in the US favors the poor and the unconnected.

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

NYT: “A $50 Billion Bailout in Russia Favors the Rich and Connected.” You see, the $700 billion bailout in the US favors the poor and the unconnected.

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

A Bangladeshi maid dies in Lebanon from apparent suicide.

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

Shoe resistance. (thanks Nizar)

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

“Algeria started constructing the biggest potato seeds laboratory in Africa in collaboration with South Korean agricultural experts, the project manager said Wednesday.” (thanks Nouri)

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

Hummus traces were found on the shores of North Africa.

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

““There is a big percentage among Arabs,” Palestinian political scientist Nader Al Said said, “who think both Obama and McCain are similar.””

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

““For 34 years, I’ve been hot! And you want to be hot! Because when you are hot for Jesus Christ, there is nothing that is like that life!””

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

“Women and children who fled fighting at the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp are at risk of violence and abuse from within their community, but United Nations agencies are failing to coordinate a response to the problem.”

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

“The Israeli military seized 15 students from the Palestine Technical College in the West Bank town of Al-Arrub, north of Hebron, after opening fire on the campus on Thursday morning, witnesses told Ma’an. The public relations officer of the college, Abed Al-Men’em Zahdah told Ma’an that “at least 15 students were arrested from the college […]

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad

“An Iraqi opposition lawmaker claimed Thursday that thousands of his countrymen are being mistreated in detention centers outside the official prison system.”

Posted on October 31, 2008 by As'ad