Monday, November 24, 2014

Lousy MESA resolution

The lousy MESA resolution, apparently, supported debate on BDS.  Debate? We need a resolution or a vote for the right of debate? Are you kidding me? I don't know who was behind this language or resolution, but it seems to me that Zionist watered down a move to endorse BDS by the membership. Right of debate? Oh, I never had the right of debate of BDS before MESA awarded me that right.

MESA: BDS

I hear that a BDS vote passed by a landslide at MESA.

Chronicle of Higher Education

There is an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the push for BDS within MESA. Would someone kindly or unkindly send me a copy? thanks.

Wait: are Syrian activsits also combatants??

From Angry Arab's chief correspondent in Turkey: "Can you see any difference with a combatant and what Reuters call as an 'activist'. Note that these 'activists on ground' have been used as the main source of information for over three years by western media outlets...

"We targeted the town with dozens of mortar shells and dozens of hell cannon shells and Nusra's forces made progress and control buildings which are in the first line of defence of Nubl," said media activist Ahmed Hamidou who was accompanying battalions involved in the campaign."

Mugabe and Zimbabwe

I don't get the Western media obsession with Mugabe and Zimbabwe but I do maintain that there is more than a tinge of racism to their coverage.  I mean, the obsession is way out of proportion to the abuses in Zimbabwe. Are Western media trying to convince her that Zimbabwe (where they are elections and opposition figures and media) is worse off than, say, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, and the various other places where Western government enjoy the warmest of relations?  Get over it. Colonial powers were kicked out of Africa (although the US is trying to make a come back through the window).

They never ask the King of Jordan in US media about such matters: Jon Stewart is too busy asking him about what Arab youths want

"The state security prosecutor general ordered Mr. Bani Rushaid’s arrest on charges of harming relations with a friendly country".

Look at this headline in the Times: what is considered weapons by Israel

Headline:  "Israelis Confiscate Weapons Bound for East Jerusalem".
Details: "Thousands of commando-style knives, swords, fireworks and small devices capable of delivering an electric shock were found hidden in two shipping containers". Only Israeli propagandists can make firecrackers seem more menacing than Israeli nuclear weapons.

American liberals and their defense of Israeli racism

There is no issue that can prove the vapidness and falsehood of American liberalism than Israeli racism and their support for it.  Israel was founded on racism and separation and war crimes and yet American liberals resort to fake and tricky methods to justify over and over again their support for Zionism.  They resort to different methods. I have always believed that no matter what Israel does, be it nuclear weapons use, concentration camps, extermination chambers, American liberals and conservatives would not have qualms for it but some liberal Zionists may register mild complaints that such methods may corrupt the "soul" of Israel (that is the kind of Zionism espoused by Leon Wieseltier and Amos Oz among others).  Look at this article. The only criticisms cited are by people who argue that racism is bad for the racists themselves, and not for the victims.

The NYT’s unsubtle war on fairness in covering the Arab-Israeli conflict

My latest blog post for Al-Akhbar English: "The NYT’s unsubtle war on fairness in covering the Arab-Israeli conflict".

This is cute; Zionists now love the media of Saudi princes

"When Hisham Melhem of Al Arabiya News wrote this month that the real reason the administration does not hit Assad’s positions is because it would “negatively impact Iran’s posture in the negotiations” on the nuclear issue, he was voicing the views of many in the region. " Not only do Zionists love the media of Saudi princes but they also like to assume that the royal Saudi media speak for the Arab youth. Hilarious, if you ask me.

Those insolent natives

From Peter: "“Once again, the assailants were believed to have acted alone, a deep new challenge to Israeli intelligence services. Once again, they were Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, with Israeli identification cards that allowed them to move freely, and a host of grievances about their treatment in a restive patch of fiercely disputed turf.”
Professor, this reminds of my history class where Southerners argued for slavery on the basis the slaves were better off as slaves.

Racists tend to be obtuse."

Carnegie Beirut

According to the director of Beirut Carnegie Center, the Lebanese Army will immediately liberate the Lebanese Army hostages and Palestine once a new president is elected.

وفق مديرة مركز "كارنغي" في بيروت, لينا الخطيب, إن الجيش اللبناني سيحرّر الرهائن ويحرّر فلسطين ومزارع شبعا فور إنتخاب رئيس للجمهوريّة.
"يُحرم الجيش اللبناني من فرصة استعادة كرامته في أرض المعركة، وهذا يعود بشكل رئيسي إلى عدم وجود رئيس للجمهورية." 

Former Mossad chief: For the first time, I fear for the future of Zionism

And I respond to your fears with glee, and only wish you more fear.

Global views on homosexuality: lost in translation

Embedded image permalink You see, those global surveys are really meaningless given the language and culture differences. I will speak about the Arab world. What word was used for homosexuals? It is not as easy to translate.  If they used the politically correct term of "muthliyyun", most of the people of the region would not even know what you are talking about.  Global surveys are only reliable if people of the world speak the same language and grow up in the same culture.

If you are desperate for Zionist financial support don't lie and don't distort the views of Arab-Americans

"Asali said another factor was the difficulties the group faced among Arab Americans, who are generally skeptical of the cooperation that he practiced with pro-Israel and Jewish groups".  Of course, it is "not difficulty among Arab Americans" but it is outright rejection and contempt.  Secondly, Arab Americans have no problems with relationship with Jewish groups, but they do have a problem with pro-Israel groups. 

The only blatant racist state in the whole of the Middle East

"Raz then asked: “Are you Jewish?” When the reporter responded that he was not, she said: “You have to check the properties — if their owners say they can sell an apartment to non-Jewish people.” She added, however, that such conditions are not mentioned on the firm’s website."

Arab clerics, priests, and ministers

There is no question that the best advertisement for atheism in the Arab world are the clerics, priests, and ministers in the region.  I thank them for their efforts.

British weapons were used against people of Gaza

"Britain approved the sale of arms to Israel worth £7m in the six months before its offensive on Gaza this summer, including components for drones, combat aircraft and helicopters along with spare parts for sniper rifles, according to figures seen by The Independent. The government data will raise fresh concerns that British-made equipment was used by the Israeli military during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in July and August, which led to more than 2,000 Palestinian deaths"

The speaker asks that “all the Arabs of Israel die to atone for him [the magavnik].” Many in the crowd answer “Amen

"In this video, originally posted in the Facebook group, Israelis can be seen listening to a speech in support of the “magavnik” and shouting sectarian and racist slogans including “medinat yehudim” – meaning a “state for the Jews only.” The speaker asks that “all the Arabs of Israel die to atone for him [the magavnik].” Many in the crowd answer “Amen.” "

In the West Bank, a Palestinian home was torched on Sunday

"In the West Bank, a Palestinian home was torched on Sunday. No one was hurt in the fire, which gutted the home in the village of Khirbet Abu Falah near Ramallah, local residents said. “The settlers came here and they hit the door, but I refused to open,” said Huda Hamaiel, who owns the house. She said they then broke a terrace window and hurled a petrol bomb inside. “Death to Arabs” and another slogan calling for revenge were also painted on the walls of Hamaiel’s home, hallmarks of Jewish extremists’ so-called “price tag” attacks against Palestinian dwellings and mosques and Christian church property."

Well, the US has the support of one of the most notorious war criminals in Afghan contemporary history

"Their resumption is likely to be controversial among Afghans, for whom any intrusion into private homes is considered offensive. Mindful of the bad name that night raids have, the American military has renamed them "night operations." "The first vice president of Afghanistan, Abdul Rashid Dostum, said on Sunday: "The discussions over the night raids are underway; soon they will begin. I welcome this. The extension of the American combat mission is a good move, I am for this and I expect the Afghan people to support it." " (thanks Amir)

NJ rabbi: Arabs in Israel ‘must be vanquished’ Read more: NJ rabbi: Arabs in Israel ‘must be vanquished’

"The rabbi of a major modern Orthodox synagogue in New Jersey has written a blog post that calls for Israel to collectively punish Arab Israelis and Palestinians until they realize “they have no future in the land of Israel.”" (thanks Nabilah)

Arab revolutions?

The irony is that in Tunisia, a man in his late eighties, who had worked in the repressive apparatus of the Bouquiba state as head of the secret police is now rising as the representative of the youth of the revolution in Tunisia?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sisi regime now accuses Norway of plotting against Egypt

"Newly arrested Brotherhood member accused of collaborating with US, Norway". (thanks Hossam)

Sa`d Id-Din Ibrahim: apologizes to Sisi (and his fans) and expresses "great admiration" for him


If they ask you who did this to the child, tell them Israel and its supporters around the world

"Shareef al-Namla, 3, wounded during the 50 days of conflict between Israel and Hamas last summer, practices walking with his prosthetic leg at Gaza's Artificial Limbs and Polio Centre (ALPC) in Gaza City on November 19, 2014. The ALPC was established in 1974 and operates with the technical support of the International Red Cross. The organisation is the only center of its kind in the Hamas-run coastal Palestinian strip which provides free prosthetic and orthotic services the population. AFP PHOTO/ MAHMUD HAMS" (thanks Marc)

Sexual war crimes by Free Syrian Army

Look at this sentence in passing: "Khateeb and Saleh have also documented several cases of sexual assault by members of the opposition Free Syrian Army, but have not publicized them for fear of retaliation in opposition-controlled areas."

Israel kills civilian near Jabaliya refugee camp

"The ministry identified the man as Fadel Mohammed Halawa, 32, and said he was shot by soldiers east of Jabaliya refugee camp. One of Halawa's relatives said he had been searching for songbirds, which nest in trees near the Israeli border and command high prices in Gaza markets."

Google and NSA

"Google took a risk forming an alliance with the NSA. The company’s corporate motto, “Don’t be evil,” would seem at odds with the work of a covert surveillance and cyber warfare agency."

Justice for Kenyans

"Thousands of elderly Kenyans, who claim mistreatment, rape and torture by British colonial forces during the Mau Mau uprising, have launched a £200m damages claim against the UK Government." (thanks Amir)

Kissinger's new book

I have always said that I enjoy reading some of the people that I detest: Bernard Lewis, Efraim Karsh, Elie Kedouri, David Vital, Shlomo Avineri, Henry Kissinger, and Niall Ferguson.  Yet, the new book, World Order, by Henry Kissinger, has none of the style of Kissinger. It is by far his worst book--politics aside, of course because the politics of all those people I mention is horrific.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Humor of the day

 "Robert Satloff (@robsatloff)

11/20/14, 6:22 AM
A sad day for ME peace & voices of Arab moderation. @ATFP always been courageous, constructive part of ME solution. buzzfeed.com/rosiegray/a-mo…

Secular analysis in media of Saudi princes and sympathy for Bin Ladenites

"“We are seeing that the LAF is focusing on the arms of the Sunni community, whilst ignoring, even appearing to protect the Shiite enclaves. That there appear to be no repercussions for Hezbollah creates grievances, that could lead to extremist feelings and a more armed approach from some Sunnis,” Imad Salamey, a politics professor at the Lebanese American University, told Al Arabiya News." (thanks Basim)

Syrian National Coalition

I don't want to bother you but do you remember the Syrian National Coalition?  Well, the conflicts inside its leadership have been really brewing as of late but Western media are busy covering the training of "moderate Syrian rebels".

Western correspondents in Beirut: affairs of trivialities

Western correspondents in Beirut don't bother with coverage of the social and political conflicts in Lebanon. They all see their mission as providing fawning coverage of the Free Syrian Army and clients of Saudi Arabia in Lebanon.  Yet, this week they seem to all express excitement: they want to write articles about the fact that Walid Jumblat (one of the most corrupt politicians in Lebanon, and one of the most unprincipled by far) is tweeting. I kid you not.

Deeds of "moderate" Syrian rebels

"For three days, Syrian rebels dug through a wall of a library that housed a trove of historical religious texts, and underneath an adjacent road. When they were done with the 50-foot-long tunnel, they waited at one end of it for a tank to drive by, and blew it up. The explosion cut off the road, a crucial supply route for government soldiers stationed at the nearby 13th century citadel, but it also destroyed what was left of the Waqifiyya Library, already damaged during months of clashes." "They have also launched homemade rockets, often inaccurate, at government forces stationed in landmark structures, frequently killing civilians. In the process, they are helping destroy Syria's history and infrastructure and, with the deaths of civilians, undermining popular support for their cause."

foreign victims of US wars

"Every year, we celebrate the service and mourn the loss of members of the U.S. military. Meanwhile, the foreign victims of our wars go unnamed and unacknowledged. Such callous disregard for the lives of others simply cannot be justified when one considers the unequivocal fact that the United States is by far the most militarily active nation in the world."

U.S. and Israeli companies have been selling surveillance systems to Central Asian countries with records of political repression and human rights abuse

"U.S. and Israeli companies have been selling surveillance systems to Central Asian countries with records of political repression and human rights abuse, according to a new report by Privacy International. The U.K.-based watchdog charges that the American firms Verint and Netronome enable surveillance in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan."

Netanyahu required a Mubarak-like tyrant in Egypt

"Second, there is the baldly cynical design and intent of American policy. This is what makes the Egyptian case so revealing. With the Sinai campaign, we see the architecture of the American strategy in full. Obama bumbled when he should have shouted praise as the Arab Spring began to blossom. One suspected from the first that we were in for a demonstration of just how opposed to democracy in the non-Western world Washington remains. Following Morsi’s election, it was gradually clear that Prime Minister Netanyahu required a Mubarak-like tyrant in Egypt to protect Israel’s flank from active militias in Sinai, and then painfully clear Washington was set on giving him one. In my view, this is the single most important reason al-Sisi sits in office, behaves as badly or worse than any leader in the region, and still receives $5 billion in American military aid a year." (thanks Amir)

Apostate

I never hear or read the word "apostate" in Arabic discourse or debate. It seems to exist only in the Orientalist fantasy of Western writers on the Middle East.

Atheism in the Arab world

I need to write a review of Brian Whitaker's new book on atheism in the Arab world. Remind me.

Abdul-Khaliq Abdullah

I read with interest the book I`tirafat Akadimi Mutaqa`id (Confessions of a Retired Academic) by my graduate school classmate and friend, Abdul-Khaliq Abdullah.  Our political divergence still pains me.

UK ambassador in Bahrain

It seems that no one is excited about the non-election in Bahrain except the UK ambassador.

One thing in Arabic and another thing in English

People used to say that Arafat says one thing in Arabic and another thing in English although that also applies to Israeli leaders. But there is no one I know among Middle East potentates who says one thing in Arabic and another thing in English more than the King of Jordan who celebrates the new Sony Xperia phone which allows him to play on his PSIII.

Jordan repression

The royal government of Jordan arrested a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood for criticizing the UAE government.  Not a word about that in the Western press.  Repression in Jordan conflicts with Western media coverage of the government, which is motivated by the need to protect puppets of Israel.