Archive for January 7, 2013

In favor of Tarif Khalidi’s translation of the Qur’an: and against Dawood’s translation

“While Dawood’s translation presents the Qur’an as a patriarchal, sexist text, Khalidi brings out the gender-neutral language of the original. A good example is provided by 2:21. In Dawood we read: “Men, serve your Lord.” In Khalidi, it becomes: “O …

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

violence against women in UK

“Other myths are even more disturbing. The Amnesty poll found that a third of Britons believed a woman acting flirtatiously was partly or completely to blame for being raped, while over a quarter found women who were wearing revealing clothes or wer…

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

how to qualify the terrorism of groups that are not opposed to Israel

“Some armed rebel groups have used techniques that randomly target civilians, like car bombs, and there are foreign fighters among the rebels. But most of the armed movement is made up of Syrians who took up arms during the uprising or defected from…

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

at least some good news from Palestine

“The Palestinian Authority, set up two decades ago as part of interim peace deals with Israel, is on the “verge of being completely incapacitated,” Mr. Fayyad warned.”

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

On the Arab monarchies

“However, the monarchies are running on borrowed time, and most are in worst straits than a decade ago. In Bahrain, for example, a mass uprising was stopped only through the combined efforts of the national security forces and the Gulf Cooperation C…

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

Israeli chutzpah

“Ofir Gendelman, official spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, came under fierce criticism by Egyptian online commentators Monday after posting the Egyptian nationalist song – “Ya Beladi Ya Beladi Ana Bahebek ya Beladi” – on …

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

rewards for Qatar

From Khelil:  “Qatar continues to receive its rewards Qatar Telecom (Qtel) has raised its stake in mobile operator Tunisiana by 15%, citing encouraging prospects for an expansion of Tunisiana’s 3G services in the country.According to a press…

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

Saudi grand Muftititititi

“Saudi Grand Mufti said he opposes exposing corrupt individuals publicly, adding that there are officials who are responsible for punishing those corrupt individuals. “The solution is by raising awareness and warning against corruption and its co…

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

An arrest in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia

Activists in Jordan sent me this message:  (Khalid An-Natur, one of the activists in the Jordanian youth movement, has been held in Riyadh airport since  yesterday, in relation to the sit-in in front of the Saudi embassy in Amman against the …

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

violence against women in the US military

“”Studies suggest as many as one in three female soldiers are raped during their US military service.”"

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

Violence against women in the US

From Ulf in Stockholm: “Regarding yor hatred of how stories of violence against women in faraway lands capture the attention of the US public violence. This is from the US. Disturbing. Hatred towards women is global.   You might have seen t…

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

Meet the new Grand Mufti of the NATO republic of Libya

“AA: Have any of the Libyan youth embraced the Shiite sect? And have any of the youngsters whom they tried to convert come to you for guidance?GM: Yes, we had some calls from families informing us about the conversion of their sons into the religion o…

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

Turkish student movements

From Ali, Angry Arab’s chief correspondent in Turkey:  “Assad, I told you how student movements re-emerged last month in Turkey. This is a satisfactory analysis of the current events.  You may know traditionally Turkish student movements ha…

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

Repression in South Sudan: not in the Western press

From Ali, the Turkey correspondent: “As incredible as true: S.Sudan detains journalists for failing to cover president’s speech;”

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

Liz Sly on Asad

“Appearing weary but defiant”.  Did she watch the same speech?  He seemed defiant and feisty and not weary at all.  I don’t know what she was watching or some activist reported to her through skype about the speech.

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

Insulting the Emir of Kuwait

From Basim:  “The criminal court yesterday sentenced opposition tweeter Rashed Saleh Al-Enezi for two years with immediate effect after convicting him of writing tweets deemed critical to the status of HH the Amir. Minutes after issuing the ver…

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

African-American liberals are silent

It just occurred to me.  How come African-American leaders and advocates and others in the US have been disturbingly silent regarding the vocal Israeli racism against blacks?  Have you read any statement of protest here?

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

Abe Foxman and Israeli racism

“”I have not heard a single word about this from the so-called “Anti-Defamation League,” and its usually vociferous chief honcho, Abe Foxman, who seems to have an opinion about anything and everything, but is strangely silent on the defamation of Af…

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

Who can better speak for the people of the Arab world than the Zionists of WINEP?

“”TABLER: Yeah, I think that he does because in order for there to be a negotiated solution, Assad would definitely have to go. If that doesn’t happen, then I think the rebels and their backers in the region will continue to support – they’ll contin…

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad

Misogyny of House of Saud media

Al-Arabiyya, sleazy the news site of the TV station of King Fahd’s brother-in-law, has a major story today.  The headline says:  “The Murderous Wife: a danger threatening the lives of Yemeni men.”  Kid you not. But then again: what do yo…

Posted on January 7, 2013 by As'ad