Archive for October 22, 2008
The Saudi ambassador in Lebanon met with the representative of Grand Ayatullah Sistani in Lebanon. They mostly discussed gender, human rights and sexual liberties.
Comrade Hicham on Canadian foreign policy
`Awn’s movement, At-Tayyar, published pictures of flooding in Lebanon under the heading: “This is not Bangladesh”. (thanks Raed)
“”I get my funding from many countries in the Gulf, but this money, I use to spread the ideology, not to buy weapons. We are not a militia,” Shahal said. Many of Shahal’s supporters were arrested in 2000 following clashes with the Lebanese army in the Dinnieh area, where the Salafis had set up a [...]
The lies and distortions of MEMRI. Today, MEMRI (the Israeli propaganda arm with bad and unrepresentative translations) came out with a bullet about “Arab columnists” blaming the financial crisis on an “international Jewish conspiracy.” What MEMRI did not tell you is that two of the three columnists selected are Saudi propagandists and the third is [...]
“A crowd of angry protesters threw shoes and plastic bottles at the Thai prime minister’s entourage after cornering him in an underground parking lot Wednesday.” Why did the report not give credit to Arab culture from which Thia crowds derived the notion of shoe-as-insult? (thanks Band.)
“Israel, whose armed forces killed a Palestinian journalist this year for the first time since 2003, was 149th on the list for press freedoms beyond its frontiers, compared with 103rd place in RSF’s 2007 rankings.” Notice how the article tries to bring the US in order to imply that this low ranking is due to [...]
“A man who fellow committee members said has served well for nearly four years is drawing intense criticism for suggesting world governments recognize and negotiate with the Palestinian group Hamas.” (thanks Toufic)
“Lebanon’s top Shiite cleric criticized Tuesday a proposed U.S.-Iraqi security pact, saying the Baghdad government has no right to “legitimize” the presence of foreign troops.” In other news, Sistani spoke on the more important issues of the day: he banned chess and orgies.
“Christie Murphey said she was upset when she shot herself in the thigh at a McDonald’s drive-through Wednesday, not because of the wound, but because she didn’t get her large chicken McNuggets meal.” (thanks Bert)
Finally: “An Egyptian man has been jailed for three years with hard labour for sexual harassment of a woman in the street.”
“The kingdom on Tuesday injected up to $3bn into local banks to meet a shortfall of dollar funding in the domestic banking sector, as demand for loans from the private sector to finance lined up projects increased, bankers said.”
“The top brass in Tel Aviv are right to be worried. “IsraelГўв‚¬в„ўs brand image does not serve its interests right now,Гўв‚¬Вќ warns Ido Aharoni, head of brand management at the Foreign Ministry.” (The brand image was fine among whites in Apartheid South Africa).
“The State Department suddenly canceled a contract for eight private investigators to assist U.S. officials in Iraq in “extremely complex and sensitive investigations,” after a senator raised questions about whether the department had outsourced oversight of security contractors.”
“An Afghan appeals court overturned a death sentence Tuesday for a journalism student accused of blasphemy for asking questions in class about women’s rights under Islam. But the judges still sentenced him to 20 years in prison.” (thanks Jamal)
It is trendy that Lebanese fascists refer to themselves nowadays as “human rights activists”. (thanks Olivia)
“Karl Marx is back in fashion, says one German publisher, who attributes his new popularity to the economic crisis.”
This is the darling regime of the US/EU: “Jordanian law bans publication of any material seen as harmful to Islam.”
Hobsbowm speaks (thanks Nabeel)
Read the last paragraph of page 2. (thanks Laleh)