Archive for February 4, 2013

Joe Biden: on Iraq and Syria

People forget that Joe Biden, as a senator, had written an editorial calling for the division of Iraq into three sectarian/ethnic enclaves.  Now, he seems in charge of the Syrian file.

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

Israel in Syria

My latest blog post for Al-Akhbar English:  “Israel in Syria”.

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

The new Libyan police

* They misspelled the word in Arabic.  (thanks Fatima)

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

lousy Syrian regime, yet again

I am not making this up.  The minister of defense of the Syrian regime came up with an original theory today: he said that there is no need to respond to Israeli attack on Syria because the attack itself was a “response”.  Response to what? T…

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

Regret?

An foolish Iranian official said today that Israel will regret attacking Syria.  Why? It did not regret taking over Palestine, and the lousy Syrian regime did not respond, why would the Israeli enemy regret its aggression?  Because of a mild …

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

with impunity

The Israeli enemy attacks Syria and Sudan and Palestine with impunity but it no more dares attacks Lebanon (when it used to attack Lebanon almost weekly when I was growing up).  Why? No brainer: there is an effective resistance movement in Lebanon…

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

alleged symmetry in a study of hate in Israeli and Palestinian textbooks

“It found that extreme examples of dehumanization and demonization were “very rare” on both sides. The few examples given included one from an ultra-Orthodox textbook describing an Israeli settlement established on the ruins of an Arab village t…

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

Iraq and Israel: ha ha ha

Remember that Iraqi exile leaders promised that the “new” (i.e. US controlled) Iraq would recognize Israel and establish relations with it?  Well, how things change.  The strongest condemnation of the Israeli attack on Syria came from the Ira…

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

Chalabis of Syria

““The U.S. is empowering the Ahmad Chalabis of Syria,” argued one prominent dissident, referring to the Iraqi expatriate who presented himself, before the 2003 American invasion, as a leader with the political legitimacy to take over from Saddam…

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

So a credible opposition is one that is controlled by the US

“Without a new approach, especially from America, the lack of a credible opposition will render a political settlement unreachable”.

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

Syrian Ikhwan

Western and Arab media did NOT report that there was another Syrian attending the Munich security conference.  The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood dispatched its former leader, Ali Bayanuni, to attend and to keep a close eye on Ma`adh Al-Khatib.

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

When an enemy bombs from the air, it it requires agents on the ground to undertake damage asessment: Meet those Syrian "revolutionaries"

Agents of Israel:  “Assessing the damage to the facility is difficult. Cellphone videos shot by Syrian rebels show burning buildings at what is described at the research center, but the damage seen on those videos is somewhat light.”

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

Francois AbuKhalil?

From Daniel:  “This morning, RFI is reporting that the “majority of babies born in Timbuktu are being named ‘François’”. Such arrogance.”

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

Not in the US press:kidnappings by Israel

“”Monday at dawn February 4, 2013 Israeli soldiers kidnapped 21 Palestinians, including three legislators, in several districts in the occupied West Bank.”"

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

How NATO sees the world

“”When I look at our world, I see an arc of crises stretching from the Sahel to Central Asia.” “And we also know that in the decade since 2001, the US share of NATO defence expenditure has increased from 63% to 72%. While in the last few years, all …

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

France hearts uranium, not the people of Mali

From a reader:”"France is to deploy special forces to protect uranium mines belonging to French nuclear energy giant Areva in Niger, according to a report in a news magazine this week. According to weekly Le Point, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves …

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

police spies

“”Since then dozens of SDS officers, including those who posed as anti-capitalists, animal rights activists and violent far-right campaigners, have used the identities of dead children.”"

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Zionist hoodlums are worried about delegitimization of Israel on college campuses

“”These are the resolutions we are now asking Israel advocates to make, based on findings in the Israel Action Network’s newest publication, “IAN FACTs 2: Best Practices for Countering the Assault on Israel’s Legitimacy,” (FACTs). This compilation o…

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Jimmy Hoffa loved Israel:

“”The American labor movement has long spearheaded support for Israel. Union leaders like Rich Trumka— the head of the AFL-CIO (the largest federation of unions in the United States) — and Jim Hoffa— the head of the powerful Teamsters union—…

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad

From the kingdom of horrors

“Online activists in Saudi Arabia are calling for harsher punishments for child abuse after reports that a prominent cleric received only a light sentence after confessing to the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter. Saudi media reports say Fayh…

Posted on February 4, 2013 by As'ad