Meet 1948 Palestinian refugees Fadel Tah and Hussein Ali Issa (they are respectively 86 and 84 years old). I don’t know how Israelis wake up in the morning everyday and get on with their daily lives with this on their conscience.Read More "Land day" in Palestinian camp Ain el Heloueh
Am I the only one who feels a chill down his spine when King Abdullah calls the U.S. presence in Iraq an “illegitimate foreign occupation” ?I have been around the block enough times to appreciate the pathetic pageantry of Arab League summits, but a head-on verbal fusillade against the U.S. by its closest ally?Perhaps, I […]Read More Portentous …?
Hopefully it won’t be long until I am home to get ready for Molly’s birthday party with a present from the Iranian people. I wanna get taken hostage by Iran …! More seriously, Iranian propaganda has me impressed. Yes, it is ham-fisted (when is propaganda not?), but it really does the trick. Expect the Iranians […]Read More Christmas Come Early …
Tis a testament to the rottenness of the current US regime that I find myself with sympathies for a sycophant like Mme. Rice. No comment here, I just like the pic. I would add that all of this plays perfectly into Iran’s hands, just as the “Holocaust conference” did. Sometimes I wonder if power makes […]Read More Rice Pudding …
Well, while we’re at it, let me remind our reader that Apokraphytus is from Dar el Shaytan, and so we will show no mercy…Read More Deadman
Just for the record, Bech is furious that I have mentioned basketball in his blog on the Middle East. He would prefer we present ourselves through this blog as somber intellectual types pondering the serious questions of our times rather than braying sheep susceptible to the hysterics of such mass delusions as organized sports. As […]Read More Box Score: Dave 1, Bech 0
See how this Israeli journalist is so afraid Palestinians may have the right to return that he scrutinizes the UN resolutions pertaining to the issue and find that the texts are quite vague and that Israel will not have to comply with a clear ‘legally binding’ right of return. Well, first it shows us how […]Read More Israel sighs with relief: No clear right of return for Palestinians
The Israeli Consulate in New York has come up with an ingenious idea to promote tourism to Israel in the United States: officials there have managed to twist the arms of the most popular US men’s magazine, Maxim, to write a feature about stunning Israeli models. Back when I was under the spell of Roman […]Read More Hubba-Hubba …
I was talking to a friend who lives in the Shouf and apparently there are training camps near Moukhtara. Friends of my friend are going there to learn how to butcher Shi’a meat and then come back to tell him transcendental experiences (so believe me, the story is real). The “Shi’a” come to exemplify the […]Read More Jumblatt’s training camps
Bolton calls it “perfectly legitimate and good politics” for the Israelis to try to defeat their enemy militarily as it was acting in its own self-defense. He said he was “damned proud of what we did” in preventing an early cease-fire. What planet do these people come from?Read More Damned Proud …?
Happy Mother’s day!Read More Lebanese prisoners in Syria
This is why symbols are so important in politics. Israel is busy thinking about how to call the last invasion of Lebanon. Israeli families of dead soldiers are asking the government to officially name it. The government is a bit split on the issue between those who want to call it operation and other who […]Read More What’s in a name?
So Druze feudal warlord Walid Jumblatt and Sunni oligarch Saad Hariri are pushing French corrupted (in part by the lavish payments of Hariri family) and arms dealer president Jacques Chirac to accept civil war long-time militia-man extreme Christian wacko Samir Geagea as a most appropriate candidate for the presidency of Lebanon? And so Chirac meets […]Read More Thanks to Jumblat and Hariri begging, Chirac will push for Geagea?
This post is complete. Just added the italics under Tueni’s part Between the ideological traces of a haunting Gebran Tueni that crystallizes a definition of the enemy (the Syrian, the other) and the isolationist, culturally essentialist Huntingtonian claims (there a different values and traditions in Lebanon) of a disgruntled Christian elite, it seems that the […]Read More Annahar al shabab: Contradictory ideological claims
Ok so whereas most of the newspapers (of course not Al Mustaqbal) were reporting about Chirac having asked Israel to attack Syria in the midst of the July war (as leaked in Israeli newspaper Maariv, english link), l’Orient le Jour was busy living its ideological fantasy world, of a French president decorating a wealthy successful […]Read More News from upper class colonial remnants a.k.a. L’Orient-le-Jour
ما العمل بالصمت؟أيّ حقيقة يكتشف الإصغاء في الصمت؟أنواع من الصمت… لكن أتكلّم عمّا يرفض باستمرار أن يحميكِ!الصمتُ العابر جَسَدَكِ كالفضيحة.لا تُحاولي أنْ تنظري إليَّ. لن أستنجد ضدّ ما أجهل. ضدّ ما أسمع!مَنْ منّا يجرؤ أنْ يجتاز هذا الفرق، و نصفُنا في العتمة؟أتكَّلم عن الصمت الذي قد يَحدث…عندئذ تتهامس المرأة والخنجر قراراتِ اللحظة، والأسباب تهرب…عن الصمت […]Read More فصل شعري: الصمت العابر كالفضيحة
I unfortunately cannot post the link because the article was published yesterday and L’Orient le Jour think that they are so interesting as a read that they make their archives payable (although without an online system to view it), but there was a certain Elie Fayad who wrote a horrible article unleashing his wrath against […]Read More The ideological in L’Orient le Jour and beyond
“Our commitment to Israel defines us as a nation,” said Republican Norm Coleman of Minnesota, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, adding that the AIPAC lobbyists “help make sure that we don’t forget.” What’s funny is that AIPAC’s leadership has clearly decided not to push publicly for a military solution to the Iranian […]Read More Friends of Israel …?
Now if you come to think about it, what happened in Lebanon in the last few years is a classical example of shifts in power poles. One need to look at changes happening at the level of organizations and institutions (of the state and related) that deal with security issues, especially if one wants to […]Read More Some of Lebanon’s power shifts
The next regime that is going down is not the Iranian one boys and girls, but the Pakistani one. The US is apparently fed up with Pervez Musharaf and thinks more and more that he is not of such a big help in their war on.. (what?) well in their imperial quest. So they’re looking […]Read More Musharraf out
Gee.. I wonder why is it that the countries not cooperating with Brammertz investigation on the Hariri assassination are mostly those who back the ‘we want the truth’ camp or are in one way or another under the same sphere of influence? According to the latest Brammertz report countries not cooperating are: USA, UK, France, […]Read More Brammertz’ surprises
A poll by the American Jewish Committee revealed that support among Jews for a military strike against Iran had dropped from 49 percent last year to 38 percent atpresent. So I had an interesting conversation today with a Democratic party operative, and she suggested to my absolute astonishment that Obama was purposely aligning his position […]Read More Obama …?
Several Jewish conferencegoers said they were concerned by Mr. Obama’s remark Sunday in Iowa where, in a reference to the Middle East, he said, “Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people.” What hath AIPAC wrought …Read More Unspeakable …
“I want to have my conscience clear with Him. Then it doesn’t matter so much what others think.” Greenwald, the author of linked piece, is a crank, but the quotes are priceless or terrifying or whatever …Read More Proceed to Nearest Shelter!
A shocking new book proves Americans are simultaneously the most “religious” and the most religiously ignorant people in the developed world.Read More Even More from The Idiot Nation …
I see that Anthony Shadid is likely up for a Pulitizer for his coverage of Israel’s summer war on Lebanon. I hope he wins. It was fascinating to compare the NYTimes and WaPost coverage this summer. The editorial pages of both papers were steadily pushing the worst kind of pro-Israel propaganda (in fact, I would […]Read More My Vote …
The Arabs are a proud and sensitive people … Arab behavior has a propensity for conflict … Reasons for Arab conflict may lie again with the family where competitiveness is instilled at an early age, and life generally exists under various forms of intense pressure … In the Arab world there is little stigma placed […]Read More Fun Facts About Arabs …