Archive for August, 2009

Is this colonial Feminism or Trash Feminism?

“Why would a Western woman forgo the security and freedom of her home country and relocate with a Muslim husband to an Islamic nation? For an answer, I phoned the feminist author Phyllis Chesler, who has written on the subject. “There is a self-de…

Posted on August 31, 2009 by As'ad

Enhanced civilization: neither a gun nor a drill

“said Mr. Cheney, who noted that neither a gun nor a drill had actually been used on detainees.” Is this not a sign of a humane culture?

Posted on August 31, 2009 by As'ad

Saudi Fatwawawas

“Q- There is an employee who says he has slept more than once on the job and did not do his work. Has he invalidated his fast in doing so?A – His fast is not invalidated, because there is no relationship between not doing work and the fast. Howeve…

Posted on August 31, 2009 by As'ad

Arab liberals

This article misses the most important point/factor: that Arab liberals are used by Arab regimes for their own purposes. In the 1970s, Arab regimes and Israel used Islamic fundamentalists against Arab leftists and Arab natinoalists, and Arab regimes (…

Posted on August 31, 2009 by As'ad

Zionism-is-racism

“The Israeli Education Ministry announced Sunday that it would cut funding to three state-funded religious schools because they refused to enroll Ethiopian Jews simply because they were black.” (thanks Sana)

Posted on August 31, 2009 by As'ad

Now Hariri defines itself

Now Hariri defines itself–I am not making this up: “Surely they are not intimidated by a news site that represents the aspirations of the freedom-loving bourgeoisie, the soft-handed people who took to the streets to end Syrian occupation and promot…

Posted on August 31, 2009 by As'ad

NYT and “gay culture” in Beirut

“The article also denies other Arab countries their own gay cultures. Many western journalists sum up Arab gay realities with sentences like: “Saudi Arabia: homosexuality punishable by death”, “Iraq: gay men killed.” Full stop. But gay men are also …

Posted on August 31, 2009 by As'ad

Racist and Sexist An-Nahar Newspaper

Of course, I never expect much from An-Nahar newspaper (a right-wing, sectarian Christian, anti-Syrian (people), anti-Palestinian (people) propaganda publication that never wavers in its loyalty to Prince Salman and his other brothers). The newspaper …

Posted on August 31, 2009 by As'ad

Another Lebanese…braggart

Ibn Rushd sent me this (I cite with his permission although I removed some words for legal reasons): “This guy, Fadi Nahas, is a small time…& [allegedly] high-school dropout who became very rich importing bananas from Ecuador and selling them i…

Posted on August 31, 2009 by As'ad

Palestinians and Shi`ites in the UAE

I have received many emails from Palestinians and Shi`ites in the UAE. People have been telling me stories of campaigns of expulsion and harassment against Palestinians (especially those from Gaza) and Lebanese Shi`ites. A Lebanese Shi`ite professor …

Posted on August 31, 2009 by As'ad

De Tocqueville on America: the unknown views

“But in the 1840s and 1850s de Tocqueville’s views on America took a darker turn, as a new collection of his writings makes clear. (“Tocqueville on America After 1840: Letters and Other Writings”). Public life was dominated by people who lacked

Posted on August 31, 2009 by As'ad

The Maronite Patriarch Hearts Sen. Kennedy

“Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir conveyed during Sunday’s sermon his condolences over the death of U.S. Senatro Edward Kennedy to his wife of Lebanese origins lawyer Victoria Reggie Kennedy and to U.S. President Barack Obama. Speaking from Deema…

Posted on August 31, 2009 by As'ad

The missing Ottoman treasure

Comrade Khaled continues his coverage of the search for the Ottoman treasure and the adventures of Lebanon’s Minister of Finance.

Posted on August 31, 2009 by As'ad

Enough about the Kennedy family

If George Washington had agreed to be crowned king (as many Americans at the time wanted), there would be less obsession with the Kennedy family. I would rather read about the Kardashian family.

Posted on August 31, 2009 by As'ad

Who is your enemy? The Lebanese people give the answer

Ad-Duwaliyyah li-l-Ma`lumat asked the Lebanese about their perceptions of the enemy. (The firm is one of the most reliable, in my opinion). Israel won hands down. 93.9% of all Lebanese consider Israel to be the enemy. The US came in second: 64.8% o…

Posted on August 31, 2009 by As'ad

the real `Abdul-`Aziz Al-Hakim

The real record of the commander of the Badr sectarian Shi`ite militia (which terrorized the Palestinians in Iraq): “CNN and other news organizations reported that Hakim was a behind-the-scenes operator who never held a political position in Iraq. Th…

Posted on August 30, 2009 by As'ad

lauding snipers

“Small teams of snipers are finding reasons to venture into the constantly shifting environment that exists in a place simply referred to as “outside the wire.”” (thanks anonymous)

Posted on August 30, 2009 by As'ad

Canned tins

“”In previous years we could still somehow enjoy the food, the army would allow bringing in certain types of food we could cook but since the IPS took charge it has stopped and most of our meals are based on canned tins from the canteen,” one inmate…

Posted on August 30, 2009 by As'ad

This guy hearts Zionist crimes

“”But also,” the governor continued, “when I was here for the first time some 18 years ago and I was touring the country, the comparison between Masada and the Alamo was not lost on me. I mean, we’re talking about two groups of people who were willi…

Posted on August 30, 2009 by As'ad

The Lion of wealth

“But oh, he was so much more. He was a man who after a party drove home with Mary Jo Kopechne and off the Chappaquiddick bridge. He was a man who left her there while he waited 10 hours to report the accident. He was a man who used the time to consu…

Posted on August 30, 2009 by As'ad