"Additionally, one should not forget that the Quartet, which includes the Tunisian General Labour Union, the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts, the Tunisian Human Rights League, and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers, is in significant ways part and parcel of the dictatorship era, with some of its four components not only occasionally offering opposition, but also sometimes standing in as regime support-bases—the very structures that helped keep key sectors of the Tunisian body politic and economy frozen in the monopolistic mold that many Tunisians found frustrating and oppressive."
Saturday, October 10, 2015
From Scott: "Yes, CNN is trying as hard as it can to deny Saudi Arabia is bombing Yemeni civilians. Bombs from unknown sources are just falling from the sky and landing on weddings. Thousands of civilians are just simply dying.
Airstrikes hit a wedding celebration in a rebel-held portion of Yemen, killing at least 30 people, local officials said... It wasn't initially clear who had carried out Wednesday's strikes in the southwestern town of Sanabani.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 5:47 AM
"including the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, and relatively secular groups like the Free Syrian Army". What is "relatively secular"? One is either secular or one is not. You can't be both. This reminds me of the title of an Arabic Egyptian movie from the 1970s: "A virgin but...".
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 5:45 AM
After days--MERE DAYS--of the Russian military campaign Anne Barnard declares that it has been a great failure
This is rather hilarious. The US has been bombing ISIS for over a year in Syria and Iraq and I never read one article by Anne Barnard in which she passes judgment on the US military campaign. Yet, after MERE DAYS of the Russian campaign, Ms. Barnard decides that it is all over and that the campaign has been an abysmal failure. What is also deceptive about this article and the headline is that it leaves out an important fact: that the ISIS successes have been registered against other Syrian rebel groups.
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Friday, October 09, 2015
Again, today: the US ambassador in Lebanon is honoring those who are repressing the youth of Lebanon
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 12:50 PM
Yes, because the Arab people take all their clues and hints from the Nobel Committee and they consider it its moral compass
“The Nobel Peace Prize to the Tunisian quartet gives hope to the Arab region, where for the past few years it has only been bad news. By recognizing the quartet, the Nobel committee highlighted the tremendous value and importance of dialogue and consensus building amongst political leaders at a time when polarization and violence reign supreme."
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 11:56 AM
From Kissinger: "orey Robin here at CUNY has been posting good stuff as well:
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 9:51 AM
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"Some of the groups attacked in the west have been supported by Washington and its Persian Gulf allies". Let me guess: since they are supported by Gulf regimes, they must be like them secular, feminist and democratic right? As for the US, it never ever supports groups unless they are secular, feminist, and democratic.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:12 AM
Look at this: an article about Syrian politics and the expert cited is an Israeli military official. You will never ever see an Arab expert on Israel ever being cited on Israeli political developments. But that is new Orientalism: an Israeli expert on Arabs is preferable to any other expert. And an Arab expert is never preferable unless he is capable of parroting what Israeli experts on Arabs say.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:09 AM
So I learned from the New York Times that this group is US supported/created. But on their official twitter account they explain that their goal is to "elevate the word of God". Does that mean in DC talk that they are secular and democratic and feminist?
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:06 AM
"Both government and insurgent forces have used “weapons that are guaranteed to cause civilian damage,” said Geoffrey Mock, a Middle East specialist at Amnesty International. Children account for about 20 percent of these deaths.
The Syrian government has repeatedly fired imprecise rockets and unguided bombs, according to the United Nations and other monitoring groups. Insurgent groups have used so-called “hell cannons” — improvised artillery devices fitted with explosive gas canisters that cause widespread damage.
“What we are seeing in Syria is war crime on both sides,” Mr. Mock said."
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:05 AM
So now basically, the Free Syrian Army was about to take over the whole of Syria until the Russian forces showed up. Damn those Russian forces. They denied Dr. Engineer General, Salim Idriss, a great victory. "Russia and Syria unleashed a coordinated assault by land, air and sea on Wednesday, seeking to reverse recent gains by rebel groups that were beginning to encroach on the Syrian coast, a critical bastion of power for President Bashar al-Assad." Also notice: the description of Russian show of force differs markedly from descriptions of US show of forces throughout the world. For some reason, US forces--unlike Russian forces--drop bombs and rockets far more humanely.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:02 AM
"The hospital was hit several times in the early morning of October 3, 2015, during sustained bombing that was apparently aimed at insurgent forces in the vicinity." (thanks Regan)
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:16 AM
"So predictably, American journalists have announced without even waiting for any investigation that this was all a terrible accident, nothing intentional about it." "They’re certain of this despite how consistent MSF has been that this was a “war crime.” They’re certain of it despite how many times, and how recently, MSF notified the U.S. military of the exact GPS coordinates of this hospital. They’re certain of it even though bombing continued for 30 minutes after MSF pleaded with them to stop."
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:13 AM
"Israeli human rights group B’Tselem today released six damning videos of heavily-armed Israeli soldiers escorting Israeli settlers as they hurl stones at Palestinians and set fire to their olive groves."
"An Israeli teenager on Friday morning went on a stabbing spree in the southern city of Dimona, wounding three Palestinian men and a Bedouin Arab." (thanks Amir)
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:12 AM
a maid from Tamil Nadu allegedly had her hand chopped off by her Saudi employer for complaining about her work
"India said Friday it had lodged a protest with authorities in Riyadh after a maid from Tamil Nadu allegedly had her hand chopped off by her Saudi employer for complaining about her work conditions. Munirathinam, who comes from a village in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, had suffered a catalogue of abuse since taking up a post as a domestic worker in Saudi Arabia three months ago, according to her family."Her right hand was chopped off by her employer when she tried to escape the daily harassment, torture and abysmal work conditions," her sister S. Vijayakumari told AFP by phone from Tamil Nadu's capital Chennai."
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 6:31 AM
What I have not read in the Western press yet about Svetlana Alexievich is that she has written that Western people are superior morally to other people. Now we know why she won. Also, if writers are winning for non-fiction, don't be surprised if Thomas Friedman and Donald Trump win it in the future.
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They protest Russian bombing (which I don't support) but they never have protested US bombing or on-going Israeli killing of Palestinians. But then again: what do you expect from advocates of Gulf regimes.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 5:19 AM
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Today, Lebanese protesters sent their salutations to Palestinian protesters.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 2:45 PM
"NYTimes: For Afghans in Kunduz, Taliban Assault Is Just the Latest Affront".
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 11:09 AM
"A company drilling for oil on the Golan Heights claims to have found “significant amounts” in the plateau. “We’re talking about a layer 350 meters thick,” Yuval Bartov, chief geologist of Afek Oil and Gas, a subsidiary of the American company Genie Energy, told Channel 2."
"Ali al-Nimr was just 17 years old when he was sentenced to death by crucifixion in the wake of the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprising." "The British Ministry of Justice is bidding to provide support to the Saudi prisons service at the same time that they are planning to crucify Ali for protesting against the Saudi government."
"It's been revealed a second juvenile is facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, a day after David Cameron was confronted about the case of a 17-year-old sentenced to ‘crucifixion’ in the country. According to human rights organisation Reprieve, Dawoud al-Marhoon had his death by beheading sentence upheld by the Saudi Specialised Criminal Court." "Mr Cameron has also been criticised over a bid to build prisons in Saudi Arabia. Maya Foa, director of the death penalty team at Reprieve said it is “grossly hypocritical for David Cameron to say he opposes these sentences, while his government is bidding to support the very prisons service who will be responsible for carrying them out.” "
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 11:06 AM
"A Saudi woman who posted footage online of her husband cheating on her with a family maid has been warned that she may face jail for "defamation". The housewife used her mobile phone to secretly film her partner as he made advances to a female servant in the kitchen of the family home. The video shows a man, dressed in traditional white robes of a Saudi male, apparently trying to kiss the maid as she attempts to pull away from him."
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 11:05 AM
"Airstrikes by a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia hit a house south of the capital on Wednesday, killing at least 23 people who were attending a wedding party, said witnesses and a local medical worker. The attack was the second airstrike on a wedding in Yemen in a little over a week, and it added to growing criticism over the coalition’s air campaign, which has killed more than 1,100 civilians over the past six months, according to the United Nations. On Sept. 28, coalition warplanes bombed wedding tents on the Yemen’s Red Sea coast, killing at least 70 people." (thanks Amir)
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 10:51 AM
Having intervened militarily in the last few years only in Iraq, Mali, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria the US is not timid in objecting to the very principle of Russian military intervention in Syria.
PS As for as I am concerned, we need to call on Russia and US and all the others to butt out of Arab affairs.
PS As for as I am concerned, we need to call on Russia and US and all the others to butt out of Arab affairs.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 10:09 AM
His apology was unprecedented in the context of imperialist arrogance and hubris. But it was only delivered because MSF is run by white Europeans and some of the victims were European whites. How many civilians in Asia and Africa have been killed by US bombs in the last few years and not one apology was ever delivered by US president.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:54 AM
Having served the Hashemite regime which is renowned for its attention to human rights, Zayn bin Ra`d Al-Husayn who owes his job at the UN to Israel and US, finally spoke about the US war crime in Kunduz. He said: "Mr. al-Hussein also said, “International and Afghan military planners have an obligation to respect and protect civilians at all times". Notice he did not dare the US forces which actually committed the crime.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:50 AM
Saudi version of moderate Islam: "The Imam of the Holy Mosque in Mecca shoots artillery rounds towards Yemen"
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:19 AM
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
So basically, according to US media, any attack by any Palestinian on any Israeli in the course of resisting Israeli brutality and occupation is an attack on that person because he is Jewish. They imply that Palestinians seek them out because they are Jewish. So according to them, for the Palestinians to not be anti-Semitic, they need to seek out non-Jewish Israelis to attack them. So basically, the only way Palestinians can prove that they are not anti-Semitic is by attacking Arab citizens of the state of Israel. Otherwise, they would be acting anti-semitically.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 12:07 PM
"JUDY WOODRUFF: General Barno, we noticed that Afghan President Ghani doesn’t seem to be as critical as typically President Karzai has been in the past of the United States. How do you explain that?
LT. GEN. DAVID BARNO (RET.), Former Commander, Coalition Forces in Afghanistan: And I think President Ghani, who realizes that President Obama here in the United States is about to make a critical decision about keeping American forces in Afghanistan or drawing them down to only several hundred, President Ghani is a little bit more cautious. He’s been more reserved. And I think he and many of his senior officials have already come out to say this is tragic, but we understand how this can happen and we look forward to the results of the investigation. His response has been very muted, and I think that’s been appropriate, given the investigation." (thanks Basim)
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:32 AM