Archive for January, 2012

Memoirs of Suzanne Mubarak

The sleazy and opportunistic Egyptian magazine, Rose Al-Yusuf, has published what it claims are memoirs of Suzanne Mubarak.  Having read parts of them, I can state my opinion: they are a hoax.  No mother would write that one of her sons hated…

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

BDS movement in Lebanon

The BDS movement in Lebanon has been really growing and has become very effective.  It should inspire all BDS movements around the world.  Here is a file about that from Al-Akhbar.

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

That can only mean that Iraq has sovereignty

“A month after the last American troops left Iraq, the State Department is operating a small fleet of surveillance drones here to help protect the United States Embassy and consulates, as well as American personnel. Some senior Iraqi off…

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

David Kirkpatrick on US displeasure with Egypt

“The decision to give the individuals shelter indicates a new low in the relations between Cairo and Washington, which recently threatened to stop its $1.3 billion in annual aid to the Egyptian military if it failed to take steps toward a democratic tr…

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

Flattery of Arab despots

Apparently, the shifty Khalid Mish`al of Hamas has developed a skill of flattering Arab despots.

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

Child molestation by the Syrian regime

I heard part of the speech of the British foreign minister in which he accused the regime of child molestation.  I mean, when Western governments decide to attack an Arab or Muslim country, all claims are possible.  There is never any need to…

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

Queen Elizabeth in New York City?

Wlah is there any Western leader who has not flown to New York City to discuss the Syrian situation? I mean, I know that Western governments have historically been known for their love of the Syrian people, but will the Queen of England also join the d…

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

Vindicated

I tell people I know about Syria: my suspicions that the Syrian National Council is dominated by Ikhwan and that it would only serve as a tool of Saudi Arabia and Qatar (and Israel behind them) have been proven right.  I knew all along that this c…

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

Lies of the Syrian opposition

When will there be an article in the Columbia Journalism Review about the lousy Western media coverage of Syria?  What about the claim that the Syrian “rebels” arrested 3 (just three) members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards who were allegedly …

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

Gene Sharp trained them on the use of RPGs in Homs

It is hilarious that the same Saudi media that insisted all along that all manifestations of protests in Syria are peaceful now brandish pictures of armed protesters.  And notice that they insist that every armed person is part of the “Free Syrian…

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

Niall Ferguson

There are people on the opposite sides that I really enjoy to read.  I really like to read George Will: he is such a terrific writer and an effective columnist.  I also enjoy reading Niall ferguson, ever since I read his book The World’s…

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

The scandal of the Arab League Monitors

This is a scandal.  It really is and won’t be covered because the Western and Arab (Saudi and Qatari-funded) media won’t report on it.  Basically, the GCC-led Arab League created an Arab monitoring group in Syria and the idea was supported by…

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

apartheid sciences

“The public opinion surveys also tell us, as noted, about those who conduct them. “If elections were to be held now,” the pollsters tell us, this party would get this number of seats, and that party would get that number of seats. Then, at the very end…

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

Flash: fight on Aljazeera live broadcast

On the widely watched Al-Ittijah Al-Mu`akis on Aljazeera Arabic, a debate between a Lebanese supporter of the Syrian regime and an opponent of the Syrian regime degenerated into yelling at obscenities and then into an actual fight.  The live broad…

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

Obama and Ross

“Apparently, a short while after Ross left his position in the Obama administration, the White House made an unusual request to install a secure phone line in Ross’ office at the Washington Institute. The secure line is known in Israel as a “red phone”…

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

The Agenda of the Syrian National Council

“Haitham Maleh, a member of the executive committee of the Syrian National Council, told The Daily Telegraph that Mr Assad had forfeited any chance of a peaceful exit from Syria as a result of his regime’s brutal crackdown on protesters.  Th…

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

Western media should note

That when they report on attacks on “suspected thugs of the regime” by some protesters, it could simply be a reference to sectarian attacks on `Alawites.  

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

This major crash is yet to be covered in the New York Times

“The Heron TP drone is also known locally as the Eitan. It has a wingspan of 86 feet, making it the size of a Boeing 737 passenger jet. It is the largest unmanned aircraft in Israel’s military arsenal. No injuries were reported in the accident…

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

Threats to secularism in Tunisia

“The insults were furious. “Infidel!” and “Apostate!” the religious protesters shouted at the two men who had come to the courthouse to show their support for a television director on trial on charges of blasphemy. Fists, then a head butt follo…

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad

Harmush

So Arab and Western media carried a story about the execution of Husayn Harmush (the former leader of the Free Syrian Army gangs).  Yet, none of the stories that I looked at had any source besides “opposition activist”.  

Posted on January 31, 2012 by As'ad