Executing Events …

More delightful news from the WaPost on US propaganda efforts in Iraq and across the globe: U.S. military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of U.S. and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of news from […]

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Into the Rabbit Hole …

“Any kind of moral and intellectual confusion about who and what is right or wrong can severely weaken the ability of free societies to persevere.” So said SecDef Donald Rumsfeld yesterday. Read it again to appreciate the full scope of its insanity. Seriously, if these guys keep it up, they are going to make Orwell […]

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Hippity-Hoppity: A (not-so) Commericial Interruption …

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Various links

Here is the english link for the CDR chief’s resignation. An article for all those skeptics who thinks Israel has no interest in Lebanon. It’s in Arabic, I’ll try to translate later on. But basically it address questions related to strategic need for water, plans to weaken Lebanese infrastructure, etc. Also, this article on how […]

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Stupid Is, As Stupid Does

First let me say that it took me two tries to get through the UK-based Chatham House’s new study on Iran. My difficulties stemmed from the fact that the mind kept telling me the report was so bad I would not gain anything from actually reading on until the end. I would not recommend the […]

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Fair’s Fair …

So if the US State Department thinks of the Lebanese government as “the crying game,” does that mean Lebanon can consider the government of the United States to be “the lying game.” Sounds fair enough, right?

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Dr. Death Strikes Again …

With the war on Lebanon having failed to slake his thirst for the blood of thousands of civilians, my favorite physician, Dr. Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post, has apparently given up on Israel’s war machine and decided to place his hope with the destructive power of the U.S. military … Next stop: Tehran … […]

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The real war begins (revisited)

The president of the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR) has resigned from his post yesterday due to political differences with PM office Fouad Siniora view on how reconstruction should proceed, according to the head article of Al-Akhbar today. The article argued, among other things, that the president (Al Fadl Shalak) tried to use the […]

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I Sez Bebsi, You Sez Pepsi …

This story from CounterPunch (David Price) is too much: Mardin Amin, an Iraqi arrested at O’Hare airport now faces serious felony charges of disorderly conduct. He could get three years in prison. A female security guard claims Amin uttered the word “bomb” when she was examining a small black squeezable object she’d taken from his […]

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A Clash for Civilization … ?

Some 124 years after Arab medical students and faculty at the Syrian Protestant College* struck in support of a professor who had drawn the ire of the school’s American Board of Trustees for endorsing the theory of evolution, evolutionary biology has been removed from the list of possible fields of study for recipients of a […]

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Christian Thought in a Nutshell …

I am going to make some confessionally-oriented arguments here. The schizophrenic nature of Christian thought has not changed since the appearance of the first internal frictions during the independence of Lebanon. I think that Gen. Michel Aoun represents (partly) the Christian thinking that only through a genuine attachment to the 10452 slogan can Lebanon achieve […]

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Update: Lebanese-Israeli Naval Arms Race …

Amid questions over the military necessity of acquiring additional submarines capable of carrying nuclear weapons, Israeli government officials revealed that Israeli intelligence had determined that Iran was supplying Hizbullah fishermen with anti-fish weapons. “We cannot allow this khizbullah to continue to terrorize innocent Israeli fish,” said one Israeli government official, who refused to speak on […]

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Incalculable Consequences …

Professor Michael Schwartz has a great “guide” to developments in Iraq over at the Asia Times, which is fast becoming my favorite English language news source for world affairs … The piece is remarkably well-considered and reveals exactly how those who refuse to consider the legitimacy and consequences of the US invasion and occupation of […]

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Tattoo You …

AngryArab has been having fun with exactly how the IDF determined that some number of dead in Lebanon were in fact members of Iran’s revolutionary guard: “This just in. Israeli TV just announced that invading Israeli troops found bodies of Iranian fighters among dead Hizbullah’s fighters. But you, like me, may wonder how the Israelis […]

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H-I-larious …

It seems many are taking a crack at my President for letting slip that he recently read Camus’ The Stranger. I think Maureen Dowd may have done some needle work here, but I refuse to pay for the NYTimes Select, on account of my unwillingness to allow for a single penny of mine to end […]

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Junior Mints Win Their Freedom …

Israel has released those (militants-then junior militants-then gunmen-and now obviously civilians) it captured during a raid in Baalbek at the beginning of the month. See here for how the Israeli propaganda machine spun the “daring commando raid” and see here for a grim look at the human cost of what actually happened …

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When Too Much Is Not Enough …

It seems CNN International had to defend its coverage (note: this link refers to CNN’s American broadcast) of the war from an Israeli charge of bias … I am literally speechless … In this bizarro world, what could possibly be acceptable … ? Live feeds from Likud party headquarters … ? Good grief … Sometimes […]

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The Toxic Politics of Occupation …

Despite the gruesome humanitarian costs, the Israeli government convinced the United States to halt aid to the Palestinian Authority after Hamas swept elections in the Occupied Territories earlier this year. Apparently, however, the Israeli government’s foolishness extends only to the Palestinian refugees, and not Palestinian refuse … See this article from the Israeli press on […]

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Did You Know …?

Cuba has a literatcy rate, adult mortality rate, and infact morality rate that match or better the United States, whose economy is nearly 400 times larger (GDP) than that of Cuba. US GDP/capita is roughly $40K, Cuba’s roughly $3K. See here for some old statistics, and I would note that many doubt the the accuracy […]

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The Battle for Western Asia …?

See this from Fred Halliday of the London School of Economics (from whose halls a few great Lebanese minds have escaped intact and inviolate) … Some highlights: The challenge today is to move beyond such regressive or disempowering approaches and articulate the connections at the level of the current, dynamic reality of states, inter-state relations, […]

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More Nonsense from DC …

Anyone in need or want of a ready-made lesson on the psychosis that grips US policy toward the Middle East should check out this article in the Washington Post by Daniel Byman and Kenneth Pollack. The article’s ominous beginning (“debate is over”) should alert the sensate that something is very wrong here … The authors […]

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The Iranian Connection …

Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in DC has published a working draft entitled “Preliminary Lessons of Israeli-Hezbollah War.” The report is not terribly interesting, but remarks: One key point that should be mentioned more in passing than as a lesson, although it may be a warning about conspiracy theories, is […]

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