Archive for January 10, 2013

best to be born in the Middle East?

“The Middle East offers some great lessons on money and well-being. The region scores poorly in general, with two exceptions. Democratic and developed Israel, which is about as rich per person as the European Union average, ranks 20th. But the top-…

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

Free Syrian Army lies

From Houari: “They are really dumb : this is how the Nato Rebel are dismissing the accusation of the shelling causing the death of the french journalist : « Notre armement se résumait à des armes légères comme des mitraillettes ou des fusils d…

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

New York Times on cultural laziness

From Eric:  “This article, like so many in the New York Times, deftly manages to combine sexism and bourgeois feminism within a racist framework: “It is not unlike the traditional role of women in many of the Andean regions in Peru and Bolivia, …

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

BBC and Palestinian hunger strike

From Scott:  “The West’s coverage of Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strikes have been abysmal. The BBC has been refusing to cover the hunger strike of Samer Issawi, even though he has been fasting for over 160 and has lost half of his body weig…

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

the darlings of Western governments

“”We used to live in peace and security until this malicious revolution reached us and the Free Syrian Army started taking bread by force,” the unidentified couple wrote. “We ask God to help the regime fight the Free Syrian Army and terrorism – we a…

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

"More anti-Muslim ads go up in NYC subways"

“”The ads depict an image of the Twin Towers in flames with a quote, attributed to the Koran, “Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers.” The pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative paid $77,000 for the message to be place…

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

GCC governments keep uncovering plots

“Emirati authorities began Wednesday interrogating members of a women’s organization whom they accuse of trying to seize power.”

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

Not suitable for viewers

“”I have been informed that over the objections of the producer the original 95-minute version has been edited down considerably for the version that will be released to PBS affiliates. PBS indicated that it would not use the film without considera…

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

PA MONEY

“”Diana Buttu, a lawyer in Ramallah who used to work with Mr. Abbas and is now critical of him, said Wednesday’s meetings were motivated in part by the Palestinian Authority’s deepening fiscal crisis, and the Egyptians’ ability to pressure Persian G…

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

French president comes in in support of nuclear weapons for France

“”France’s president says the country will maintain its costly nuclear arsenal despite looming military budget cuts, saying the weapons are essential for national defense.”"  Of course, he also has no problem with Israeli nuclear weapons which F…

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

Sa`d Id-Din Ibrahim

Did any of you catch Sa`d Id-Din Ibrahim on some Egyptian TV channel talking fondly about his experience writing speeches for Susanne Mubarak?  It was quite a show.

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

Elliott Abrams wants Saudi money to go to PA collaborationist regime

“”Two recent headlines produce a certain amount of cognitive dissonance. The first is “Fayyad: PA is on the verge of bankruptcy” while the second reads “Saudi budget surplus hits $103 billion.” “” (thanks Amir)

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

It does not belong to you

“” “You [Israelis] have no national identity; you’re trying to celebrate with songs that don’t belong to you,” one Egyptian commentator declared via Twitter in response to Gendelman’s post. The Bahr El-Baqar massacre, another Egyptian Twitter user a…

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

Western perss versus Arabic press

It is amazing how often the Western press and the Arabic press are not on the same wavelength in covering the Middle East.  Like all the Arab media are now reporting about the release from French jail of Lebanese leftist, George Ibrahim `Abdullah….

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

A record of stupid reporting on Syria: the case of Olga Khazan

So according to her, the hundreds of thousands of soldiers who have been fighting and dying for the Asad regime all hate Asad.  What is her evidence?  Here it is:  “In an interview with a 20-year-old man who defected from the Syrian Army…

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

Look at this lousy Christian organization which monitors persecution of Christians around the world

“and the church is suffering from the restrictions that result from the Palestinian-Israeli conflict”.  What are the restrictions? Would you care to elaborate?

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

among the released prisoners in Syria

Are you aware that among the prisoners who were released by the lousy Syrian regime are four young women whose crime was that they held banners calling for “national unity” while wearing wedding dresses.  In the Asad republic, this was a punishabl…

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

The beheading of a Sri Lankan maid in Saudi Arabia

This kind of news is always pushed to the background in Western media:”A Sri Lankan woman who was employed as a domestic worker in Saudi Arabia was beheaded by the Saudi authorities on Wednesday after she was accused of murdering an infant in her char…

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

the deal that stinks

The prisoner exchange deal between the Syrian regime and the Iranian regime on the one hand and between the Turkish government and the Free Syrian Army stinks.  It speaks volumes about the hypocrisy, deception, and cunning of all four parties. 

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad

The new electoral law of Lebanon and Jewish voters

So Lebanese sectarian Christian parties (both from March 8 and from March 14) are endorsing a terrible electoral law set up by a sectarian Greek Orthodox shop.  According to the law being discussed in a parliamentary committee as we speak, a Musli…

Posted on January 10, 2013 by As'ad