Archive for January 19, 2009
Mouin Rabbani sent me this (I cite with his permission): “This is a very interesting press release, As’ad: HRW once again accuses Hamas of indiscriminate attacks, but for the first time in its history does not denounce such attacks by Hamas as war crimes. The reason is so transparently obvious: the same press release accuses [...]
They claimed that it was a morning by Lebanese poet Shawqi Bazi` (my translation):“I will talk to you about Ayman.About the splendid joy of the forestsin his eyesabout the magic of his handsIf the river of the earth were to fleehe would hide them between his fingersI will talk to you about Ayman,about a moon [...]
I am not exaggerating when I tell you that Saudi king can’t read one sentence without tons of mistakes. I kid you not.
So the new Middle East envoy is predictably frustrating when it comes to war crimes by Israel. His approach based on the report he wrote on the Aqsa intifada is: on the one hand this, and on the other hand that.
Children were chanting this in demonstrations in the camps in Lebanon:Ã™Å Ã˜Â§ Ã™â€žÃ™â€žÃ˜Â¹Ã˜Â§Ã˜Â±, Ã™Å Ã˜Â§ Ã™â€žÃ™â€žÃ˜Â¹Ã˜Â§Ã˜Â±. Ã˜Â¹Ã™â€¦ Ã˜Â¨Ã™Å Ã™â€šÃ˜Â§Ã˜ÂªÃ™â€žÃ™Ë†Ã˜Â§ Ã™Ë†Ã™â€žÃ˜Â§Ã˜Â¯ Ã˜Â²Ã˜ÂºÃ˜Â§Ã˜Â±(Oh, what disgrace, what disgrace. They are fighting little children).
“Nach den Beobachtungen des Angry Arab, einem Blogger, der in den USA als UniversitÃƒÂ¤tslehrer tÃƒÂ¤tig ist und einen gelinde gesagt sehr scharfen Blick auf die israelische Politik und die amerikanische UnterstÃƒÂ¼tzung derselben wirft, hat sich einges verÃƒÂ¤ndert, was die Wirkung der angry arab street angeht: die Geheimdienste seien in Panik, Saudi-Arabien sei nervÃƒÂ¶s, die herrschenden [...]
“Four different authors. One place of employment”. (thanks Molly)
“Israel, its true nature as failed, brutal colonial project laid bare in Gaza, is extremely vulnerable to such a campaign. Little noticed amidst the carnage in Gaza, Israel took another momentous step towards formal apartheid when the Knesset elections committee voted to ban Arab parties from participating in upcoming elections. Zionism, an ideology of racial [...]
In his speech before the Arab summit in Kuwait, Abu Mazen was sarcastically critical of the Bush administration, admonishing it for endorsing the Israeli attack on Gaza. If criticizing the Bush administration in its last hours is not political courage, I am not Angry Arab.
AlJazeera net (Arabic) distorted the comment of Saudi king in the Arab summit in Kuwait. He said that the Arab peace plan will not be put forth forever. Aljazeera net inaccurately said that he said: the Arab peace plan is no more put forth.
I just heard the opportunist Yasir `Abd-Rabbu comment on the speech by Servitor of the Two Holy Sites (and the IKEA store). He described the Saudi king as “great”. Oh, no Yasir: your opportunism is greater.
A western correspondent for a mainstream media (who wishes to remain anonymous) sent me this: “israel’s “management” of the media has spawned a new level of resentment [against Israel] in the foreign press corps. now whether that will lead to harder, more criticial coverage is hard to predict.”
“An uninviting reception was scrawled on the walls of Tel Aviv University’s Law Department for Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who was scheduled to meet with students as part of the Student Union’s “Political Week” activities. Graffiti sprayed on the walls of the building called Barak a murderer ahead of the minister’s scheduled arrival time.”
“A European Union official said on Monday that buildings and infrastructure in the war-ravaged Gaza Strip would not be rebuilt as long as the coastal territory remained under control of the militant Hamas group.” (thanks Emily)
I detest Arab autocrats at all times. But I particularly detest them when they make up. The new reconciliation is already effecting the coverage of AlJazeera: they are giving a favorable coverage of the halting and stuttering speech by Saudi king.
May of Gaza bombings. (thanks Evan)
(Saja kindly translated one of my articles from Al-Akhbar (from a few months ago) on the anniversary of the Lebanese civil war) In Memory of a War That Never Occurred The history of the Civil War is being rewritten before your very eyes. Had we never witnessed the war or remembered its small and large [...]
“Now, do you think the United States should or should not favor creating a Palestinian state?” . Should Should Not Unsure % % % 1/6-12/09 31 45 24 “(thanks Marcy)
I stand corrected. Yesterday, I speculated on the resumption of smuggling to Gaza. I was corrected. A highly “reliable” source in “the Middle East” assures me that smuggling did not stop for one minute during the Israeli war on Gaza. I am still waiting for the picture of the first cow smuggled in.
When a beleaguered and defenseless people receives supplies and weapons, it is called smuggling, and when a terrorist conquering state receives massive WMDs, it is called “military aid.”