Archive for October 11, 2008
Conspiracy? What conspiracy? Hariri media and An-Nahar are feverishly promoting the boring book by Marwan Mu`ashshir which brags about his contributions to Israeli interests (he bragged how he changed the Thomas Friedman Arab Peace initiative to abort Palestinian right of return).
The reactionary Muslim Brotherhood annoys me: but none annoys me more than the Jordanian version. They rail against normalization with Israel…under a huge portrait of King PlayStation.
It is very clear that Saudi media are supporting McCain. Like the Drudge Report, they only cite the polls that have Obama with the least lead over McCain.
“He has always been awed by the scale of the N.S.A., long the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s largest employer of mathematicians and user of supercomputers. What his new book documents is the agencyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s growing partnership with private companies to tap into the fiber-optic cables that now carry most telephone and Internet traffic. The partners include not only telecommunication [...]
“The second difference is one of geography. For the first time, the epicentre has been in the west. Viewed from Washington, London or Paris, financial crises used to be things that happened to someone else Ã¢â‚¬â€œ to Latin America, to Asia, to Russia. The shock waves would sometimes lap at western shores, usually in the [...]
It looks like (non)Grand Ayatullah Sistani is willing to accept the US permanent occupation agreement, according to Arabic press reports.
“Financial liberalisation has effects well beyond the economy. It has long been understood that it is a powerful weapon against democracy. Free capital movement creates what some have called a “virtual parliament” of investors and lenders, who closely monitor government programmes and “vote” against them if they are considered irrational: for the benefit of people, [...]
Iraqi puppet ambassador to US assures the Daily Show that he is white. (thanks Michael)
This is what occupies the Saudi media
“McCain: Obama not an Arab, crowd boos” (thanks Kumar)
“”Baghdad is under pressure by Washington to accept the security deal in exchange for clearing all of Iraq’s debts,” Iraqi lawmaker Mohammed Kamid al-Humedawi told Press TV on Wednesday.”
“The United States military has recently built a new military base in Jordan where Iraqi and Palestinian Authority security personnel will be trained, according to pan-Arab daily Al-Quds al-Arabi.”
“Jewish protestors torched two houses belonging to Arab families in the northern Israeli port town of Acre overnight following three days of violent clashes, Israeli public radio reported on Saturday.”
“Baghdad’s mentally ill people, their numbers swollen by the trauma of living under Saddam Hussein, remain sadly neglected despite many promises of help by US representatives.”
“A homeless man died after being doused with gasoline and set on fire on a street where he had lived for many years and was a familiar face to residents of Koreatown, police and local merchants said Friday.”
“The Wall Street crash has provoked undisguised gloating among the USÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s enemies in the Middle East who claim the global financial crisis is a further sign that the US has lost its superpower status. From Damascus to Tehran, a loose coalition of government officials and clerics view the financial meltdown as the result of divine [...]
“Israel has hired British public image consultants to give the conflict-battered nation a political facelift for its 60th birthday this year.” Cheap propaganda unto the nations. (thanks Olivia)
“In Saudi Arabia, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen, divorce cases are linked to the series. In Jordan, Nur was put on the agenda of parliament’s education committee in an attempt to define a strategy against “non-Islamic culture”. There is an urban legend that a Saudi woman paying her respects to a family in mourning asked where [...]
On the Visa question, Laleh adds: “it *is* arbitrary, but there *is* a rule: if you have a Lebanese visa in your American passport, you can go to Syria for 3 days without any worries from the Lebanese border, regardless. it *is* also true that the border post in the north does close around sunset [...]
He is not Arab: he is a decent man. (thanks Electronic Ali)