Archive for January 8, 2013

Beheadings of the new year in Saudi Arabia

“Saudi authorities on Tuesday beheaded a Syrian convicted of trafficking a large amount of narcotic pills, the interior ministry said, in the first execution in the kingdom this year. Mohammed Darwish was arrested “as he was trafficking a large amoun…

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

It is over in Syria, or so says the Cicero of the exile opposition

“Much of Syrian territory has been liberated and remains beyond the reach of Syrian troops.” (so argues Cicero, noted for his oratorical skills)

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

Syrian regime war criminals to the rescue: a transition that the West can live with

“The transition process would begin with the identification of 100 regime insiders whose defection could accelerate Assad’s fall. Some of these Assad supporters might be offered partial amnesty if they agreed to cooperate. The sooner they defected…

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

Arab Jews

“But El-Erian, do you honestly expect Jews to leave the country they now live in for another that has just passed a Constitution that does not treat citizens equally”.  As if Arab Jews in Israel are treated equally.

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

Hagel and his critics

“There, Chuck Hagel is accused of uttering the no-no phrase “the Jewish lobby” — supposedly a virtual confession of anti-Semitism.  The absurdity of this charge, leveled last month by editorial writer and columnist Bret Stephens, ought to b…

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

Why Hagel was picked

He has it right:  “Chuck Hagel has been nominated to supervise the beginning of this generation-long process of defense cutbacks…All the charges about Hagel’s views on Israel or Iran are secondary.”

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

How to avoid rape

“”Asharam, known to his followers as “Bapu” or father, told his devotees that blame for the assault on a moving bus in New Delhi on December 16 should not just rest with her attackers. “This tragedy would not have happened if she had chanted God’s n…

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

For some reason, misogyny of Rabbis don’t get the attention and criticisms of Muslim clerics. What gives?

“”Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, known as one of the strictest Religious Zionism leaders when it comes to women’s modesty, has formulated a new dress code in which he orders women to avoid wearing red, keep their hair tied in a braid and put on 40 denier stoc…

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

Who rules Libya? Besides NATO, that is

“”Tribal and historical loyalties still run deep in Libya, which is struggling to maintain central government control in a country where armed militia wield real power and meaningful systems of law and justice are lacking after the crumbling of Gadd…

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

US-funded paramilitary killers

“”Indonesia’s US-funded police anti-terror squad has killed seven suspected militants recently, reviving allegations that the force is not trying to take suspects alive—a trend that appears to be fueling the very extremism the predominantly Muslim…

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

out of touch

“”Reacting angrily to President Bashar al-Assad’s speech on Sunday calling for an end to the rebellion, the US state department said the Syrian leader was “detached from reality”. But much the same might be said of the US and of Assad’s other wester…

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

When the pro-US Jordanian monarchy "hosts" Syrian refugees

“”Syrian refugees in a Jordanian camp attacked aid workers with sticks and stones on Tuesday, frustrated after cold, howling winds swept away their tents and torrential rains flooded muddy streets.” “It is hell — boiling hot in the summer and free…

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

sad

The saddest graph. (thanks Nabeel)

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

How Sen. Durbin won

“Sen. Dick Durbin won his first race for Congress by positioning himself as a strong supporter of Israel. In 1982, he took on long-term incumbent Republican Paul Findley and edged him by just over 1,000 votes, chiefly because he was able to match the C…

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

How many were killed in Libya? Western media said more than 100,000 at the time to justify NATO intervention

From Ali, Angry Arab’s correspondent in Turkey:”Libya Ministry says about 4.700 ‘revolutionaries’ died fighting Qaddafi! Not the tens of thousands as R2P claimed. Casualty figures exaggerated, says Ministry

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey

From Ali, Angry Arab’s chief correspondent in Turkey:”Who cares about the Syrian refugees: Riot breaks out in Syrian refugee camp in Jordan Assad the conditions of Syrian refugees in Turkey is same also Turkey. There were three riots in refugee camps…

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

Bashshar and House of Saud

It was quite noticeable that Bashshar did not direct one word of criticism against Saudi Arabia in his long speech.  This article talks about resumption of ties between the security apparatus of the House of Saud and the Syrian regime.

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

"How Israel lost"

Houssam sent me this:  “In Mr. Ben Cramer obituary, Michael Schwirtz leaves till the end the mention of Ben Cramer’s best legacy books “How Israel Lost.” He did not even mention the book’s title, he instead writes: “… and returned to the M…

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

for the second time this phrase appears in passing in the New York Times: "among other things"

“The United States military has quietly sent a task force of more than 150 planners and other specialists to Jordan to help the armed forces there, among other things, prepare for the possibility that Syria will lose control of its chemical weapons.”

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad

The story about Syrian regime preparing for the use of chemical weapons

I have not seen this in the Western media, but there was one article or two in Arabic which alleged that the Syrian regime engaged in a deception to try to convince Western governments and Israel that it was preparing to use chemical weapons.  I d…

Posted on January 8, 2013 by As'ad