Archive for November 13, 2012

Critique of the new Syrian oppostion coalition

On Syria, I listen and support the stance of courageous Syrian dissident, Haytham Al-Manna` (whose brother was shot by Syrian regime thugs early in the uprising and deprived the political leftist movement from an important cadre).  Here, he has an…

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

Live from Jordan

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Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

Lebanese go-between

“Beyond her hosting efforts, The Washington Post reports that, according to a military officer who served on Gen. Petraeus’ staff, Kelley was a “‘self-appointed’ go-between for Central Command officers with Lebanese and other Middle Eastern government …

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

Knuckle-draggers

” The CIA had a big base in Benghazi, with a half-dozen former military special forces assigned there as part of the “Global Response Staff.” These were the muscle-bound security guys known to flippant earlier generations of CIA case office…

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

This is new: an Islamist is referred to as a leftist

“”Right now the Brotherhood is not becoming more open (to other groups). They’ve said in the past that they would be, but I haven’t seen it yet,” said leftist dissident Haitham al-Maleh. “They must be pushed to become more open.”"  Haitham Al-M…

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

Do you notice that Human Rights Watch’s press releases about human rights abuses by Syrian armed groups read more like friendly reminders?

“Syria’s newly created opposition front should send a clear message to opposition fighters that they must adhere to the laws of war and human rights law, and that violators will be held accountable, Human Rights Watch said today. Countries financi…

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

A Saudi royal murderer is released from UK jail

“Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir Al Saud is likely to be flown back to Saudi Arabia by the end of the year as part of a deal being cut by British officials, The Times has reported. He is one of 11 Saudi citizens in British jails that can now seek…

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

Oranized killings in Burma

“”But a Reuters investigation paints a more troubling picture: The wave of attacks was organized, central-government military sources told Reuters. They were led by Rakhine nationalists tied to a powerful political party in the state, incited by Bud…

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

Sexism in the coverage of the Petraues affair: on the Lebanese Jill Kelly

Youssef sent me this: “In reference to one of your earlier posts, thought you would find this piece by Albawaba mildly entertaining [READ: ridiculous]. Not only is it sexist, but it almost comes across prideful of Kelley’s Middle East origins, as…

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

Mossad rich in…killings and massacres

“”The Mossad has a rich history of targeted assassinations.”"

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

Sexism in the coverage of the Petraeus affair

“Her “expressive green eyes” (The Daily Beast) and “tight shirts” and “form-fitting clothes” (The Washington Post) don’t. And the anecdotes and chatter that implicitly or explicitly wonder at the spidery wiles she must have used to thr…

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

May Marx grant you "geopolitical locale"

“”In addition to the oil factor, many Arab monarchies enjoy staunch backing by foreign powers given their geopolitical locale.” “In short, the Arab monarchies are exceptional, but not because they are monarchies. They are beneficiaries of geological…

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

Egyptian leftists against Israel

“”Ten political parties and movements are calling for a demonstration in solidarity with Gaza to take place on Monday, in protest at recent Israeli attacks that have left six Palestinians dead and 32 injured.” “The statement calling for the demonstr…

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

BBC on Ahmad Ma`adh Al-Khatib

From Hikmet:  “BBC says () regarding opposition leader Ahmad Mu’az Al Khatib: ” He is a former imam of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus and a respected figure within Syria.”…”Mr Khatib is not allied to any political party and is known as a mod…

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

Drones

“Many places where drones are used are inaccessible to foreign or even local journalists. Civilian casualties can be minimised or denied. I reported in 2009 a US bombing raid on three villages in Farah province, south of Herat, which killed 147 peop…

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

The Lebanese in the affair of Petraeus

By the way, this has not been known in the US press. But Jill Kelley who was the one who alerted the FBI to the harassing emails from Paula Broadwell is a Lebanese woman.  Her name is Jill Khawwam. 

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

Dishonest Israeli propagandists

“In fact, the U.S.-Israeli alliance has at times helped spur closer U.S.-Arab relations, on the theory that only the United States could convince Israel to make concessions in negotiations…”  Notice that Israeli propagandists, like those two–an…

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

A Zionist student goes berzerk at Duke U: imagine if he were an Arab student.

“But about two hours into the day-long event, senior Zach Epstein, a member of the Jewish Student Union executive board and Duke Friends of Israel, destroyed part of the wall and flipped over a table of Palestinian food DSJP was giving out to passersby…

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

The Emergence of Modern Turkey

You know how I feel about Bernard Lewis but his book, the Emergence of Modern Turkey, is so well-written and crafted.

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad

"sexual deviance" in Morocco

The Islamist prime minister of Morocco, a mere tool of the King, dismissed the revolutionary youth in Morocco as “sexual deviants” (an old Western pejorative term against gays and people who engage in same-sex-sex).  So this Moroccan responds by r…

Posted on November 13, 2012 by As'ad