Archive for June, 2011

Ehhhhhhhhhh

I hate when Israelis speak English they follow every word with “ehhhhhhhhh”.  As in: Israel ehhhh is ehhhh justified ehhhh to ehhhhh massacre ehhhhhh Arab ehhhh children ehhhhh.

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

It is official: House of Saud believes that Israel should monopolize the possession of nuclear weapons in the Middle East

If this lousy royal family made as much noise about Israeli nuclear weapons in the 60s and 70s, maybe the world would have taken notice.  Prince Turki makes it clear here: only Israel should have nuclear weapons in the region. (thanks AK)

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

The role of my former friend, Usama Ramadani, in the Bin Ali regime

“Dans une note confidentielle que s’est procurée Le Canard enchaîné et adressée au patron de l’ATCE, Oussama Romdhani, elle se félicite d’avoir « œuvré en vue de corriger la perception injuste de la réalité politique tunisienne ».Mais dans l…

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

Obama’s wars

“The US military has carried out a number of attacks in recent years against top Al-Qaeda militants believed to be hiding in Somalia, but last week’s incident appeared to be the first drone strike, the Post said.” (thanks Christopher)

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

Israeli nationalist motives: not a factor here

“The suspect claimed the act was not driven by nationalist motives but because the Palestinian was “staring at his sister.”"

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

Ali Salman hearts the Bahrain royal family

“”This dialogue will be successful if there is a principal person from Royal Family like the Crown Prince present in the process. He understands the demand and the opposition sees him as a leader, who could solve this crisis.”" (thanks Basim)

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

The Muslim Brotherhood: the vehicle of the Arab counter-revolution

“Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood says that it welcomes formal contacts with the United States as a way to clarify its institutional vision. But no such contacts have yet been made, a spokesman for the Islamist group said on Thursday.   A senior …

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

Can you imagine the uproar worldwide if this happened in a country that is in conflict with the US? Can you imagine if this happened in Iran?

“The religious police in Saudi Arabia arrested five women on Tuesday for driving in defiance of a ban on women getting behind the wheel in the conservative kingdom, according to activists and local media reports.”

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

A matter of language in the New York Times

“with the brutality of the ruling Assad family”.   I, of course, don’t object to refer to the Asad rule in Syria as brutal.  It is indeed.  But would any correspondent in the New York Times dare to refer to the ruling Israeli govern…

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

shades of foreign intervention

“If MacMaster’s act smacks of the Orientalist mentality typical of the old colonialists, Grapel was a soldier in the army of the one remaining settler colonialist country in the world, Israel. The wonder is that with such a background he seems not to h…

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

quiet submission: US and Saudi women

“As Allison Janney’s C.J. Cregg once fumed on “The West Wing” about Saudi Arabia: “This is a country where women aren’t allowed to drive a car. They’re not allowed to be in the company of any man other than a close relative. They’re requi…

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

Arms for Arab rebels

So Le Figaro revealed that France has been dumping all sorts of weapons on Libyan tribes.  I thought it was funny.  They lecture Lebanese and Palestinians that their struggle (against a most brutal occupation) should adhere strictly to non-vi…

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

Arab liberals

Just one word.  I know that no one–I mean, no one–take seriously those who refer to themselves as Arab liberals (because they all are propagandists for the various Saudi princes.  Take Marwan Mu`ashshir: this is an Arab liberal?  A guy…

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

Zizek

The post from yesterday about Zizek and Lady Gaga turned out to be a hoax.  I pointed that out in an update.  Sorry.

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

Hariri Tribunal

I rarely comment on this silly exercise. Comrade Omar Nashabe of Al-Akhbar has written extensively on all the problems that mar the process of this potato court. Where do you begin? The first German investigator Mellis who gave political interviews …

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

The US ambassador in Lebanon

The US ambassador in Lebanon is aghast.  She could not believe that Hasan Nasrallah had accused the US embassy in Beirut of espionage.  The US ambassador in Beirut read an angry statement yesterday.  Basically, she wants all to know: the…

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

Speaking Arabic

Yesterday, the French ambassador read a statement in Arabic with a North African accent.  All Russian diplomats who deal with the Middle East speak Arabic fluently.  The former Chinese ambassador to Lebanon was a woman who had a PhD in Arabic…

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

Aljazeeera: worse than Al-Arabiyya and Fox News

So yesterday, I tuned in to Aljazeera main evening (Arab world time) newscast.  It started with a sensational headline: “In Syria, tanks are shelling in cities and towns” or words to that effect but it did include “tanks shelling” (قصف بالد…

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

Voice of NATO

Aljazeera lost Arab public support but it won NATO approval.  Hurrah.

Posted on June 30, 2011 by As'ad

Another shift in the military balance of the Middle East

The lousy Lebanese Army received 48 (old) computers (with Windows 64).  This is expected to change the military balance in the Middle East and to defend Lebanon against Israeli attacks.

Posted on June 29, 2011 by As'ad