Archive for May, 2011

Promoting tourism in Egypt

“In a strange and angering move by an Egyptian citizen, a lion is to be fought and killed in an effort to promote tourism to the country. The report has sparked outrage among animal welfare activists in the country, who have called on the government…

Posted on May 31, 2011 by As'ad

Meet an advisor of the Pope

“Father Riccardo Seppia, a 51-year-old parish priest in the village of Sastri Ponente, near Genoa, was arrested last Friday, May 13, on pedophilia and drug charges. Investigators say that in tapped mobile-phone conversations, Seppia asked a Morocca…

Posted on May 31, 2011 by As'ad

Islamist moral rules in Turkey

“Religious conservative groups, whether Muslim or Christian or other, have always sought to impose moralistic controls on family, sexuality and personal conduct. They also seek to control and censor cultural productions in conformity with religious …

Posted on May 31, 2011 by As'ad

Syrian intellectuals in exile in Francs slams BHL

So this guy tries to do the act that he performed in Libya.  The reaction by Syrian dissident intellectuals in France was swift.  They asked him to butt out and they pointed out his Zionist track record and said that the Syrian opposition mov…

Posted on May 31, 2011 by As'ad

There are "only" 100,000 protesting in Syria

This lousy Ba`th leader of Syria belittles the protests in the country and says that those who are protesting are no more than….100,000.  Kid you not.  (thanks Karim)

Posted on May 31, 2011 by As'ad

Sexual harassment in Israel

“A senior IDF officer in the Military Police Corps is being charged with an indecent act and seven counts of sexual harassment, Ynet learned. Lieutenant-Colonel Oren Julian, commander of the Military Police’s training base and former Prison 4 comman…

Posted on May 31, 2011 by As'ad

Virginity tests in UK

“Newly discovered documents indicate that the British government concealed how often it administered so-called “virginity tests” to female immigrants hoping to enter the country in the 1970s on marriage visas.The documents, unearthed by legal researc…

Posted on May 31, 2011 by As'ad

Tantawi rules

“A senior Egyptian general admits that “virginity checks” were performed on women arrested at a demonstration this spring, the first such admission after previous denials by military authorities.” (thanks Alison)

Posted on May 31, 2011 by As'ad

Obama: covering up Bahraini repression

“The United States pulled its human rights officer from Bahrain last week after he’d become the subject of a weeks-long campaign of ethnic slurs and thinly veiled threats on a pro-government website and in officially sanctioned newspapers.  Lud…

Posted on May 31, 2011 by As'ad

Succinct assessment of the Arab spring

Comrade Talal (a brilliant scientist) shared with me this assessment of the Arab spring: “The evidence is now clear that the first phase of the Arab uprisings has failed to achieve significant results beyond changing the top leadership in Tunis and E…

Posted on May 31, 2011 by As'ad

Lebanon Nakbah March

Here is a collection of pictures. (thanks Omar)

Posted on May 31, 2011 by As'ad

Manal Charif: after her release

“Thanks to Allah, His compassion, then King Abdullah’s big heart, has helped me to persevere through my short ordeal.” (thanks Farah)

Posted on May 31, 2011 by As'ad

Repression in occupied Iraq

“The Northern Oil Company of Iraq has forcibly relocated the President of the Kirkuk Oil and Gas Workers Union, Jamal Abdul-Jabbar, to a remote location. Jamal recently led a major walk out in support of better rights for contract workers and for a bet…

Posted on May 31, 2011 by As'ad

Pluralistic model in Kurdistan

Hariri party in Lebanon meets with a delegation of the Kurdish Democratic Party and Ahmad Hariri (cousin of mini-Hariri) expresses admiration for the “pluralistic” model of Kurdistan.

Posted on May 31, 2011 by As'ad

The New Fath in the New Egypt

Fath leader, `Azzam Ahmad, tells Al-Masri Al-Yawm that Fath has never recognized Israel and that it will confront Hamas if the latter did.

Posted on May 31, 2011 by As'ad

Zionists at AUB: their chutzpah

Regarding the regular cases of Western Zionists who teach at AUB.  Just imagine. Just imagine if an Arab-American or European-American or any American is allowed to teach at an Israeli university and permitted to advocate for the Palestinians whil…

Posted on May 31, 2011 by As'ad

Oh, really? We did not know that. How surprising. We assumed that Western powers never intervene in internal affairs of Arab countries

“An al-Jazeera report appears to show western special forces on the frontline in Libya, in what the TV channel said was “evidence for the first time of allied boots on the ground”.” (thanks AK)

Posted on May 30, 2011 by As'ad

Egyptian Military summons comrade Hossam

“Blogger Hossam El-Hamalawy and television host Reem Maged were given a summons on Monday to appear before military prosecution after Maged screened on her show on Thursday Hamalawy criticising the role of military police, holding the head of the mi…

Posted on May 30, 2011 by As'ad

Secret Libyan rebel leaders

“Still, it may explain why the rebels’ Transitional National Council has so far refused to reveal the identities of most of its members. (This is a big issue for the United States, which has not recognized the rebels, at least in part out of concern …

Posted on May 30, 2011 by As'ad

With sweets and flowers

According to New York Times, Libyan people receive NATO bombers with “sweets and flowers.”

Posted on May 30, 2011 by As'ad