Archive for October, 2009

Michael Onfrey: a correction

Emilie sent me this: “One important correction on the quotes that I’ve just realized: the quotes I thought came from Onfray’s preface (the ones from the link:) are actually the back cover summary of the book by the editor. Sorry about my misreadin…

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

American liberals: when they feign disgust

“AT THE height of the French-Algerian War, good American liberals were appalled and disgusted by revelations of torture by the French army. The pack was led by then-Senator John F. Kennedy, who called for every kind of sanction against France. In th…

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

An Arab who insists on traveling with a concealed knife

He was asked if he was carrying any sharp objects or weapons, and he said no. And he smiled too. (thanks Noura–his wife)

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

Legal analysis of Israeli war crimes

“On December 27, 2008, Israel launched a 22-day military offensive against Gaza called “Operation Cast Lead.”1 Israeli forces killed some 1,300 Palestinians, including 280 children, and injured approximately 4,300 others, including 1,100 children.2…

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

Like Bush, Obama winning hearts and minds and feet

“Recently, while Pakistan’s government may have been saying the things that the White House wants to hear, the country’s media and public have often been openly hostile towards the United States.”

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

Allies in torture

“Former Brit ambsdr Craig Murray says UK and USA sent prisoners to Uzbek to be tortured”

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

Supreme criticisms of the Supreme leader

“According to the reports, a student from Sharif University, named by some websites as Mahmud Vahidnia, criticized the Iranian leader, state broadcast media, the postelection crackdown, and the closure of the reformist press — for a whole 20 minute…

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

Turkey and Israel

“Turkish officials respond that they have no intention of breaking off relations with Israel, and think they can still be a useful interlocutor with the Jewish state.” (thanks Khelil)

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

That thing called honor: from Hegel to now

“It is crucial, therefore, that we do not fall into the trap of seeing honour killing, for all its horrific nature, or rather because of it, as the expression of an alien culture, religion or tradition that has no resonance in the West. For that rea…

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

Robert Fisk against Western news agencies

Robert Fisk here attacks Western news agencies. Some of the criticisms may be valid. Now, I am not one to defend Western news agencies, but some of the Western news agencies’ reporters do a much better job than Robert Fisk. I take Andrew Hammond of …

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

This is quite touching:

Walid Jumblat praises his friend, Robert Fisk. Warning: it may bring tears to your yes and ears.

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

Those Palestinians

“No more tears: A bagged Palestinian protester throws a tear gas canister back at Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against Israel’s separation barrier in Bilin, West Bank.” (AP)

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

4524 Palestinians arrested since the beginning of 2009

Since the beginning of the year, Israeli occupation soldiers have arrested 4524 Palestinians. 4524 more reasons why Israeli is doomed in our region.

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

Capitalism cliches

“Bolstering these cases with brief studies on Egypt and Pakistan, Nasr suggests that where capitalism flourishes, so, too, do tolerance and moderation.” I mean, notions like that need to be substantiated and not repeated like cliches. It can be easi…

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

Obama’s surge

“More than 1,000 American troops have been wounded in battle over the past three months in Afghanistan, accounting for one-fourth of those injured in combat since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.” (thanks Dina)

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

Samir `Atallah

I had a long dream of me having long and amicable conversations with Lebanese journalist, Samir `Atallah, who excels in writing tributes to princes of the House of Saud. I mean, he is the epitome of the corruption of the Lebanese press, and yet he vis…

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

Mustafa Barghuti

I received tons of emails from people protesting my post about Barghuti’s appearance on the Daily Show. They were outraged that I described his interruption of the other guest, Anna, as “sexist”. I am here to express my views and my impression, and n…

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

Asked why: a belligerent leader of a faction of a group of another

“Asked why Mr. Abdullah had not been charged with terrorism, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Terrence Berg, said, “The charges speak for themselves.”” But it was later explained: “A 43-page criminal complaint desc…

Posted on October 31, 2009 by As'ad

Our secrets and their archives

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: “Our Secrets and Their Archives: Looking for Lebanon in the American [Archival] Collection”

Posted on October 30, 2009 by As'ad

Dictatorships that you like

“The press is mute. Reporters Without Borders, a Paris-based watchdog, ranks Tunisia’s press as one of the world’s least free. Many journalists who cheek Mr Ben Ali or his regime have been beaten, imprisoned, sued or intimidated. Naziha Rejiba, …

Posted on October 30, 2009 by As'ad