Archive for February 2, 2013

From Jadaliyya: comrade Bassam on Syria

Comrade Bassam kicks ass on Aljazeera. 

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

Chuck Hagel speaks before the US Senate

“Can Americans with a straight face preach and moralize to others in the world when we get this spectacle?”There were basically three categories of questions asked of Hagel:• “Is Israel a great country, or is it the greatest? And if it’s the for…

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

paying kids to play pinball with me while claiming that they are Hizbullah fighters–continued

From a reader:  “”It was with this — and the situation in Syria in mind — that I set off on a winter’s evening to watch the news with a couple of guys from Beirut’s Hezbollah-controlled southern suburbs. One of them (we’ll call him Hassan) is …

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

New York Times fondly remembers Ed Koch: he was an adorable liar, according to the paper

“Another undeniable fact is that he sensed the political ramifications of almost any situation. Mr. Koch, who was Jewish but did not keep kosher, said he had choked on a piece of watercress. Six years later, he acknowledged to reporters that h…

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

Lebanese genetics

From “Ibn Rushd”:  “I’m used to seeing Lebanese brag and parade but this guy, who calls himself Prince De Khazen not only brags that he works with Fortune 500 companies (Lebs are obsessed with fortune 500), but he goes as far as publishing his e…

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

Israeli newspaper (and institute) deliberately mistranslates the title and content of an Lebanese editorial

Asa sent me a link to this article in an Israeli newspaper.  But the article is by one of the fiercest anti-Zionist Arabs, Talal Salman, who has been a vocal and consistent advocate for the liberation of Palestine all his life.  His newspaper…

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

Egyptian elite and its contempt for the rural poor

From Nasir:  “The elites have spoken:”I put it to Leila that the man whose departure she was calling for wasn’t a dictator, but a man her compatriots had voted for. We got a slightly troubling answer. “Yes, but the people who voted for him,” she…

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

civil marriage in an uncivil republic

“Darwish and Sukkarieh — who are Shiite and Sunni Muslims, respectively — tried to subvert this system by basing their marriage contract on a 1936 law they say permits civil marriage for those with no religious affiliation. With the help of lega…

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

The White Man wants to liberate Africa, yet again

“”The U.S. is already helping fund, train and arm troops from Ethiopia, Kenya, Sierra Leone and other African nations to lead the fight against North African extremists.”"

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

Syrian regime deterred

“”I don’t think it is going to come from this latest crisis between Israel and Syria. Unless the Syrians think there is an advantage to dragging Israel into a conflict. The Syrians do not want to loose their air force because they are using it again…

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

SA-17s

“”At the same time, there remain a number of puzzling aspects to this narrative: Syria only received its SA-17s from Russia over the past two years, operating approximately three batteries. Why would the regime transfer such advanced equipment to He…

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

Crude propaganda about Mali

From Krim:  “You like to mock Baathist propaganda, how about this, from Reuters no less:Headline:Malians say “Thank you, France!” as Hollande visitsStory:Malians chanting “Thank you, France!” mobbed President Francois Hollande on Saturday as he…

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

The US comes to Africa–discreetly

“The Pentagon’s recent announcement that it will send troops to 35 countries in Africa in 2013 confirmed the existence of a costly and foolish plan to occupy the violent and oft-troubled continent for decades to come. Ostensibly to address emer…

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

156 foreign US wars

Since the founding of the republic, the US has been engaged in foreign wars or military interventions 156 times only.  (Of course the number of official (i.e. declared wars) can be counted on the fingers of one hand). 

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

C J Chivers (the former US Marine) on Abdul-Qadir Salih of Tawhid

What a piece.  What a piece of journalism this is.   Like everything you read on Syria in the Western press, pure propaganda.   Meet this moderate rebel commander, with whom the West can do business:  “Mr. Saleh’s long-t…

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

On this day in 1965 in Israel

On this day in 1965, the racist Knesset of the racist state of Israel (the Zionist usurping entity, more accurately), voted to legitimize the theft of all Muslim waqf land in all of Palestine.  We remember.

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

Palestine is in Israel, according to the Times

On Koch’s distaste for Jesse Jackson: “and his call for a Palestinian homeland in Israel.”

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

Why the New York Times likes Ed Koch

This is hilarious:  “His first term, students of government say, was his best. Confronted with the deficits and the constraints of the city’s brush with bankruptcy in 1975, he held down spending, subdued the municipal unions…cut antipoverty…

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

Apostates of the Muslim world, unite!

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar:  “In appreciation of Mufti Qabbani”.

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad

Ed Koch and me: how my memory failed me this time

It is amazing.  I was 28 years-old when I made this call to C-Span (which I had mentioned yesterday here) to protest against Ed Koch.  In my mind, I remembered that I had some airtime.  But I was dead wrong.  They cut me off and wou…

Posted on February 2, 2013 by As'ad