Archive for February, 2013

The deputy secretary-general of the UN speaks on Lebanon (Feltman is now the secretary-general)

“U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon warned Lebanese leaders Wednesday that they must adhere to their declared neutrality on the Syrian civil war.   The advice came amid reports that the fighting could spill over the border into Lebanon.  

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

off to Vancouver

…off to Vancouver, British Columbia.  Speaking at the University of British Columbia tomorrow night. 

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

Indignez-Vous!

“In addition to fame, “Indignez-Vous!” brought significant criticism to Mr. Hessel — from those who felt his screed was merely indignant and not in any way prescriptive and especially from those who disagreed with his views on Israel and the P…

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

Palestinian assailed by Israeli women, stripped of hijab

 From Alan:  “In case you missed this story as reported today by Al Akhbar. Please note especially the comment below by the Israeli police officer – disgusting. Palestinian assailed by Israeli women, stripped of hijab”A Palestinian woman w…

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

burning of the picture of Muhammad Bin Nayif in Qatif

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

You can’t say that the US does not cover crimes by the Israeli army

This is yet another example that the US media is certainly aware of the crimes by the Israeli army.  This is a tough article on massacres by the army.  (thanks Naj)

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

UAE and Bahrain

From “Ibn Rushd”:  “did you notice that the UAE, like Israel, uses the silly “delegitimation” argument.  I wonder if they have the same PR firms.   “Towards the end of last week the UAE authorities intervened and said no discussion of …

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

Open Season on `Alawites in Open Democracy

Where do you begin to refute this article and to point out the anti-`Alawite bigotry in it?   If I don’t have to fly to Canada, I would have taken the time.  (thanks Ansar) 

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

Even when Israeli steals Palestinian books, it is regarded as a story with two pionts of view

“Unknown to him, as the battle over the creation of the Jewish state raged, teams of Israeli librarians and soldiers were collecting tens of thousands of books from Palestinian homes in Jerusalem, Haifa, Jaffa and elsewhere — including 256 from Bargho…

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

French intervention in Mali

From Jeorg in Berlin:  “”The French left as well as the the right have dreams of imperial expansion. A number of NATO participants share a vision of the Mediterranean as a NATO lake, an internal sea, surrounded by Europe. The dream is to extend …

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

Thanassis Cambanis spots Hizbullah in Syria

“They’ve been spotted quite far afield from the border helping out government forces and that is something that has really deepened sectarian animosity both in Syria and here in Lebanon.”  And before the spotting by Cambanis, sects in Lebanon …

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

Thus spoke Zionist hoodlums: You will be our slaves

From a reader:  “Israeli settler tells the Palestinian farmers: “Listen, my fathers are Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Now you listen to me. Soon the Messiah will come. He’ll be here any minute. You understand this well. It’s also written in the Kora…

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

Saudi Vatican

From Carlos:  “”Of course, the system of the Catholic Church doesn’t resemble Tunisia or Egypt so much as an absolute monarchy like Saudi Arabia. In both places there are no genuine reforms, just minor concessions. In both, tradition is invoke…

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

Stop the presses. This Zionist expert at WINEP has seen videos and watched Legally Blonde twice. Now that is a real expert

“”They are getting better at basic infantry tactics,” said Jeff White, a military analyst with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “I’ve seen videos of tank training, maintenance, and tank-to-tank engagements, including one where rebels t…

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

So sweet. Hollande cares about human rights…in Russia

“”French President Francois Hollande will raise concerns about Russia’s human rights record with Vladimir Putin on Thursday but he sought to play down differences that might undermine trade ties.”"

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

Now that is cute: U.S. routinely hacks Chinese websites

“”Two major Chinese military websites, including that of the Defense Ministry, were subject to about 144,000 hacking attacks a month last year, almost two-thirds of which came from the United States, the ministry said on Thursday.”" (thanks Amir)

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

no way

“”Some critics have charged the Catholic Church with Eurocentrism.”"

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

A Qatari poet

The Qatari dictatorship prosecuted and convicted and sentenced a Qatari poet for “insulting” the unelected ruler.  I am told that a number of Arab intellectuals, especially intellectuals with the Syrian exile opposition, refused to sign a petition…

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

Women in the Saudi shura council

The chair of the Saudi (powerless, unelected, and ineffective) Shura Council welcomed women members for the first time and said: In the name of the Saudi King, I welcome the pudenda* today.PS Pudenda is عورات

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad

Lousy Syrian regime

I read that the lousy Syrian regime “denounced” the decision by Israel to begin oil exploration in the Golan heights.  Denounce wlah??  Denounce?  That lousy cowardly regime, which specializes in protecting Israel while reserving its fir…

Posted on February 28, 2013 by As'ad