Archive for December, 2009

…off to Lebanon

I am off to Lebanon. I will return on Jan. 20th. I can be contacted telepathically. I am speaking (in Arabic) on January 13 at 7:00PM at the American University of Beirut in the Issam Fares Hall. The title of my talk is “Palestine in the Lebanese C…

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

AlJazeera versus Al-Arabiyyah TV (II)

I can explain to you this way: the difference between Aljazeera and Al-Arabiyya is like the difference between the Economist and Hustler.

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

US/Israel hearts Husni Mubarak

“Egypt, which was among the first Arab countries to apply for a domain names with Arabic letters, is ranked by Global Voices as one of the most repressive countries for bloggers.”

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

I respect David Ottaway

I did not have time to write about David Ottaway’s book, The King’s Messenger. But I will publish a long article in Arabic about it in Al-Akhbar. I respect this man. He is the only one who covered Prince Bandar and Saudi royalty without being seduce…

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

Iran protests: covering the other side

Prior to receiving the letter from a critical reader, I of course, was planning to see how the Western media were going to cover the Iran protests. The New York Times has moved her Iran correspondent from…Toronto to…New York City, to get closer to…

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

For you, Jamal Mubarak

Mubarak’s stooges cursing in the Egyptian puppet parliament.

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

Kenneth Roth understands the pain of the oppressors

“Israel is understandably frustrated by the difficulty of fighting Hamas…” What else do you find understandable about Israel war crimes, o Kenneth Roth? And do you find Palestinians frustrations fighting against a racist colonialist entity, underst…

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

Jordanian troops around the world

“The Jordanian Army announced Wednesday that one of its ranking officers was killed earlier in the day in Afghanistan.” (thanks May)

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

Being civilized in Israel

“During the rally, Israeli Arab MK Jamal Zahalka directed harsh criticism at Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who he said enjoys “classical music and killing children in Gaza.”" (thanks Marcy)

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

If this happened in Russia, the New York Times would have put it on the front page

“Two bloggers received home visits from Transportation Security Administration agents Tuesday after they published a new TSA directive that revises screening procedures and puts new restrictions on passengers in the wake of a recent bombing attempt …

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

Praising a terrorist in the Washington Post: defining courtesy

“”When Abdulmutallab spoke, he was courteous. He didn’t publicly express radical thoughts, didn’t lash out against U.S. policies in Iraq or Afghanistan. He didn’t express core Muslim grievances such as Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.” (thanks Samuel)

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

Foreign maids in Lebanon

One maid from Bangladesh was hospitalized after she “fell” from a balcony, and another was hospitalized after she was run over by a car. The Cedar Revolution marches on.

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

Political wishes

Comrade Fawwaz sends wishes for a new year.

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

Foreign maids in Lebanon

“« Ginette, 25 ans, ancienne employée au Liban qui vient de décéder lundi dernier à l’hôpital HJRA suite à la maladie qui l’a rongée depuis le Liban. (…) Cette femme n’a subi que malheurs pendant son séjour au Liban. Elle est rentré…

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

Al-Qa`idah terrorism: Israel’s dirty hands, and the dirty hands of Arab intelligence services

Will we know one day that Al-Qa`idah terrorist structure was infiltrated by Mossad and Arab intelligence services? Well, we know already about the roles of Saudi intelligence and Pakistan’s ISI in the founding and operation of Al-Qa`idah, at least up …

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

Here we go: a conspiracy theory without evidence

“We do know a couple of things. Dad, back in Nigeria, ran the national arms industry (DICON) in partnership with Israel, in particular, the Mossad. He was in daily contact with them. They run everything in Nigeria, from arms production to counter…

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

Taking issue with Iran coverage

A reader (who wishes to remain anonymous) sent me this: ” I’m a – almost – loyal reader of your blog, and share many of your views, so this is not an angry mail or anything, but I think that your coverage of Iran could use more of the same standards…

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

AlJazeera versus Al-Arabiyyah TV

I have been watching more Aljazeera as of late because it has been suggested to me that watching Al-Arabiyyah TV (the private TV station of King Fahd’s brother-in-law) is bad for one’s mental and physical health. But forget about politics, Aljazeera i…

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

The Moral Cowardice Award: Karen Abu Zayd

Yesterday, on Aljazeera’s Bila Hudud, Karen Abu Zayd (the UNRWA’s commissioner) was the guest. She was quite reprehensible: in what she said and what she did not say. Don’t get me wrong. I was never a fan of this woman, and I know how appointment to…

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad

Relying on the Yemeni dictator

Relying on the Yemeni dictator to fight terrorism is like relying on Hamid Karzai to fight corruption.

Posted on December 31, 2009 by As'ad