Archive for March, 2010

Rima Maktabi

This daughter of a Phalanges leader who died in the war has been hired by CNN. This means that with the decline of viewers of CNN, she will have less viewers than if she was on radio.

Posted on March 31, 2010 by As'ad

tribute to Zayid

L’Orient-Le Jour defends Karakalla’s lousy tribute to Shaykh Zayid: “”Zayed, lui, ne s’est pas seulement contenté de rêver. Zayed a agi. Son « dream » ne s’est pas évanoui et comme le « dream » qu’a fait jadis Martin Luther King, il s’est effe…

Posted on March 31, 2010 by As'ad

The adventures and tall tales of Iyad `Allawi

Now I am sick and tired of the tall tales that Iyad `Allawi (the former puppet prime minister/car bomber/Saddam henchman/embezzler-in-Yemen/ally of Shi`ite sectarian forces in Lebanon/candidate of Syria/Saudi Arabia/Turkey in the last puppet election) …

Posted on March 31, 2010 by As'ad

It is for you, Jamal Mubarak

“Egyptian security sources said officers took control of 10 smuggling tunnels and two suspected weapons traders on Wednesday, with the help of 12 children detained the day before.” So a few thousands tunnels left only?

Posted on March 31, 2010 by As'ad

Nice occupiers

“Soldiers were drilled to present a kinder face to the Iraqi public—the old lady on her way to buy food, the taxi driver with a bad attitude, the disgruntled patriarch, the people who may have been hiding insurgents, even those who had been insurgent…

Posted on March 31, 2010 by As'ad

A Congressperson in Gaza

“Why Gaza? In an interview, Baird recalled a speech some years ago by Israel’s current premier, Benjamin Netanyahu, at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). To Baird, the speech was “thinly disguised racism” — and he recoiled from it….

Posted on March 31, 2010 by As'ad

No pranks, please

Some youths in Lebanon are contemplating smudging Patriarch Sfayr’s face and head with Labni. That would be quite rude and very unacceptable at many levels. And the Lebanese law is very strict against insulting or offending “senior” religious figures…

Posted on March 31, 2010 by As'ad

illegal

A colleague in Jordan sent me this (she does not want to be identified): “did you know that it is illegal for iraqis to donate blood in jordan? one of my students today told me that she wanted to/tried to give blood and was told that it is forbidden. i…

Posted on March 31, 2010 by As'ad

Walid Jumblat and Hillary

Walid Jumblat sent a “telegram” (as if they still send telegrams in the world that we live in) to congratulate her on her speech at AIPAC. He thinks that the US Secretary of State is presented by her staff with a letter from 80 % of 6% of the Lebanese…

Posted on March 31, 2010 by As'ad

Zionist thuggery

“Some 60 right-wing activists from the “Youth for the Land of Israel” movement arrived early Wednesday at deserted buildings near the West Bank town of Birzeit in the Ramallah area.The teens announced their intention to establish a Jewish community nam…

Posted on March 31, 2010 by As'ad

Walid Jumblat and Bashshar Al-Asad

Did you see the picture of Walid Jumblat sitting with Bashshar Al-Asad? He looked as comfortable and as pleasured as when I sat for my wisdom teeth extraction.

Posted on March 31, 2010 by As'ad

Zionism is racism, always

“Over half of the Jewish population in Israel believes the marriage of a Jewish woman to an Arab man is equal to national treason, according to a recent survey by the Geocartography Institute.The survey, which was conducted for the Center Against Racis…

Posted on March 31, 2010 by As'ad

Iraqi elections and the Israel factor

So I have been checking on some names and how they fared in the recent Iraqi puppet elections. (No election should be held under occupation). Several striking things. America’s favorite man in Iraq, by far, Muwaffaq Rubay`i, did not win one a seat. …

Posted on March 31, 2010 by As'ad

Popular and News-Driven Arab Blogs and Aggregators

“The Angry Arab. This blog by Prof. Ass’ad Abu Khalil is edgy and though it is California based it is also popular in the Arab World, especially in Lebanon. In English”

Posted on March 31, 2010 by As'ad

Attacks on Syrian workers in Lebanon in South Lebanon

Attacks on Syrian workers in Khiyam. (thanks Moustafa)

Posted on March 31, 2010 by As'ad

Angry Arab on Iran developments: the Revolution Ages

Saja kindly translated an article I had written on Iran for Al-Akhbar.”The Revolution is Aging: Iran Faces ItselfAs’ad Abu KhalilIt has been amusing to follow events in Iran, both on Arab and western media outlets. Saudi media has been fit for listin…

Posted on March 30, 2010 by As'ad

The Syrian-Saudi-Turkish plot in Iraq

The return of Allawi is the product of an evil plot (not that Nuri Al-Maliki is less evil). (thanks Hassan)

Posted on March 30, 2010 by As'ad

Between Egypt and Israel

“Israel has an increasing problem with foreigners. Many enter legally but outstay their permits and settle there. But also growing in numbers are asylum seekers from Africa, mostly refugees from Sudan and Eritrea. And nearly all come in through Sina…

Posted on March 30, 2010 by As'ad

This is why you should throw all those rankings out of the window

I mean, who come up with those rankings? “Jordan ranked first and Saudi Arabia last in a new report card on the state of democratic reforms in the Arab world. The Arab Democracy Index was released Monday in Paris.” (thanks Abbas)

Posted on March 30, 2010 by As'ad

Just look at this Israeli headline

“Israel allows clothes, shoes into blockaded Gaza for first time”

Posted on March 30, 2010 by As'ad