Archive for January 21, 2009
On his last day in office, George W. Bush called the president of Israel. On his first day in office, Obama called the prime minister of Israel.
Let me make this prediction: Obama will be as unprincipled as Bill Clinton–and maybe worse.
Gaza: ‘I watched an Israeli soldier shoot dead my two little girls’. (thanks Molly)
More on the deaths of foreign maids in Lebanon. (thanks Omar)
`Azmi Bisharah explains a few things to Jumana Nammur on Aljazeera. (thanks Mirvat)
“”We used to hold signs at protests reading ‘The occupation will corrupt’,” she told me. “Now, we can see that it has [come to pass]. As a society, we have lost our ability to see clearly; we have let fear blind us. Once, calling someone a racist was the harshest accusation you could make. Later, [...]
“Smuggling into Gaza from Egypt is underway again, only days after the end of the IDF operation against Hamas.” (thanks Shoghig)
“Since Hamas has come to power in 2006 and staged a counter-coup against the thuggish, Western-sponsored, secular Fatah militia led by Mohammed Dahlan by mid-2007…” (thanks Olivia)
“Kingdom Holding Co, owned by Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, posted a $8.26 billion net loss in the fourth quarter after a dive in the value of its assets, which include a substantial stake in Citigroup.” Nobody is more responsible for the sexism, vulgarism, crudeness, and sleaze in Arab culture than this Prince (and [...]
Two Ethiopian maids were reported to have killed themselves (by hanging with a cable). These were two different cases in two different cities and Lebanese police (within hours) ruled that both killed themselves because they did not receive letters from the families that they missed back home. I kid you not.