Archive for May, 2009

The private party of the Iraqi trade minister

It is not about corruption (as if the rest of the cabinet are not corrupt), it is about this private video. (thanks A.)

Posted on May 31, 2009 by As'ad

University of the Pacific introduces its definition of rape

“In May 2008, a female basketball player at the University of the Pacific claimed that she was raped by three male basketball players at a party. The University’s officials, however, don’t consider it “outright rape.” “We would consider it date rap…

Posted on May 31, 2009 by As'ad

Al-Hurra TV: changing hearts and minds?

“Results from the largest public opinion poll in the Arab world indicate that Alhurra [1], the U.S.-funded Arab satellite station that has cost U.S. taxpayers more than half a billion dollars, is the least-watched station in the region and is losing vi…

Posted on May 31, 2009 by As'ad

Nasser and “Ful”

I read in the memoirs of Samy Sharaf that Nasser ate “ful” (fava beans) for breakfast. I like ful very much. But in Egypt, they dont add lemon juice to it. In the East, we add lemon juice and garlic. Wait: I should not be giving any recipes from th…

Posted on May 31, 2009 by As'ad

Tears of Haaretz

“Gaza war kept tourists away from Israel”

Posted on May 31, 2009 by As'ad

One speech by Obama will fix everything

“U.S. trade ties with many Muslim countries are restricted by tariffs or sanctions, while the United States is deeply dependent on others for imported oil.” (thanks Dina)

Posted on May 31, 2009 by As'ad

Saudi-Zionist conspiracy? What Saudi-Zionist conspiracy?

“A plan to link Makkah and Madinah by train has become the subject of controversy, as Palestinian officials try to persuade Saudi authorities to withdraw the rail contract from a company alleged to be complicit in Israel’s expansion in occupied East…

Posted on May 31, 2009 by As'ad

These are the contributions of House of Saud

“Italian paper La Stampa confirmed Saturday rumors that Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the richest men in the world, was the mystery “Arab sheikh” who purchased Carla Bruni’s family castle in February.” (thanks Olivia)

Posted on May 31, 2009 by As'ad

Fath official explains why killing of other Palestinians is important

Palestinian Fath leader explains that killing other Palestinians is required by an understanding with Israel. (thanks Rashid)

Posted on May 31, 2009 by As'ad

Ronald Takaki died

This great man and pioneering scholar of Ethnic Studies died. He sadly killed himself. I did not know him well but he was the nicest person and was loved by his students and colleagues–really.

Posted on May 31, 2009 by As'ad

When Lebanon defended Palestine

Do you see that guy wearing the Tarbush in the back seat (to the right)? He was for years the Lebanese Minister of Defense. Prince Majid Arsalan bragged that he slapped women. He was assigned the task of defending Palestine from Zionist forces in 194…

Posted on May 31, 2009 by As'ad

The plagiarism by Der Spiegel

Syrian dissident, Nizar Nayyuf, will be suing Der Spiegel because its report on alleged Hizbullah role in the assassination of Rafiq Hariri was lifted (almost word-for-word) from this article published months ago.

Posted on May 31, 2009 by As'ad

Grading and watching

How am I supposed to grade while following the Lebanese elections?

Posted on May 31, 2009 by As'ad

Hizbullah and Saudi Arabia: the flirtation has begun

The new Saudi ambassador in Lebanon has met with deputy Hizbullah leader, Shaykh Na`im Qasim. Hizbullah said afterwards that it is “keen on cooperating with Saudi Arabia.” May we be spared the fruits of that cooperation.

Posted on May 31, 2009 by As'ad

An accused Israeli spy in Lebanon

An accused Israeli spy being arrested in South Lebanon. (thanks Amer)

Posted on May 30, 2009 by As'ad

Great progress

“Obama noted that Palestinians also must improve security as part of their commitments under the 2003 “road map” for peace, though he added that the Palestinian Authority had made “great progress” with the assistance of a U.S. general.”

Posted on May 30, 2009 by As'ad

Obama rules

“”But deciding to cover the photos up in order to manipulate world opinion … I believe this is another crime against the Iraqi people and humanity in general.”"

Posted on May 30, 2009 by As'ad

Shame on Aljazeera: promoting Zionist propaganda

“In making this film, Naiman gained the contact necessary to create the later, 28-minute movie which grabbed the attention of Al Jazeera and PBS. ” He then explains his propaganda motives: “Asked about the decision to focus on Arabs, he says: “It ta…

Posted on May 30, 2009 by As'ad

Obama coverup

“The Daily Beast has confirmed that the photographs of abuses at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison, which President Obama, in a reversal, decided not to release, depict sexually explicit acts, including a uniformed soldier receiving oral sex from a female …

Posted on May 30, 2009 by As'ad

Zionism is racism and fascism and terrorism

“Israeli Arab leaders have called an emergency meeting today to discuss their growing alarm over a series of “racist and fascist” bills being promoted by right-wing members of the country’s parliament. One of the bills has already brought fierce acc…

Posted on May 30, 2009 by As'ad