Attn: Arabs, You Have Once Last Chance …

See this wonderful think piece from Ralph Peters over at the NYPost.

The love just does not stop, or does it …?

Blessings, Herr Ralph …

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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 Iraq.
The contract calls for assembling a database of selected news stories and assessing their tone as part of a program to provide “public relations products” that would improve coverage of the military command’s performance …
Its goal is to “develop communication strategies and tactics, identify opportunities, and execute events . . . to effectively communicate Iraqi government and coalition’s goals, and build support among our strategic audiences in achieving these goals …”

Ironically, and perhaps indicating what might save all from such “information campaigns,” at least the government-sponsored ones:

An attempt yesterday to reach the contracting officer for this project was not successful.

Devil, thy name is the Rendon Group

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 look both amateurish and naive …

Depressing? Kind of … But also an opportunity to be clear: Let all readers of this blog know that its authors stand for moral and intellectual confusion. It is, I think, all that we are, and the least we can do …

The Latest Fad: Capturing Israeli Soldiers …

Well here is something that will add to the general unease of the Syrian regime …

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

LINKS ARE NOT ACTIVE AND I AM A LAZY BOY SO COPY AND PLASTER LINKS …

FROM THE PHILISTINES:

Peace! FOUR updates for all our peeps—

FREE THE P available NATIONWIDE
N.O.M.A.D.S. vs PHILISTINES (www.thephilistines.com) available ONLINE
‘HALA’ MUSIC VIDEO online: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAx1b-i_nxwhttp://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-592992310326451367
SIX new SHOWS!!!

1 – FREE THE P, a compilation of hip-hop and spoken word for Palestine, is now available in stores nationwide via Raptivism Records! The CD benefits the upcoming documentary Slingshot Hip-Hop. Can’t find the CD in your corner store? ASK ‘EM TO ORDER A COPY! www.freethep.com

2 – the PHILISTINES and their comrades-in-arms the N.O.M.A.D.S. have united to produce N.O.M.A.D.S. vs PHILISTINES, a bangin’ mixtape with all-new tracks from your favorite Arab emcees! Including the blazin’ hot single HALA (produced by Excentrik)!!! Available at www.freethep.com/purchase.htm

3 – and while you’re at it, check out the HALA MUSIC VIDEO! Featuring the PHILISTINES, the NOMADS, and beats by EXCENTRIK!!! Directed by JCON of BFAM Productions. Please forward this link widely – support your homies!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAx1b-i_nxw

4 – SHOWS: check out the following if you or someone you love lives in LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK,SAN FRANCISCO, or SAN DIEGO!!

AUGUST 31, 2006
WHAT: Excentrik performing oud while DJ Lady Sha spins some of the illest grooves!
WHERE: ATLANTIS @ Aqua – 424 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
WHEN: 8pm-2am
COST: FREE entry all night if you RSVP Come early or it’ll fill up! Dress code is ‘class fly’ whatever that means.

SEPTEMBER 9, 2006
WHAT: At Festival of Philippines Arts and Culture – San Pedro!
WHERE: Pt. Fermin Park
WHEN:
COST: 5$ DONATION
For more info see www.filamarts.org

SEPTEMBER 13, 2006
WHAT: Omar Offendum & Ragtop live in NYC @ the NY Jewish Music and Heritage Festival (www.hiphopsulha.com)
WHERE: SOBs – 200 Varick Street Basement, New York, NY 10014
WHEN: 7pm
COST: $20 advance ($25 at door)
All proceeds go to organizations that foster Israeli/Palestinian coexistence through the arts and sciences.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2006
WHAT: 12th Annual Arab Cultural Festival
WHERE: San Francisco County Fair Bldg, Golden Gate Park (corner of Lincoln and 9th)
WHEN: TBA
COST: TBA
Omar Offendum & Ragtop live in San Fran with Excentrik!

SEPTEMBER 23, 2006
WHAT: THE PHILISTINES, OMAR OFFENDUM & EXCENTRIK with live band THE LEGITIMATES and indie rockers NEW WEST! Plus DJ COLE MINOR on the 1s and 2s – YOU HAVE NO IDEA!!!
WHERE: 5257 West Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016 (near LaBrea and the 10 fwy)
WHEN: doors and DJ at 9, show at 10 sharp!
COST: $15 at the door, $12 presale (www.levantinecenter.org or 310.559.5544
www.levantinecenter.org

SEPTEMBER 28, 2006
WHAT: Ragtop and Omar Offendum in San Diego with Myson King!
WHERE: TBA – we know it’s in San Diego…
WHEN: Um, party time?
COST: Damn – don’t know that either…

BE WELL!

Go, Nizarene (aka Nizar, aka Rag Top) …

Competitors to the Sunni throne in Lebanon

I heard that ex-prime minister (and telecommunication magnate) Najib Mikati could be the main funder behind the intellectually powerful new Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar. If this is true, then good luck to mini-Hariri. I always thought that there is a race in the political arena to snatch the highest intellectual caliber. Controlling the creation of concepts and discourse is controlling perception of reality. In this race, Hariri Inc. has obviously failed in the fact that although they control most of the media in Lebanon, their dialectical standards are miserable compared to what their foes present. In the process, will this lift the intellectual caliber of the rest of the Lebanese that are lobotomized in front of LBC, Orient le Jour and Al Nahar, Al Mustaqbal etc? I seriously doubt it. So it will only be a race to the throne that will use some eminent intellectuals in the process without really initiating a meaningful pedagogical endeavor. The intellectuals should know better.

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 Detlev Mehlis was called by a Southern Lebanese family (who have German nationalities) to plead for them against Israeli murders in their village. The article shows how the office refused at first and then how Mehlis proposed to do it and split the gains of the indemnities. It seems the guy is how many portrayed him: the most corrupt individual in the international legal sphere. No wonder how Hariri inc. could buy him easily.

Check this link that says Israel and Hezbollah started negotiating for the prisoners (of course through a third party, namely germans), according to Egyptian daily Al Ahram. Israel went up and down destroyed a country and killed thousands, and now is back to accept what Hezbollah moderately asked at first.

The injection of dollars by Hezbollah on ht eLebanese economy is something interesting to study. This article gives you a first glance. More should be done.