Archive for February, 2012

Al-Qa`idah in Syria

Western governments called on the Syrian government to protect all Al-Qa`idah terrorists who infiltrate into Syria and held the Syrian government responsible for their safety and well-being.  

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

Marking `Alawite houses in Turkey

This is an article about a new trend in Turkey: marking `Alawite houses.  This did not start in Turkey: it started with the religious fanatics in Homs who did that on `Alawite homes.  And to the media, they justify their acts as being directe…

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

Critique of Syrian referendum

Comrade Fawwaz has an excellent critique of the Syrian referendum.

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

Critique of Syrian referendum

Comrade Fawwaz has an excellent critique of the Syrian referendum.

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

Free Syrian Army showing footage from Chechnya as if it is from Syria

Comrade Raed sent me this:  ”first this video, going back to last year, showing a mujahid of some sort shooting down a helicopternow some islamist dumbass channel pretending it was the doing of the “Free Syrian Army”PS The lie was exposed and the …

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

More brutal than the Syrian assault on Baba Amru?

I was thinking.  The lousy Syrian regime assault on Baba Amru is brutal.  But have there been more brutal cases? Certainly, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982: which killed some 20,000 (mostly civilian) Lebanese, Palestinians, and Syrian…

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

Colonial powers divide Yemen

France writes the constitution of Yemen, and US handles security, and British handles political dialogue.  Long live democratic transition managed by GCC.  ”Les travaux préparatoires en vue de la rédaction d’une nouvelle Constitution ont …

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

All that Israel knows it fetches from Wikipedia

“” The IDI is operating on the assumption that Yemen will be completely out of water in eight years. I asked if this was their own assessment and source said, “No, it’s public information. You can find it on Wikipedia.” “” (thanks Asa)

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

casualty lists in Syria

““We cannot give exact figures,” said the spokesman, Eduardo Del Buey, calling the new number “a reasonable estimate building off the previously provided figures and the regular, credible daily reports of casualties since.” The United Nations h…

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

Unbelievable. Thomas Friedman is still mourning the Mubarak family

” President Hosni Mubarak’s more reform-minded son, Gamal”…(thanks Ahmet)

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

Brotherly Arab dictators

“At one point during Friday’s meeting, the Saudi foreign ministerreportedly stormed out, self-righteously complaining about “inaction” (though some reports deny it). Later, asked if arming the Syrian opposition would be a good idea, he replied: “I thin…

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

Take the Ugandan anti-gay bill

This is an American affair through and through.  The campaign against gays has been led by American evangelicals, and the campaign against the bill is led by American government.  And here is the question: which would kill more people: t…

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

Egyptians accuse the US of interfering in their affairs? Why? How dare they

“The prosecution has been cheered on by state media and by many Egyptians, who accuse the United States of interfering in their affairs.”

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

THIS IS INCREDIBLE. US Congress decides to make US aid conditional on democratic reform AFTER Egypt became democratic and after the fall of the dictator

Of course, it is about the treaty and not about democratic reform.  I mean, why did they not think of this legislation during the 40 years of US-imposed dictatorship in Egypt?  ”Under new legislation adopted by Congress late last year, Americ…

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

meet the secular rebels of the Ikhwan and their fanatical comrades in Syria

“ Abu Ali fled his life as a Shiite cleric and student in Homs, the besieged Syrian city at the center of an increasingly bloody uprising, but it was not the government he feared.It was the rebels, who he said killed three of his cousins in Decemb…

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

Preemptive

Do you notice that only Israel in the Middle East is accorded the honor of labeling its attacks always as either retaliatory or preemptive?  So even when Israel attacks (offends), it basically is defending.  So it can never be offensive that …

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

Don’t forget Gaza

Egyptian columnist, Fahmi Huwaydi, remembers Gaza and reminds Egyptians.

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

Syrian casualty lists

“The “list” has become widely recognized – if not specifically, then certainly when the numbers are bandied about: 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 – sometimes more. These are not mere numbers; they represent dead Syrians.But this is where the dangers of pe…

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

A grand mosque for the worship of the dictator

“Religious Affairs Minister Bouabdallah Ghlamallah declared that the grand mosque which will overlook the seafront in the east of Algiers would be a “one-of-a-kind”.  ”There will be nothing like it in the world — religiously, touristically and ec…

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad

From House of Khalifah to House of Saud

This is funny.  Bahrain royal family outfit bestows on the mouthpiece of Prince Khalid Bin Sultan, Al-Hayat, the title of the “best Arabic newspaper” presumably for propaganda services rendered to the Bahrain royal family.

Posted on February 29, 2012 by As'ad