Archive for October, 2011

Al-Arabiyya website

The website of Al-Arabiyya (the news station of King Fahd’s brother-in-law) is even worse than the TV Al-Arabiyyah.  It reminds me of the yellow–very yellow–journalism of the Kuwaiti press (post 1991, when the top gifted Palestinian editors and …

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

Saudi Repression is not news in the West

“An Edmonton imam was assaulted and arrested early Sunday morning while on a pilgrimage in the Saudi Arabian city of Medina, a witness says.  Usama Al-Atar, a prominent Islamic scholar and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta chemistr…

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

Saudi Repression is not news in the West

“An Edmonton imam was assaulted and arrested early Sunday morning while on a pilgrimage in the Saudi Arabian city of Medina, a witness says.  Usama Al-Atar, a prominent Islamic scholar and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Alberta chemistr…

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

Public and Private

Comrade Madawi Rasheed writes on the “public and private acclamation in Saudi Arabia.”

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

Public and Private

Comrade Madawi Rasheed writes on the “public and private acclamation in Saudi Arabia.”

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

Walter Isaacson and Steve Jobs

So Isaacson has a book out on Steve Jobs.  So read this piece.  He then tells you that Jobs remind him of Benjamin Franklin and Einstein (he had written two books on the last two).  So he wrote to promote his book on jobs, and managed to…

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

New York Times Book Section Trash

Look at this section.  Don’t you like it when the Times ask one Zionist to review another Zionist? This is standard in the New York Times.  ”when, as Montefiore reminds us, Yasir Arafat “shocked the Americans and the Israelis when he insist…

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

New York Times Headlines

Don’t you love headlines from the New York Times:  ”U.S. Seeks Aid From Pakistan in Peace Effort”.  This sounds so noble: so basically, the US in reality is asking Pakistan to help t he US bring the Taliban to negotiations.  So Pakistan …

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

Tashnaq Party expels Syrian Kurds from Burj Hammud

The Tashnaq Party in Lebanon has organized a whole-scale expulsion of all Syrian Kurds from the predominantly Armenian district of Burj Hammud.  The campaign is accompanied with racist discourse about criminality. 

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

A scandal ignored by the Lebanese press

“”Takieddine assure avoir permis à Hariri, “ami de Chirac”, de récupérer 1,380 milliard de dollars de factures impayées par les Saoudiens, en échange de quoi le Premier ministre libanais accepte de lui verser 75 millions de dollars puis 45 autres …

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

Bahrain royal family’s propaganda

“Along with its brutal security crackdown against pro-democracy protesters, the regime in Bahrain has launched a (mis) information offensive to defend its position. This has involved:hiring an army of Western PR agentsreleasing fabricated or misleading…

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

Mubarak’s debt

“There has been some commentary after Mubarak’s ouster on whether Egyptians should be required to pay back this debt. Repayment of these exorbitant amounts would prolong the poverty and hardship Egyptians have endured for decades. They clearly did no…

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

The lousy new rulers of Egypt

“Egypt’s military rulers have said they will unveil a vast Egyptian flag, supposedly the highest in the world on an independent structure, Monday to mark the 38 years after the 1973 military triumph over Israel.” (thanks Ahmet)

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

Iron Dome and Israeli stupid propaganda

Since 1991, when scud missiles landed on Israel (and notice how Western media collaborate with Israel to protect its security and to engage with it in deception: they are yet to report on the extent of damages and hits during that period), Israel has b…

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

Munsif Marzuqi

I read about the press conference by Munsif Marzuqi of the Mu’tamar party.  He made it very clear that he supports the elimination of all the powers and faces from the previous regime.  He called for the replacement of all cabinet ministers, …

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

Demonstrations for Bashshar

I was arguing with a reader in Homs.  He took issue with my notion that there is still some genuine support for Bashshar among some quarters in Syrian society.  He was indignant: he believes that all were forced to demonstrate.  I tried …

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

Classist propaganda

Syrian regime propaganda outlets continue to use classist language to appeal to middle and upper classes in Syria.  Bashshar in his interview with Daily Telegraph also spoke about money, implying that poor people are being paid to protest.  I…

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

Lies of Aljazeera

This will become a regular feature.  In covering Syria, Aljazeera (Arabic) does not have correspondents who don’t appear on camera, as it did in Iraq when its offices were closed down.  It relies on a crude propaganda speech that appears in n…

Posted on October 31, 2011 by As'ad

Secularists and Fundamentalists

My latest blog post for Al-Akhbar English: “Secularists and Fundamentalists: the dangerous compromise”

Posted on October 30, 2011 by As'ad

Sharon moved a toe

I am serious. If Sharon moves a toe, the New York Times would give it much more extensive coverage than the news of Israeli massacres of Palestinians.  

Posted on October 30, 2011 by As'ad