Archive for February, 2011

Saudi Fatwa in favor of Qadhdhafi

Saudi Prince, Julwi Bin Sa`ud, calls a Libyan TV show to express support for Qadhdhafi and to issue a fatwawawa against rebelling against him. (thanks Tariq)

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

Israeli crimes

Now, of course, every Arab has noticed the Western reactions to Qadhdhafi’s crimes against Libyans. It is likely that Israeli in the Lebanon war in 2006 or the Gaza assault in 2008 have killed much more than Qadhdhahfi has killed. Yet, Western governme…

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

This is what the West calls “reform in Saudi Arabia”

“Democracy activists in Saudi Arabia say the government is closely monitoring social media to nip in the bud any protests inspired by uprisings that swept Arab countries, toppling leaders in Egypt and Tunisia.  Activists have set up Facebook pages…

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

Honeymoon: Bush and Qadhdhafi

“ A cable from the American Embassy in Tripoli briefing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice before a 2008 visit called Libya “a strong partner in the war against terrorism,” noting “excellent” intelligence cooperation and sp…

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

Oman

Don’t rule out Oman from the picture.  The country experienced one of the most sophisticated opposition/revolutionary movements in the Arab world.  I was planning to write my PhD dissertation on the Popular Front for the Liberation of Oman bu…

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

David Held: how could you?

“It has emerged that Professor David Held, co-director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance which benefited from the donation, and an informal mentor to Mr Gaddafi’s son, was appointed a trustee of GICDF in June 2009 – before the LSE f…

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

Uri Avnery agrees with Qadhdhafi

“”When Aljazeera covers a war or a revolution in the Arab world, it covers it. Not for an hour or two, but for 24 hours around the clock. The pictures are engraved in one’s memory, the testimonies stir one’s emotions. The impact on Arab viewers …

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

Obama’s freedom agenda

“The administration has submitted a proposed budget for fiscal 2011 that included military assistance increases for Bahrain, Libya, Morocco, Oman and Yemen. Officials said several Middle East countries also received forward funding over the last year…

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

If they knew of the views and votes of Lieberman and McCain they would have greeted them with…shoes (very offensive in Arab culture–as I read in US media)

“The congressmen were accompanied by US ambassador to Egypt, Margaret Scobey. During the tour, they met with several citizens and military police in the square. Lieberman wrapped himself with an Egyptian flag before handing it to one of the citizens…

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

divide and rule in Bahrain

“This ‘divide and rule’ politic was developed by the Al Khalifa and its allies after they settled in Bahrain in the 18th century, appropriated land from the indigenous Shia owners and effectively made them into peasants. Even then, the regime opera…

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

Counter-insurgency in Palestine: collective “management”

“The emphasis on ‘trust-building’ with Israel has coloured the evolution of the political process since 2003. The general movement towards providing ‘law and order’, security co-operation and ‘institution-building’ is well known. But the ‘state-buil…

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

From an article that needed more circulation: Olmert on Abbas

“Olmert, in retrospect, agrees, saying that Abbas “had never said no.””

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

Al-Arabiyyah TV on Bahrain

B.B. from Bahrain sent me this (I cite with his/her permission):  ”Asa’d. I’ve been following your blog for a long time but this is my first time to e-mail. I will skip all the Arab niceties and share with you this video which i foun…

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

`Abdul-Halim Qandil

He is one of the most courageous Arab journalist.  He was kidnapped a few years ago by Mubarak goons, and beaten and left naked on the road to Haram outside of Cairo.  In this article, he criticizes the Egyptian military council but one sente…

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

How to best repress and oppress

“Defense Conseil International (DCI), a French state-owed training company, has three crowd-control specialists acting as advisers to the Bahrain Army, chief executive Jean-Louis Rotrubin said at the IDEX trade show.  The advisers, drawn from th…

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

For a new PNC elections

That is how Palestinian democracy can be respected. (thanks Reem)

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

Tahrir Square choir

This is a really nice song with socialist themes (thanks Farrah)

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

Saudi reforms: the Mufti has spoken

So he rants here on (and against) female political participation and links demands for political roles by women to plots by enemies of Islam, and he identifies Jews and Christians as enemies.  In other news,  Hillary and other Zionists in Was…

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

These are nice and kind military occupiers, damn it

“Tens of thousands of Iraqis took to the streets yesterday in nationwide protests that left at least 19 dead and dozens wounded, but the US military consciously and conspicuously remained on the sideline.”

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad

Why is this not a major story?

“The Iraqi capital Baghdad is now under curfew following nationwide protests which have called for more government accountability.”

Posted on February 28, 2011 by As'ad