Saturday, April 22, 2017
There is a half-declared civil war in Saudi regime media: on the one side are those who are (falsely) called "liberal", and they are mostly right-wing Lebanese and some Saudis who wish to decrease the role of Islam in politics in favor of tighter rule by Saudi royals and who favor a close US-Saudi alliance, and on the other side are the more powerful (and popular) Islamist pro-Turkey (and pro-Ikhwan) camp which voices strong criticisms of Saudi regime media in London. Look at this hashtag campaign by Islamist Saudis against Al-Hayat (mouthpiece of Prince Khalid bin Sultan) due to criticisms against Erdogan in the paper. The campaign is titled "Al-Hayat Launches a crusading campaign against Turkey". This is not a subtle reference to Christians who work in regime paper (I notice that Gulf regime media have added "Christians" as of late to its list of hated groups, which focuses most on Shi`ites and Alawites.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:02 AM
Friday, April 21, 2017
"“That missile strike certainly had to get Putin’s attention, and it did show we were determined to enforce international norms on chemical weapons,” said Antony J. Blinken, who was deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration. “Equally important was the effort to tie Russia to the use of chemical weapons.”"
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:47 AM
You honestly believe that of all the world literature, two out of six winners are Israelis based on merit and talent alone? You believe that? Of course, you can factor in the fact that Israeli "literature" (and even gasps and yawns) is instantly translated into English (far more than literature from Latin America and Africa and Asia) but this love and bias for Israel is way out of whack. You are telling me that 2 out of 6 deserve to be Israelis?
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:42 AM
"The only modern president who rivaled Donald Trump in his lack of preparation for global leadership was Harry Truman. " You mean not counting Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Lyndon Johnson, and Gerald Ford?
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:39 AM
"But he is by nature a bully in a culture that admires displays of strength." As opposed to the West, where there is no admiration for displays of strength? In the week when Trump witnessed his popularity rise purely for bombing other countries?
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:36 AM
"he found peasant women sitting there, with “bundles and baskets and big handkerchiefs around their heads,” seated on “benches rubbed dull with waiting.” Long after the Revolution and all its world-changing promises had settled into a grim stasis, waiting was still a Russian specialty." I don't get it. So people don't wait in capitalistic countries?
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:34 AM
"But the larger goal, he said, is “spreading happiness” in what has sometimes been a somber country." Or this: "Unlike so many Saudi princes, he wasn’t educated in the West, which may have preserved the raw combative energy that is part of his appeal for young Saudis.". If someone were to write such propaganda about North Korea, he would have been accused of treason.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:32 AM
"Change seems increasingly desired in this young, restless country. A recent Saudi poll found that 85 percent of the public, if forced to choose, would support the government rather than religious authorities on policy matters, said Abdullah al-Hokail, the head of the government’s public opinion center." Are you sure, David, it is not 99%?
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:29 AM
I see that AJ + released a short video about Bill O'Reilly and Fox News. It would be nice if AJ + (which has deteriorated over time and has become a crude propaganda tool of the Qatari regime) would release a report about sexual harassment and discrimination in Aljazeera offices.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 6:53 AM
I think a reverse correlation can be established: if you chart the rise of the social media and the occurrences of demonstrations in Arab cities in the last decade you will find a reverse correlation.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 6:47 AM
Thursday, April 20, 2017
When Israeli intelligence propaganda becomes a trusted objective source on Syrian and Iranian matters
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 9:36 AM
Of course, the article is shallow and impressionable and silly. What you expect in Western media about the Arab world. But Sultan Qassimi protested that the article did not talk about museums in Dubai. You can have Vegas with museums though. In fact, Vegas has many museums: don't forget the Wayne Newton Museum. But you can't deny the deep impact that Vegas left on the minds of oil sheikhs--aesthetically speaking.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 9:33 AM
Western and Arab (gulf and oil) propaganda have managed to always make Syrian rebels as victims and to conflate them with Syrian civilians. So the rebels are victims even when rebels car bombed civilians in buses in Rashidin, Western media and Arab gas and oil media managed to make the rebels as victims by promoting crazy scenarios of the bombing and by peddling one picture of a Syrian "activist-journalist"--whatever that means in journalism schools--crying as to show the rebels and supporters as victims even when they (the rebels) are the perpetrators of bombing. So they can't lose sympathetic media coverage no matter what they do or bomb.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 9:14 AM
I am told that while Ken Roth has been at the helm of Human Rights Watch since 1993, securing what he calls "pro-Israel" funding, he realized that he can't mock rulers who don't allow for succession to their rule while he remains in control of an ostensible human rights organization. I have it on good authority that he has prepared his son, Muhammad bin Ken, to take over the organization after him. Long live peaceful transition to new blood.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 9:10 AM
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
From Basim: "International Media Investments, owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Manchester City, bought The National in November from state-owned Abu Dhabi Media."
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 9:00 AM
Of all the human rights problems out there, Kenneth Roth is campaigning for the right-wing candidate in the French election
He has not been bothered by the various support for Israel and Saudi Arabia by French presidents but is bothered by the one socialist candidate who has not even reached power?
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:31 AM
Do you know that Kenneth Roth has been leading HRW since 1993? He has ruled longer than Putin and Erdogan
What kind of credibility does Human Rights Watch have when it has been ruled since 1993 iron-fistedly by one man, and one man alone. All other Western human rights organizations allow for transfer of power in the leadership and the infusion of female leadership except this organization: what kind of message does this send when one man has ruled that organizations for several decades now?
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:30 AM
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:02 AM
Human Rights Watch (the propaganda arm of the US-Israeli wars) does not label US war crimes as war crimes
Here is how Human Rights Watch operates: when it comes to foes of the US (like Russia or Syrian regime), they categorize their actions as war crimes based on youtube and tweets of Syrian rebels. But when it comes to war crimes by US or Israel, they urge caution and then they say that an investigation is needed. After they conduct their own investigation, they rule thus: the US (or Saudi regime or Israel), MAY HAVE committed war crimes. Look at this lousy language of a US war crime: "Serious violations of the laws of war can amount to war crimes. These include deliberately targeting civilians or civilian objects (including mosques), knowingly launching indiscriminate or disproportionate attacks resulting in death or injury to civilians, or being criminally reckless in so doing. The US authorities’ failure to understand the most fundamental aspects of the target and pattern of life around the target raises the question whether officers were criminally reckless in authorizing the attack."
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 6:42 AM
Monday, April 17, 2017
"NON-TRADITIONAL STRATEGISTS (NDC 4008), 2 CREDITS
The purpose of this course is to introduce participants to past and present non-traditional strategic leaders, largely from the Islamic world and Asia, to understand how these leaders applied or misapplied the elements of strategy to achieve their objectives. We look at range of leaders, starting with possibly the most famous strategist in the business world, and of Arab decent, Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs. We also look at the strategic approaches of H.H. Vice-President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Saladin, Khalid Ibn Waleed, Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Khomeini, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Gandhi, Mao and South Korean leader Lee Kuan Yew. This elective course gives the participants an opportunity to apply models of strategy used throughout the academic year to non-traditional strategists in areas of military, economic and political aims. It also provides participants an opportunity to compare and contrast the strategic approaches of different leaders." Notice that Lee Kuan Yew, the former Primer minister of Singapore became South Korean. (thanks Noureddine)
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:12 AM
Sunday, April 16, 2017
I like how in US media they refer protests against US killing of Afghan civilians as troublemaking and corruption.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 9:06 AM
"Dozens of people were killed in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday when a car bomb struck a group of buses carrying residents and fighters who had been evacuated from two besieged towns the day before." How were they killed? And who killed them? A hurricane? He then seems to provide justification for the siege and murder of the civilians of the two villages: "two Shiite villages in Idlib Province that are loyal to President Bashar al-Assad". Imagine if he were to refer to residents in Rif Idlib as "an area loyal to Al-Qa`idah".
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:49 AM
Western supporters of Syrian rebels claim that they can't condemn bombing by rebels because there aren't claims of responsibility for their bombings. But the lack of claim of responsibility does not stop them from condemning bombing by the other side. Find another excuse, please.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:37 AM
This is the case in the mainstream media: they refer to racism and sexism which they approve of as "controversial "or "provocative". Look at this unscientific survey: they don't even tell us how many women and minorities were included in the survey. And why would the surveyed professors be a barometer of sensitivity?
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:33 AM
Western journalists and correspondents won't be tweeting tears on this: 1 million Palestinians detained by Israel since 1948
"Israeli authorities have detained approximately one million Palestinians since the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 and the subsequent occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in 1967, according to a joint statement released Saturday by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS), and the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). “The question of Palestinian prisoners is central for the Palestinian cause,” the statement affirmed, two days before Palestinians mark Palestinian Prisoners’ Day on April 17. The groups said that Israeli forces detained hundreds of thousands of Palestinians during the first and second intifadas, which they referred to as one of the “most difficult historical stages” of Palestine. During the First Intifada, which lasted from Dec. 1987 until the Madrid Conference in 1991 aimed at reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, scores of Palestinians were detained by Israeli forces as a result of the largely nonviolent uprising which relied on various campaigns of civil disobedience. In 2000, the Second Intifada broke out — known as the Al-Aqsa Intifada — after then Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in an act of provocation, causing heavy clashes to break out between Palestinians and Israeli forces, which developed into a full-scale uprising. According to the joint statement, by the time the uprising ended in 2005, Israeli authorities detained some 100,000 Palestinians, including 15,000 minors and 1,500 women, and 70 Palestinian lawmakers and former ministers."
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:20 AM
Saturday, April 15, 2017
"All U.S. presidents assume the right to bomb, attack, invade and interfere everywhere, including places like the South China Sea. Obama called it “projecting U.S. power.” Hillary would’ve bombed Syria long before Trump did." (thanks Amir)
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 11:13 AM