Archive for January, 2009

Hi

Hi. I am back. Hate planes and airports. It is against the stereotypes of Arabs, but I have a terrible fear of flying.

Posted on January 31, 2009 by As'ad

The Obama Doctrine

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: “The Obama Doctrine: An Analysis of a Foreign Policy that has Just started”

Posted on January 30, 2009 by As'ad

…UC Irvine

…off to UC, Irvine. I am speaking tomorrow. Returning Saturday night.

Posted on January 30, 2009 by As'ad

Who?

“So, President Obama may have been fudging it when he told Al-Arabiya that Mitchell, “is going to be speaking to all the major parties involved”. (In fact, Obama did not mention Hamas during the interview; strangely, was not asked about them; and had already made it clear that Mitchell would not be meeting with them).” […]

Posted on January 30, 2009 by As'ad

On the Turkish role

I received so many links about the scene of the Turkish prime minister in Davos. It would have been more impressive if the close political, military, and intelligence relations between Turkey and Israel are suspended. Short of that, the scene is a gimmick. Of course, you may say but it is better than the performance […]

Posted on January 30, 2009 by As'ad

Registered in…phonebooks

“Israeli leftists have begun drawing up a “blacklist” of army officers involved in the recent operation in Gaza, in response to the military censor’s decision to ban the publication of their names, pictures or other identifying details.” I have an easier way: get the Israeli phone books.

Posted on January 30, 2009 by As'ad

This is Zionism

““Fire on anything that moves in Zeitoun” – that was the order handed down to Israeli troops in the Givati Shaked battalion, who reduced the eastern Gaza City suburb to little more than rubble in a matter of days.” (thanks Marcy)

Posted on January 30, 2009 by As'ad

Zionist playbook

“My terror as a human shield: The story of Majdi Abed Rabbo” (thanks Zaki)

Posted on January 30, 2009 by As'ad

Investigation?

“The US State Department today announced a formal investigation into how its consulate in Jerusalem sold a filing cabinet – containing hundreds of sensitive or secret documents – at a local auction.” (thanks Olivia)

Posted on January 30, 2009 by As'ad

Rich

“But for a man who calls for a ban on the Koran to act as the champion of free speech is a bit rich.”

Posted on January 30, 2009 by As'ad

Saudization of Pakistan: and the Pakistanization of Western stereotypes

“The Saudi-isation of a once-vibrant Pakistani culture continues at a relentless pace. The drive to segregate is now also being found among educated women. Vigorous proselytisers carrying this message, such as Mrs Farhat Hashmi, have been catapulted to the heights of fame and fortune. Their success is evident. Two decades back, the fully veiled student […]

Posted on January 30, 2009 by As'ad

Wahhabi rehabilitation: or Al-Qa`idah education

“Those in charge employ art therapy as well as religious and psychological counselling to try to alter the radical outlook of the participants. To qualify, ex-jihadists need to show a willingness to change and must not have Saudi blood on their hands.” (thanks Mounir)

Posted on January 30, 2009 by As'ad

Sensitive information

“Ares speculated that the IDF is using weapons supplied by the U.S. Air Force; a spokesman told the site that “we cannot release sensitive information on foreign military sales.”” (thanks Mai)

Posted on January 30, 2009 by As'ad

Protection for war criminals

“Spain announced on Friday its plans to amend legislation that granted a Spanish judge the authority to launch a war crimes investigation against senior Israeli officials in.” (thanks Laleh)

Posted on January 30, 2009 by As'ad

The mother/father of all kooky conspiracy theories

“Today we can add another name to that list: Laurie Mylroie, the quintessential conspiracy theorist of the Iraq War era, wrote reports about Iraq for the Pentagon as recently as Fall 2007, years after she was discredited, according to documents obtained by TPMmuckraker.”

Posted on January 30, 2009 by As'ad

Angry Appearance

Everybody who saw me on AlJazeera this week observed that I looked really angry. I realized they were right when I saw the picture on the site. Here is the transcript.

Posted on January 30, 2009 by As'ad

Hoax

The propaganda wars in the Middle East are so intense that there are so many hoaxes being circulated in the media. For example, the alleged letter of resignation by Muhannad Al-Akhatib from Al-Arabiyya TV is a hoax. The man now works for Hariri TV for potato’s sake, so obviously he did not write that letter.

Posted on January 29, 2009 by As'ad

Shoe statue

“In the town of Tikrit they raised a statue of a shoe in pure copper” (thanks Mats)

Posted on January 29, 2009 by As'ad

Hoax

The poem circulating about Gaza and attributed to Iraqi poet, Mudhaffar An-Nawwab, is a hoax.

Posted on January 29, 2009 by As'ad

On my Bushama post

Several people I know did not like my Bushama post. Here what Maria (my second ex-wife–not to be confused with my first ex-wife) wrote to me (I cite with her permission): “We’ll see. I hope you are wrong. But even if he is exactly like Bush on one thing, calling him “Bushama” this early in […]

Posted on January 29, 2009 by As'ad