Archive for November 6, 2012

Presidential contests

I watch US presidential contests like Henry kissinger watched the Iran-Iraq war. 

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

Fox and MSNBC

Fox News and MSNBC are not news operations. They have been terrible for professional journalism.

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

Nate Silver

Remember this name: Nate Silver.

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

Explosions in qadsayyia

From Akram:  “The day refused to expire without leaving its bloody marks on the exhausted body of Damascus which experiences a real terrorism madness. 24 hours after a car bomb detonated in Mezza 86, an informal neighborhood in Mezza district inha…

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

Now Hariri–forever: on the editorial that suddenly vanished

“Mustapha over at Beirut Spring alerted me to a good editorial over at NOW Lebanon this morning, which criticized Saad Hariri’s lackluster leadership and praised Najib Mikati. Because of the unusually editorial line, I joked that it was only a mat…

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

Voting.

I have never voted in my life–not in the US and not in Lebanon. But if I were to vote, I would hate having to stand in yet another line.

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

My mother

My mother–to my surprise–is still supporting Obama.  When she detected my surprise, she explained that the logic of “lesser-of-two-evils” was at work. 

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

On Turkish names

I have received plenty of feedback on the names of members of my family.  It was pointed out that:Midhat is from an Arabic root madaha, to praise. But the name is Turkish in construction.Mirvat: is from an Arabic root, muru’ah, chivalry.Jingol is …

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

`Abdul-Rahman Badawi

On my views on Badawi:”ويصف مثقف عربى كبير هو الدكتور أسعد أبوخليل أستاذ العلوم السياسية فى جامعة كاليفورنيا الدكتور عبد الرحمن بدوى بأنه “المفكر ا

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

Turkish names

It just hit me.  The names of my sister (Mirvat), my late brother (Midhat) and mother (Jingol) are all Turkish. 

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

Turkish names

It just hit me.  The names of my sister (Mirvat), my late brother (Midhat) and mother (Jingol) are all Turkish. 

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

Halil Inalcik’s interview with Zaman

Ali sent me this: “I saw that you’re looking for a translation of Halil Inalcik’s interview with Zaman.Here’s the link  . Please check their posting policies, as I know their Turkish version is a bit strictover copyright issues. Also, considerin…

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

Halil Inalcik’s interview with Zaman

Ali sent me this: “I saw that you’re looking for a translation of Halil Inalcik’s interview with Zaman.Here’s the link  . Please check their posting policies, as I know their Turkish version is a bit strictover copyright issues. Also, considerin…

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

NATO can bring this model of liberation to your country

“At least five people were wounded Sunday when rival Libyan militias clashed with heavy weapons in Tripoli, according to Libyan officials, highlighting the dangers posed by thousands of armed men who refuse to yield to the new government’s control…

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

Palestinians in Syria: between brutal regime and brutal gangs

Take the Yarmuk Camp.  The gangs of the Free Syrian Army are intent on taking over the camp against the wishes of its residents, and the Syrian regime is intent on imposing the rule of the PFLP-GC against the wishes of the residents of the camp.&n…

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

Michael Van Dusen and not Nicholas Van Dam

My colleague Fred Lawson corrects me:  “Michael van Dusen is still at Wilson, as of last November.Nikolaos van Dam is the former Dutch ambassador to Indonesia, who is equally expert on Syrian affairs.”  I always had the two names confused

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

On the early Zionist settlers

“The petitioners present themselves as, “We, the residents of villages neighboring with the Jewish colonies of Daran [Rehovot] and Lun Kara (Rishon Leztion),” and complain that the Jews “wanted to strip the camel owner of their clothes, money and camel…

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

When you are accused by Muhammad Dahlan of treason

“”This is not the first time that Mahmoud Abbas has offered cheap concessions,” Dahlan claimed. “It was at Camp David that he gave up the right to return.”"

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

occupiers are always thieves

“An Iraqi parliamentarian has accused the US forces of stealing the country’s Jewish Archive and handing it over to the Israelis. Talal Zobai, the chair of the Parliamentary Tourism and Archaeological Committee, said that the American troops found the …

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad

Arab American organizations

“Both the ADC and AAI have no significant support base within the Arab-American community, and maintain much closer relations with the embassies of Arab Gulf states, which provide them with generous support.”

Posted on November 6, 2012 by As'ad