Archive for November 11, 2012

Riad Seif: the indiginous Syrian opposition

“But such carrots may not be enough to persuade the opposition to come amicably together. Some dissidents bristle at what they see as high-handed manipulation by the United States, whose openly exasperated diplomats have more-or-less told the SNC an…

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

CIA and the scandal

“”Of all the heinous things the CIA does, the only one that seems to attract the notice or concern of our media is a banal sex scandal.”" (thanks Khaled)

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

More on Wissam Al-Hasan

“Sources close to the tribunal say that al-Hassan originally stood at the top of the list of suspects in the Hariri attack. Indeed, investigators found it rather odd that Hariri’s head bodyguard would go missing in action on the day he died. What’s mo…

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

Nobel Laureate Soyinka on Islam in UK

From Abdallah:  “this is the same guy who, after the Christmas Day terror attempt, said the UK is a “cesspit” because of its tolerance of different religions proselytizing openly: Mr Soyinka, 76, who was born in Nigeria and studied at Leeds Uni…

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

These are good and harmless nuclear WMDs

“”The Arab proposal to create a weapons-of-mass-destruction-free zone in the Mideast and to pressure Israel to give up its undeclared arsenal of perhaps 80 nuclear warheads, was endorsed by the 1995 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty conference but nev…

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

welcome to Libya

“”Despite the tragic murder of the American ambassador, the United States is broadly admired in Libya, and Westerners are welcome.”"

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

chaos scenario?

“” “Then when the revolutionaries become weak, more support arrives. When you look at what’s happened, at the support starting and stopping, you realise it is arranged so as to leave Syria in chaos, rather than to bring about change.” “”

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

"We are children! We are children!"

“”Sadiqullah, 13, hid behind a curtain. His older brother, Quadratullah, shouted “We are children! We are children!” only to see the soldier shoot his sister.”"

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

women in the US Senate

Sultan from Pakistan sent me this:  “In 2013, 20% of American senators will be women. At this rate, we’ll all be dead before the Americans have the moral right to lecture the world on women’s rights.”

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

Devious political games

“There is a second point that is seldom considered. Suppose the Assad government does fall, this is meant to be a damaging blow for Iran, deprived of its one Arab ally. It is meant also to weaken Hezbollah, the Shia guerrilla movement in Lebanon. Bo…

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

FBI in Lebanon

“However, Madi said he was yet to receive a report from the FBI, who dispatched a technical team to Lebanon to help analyze evidence. “Evidence collected by the FBI team is still under analysis in specialized and highly advanced labs in the Unite…

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

Sexism in the Western press

Krim sent me this:  “I guess sexism isn’t limited to the Guardian. Check out the following headline from Business Insider:”PETRAEUS COLLEAGUE: Biographer Paula Broadwell ‘Got Her Claws Into Him’”.

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

Brookings and the Syrian uprising

“If you’ve read any of their research or talked with their fellows, you already know that the Brookings Doha Center supports the Syrian revolution. But it’s still striking, at least to me, to see the center openly working with the opposition.The person…

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

Wahhabi clerics

“A five-year old Saudi girl has died after she was tortured by her father, described as a “prominent” religious scholar who often preaches on numerous satellite television channels.”

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

A Middle East evening at Cornell University

From a reader at Cornell who does not want to be identified:  “thought you might like to know about this event from last week here at Cornell University: the university’s Zionist group CIPAC and the newly founded Arab Students Association co-hos…

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

Libya is now officially liberated: Meet the "Libya Special Operations Force"

“A team of about 10 American officials working for the US embassy in Tripoli recently visited a paramilitary base in Benghazi to interview potential recruits for what has been described as ‘Libya special operations force’.  Despite the sens…

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

The Cult of Petraeus

“On the strength of a single tour running the 101st Airborne in Mosul, Newsweek put the relatively unknown general on its cover in 2004 under the headline CAN THIS MAN SAVE IRAQ? (It’s the first of three cover stories the magazine wrote about hi…

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad

Omani propaganda at Cambridge University

So the Sultan of Oman endowed some chair at Cambridge University.  The University held a conference there the other day in cooperation with the Omani government.  Some of the presentations were outright propaganda for Sultan Qaboos delivered …

Posted on November 11, 2012 by As'ad