Archive for September, 2009

Your propaganda is killing us, literally

“A box of leaflets dropped by an RAF plane in Afghanistan landed on and killed a young girl, the Ministry of Defence said.” (thanks Carlos)

Posted on September 30, 2009 by As'ad

…off to Montana

Leaving for Montana later today (you know what that means, don’t you? Angry Arab in the Sky, with diamonds). Returning on Saturday. I am speaking on Thursday.

Posted on September 30, 2009 by As'ad

Military justice in the US

“The government has dropped a murder charge against a Marine who pleaded guilty Tuesday to dereliction of duty for killing an unarmed Iraqi detainee during a battle to recapture the city of Fallujah…Nelson is the only remaining defendant in a case …

Posted on September 30, 2009 by As'ad

Farm workers in Europe

“Every year thousands of immigrants, many from Africa, flock to the fields and orchards of southern Italy to scrape a living as seasonal workers picking grapes, olives, tomatoes and oranges. Broadly tolerated by authorities because of their role in …

Posted on September 30, 2009 by As'ad

Lebanese love of ranking

You want rankings? Here is one for you (it won’t appear in An-Nahar for sure): “Lebanon is the most stingy country in the Middle East when it comes to charity, with less than a third of Lebanese in a recent survey saying they plan to donate money to…

Posted on September 30, 2009 by As'ad

Crisis in An-Nahar

I have written yesterday about the unfolding story of the financial crisis at An-Nahar (the right-wing, sectarian Christian, racist anti-Syrian (people), anti-Palestinian (people), White Man worshipping newspaper). Read the comment by the nephew of Mi…

Posted on September 30, 2009 by As'ad

Saudi reforms: impressing the hell out of the West

“Saudi Arabia flogged a group of teenagers after a rare riot in the eastern region of the Islamic kingdom in which shops and restaurants were ransacked, a witness and local newspapers said today.” (thanks Sana)

Posted on September 30, 2009 by As'ad

What “democracy in the Middle East” really means for the US

“Jordanian authorities have refused to permit a demonstration which the country’s Islamic groups planned for Friday in reaction to the entry into the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem by Israeli police earlier this week, the Islamic Action Front (IAF) sai…

Posted on September 30, 2009 by As'ad

Spying for Israel

This is a full account of the Mossad recruitment of accused spy, Ziyad Humsi. When you read the full account you realize: 1) they are not very bright; 2) they have a hard time disguising that typical Israeli/Zionist racism towards Arabs. The reporte…

Posted on September 30, 2009 by As'ad

Now Hariri

Commenting on my post on NowHariri yesterday, a Western source in Lebanon sent me this (I cite with his/her permission): “at the same time they are complaining on their english site (on the front page) that none in the opposition wants to speak to th…

Posted on September 30, 2009 by As'ad

Gore Vidal on Obama

“He’s acting as if Afghanistan is the magic talisman: solve that and you solve terrorism.” America should leave Afghanistan, he says. “We’ve failed in every other aspect of our effort of conquering the Middle East or whatever you want to call i…

Posted on September 30, 2009 by As'ad

Faruq Husni Mubarak: the Mossad role

Al-Masri Al-Yawm started as a decent semi-independent newspaper before it became an arm of the apparatus of Jamal Mubarak. The closer an Arab paper gets to the regime the dumber it gets. Here, Al-Masri Al-Yawm is “reporting” with front page coverage …

Posted on September 30, 2009 by As'ad

Amin Rihani came back from the grave

“The University of Michigan-Detroit is offering a new course to teach the English literature of Ameen Rihani as the founding father of the Arab-American literature during the 20th century, Rihani told The Daily Star in a statement.” Well, first Ameen …

Posted on September 30, 2009 by As'ad

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, by Ahmadinajad

Upon hearing of the death of “Lucy” from the “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” song, Mahmoud Ahmadinajad insisted on performing the song with a full Iranian Orchestra. (Asna)

Posted on September 30, 2009 by As'ad

Analyzing the Middle East.

There is a category of American analysts of the Middle East, like Thomas Friedman, who only speak about the Middle East in recycled generic cliches. Ask them about the economy of a particular country, and they say: the economy is in shambles, and more…

Posted on September 30, 2009 by As'ad

How Israel treats its Arab collaborators

“Bedouin soldiers, for example, who are usually recruited as trackers, have to search for mines and booby-traps. Last year, a 28-year-old Bedouin man was blown up by a roadside bomb along the perimeter fence around Gaza as he went ahead of soldiers …

Posted on September 29, 2009 by As'ad

This is personal: the Family Guy? My favorite show on TV?

“Venezuelan authorities plan to impose fines on cable television companies that refuse to stop airing the animated television series “Family Guy.”" Based on this, and on this alone, I now support the overthrow of Chavez. (thanks Ibn Rushd)

Posted on September 29, 2009 by As'ad

Clerical kooks

“A leading Egyptian scholar has demanded that people caught importing a female virginity-faking device into the country should face the death penalty.”

Posted on September 29, 2009 by As'ad

All that you have done to our people is registered in notebooks

“During this civil war period, Esber writes, “Zionist Jewish military organizations forced more than 400,000 Palestinian Arab inhabitants from their homes in about 225 villages, towns and cities in Palestine.” That comprises approximately half of the t…

Posted on September 29, 2009 by As'ad

This story is big, and will get bigger

This is about the expulsion of Lebanese Shi`ites from the UAE. They expellees formed a committee and yesterday one of them made threats to UAE on New TV.

Posted on September 29, 2009 by As'ad