Archive for March, 2009
Move over Inspector Clouseau: Hassan Fattah is investigating: “Shooting victim a man with enemies”. No way. This is stunning. Usually, shooting victims have no enemies whatsoever. Usually, shooting victims have only friends.
Flash. Al-Arabiyya TV is reporting (proudly) that Obama will hold a meeting with Saudi King tomorrow. I expect them to hold hands.
A colleague, Lara, sent me this (I cite with her permission): “A friend of mine who signed onto the U.S. call for an academic and cultural boycott of Israel is listed on that website received a package today from the Israeli consulate in Atlanta. It included a letter suggesting to her that her support of [...]
I have answered this question before, but I shall answer it again. Yes, the hosts at the University of San Francisco informed me that they will videotape the debate. I will supply more information later.
“The United States will commit $40 million to underwrite the cost of holding elections in Afghanistan this summer, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday, as she began selling the Obama administrationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new Afghanistan policy to friends and foes.” A State Department insider give me the breakdown of the budget: $1 million for ballot [...]
This is quite a story that is getting little attention. “The Sunni neighborhood, a hotbed of insurgent activity before the Awakening movement started, remained under a total curfew and military blockade on Monday, three days after American and Iraqi forces arrested Adil al-Mashhadani, the neighborhoodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s powerful Awakening leader, on criminal and terrorism charges. It is [...]
“… Critics claim the president helped rush the bill through parliament in a bid to appease Islamic fundamentalists ahead of elections in August. In a massive blow for women’s rights, the new Shia Family Law negates the need for sexual consent between married couples, tacitly approves child marriage and restricts a woman’s right to leave [...]
“But sometimes, the bad news has to be admitted from on high. The UAE’s Minister of Economy Sultan bin Saeed al-Mansouri last week admitted that the economy of the world’s fifth largest oil exporter is expected to shrink in 2009. He refused to give an indication as to the extent of the contraction, saying simply [...]
“From his hospital room in the Marjayoun Public Hospital, 10-year-old Mohammad Jamal Abdel- Aal says he will not forgive nor forget Israel for ripping off his limbs. Abdel-Aal’s left leg and right hand got amputated on Sunday after a cluster bomb, left over from the summer 2006 war with Israel, exploded while he was playing [...]
“Yet she says it was easy to make what could have been a tough decision. Umm Jaber “adopted” about 40 men of several Arab nationalities without hesitation. The story began in the 1980s, after four of her sons were jailed by the Israeli army – charged with jeopardised Israel’s “security.””PS For the “original” version of [...]
“Assi Dayan, one of Israel’s most successful TV and big-screen actors and directors, and the star of the hit Israeli television drama Betipul(In Therapy), was indicted on Monday in Tel Aviv’s Magistrate’s Court for physically assaulting his 33-year-old girlfriend and threatening her life.” (thanks May)
“The Federal Government has moved to permanently base Australia’s various Middle Eastern regional military assets in the United Arab Emirates. In return, Australia has about 30 personnel in the UAE training its fast-growing special forces troopers. Behind the details of the arrangement are the two countries’ larger needs. Australia has decided to stop pretending. Instead [...]
“The United Nations Development Fund for Women says there is anecdotal evidence that domestic violence – verbal, physical, sexual and psychological – has increased noticeably since Israel’s recent bloody operation in Gaza and in general since Hamas took over sole control of the strip almost two years ago.” I see. Let me also add that [...]
“Two Palestinian students claimed that they were severely beaten on Saturday by Border Guard officers manning a checkpoint situated between the West Bank city of Jericho and Jerusalem.”
“The Israeli army on Monday closed an investigation into alleged killings of civilians during its offensive in the Gaza Strip, saying soldiers’ testimonies were based on hearsay, “purposely exaggerated” and not supported by facts.” (thanks Jad)
“Ayoob Kara won’t present these dilemmas to the Jewish public. Even if he is appointed to a post in the Netanyahu government, he must remain right-wing and “loyal,” to the liking of Avigdor Lieberman. Kara, a hawk and reserves officer who declares his complete loyalty to the state and Likud, does not view himself as [...]
“They allege that from 2000 through 2006, Darui stole $430,000 from the mosque’s “special account,” which was funded by the Saudi government to pay mosque expenses. Prosecutors said the theft was devastating: The center had to slash jobs and stop some philanthropic activity because Khouj thought the mosque simply couldn’t meet its bills. “This is [...]
“It’s no secret that LGBT life in Iraq these days is as dangerous as it gets – quite possibly the most dangerous in the world.” Of course, heterosexuals in Iraq live in bliss and enjoy the freedoms and safety that were brought to them by Bush. In fact, heterosexuals in the Middle East look with [...]
“A group of extremist settlers attacked on Tuesday a number of Palestinian homes in the southern West Bank city of Hebron causing excessive damage and terrifying the residents, especially the children.”
“Critics assert that senior leaders of both parties hide their ownership of large companies by funneling tens of millions of dollars through mid-level party members or reliable entrepreneurs. “The big problem is Talabani’s family and Barzani’s family,” said Kamal Rahim, the editor of Hawlati, the region’s largest independent newspaper. “Both families have small groups that [...]