Archive for July, 2010

illiterate Saudi King

Heads of state write a few words in the guestbook at the Presidential Palace in Ba`abda. But when the Saudi King sat down to write in the guestbook, it was obvious that a Saudi official/calligrapher had already filled the page. Illiterate Saudi King,…

Posted on July 31, 2010 by As'ad

threatening the puppets

“President Obama warned Mahmoud Abbas in a letter that U.S.-Palestinian relations might suffer if the Palestinian leader refuses to resume direct peace talks with Israel, a senior Palestine Liberation Organization official said Saturday.The White House…

Posted on July 31, 2010 by As'ad

Lebanese police foils Mossad plans: hahahaha

“The use of sophisticated equipment in the foiling of alleged Israeli spies may be the first concrete illustration of the U.S. dilemma. According to Lebanese officials, Israeli analysts and a Western diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity, Lebano…

Posted on July 31, 2010 by As'ad

we oppose Israeli state AND society

“One of the most troubling aspects of the destruction of al-Arakib was a report by CNN that the hundreds of Israeli riot police who stormed the village were accompanied by “busloads of cheering civilians.” Who were these civilians and why didn’t …

Posted on July 31, 2010 by As'ad

Lebanon trip

I have been away since end of May. There is much to tell about political developments and news from the Middle East. But where do I begin–as one song says? I really don’t know where to begin. I feel as if I have to drip news country by country or …

Posted on July 31, 2010 by As'ad

Poster for my book signing

Here it is.

Posted on July 31, 2010 by As'ad

These are crackdowns that you find holy

“The Vatican has been accused of hypocrisy after the Swiss Guards launched a crackdown on tourists wearing skimpy clothing.” (thanks Therese)

Posted on July 31, 2010 by As'ad

Brought to you by US invasion

“The position of trade unions has deteriorated significantly in Iraq. Unions in the electricity sector have been banned in a move that echoes Saddam Hussein’s old ways. The Iraqi police raided and shut down trade union offices following a draconian min…

Posted on July 31, 2010 by As'ad

Investigating Zinn

“But in a release of documents pertaining to Zinn, the bureau admitted that one of its investigations into the left-wing academic was prompted not by suspicion of criminal activity, but by Zinn’s criticism of the FBI’s record on civil rights investigat…

Posted on July 31, 2010 by As'ad

Did you need this to know that ADL is bigoted? Really?

“The Anti-Defamation League describes itself as “fighting anti-Semitism, bigotry and extremism,” but critics of the Jewish group’s latest move say it has joined the ranks of some of the US’s most bigoted organizations in its call to oppose the “Ground …

Posted on July 31, 2010 by As'ad

This repression is goof for the peace process, I guess

“The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Palestinian authorities in the West Bank to release Amer Abu Arfa, a correspondent for the Shihabnews agency who was convicted and imprisoned in connection with his news coverage.” (thanks Rima)

Posted on July 31, 2010 by As'ad

This is funny: an “anti-defamation” group is now officially for bigotry

“The nation’s leading Jewish civil rights group has come out against the planned mosque and Islamic community center near ground zero, saying more information is needed about funding for the project and the location is ”counterproductive to the healin…

Posted on July 31, 2010 by As'ad

The Lebanese and Saudi King

The Saudi King spent 245 minutes in Lebanon and that did not stop the Lebanese from filling the entire capital with huge, gigantic pictures of the illiterate King, and writing fawning tributes to his oppression. That proves my theory: that most Lebane…

Posted on July 31, 2010 by As'ad

The genius of Daniel Kurtzer

You have to read this study about prospects of war between Israel and Lebanon. What attracted my attention was this section: “First, Hezbollah could initiate hostilities. The recent passing of Lebanese Shia cleric Muhammad Hussein Fadl’Allah, a man …

Posted on July 30, 2010 by As'ad

War

Almost every day–no, every single day–I get asked by strangers or by people I know whether there is going to be war. I keep saying: there won’t be war. Israel has no more tricks up its dirty sleeves.

Posted on July 30, 2010 by As'ad

A Syrian scientist in the US sent me this: “Pack it up, and tell Al-Nahar to do so, too.”

“Steve Jandali is the Syrian’s… To others he may be Steve Jobs, but that is because they know not, so forgive them. But the Homsian Steve surely puts every Lebanese expatriate in his little waist pocket even if he discovered a cure for cancer, of wh…

Posted on July 30, 2010 by As'ad

The international Hariri court

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: “The international court ruled—before it ruled”

Posted on July 30, 2010 by As'ad

Book signing

Details about my book signing next Saturday.

Posted on July 30, 2010 by As'ad

On Fayruz

I am here talking about Fayruz on Sham FM. (thanks Farah)

Posted on July 29, 2010 by As'ad

This is Zionism

“Testimony – Settler seen coming from Mitzpeh Ya’ir outpost assaults Palestinian shepherd on private Palestinian land.”

Posted on July 29, 2010 by As'ad