Archive for November, 2012

On Clerics, `Ulama’, and Fuquha`

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar:  “On Clerics, `Ulama’, and Fuquha’”.

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

Comrade Joseph on the UN vote

“The vote is essentially an update of the partition plan of 1947, whereby the UN now grants Jewish colonists and their descendants 80-90% of Palestine, leaving the rest to the native inhabitants, and it risks abrogating the refugees’ right of return…

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

Lies of Israel about Paper Dome

” Some American technical experts also say they want hard evidence before judging whether Iron Dome knocked out as many rockets as Israel has claimed. Iron Dome’s most salient feature, according to American experts now examining after-action repo…

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

Protests against the Free Syrian Army in Syria

Apparently, there were today protests by Syrians against Free Syrian Army thuggery.  Some slogans called for an Islamist Army instead.  (We want the Islamist Army.  The Free [Syrian] Army is a thief).”بدنا الجيش الاسلامي…

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

This, of course, won’t be reported in the US press

“In its Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the week of 22 -29 Nov. 2012, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) found that during the past week, Israeli Forces killed a Palestinian civil…

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

talk of the nation

Houssam sent me this:  “On NPR’s talk of the Nation today, guest Robert Kagan, a senior fellow in foreign policy at Brookings Institution says, and I am quoting as closely as I remamber:”the only thing i worry about now is that, we have not seen…

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

Burning Israeli flag in Bahrain

“Bahraini MP, Osama Al-Tamimi, smuggled in fuel in parliament to torch the Israeli flag without any warning, the UAE-based Gulf News reported Wednesday.” (thanks Sultan)

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

What Israel shares with the US?

“”Barak said the United States and Israel share the same beliefs in freedom, liberty, democracy and human dignity. The United States, he said, is a “moral beacon” to the people of the turbulent region.” “One concern Israel has is that Palestine’s up…

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

Informal US role

“”It would appear that regional integration will need the USA to link these assets and emerging centers to its own cutting edge command systems, creating the missing piece of this regional puzzle for activation as needed. This has long been the USA’…

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

Even Sweden heart House of Saud

“”Defense Minister Karin Enström denied any foul play in the removal of the documents but has stopped short of supporting the inquiry sought by the main opposition parties. These parties claim the missing documents contained sensitive information a…

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

Turkey which is keen on minority rights in Syria…

“”More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict between Turkey and the PKK since it took up arms against the state in 1984 with the aim of carving out an ethnic homeland in the southeast.”"  When the killer is an ally of the US, it is…

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

British civilization

“”The full story of the British government’s attempts to mount a cover-up following a massacre of unarmed prisoners during the 1950s Mau Mau insurgency in Kenya has been disclosed with the declassification of hitherto secret files from the era. The …

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

Time plagiarizer is back: the counts GCC countries as seclar states

“Iran remains a real threat, but it is isolated, sanctioned and contained like few other countries in history. It is roiled by discontent at home and facing the combined opposition of the secular Arab states, Israel and the Western powers.” (thanks …

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

Mossad recruits in Saudi Arabia now

“Military sources said the Intelligence Division has been increasing recruitment for such tasks as collection and analysis. They said MI sought to improve its capability in such countries as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.” (thanks Ali)

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

Insulting Sunni Islam

“A prominent Kuwaiti Shiite lawyer and parliamentary candidate filed an appeal on Tuesday against a one-year jail sentence he was given on charges of insulting Sunni Islam, he said. Khaled Al-Shatti, who is running for parliament in elections on Sat…

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

This is what I call an independent and sovereign opposition that the Syrian people can be proud of

“At an appearance here on Thursday, Mrs. Clinton expanded on Ms. Nuland’s remarks. “We have been deeply involved in helping stand them up, and we’re going to carefully consider what more we can do,””.  So it is like a baby that the US is…

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

Hizbullah in Syria

It just hit me.  The treatment of Hizbullah role in Syria is rather hilarious.  So all of Hizbullah’s enemies–in Lebanon, in the region, and around the world–are gathering in Syria to fight against the regime but they have the audacity to i…

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

This is what the Muslim Brotherhood means by Jihad

From Ahmet of Tunisia:  “Asad, here is it: ” Egyptian media reports said Gaza was the intended destination for the weapons, which included 185 crates filled with 5,000 rounds of bullets, anti-tank and anti-aircraft munitions, rocket-propelled g…

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

This is how the New York Times counts the dead among Palestinians

“The operation killed scores of Palestinians”.  And notice that Israeli wars and assaults and aggression are referred to as “operations”.  So let me show you the difference: in the Munich Operation in 1972, 11 Israelis were killed (most by Ge…

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad

Lies of the Times

The New New York Times had this headline today about the PA UN Bid:  “Both Israel and Hamas are critical”.  (Later edition of the Times removed the lie that is contained in the headline).  And the story itself then said this: “Israel and…

Posted on November 30, 2012 by As'ad