Archive for April, 2012

Cicero waxes eloquent on Aljazeera

Mommed sent me this a few days ago:  ”Again, whats there to say about an organization who puts this guy in charge of PR in the US?  His interview starts at 2 min. He gets some hard questions about foreign funding of the rebels at about 5 m…

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

Egypt versus Saudi Arabia

My latest blog post for Al-Akhbar English:  ”Egypt versus Saudi Arabia”.

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

Syrian opposition versus Syrian opposition

Syrian opposition veteran, Haytham Al-Malih, attacks Nawfal Dawalibi (close to Saudi intelligence) and other exile opposition figures who he accuses of collaboration with Israeli intelligence, among others. (thanks Kamal)

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

Bahraini royal media

Bahraini royal newspaper attacks Egyptian youth.

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

"Asad must go"

Because of the Western mispronunciation of my name in English, whenever I hear Western leaders say “Asad must go” I think that they are talking about me.  Where do you want me to go, damn it? Where?

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

"Western hypocrisy toward Africa"

Bu’ush from Nairobi sent me this:  ”THE West continues to present to Africa the wrong side of a rough stick. So accustomed to the brusque treatment, Africa now makes only mild protestations then meekly endures the bias as if chained to it. In ways…

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

Bahrain Update

From Bahrain chief correspondent: “I know my government well. This retrial is a sneaky way for them to place pressure on alkhawaja to stop his hunger strike and to buy time:  I mean even the doctors have still not been found innocent and its bee…

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

A new Arab guru for Islamist extremism/fanaticism

`Abdul-`Aziz bin Fahd is the new name if the world of Arab Islamist extremism/fanaticism.  He is the son of King Fahd who was known spending millions in an attempt to woo the actress Yasmin Bleeth, who he fell in love with while watching his favor…

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

Shi`ite Salafis

Qasim Qasir is a knowledgeable writer on Lebanese Shi`ite affairs.  He is close to the line that was represented by Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah.  Here, he has an original article on the phenomenon of sectarian Shi`ite Salafiyyah.  I r…

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

Canada and the Libyan NATO war

“During a trip to eastern Libya last June, at a time when rebel forces were locked in a stalemate with troops loyal to dictator Moammar Gadhafi and many countries were calling for a ceasefire, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird actively encouraged …

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

See the wisdom in Saudi media

In one article yesterday, Thomas Friedman sought the wisdom in comments by writers in Saudi/Hariri media.  ”the Arab commentator Hazem Saghieh told me. “All these years, the only thing that was allowed to come to the surface was that there is a …

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

When Zionists find words that fit their views

This is classic.  When Zionists read words by Arabs which tend to go along with their views and Zionist impulses, they do this:  1) they exaggerate the significance of the writer (who in almost most cases no one in the Arab world has ever hea…

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

Suicide attacks in Syria

New York Times carried unsubstantiated accusation by Syrian exile groups that the Syrian regime is bombing itself through suicide operations (by Ba`thist members?), but it did not bother to carry the official claim of responsibility by Jabhat An-Nusrah…

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

This racist has died

Not a word that this man was a blatant and unapologetic racist.

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

The lousy Lebanese Army

The lousy and defeated Lebanese Army watches as the Israeli enemy builds a wall along the Lebanese border.  ”"This construction, which began on Monday, is being carried out in coordination with UNIFIL (the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon)…

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

Repression in UAE

“Children promising to Join Hunger Strikers in Dubai’s Jail – 28 Apr 2012″. (thanks Redouane)

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

Money, money, money

According to the website of the Lebanese Forces (the right-wing militia party that has been funded by the office of head of Saudi foreign intelligence, Prince Muqrin), Egyptians have been demonstrating in Cairo for the return of the Saudi ambassador. (…

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

Blackmail by House of Saud

Saudi media start what they do best against other Arabs: they are threatening that Saudi Arabia may expel all Egyptian workers in the kingdom.

Posted on April 30, 2012 by As'ad

Using Somali refugees?

“Reports were released of Iran and Saudi Arabia both accusing each other of recruiting and training Somali refugees in Yemen as fighters, Radio Garowe reports.   An Iranian news agency FNA said last week that 1,300 Somali refugees were transf…

Posted on April 29, 2012 by As'ad

House of Saud propaganda

Here is a funny one:  ”Egyptians have a perceived notion that they once had a vital role in the political say of the Arab and Middle East’s affairs” .  Perceived?  The entire era of Nasser was a figment of our imagination, and in reali…

Posted on April 29, 2012 by As'ad