Archive for November 12, 2012

The new leader of the exile Syrian opposition

This just in.  The new leader of the exile Syrian opposition, the Muslim preacher Ahmad Ma`adh Al-Khatib, has promised that all Syrians will be granted equality in the new Syria including those he termed “the descendants of apes and monkeys”. 

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

The purpose of the internet in the Arab world

Comrade Amer sent me this:  “It is so funny this UAE internet law.  In the minds of our princes and kings, internet should be for masturbation only”. 

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

The purpose of the internet in the Arab world

Comrade Amer sent me this:  “It is so funny this UAE internet law.  In the minds of our princes and kings, internet should be for masturbation only”. 

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

The purpose of the internet in the Arab world

Comrade Amer sent me this:  “It is so funny this UAE internet law.  In the minds of our princes and kings, internet should be for masturbation only”. 

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

The token Christian is gone: Syrian opposition politics

So days after Western media hailed the selection (they call selections by clients of the US “elections”) of George Sabra as head of the Syrian National Council a historic event and a sign of broadening the appeal of the exile opposition.  So the t…

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

The token Christian is gone: Syrian opposition politics

So days after Western media hailed the selection (they call selections by clients of the US “elections”) of George Sabra as head of the Syrian National Council a historic event and a sign of broadening the appeal of the exile opposition.  So the t…

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

The nuggests of Western media

Sometimes you read a newspaper and encounter something that goes against all other conventional wisdom:  “”Inside Syria, Assad maintains considerable support, despite an almost 20-month rebellion that has killed thousands and left broad swaths of…

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

NATO to the rescue

“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could be indicted by the International Criminal Court with an arrest warrant carried out by NATO forces, says the ICC’s former chief prosecutor. Luis Moreno-Ocampo said the international community could adopt an “in…

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

NATO to the rescue

“Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could be indicted by the International Criminal Court with an arrest warrant carried out by NATO forces, says the ICC’s former chief prosecutor. Luis Moreno-Ocampo said the international community could adopt an “in…

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

This in Europe

“”The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other groups recorded 87 racist attacks in the first nine months of the year (comparable statistics for previous years are not available). Perpetrators often used clubs or crowbars and …

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

The brilliant insights of Mr. Neil MacFarquhar

“Perhaps the most important body the new group is expected to form is a Revolutionary Military Council to oversee the splintered fighting organizations and to funnel both lethal and nonlethal military aid to the rebels.”  Yes, Mr. MacFarquhar.&…

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

Let me make it clear: the Syrian exile opposition is a sovereign revolutionary body that takes orders from no one, damn it. Enough propaganda to the contrary

“An element driving the changes, diplomats said, is the desire of Mrs. Clinton to consolidate the opposition before she leaves office, expected by January. It was Mrs. Clinton who inaugurated the unusually public showdown with the Syrian National Co…

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

Ethiopian maid in UAE

“”The Ethiopian maid was found dead in the bathroom at her employer’s home. A forensic report revealed that the woman died from wounds she sustained during an assault. The Emirati defendant’s two children told prosecutors that they witnessed their m…

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

Second displacement

“”In refugee camps across Lebanon, these “new” Palestinian refugees are coming face-to-face with the cruel historical and contemporary realities of discrimination, segregation, and underdevelopment of the already existing plus 400,000 Palestinian re…

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

If this were in a Muslim country…

“”Pressure had been building on the Government to react to growing social and political outrage at the latest series of revelations of paedophilia in society.”" (thanks Amir)

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

UAE repression

“The United Arab Emirates issued regulations for Internet users that makes some online behavior a criminal offense punishable by imprisonment, the official Emirates News Agency, known as WAM, reported.  The publication of material that would “en…

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

If this does not convince you that democracy in Syria is at hands nothing will, damn it

“Six Gulf states have recognised a new Syrian opposition coalition as the country’s “legitimate representative”.”  With that, I can now go to sleep knowing that democracy will soon spread in Syria.  I mean, if the sponsorship of the GCC stat…

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

House of Saud’s destruction

“Close to Mecca’s Grand Mosque and the glitzy 5-star hotels surrounding it lie slums whose mostly immigrant dwellers fear they will be evicted to make way for new high rises and malls. In one such slum on Jabal (mount) Omar, humans, cats, lizards, a…

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

The babble of Robert Fisk

“The Lebanese government can hardly expect the United Nations to listen to its complaints of daily Israeli flyovers when – without any permission from the government – Hezbollah carries out intelligence flyovers from the Bekaa Valley.”  So t…

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad

Harvard Business School and Israeli theft

“Harvard Business School is “deeply troubled” for having offended Arab sensibilities due to the mischaracterization of various foods appearing on the menu of the dining room’s Israeli Mezze Station, Brian Kenny, chief marketing and communicati…

Posted on November 12, 2012 by As'ad