Archive for February, 2009

Secret Member of the US occupation force?

“Among the revelations, which we encourage the press to review in detail, is Jordan’s presense as secret member of the US lead occupation force, the ISAF.” (thanks Nasser)

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

An-Nahar

It is cruel of me to mock An-Nahar newspaper. I mean, the right-wing, sectarian Christian (and racist Anti-Palestinian (people), anti-Syrian (people) is now led by Naylah Tuwayni. Enough said.

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

Hariri Tribunal

For those who–unlike me–are interested in the Hariri tribunal, I will summarize developments for you regularly. My first update: blah blah blah blah and blah. Oh, and more blah.

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

Miracle?

“Taxi drivers complain their customers are gone. State-run companies, which drive much of the local economy, have slashed jobs and pared back expansion plans. Work on some construction sites has stopped altogether. “Dubai has done a good job of diversifying its economy away from oil. The problem is it’s diversified into highly cyclical sectors, like […]

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

adjusting

“Mitchell in 2001 authored a plan to reduce tensions and make progress that both Israelis and Palestinians embraced as fair, although it was never implemented. In a conference call with Jewish-American leaders earlier this month, Mitchell said that when he reread his report he was struck by how much had changed in the past eight […]

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

No insults?

“The Romanian head coach of Saudi Arabia’s top soccer team was sacked and ordered out of the country on Saturday for an insult against the Saudi royal family a day after his team won the Crown Prince Cup.” (thanks Saeed)

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

Intellectual of Foreign occuption

Fakhri Karim (former communist and present day propagandist for Jalal Talbani and present-day praiser of Hafidh Al-Asad because the Syrian regimes reportedly facilitates Karim’s media and businesses in Syria) awarded Al-Arabiyya TV a special award for its coverage in Iraq. I kid you not. In his capacity as “cultural” (cultur in the sense that Goring […]

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

Am I supposed to cry?

“For the prince, whose net worth was most recently estimated by Forbes at $21 billion, the new government action is just his latest investment setback. Early this year, his company, Kingdom Holdings, reported a $7.9 billion loss as some of his biggest portfolio investments, like the News Corporation, Time Warner and Songbird Estates, which manages […]

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

In flames

“The 34-year-old’s experience isn’t unique in the German capital. At least 29 vehicles were destroyed in arson attacks this year, most of them luxury cars, according to police. The number is already about 30 percent of the total for 2008. The latest to go up in flames was a Porsche, on Feb. 14, two days […]

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

I wish it is true

“Obama Declares War on Investors, Entrepreneurs, Businesses, And More”

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

Embedded Racism

““Lieberman’s politics are truly odious, racist and incompatible with any notion of democracy and equality in a modern state,” said Ali Abunimah, a fellow at the Palestine Center in Washington. He added that “much of the anti-Arab racism he expresses publicly is deeply embedded in Israel’s society, economy, and political system and tacitly endorsed by […]

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

The Middle East Militry Balance

This will surely tip the Middle East military balance and will deter Israeli aggression, no doubt: “The United States told visiting Army Commander Gen. Jean Qahwaji it will provide the military with “Raven” unmanned aircrafts to help “boost border control and combating terrorism” across Lebanon, the U.S. embassy in Beirut said Friday.”

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

Obama wars

“Obama’s plan, as his advisors have often said, is subject to “conditions on the ground,” meaning it can be altered at any point between now and 2011. Underscoring this point, a spokesperson for New York Rep. John McHugh, the ranking Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said on Friday that Obama “assured [McHugh] he […]

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

Now we learn

“The US military said on Friday that four soldiers killed last month when two helicopters crashed in northern Iraq had been the target of enemy fire. An investigation “determined that the two OH-58 helicopters involved in the January 25 incident in Kirkuk province were engaged and struck by hostile fire,” army spokesman for north Iraq […]

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

This is Zionism

“Furthermore, it is not only the settlements which constitute the occupation. By themselves, the settlers consume only 3% of the West Bank; however, the public utility and military infrastructures which unite them to the state of Israel consume over 40%. Total control of our borders and economy is compounded by 700 checkpoints and movement restrictions, […]

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

Another intruder on Middle East studies (no expertise)

Look how this guy measures Muslim tolerance: “Kosovo is overwhelmingly pro-American, and its relations with Israel are excellent as well.” (thanks Nader)

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

My appearance at Oxford

For those who asked, I shall post information about my talks in UK next week. This one is about my talk at Oxford University.

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

Barring Muslims

“A retired judge wants two Ontario universities to bar Muslim students from being awarded scholarships he has established, though the spokesperson for one institution says her school won’t support a proposal that “flies in the face of everything we stand for.”” (thanks Hicham)

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

Obama rules

“The United States has decided to boycott an upcoming UN conference on racism unless its final document is changed to drop all references to Israel.” (thanks Marcy)

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad

Israeli propaganda trickery

Look at those kind of articles in the US press: hostility to Israeli propagandists equated with anti-Semitism. Do they think that with this kind of polemical trickery, that they can silence our voices against Israeli terrorism? So according to the articles if hostility is displayed toward the counsel general of the usurping entity of Israel […]

Posted on February 28, 2009 by As'ad