Archive for January, 2010

The Low One

This has become a very popular poster in the streets of the Middle East and on the internet. It says (on top): “The High One Built the High Dam”, and (bottom): “The Low One built the Low Dam.” (thanks Kifah)

Posted on January 30, 2010 by As'ad

For Jamal Mubarak, and for Israel

“But what suits the West in Egypt comes at a huge price for ordinary people who live without relief from debilitating poverty, endemic corruption, and repression of human rights. Take the story of Ibrahim Abdel Rahman, 30, a blogger who was released…

Posted on January 30, 2010 by As'ad

From the Kingdom of horrors

“A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a Saudi mother of three to 300 lashes for visiting government departments without a male guardian escort and for filing a complaint to the Saudi King against government officials for corruption and misuse of powe…

Posted on January 30, 2010 by As'ad

I knew that Totten is very boring and thougtless, but I never knew that he could be funny

“The Barney Fife of Middle Eastern “expertise” is at it again. With a couple of exceptions, I try to not write about Michael Totten, mostly because his ignorance makes my head hurt, and his childish worldview is depressing to me. Some things, ho…

Posted on January 30, 2010 by As'ad

Orientalist imagination on crack

This is officially the ugliest hotel in the world, and it will be constructed in Baghdad. (thanks Hassan)

Posted on January 30, 2010 by As'ad

When Queen Youtube tweets about her PlayStation husband

“Feeling very proud at Davos, His Majesty:” If someone threatens my people I have the right to defend them”. I bet he will. He will do what his father has done before him: when threatened, he will plead with Israel to save him. Kingdom? Are you kid…

Posted on January 30, 2010 by As'ad

This is Zionism

“Six years after first collection of Breaking the Silence testimonies, organization releases booklet of testimonies from female soldiers who served in territories. Stories include systematic humiliation of Palestinians, reckless and cruel violence,…

Posted on January 30, 2010 by As'ad

This almost triggered sectarian conflict in Biqa` as Hariri supporters rushed to accuse Shi`ites of kidnapping him

“On late Thursday night, security forces located “the lost imam,” as Majzoub has been dubbed by some media outlets, at his friend’s house in a neighboring village in good health and sporting a different look. They found a clean-shaven Majzoub sitt…

Posted on January 30, 2010 by As'ad

When the poor commit suicide

“Suicide is on the rise in Egypt, where about 45% of the population lives on $2 a day or less. Gamal Zahran, a member of parliament, has blamed the government for unemployment and poverty that he says have caused thousands of Egyptians to kill thems…

Posted on January 30, 2010 by As'ad

Fath Movement: the official arm of the Israeli occupation

“Netanyahu to U.S.: I’ll free Fatah prisoners to boost Abbas”

Posted on January 30, 2010 by As'ad

Israeli massacre of books

This is a more detailed report on the Israeli massacre of Palestinian books. (thanks Sami)

Posted on January 30, 2010 by As'ad

Rape in Dubai

“But, recent events in Dubai suggest that this meeting place may not be quite as comfortable or cosy as one may think. On New Year’s Eve, a young British woman of Pakistani descent was allegedly raped by a hotel worker at an upmarket hotel in Dubai Marina. She had been celebrating her engagement with her […]

Posted on January 30, 2010 by As'ad

Prince Khalid bin Sultan: Jihad Khazen is worried about his taxes

“In Davos another day, and in a meeting of media leaders with David Cameron, I asked him a specific question: would you say now that the conservative party will not increase taxes if they win the next general election?” (thanks “Ibn Rushd”)

Posted on January 30, 2010 by As'ad

Isabel Kershner and Ethan Bronner: the propaganda duet

Really. Why not Isabel Kershner and Ethan Bronner just save time and ink and just write daily something along the lines of: “with blood, with spirit, we sacrifice ourselves for you, o Israeli war crimes.” Look at this piece. I mean, the New York Times has published more ink on Israeli official and non-official responses […]

Posted on January 30, 2010 by As'ad

Victimhood and skin color

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: “Victimhood and skin color: The Ethiopian [female workers] on the crashed plane”.

Posted on January 29, 2010 by As'ad

Tibi needs lessons of history

“Racism and hatred for anything that is different, including Arabs, have raised their heads here in Israeli society.” Raised their heads, Mr. Tibi? Sit down in the Knesset and listen. It is part and parcel of this state. Since its founding. No, lo…

Posted on January 29, 2010 by As'ad

Levy

“A thousand speeches against anti-Semitism will not extinguish the flames ignited by Operation Cast Lead, flames that threaten not only Israel but the entire Jewish world. As long as Gaza is under blockade and Israel sinks into its institutionalized…

Posted on January 29, 2010 by As'ad

Australian Classification Board versus women

“”Australian Classification Board (ACB) is now banning depictions of small-breasted women in adult publications and films. They banned mainstream pornography from showing women with A-cup breasts, apparently on the grounds that they encourage paedop…

Posted on January 29, 2010 by As'ad

New York Times gives free excuses to all of Israeli crimes

“Apparently concerned that the protests could spread, the Israeli Army and security forces have recently begun clamping down, arresting scores of local organizers and activists here and conducting nighttime raids on the homes of others.” (thanks Ziy…

Posted on January 29, 2010 by As'ad

EXCLUSIVE…Blackwater’s Youngest Victim:

“Father of 9 Year-Old Killed in Nisour Square Gives Most Detailed Account of Massacre to Date”

Posted on January 29, 2010 by As'ad