Archive for November, 2008

Ghassan bin Jiddu did something masterful on Hiwar Maftuh. He simply showed a 2 minutes clip of the Iraqi puppet parliament voting on the American Permanent Occupation Treaty. The puppet parliment looks more like a zoo, literally as Joe Biden would say. In fact, North Korean parliamentary sessions look more serious than the Iraqi puppet […]

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

Unsi Al-Hajj writes a critical evaluation of the history (and reality) of Lebanese journalism.

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

“Mr. Clinton has never revealed his contributors, but among those whose identities have become known over the years are the Saudi royal family, the king of Morocco, a foundation linked to the United Arab Emirates, the governments of Kuwait and Qatar and a tycoon who is the son-in-law of Ukraine’s former authoritarian president. For his […]

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

I am opposed to people dragging children to demonstrations. It is the official Angry Arab policy. Let them grow up and then they can make their own decisions.

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

“BBC Afghanistan correspondent Ian Pannell, granted rare access to the main US Air Force targeting base at an undisclosed location in the Middle East”. (thanks Karim)

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

“Amid the chaos, four other Air Force criminal investigators and I joined an elite team of interrogators attempting to locate Zarqawi. What I soon discovered about our methods astonished me. The Army was still conducting interrogations according to the Guantanamo Bay model: Interrogators were nominally using the methods outlined in the U.S. Army Field Manual, […]

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

“Amid the chaos, four other Air Force criminal investigators and I joined an elite team of interrogators attempting to locate Zarqawi. What I soon discovered about our methods astonished me. The Army was still conducting interrogations according to the Guantanamo Bay model: Interrogators were nominally using the methods outlined in the U.S. Army Field Manual, […]

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

Lebanese prime minister is innocently praying. He does not even know that he was being photographed. He is just quietly and privately and discreetly pious. Do you have a problem with that? And please: if you run into the praying prime minister of Lebanon, don’t toss tomatoes or eggs at him. It is not legal […]

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

“Food aid accounts for over two thirds of the 2009 US$462 million requested by UN agencies and NGOs to fund humanitarian aid programmes in the occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt).” (thanks Marcy)

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

“As the drama unfolded, Indian TV commentators veered towards the sensational, frequently invoking “9/11″. Whereas attacks in the past mostly hit the marketplaces and trains of the lower middle class and poor – the “overcrowded parts” of the country, as one news anchor indelicately put it – never before have the more genteel climes of […]

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

“”None of the works that will be offered at the auction portray images of exposed women, as this is forbidden according to the Halacha.””

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

“Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz denied the US is seeking billions from the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), including Saudi Arabia, as part of its efforts to overcome the financial crisis. He stressed that Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states did not and will not give any amount of money to the US for […]

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

” Jewish hardliners rampaged through the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron overnight slashing the tyres and smashing the windscreens of some 30 Palestinian vehicles, Palestinian police said.”

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

This is American “liberation”: “Authorities in the southern Iraqi city of Basra have admitted they are powerless to prevent ‘honour killings’ in the city following a 70 per cent increase in religious murders during the past year.” Can you blame Iraqi women if they think that the lousy dictator Saddam was better for their plight […]

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

Thomas Friedman and MEMRI: ALL THAT I KNOW ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST I LEARNED FROM AN ISRAELI PROPAGANDA OUTLET. “The Iraqi newspaper Al-Umma al-Iraqiyya carried an open letter signed by 400 Iraqi intellectuals, both Kurdish and Arab, defending Alusi. That takes a lot of courage and a lot of press freedom. I can’t imagine any […]

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

MEMRI fabrications and deceptions. Like today, MEMRI put out this press release: “In an interview published August 14, 2008 on the reformist website Elaph, Egyptian intellectual and peace activist Amin Al-Mahdi touched on numerous topics”. So when ill-informed readers and journalists receive this, they assume that there is a reformist website called Elaph, and that […]

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

“Mr. Yehoshua, Israel’s most distinguished living novelist, is a dove. But he is one who, like his fellow writers Amos Oz and David Grossman, joins love for the unique qualities of his people with despair over their failure to make room politically and economically — but above all imaginatively — for the Arabs among them.” […]

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

I have written about Noah Feldman before. But look at the wisdom that he offers to NYT readers: “Yet despite the surface similarities between Iraq and Afghanistan, the differences run deep, as Gen. David McKiernan, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, has acknowledged.” I mean, look at that wisdom. I have been under the impression […]

Posted on November 30, 2008 by As'ad

“At least on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, then, Friedman’s unbounded self-confidence in his own views is an unearned one, for he has not been seriously interested in learning in depth about the events in recent years, or in correcting his many errors or poorly-grounded arguments as new information and analyses became available. As a result, Friedman’s […]

Posted on November 29, 2008 by As'ad

“Dozens of angry Afghans pelted police with stones after a U.S. military vehicle struck a van and and one civilian was killed and three wounded in the Afghan capital on Friday, officials and witnesses said.” Cut the crap. An official US military investigation will exonerate all US military personnel involved.

Posted on November 29, 2008 by As'ad