Archive for April, 2009

Hariri Dirty Tricks

“Lebanese officials had lobbied to have the decision delayed until after the election, but tribunal judicial figures refused, saying they could not take political considerations into account, said a senior court official who spoke on the condition of a…

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

The Daily Star is excited: it is jumping up and down

It headlines: “UK queen voices ‘deep respect’ for Lebanese.” Why is it that only in Lebanon words of diplomatic courtesy are taken “literally” (as Joe Biden would say)? Like she does not say that when she meets with the head of state form other count…

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

Report

“The vast majority of Iraqi women face domestic violence on a regular basis and many commit suicide because of it, the United Nations said on Wednesday.” Can somebody find me the full text of this report? Oh, and I want it NOW because I have a cold an…

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

Liberated…to death

“Then-Prime Minister Tony Blair rejected the figure, but one official warned the government would be “ripped apart” if it questioned the Lancet’s methodology. The government tried to stop publication, but was over-ruled. A subsequent Lancet article…

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

AngryArab.net

The AngryArab.net is still going strong.

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

Robert Fisk on Lebanon

When Robert Fisk writes on Lebanon, his articles should end with “Long Live Hariri and Long Live Jumblat. This article was approved by the press office of the Hariri family.” And the article should mention that Abed Fisk’s driver) loves the Cedars.

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

Libyan TV affair

More details on the “nationalization” by Qadhdhafi of the TV station owned by his son. Apparently, Mubarak threatened Qadhdhafi to unleash the Egyptian press on him if the TV station aired criticisms of Mubarak. This does not prove the influence of t…

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

Your Prince Nayif

Saudi human rights monitor has received a threat from a Saudi security source. (thanks Haifaa)

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

SSNP and anti-Semitism

Since my high school days, I would express my disagreements with SSNP’s ideology and the writings of its founder, Antun Sa`adah. One of the complaint that I expressed early on is the blatant anti-Semitic language in the literature in which the enemy i…

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

Reports

“”We compile reports on their activities, generals’ and military units’ movements, and their corruption, the positions they are taking in the government and the contracts they are obtaining. But we don’t know what to do with these reports because we…

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

Caught up

“Controversy has erupted at UC Santa Barbara over a professor’s decision to send his students an e-mail in which he compared graphic images of Jews in the Holocaust to pictures of Palestinians caught up in Israel’s recent Gaza offensive.” Somebody …

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

Zionist crime scene tour

“Briefings by Mossad officials and commanders of the Shin Bet.Briefing by officers in the IDF Intelligence and Operations branches. Inside tour of the IAF unit who carries out targeted killings. Live exhibition of penetration raids in Arab territo…

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

Drones

“Russia has purchased its first unmanned drones from Israel after its own manufacturers turned out to be ineffective at making the high-tech reconnaissance aircraft, a newspaper reported April 7.” (thanks Marcy)

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

A Palestinian teen

“A Palestinian teen was injured when an Israeli settler rammed her with his car near the southern West bank city of Hebron on Thursday morning.”

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

Irate

“Irate Israeli passengers have complained to British BMI airline that the Jewish state was wiped off the inflight map which showed flights bound for Israel were instead heading to Mecca. But the airline denied any anti-Israel agenda and insisted the…

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

Worst for bloggers

The Committee to Protect Journalists released its list of the 10 worst countries for bloggers. Several Middle East countries are on the list: Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Egypt. I contacted Prince Sultan to get his reaction but he told me …

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

A poll that will not be featured in the New York Times

A few years ago, a poll with questionable methodology and dubious purposes was ostensibly conducted in some Palestinian refugee camps. It was received with fanfare (the word is from Arabic, from Al-Farfarah, by the way) and enthusiasm in the American …

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

Polls

“Three-quarters of Americans think that Israel should not build settlements on occupied Palestinian land, according to an opinion poll released on Wednesday.” But 90% of those polled said that they don’t know what Palestine is and they don’t know wh…

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

Chutzpah

“Israel has told the European Union to stop criticising Benjamin Netanyahu’s government or risk being excluded from future Middle East peace negotiations.” (thanks Ali)

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad

The hand of RAND

“In fact, at least a few Islamists seem to see the hand of the RAND Corporation, an American policy organization that produces reports on terrorism and other subjects, in many plots. This year a hard-line Saudi cleric told this reporter during an inter…

Posted on April 30, 2009 by As'ad