Saturday, June 16, 2018

Obama's foreign policy advisor, Ben Rhodes, really hearts Al-Qa`idah in Syria

In his book, The World as It Is, Obama's foreign policy advisor (who admits changing the speech of Obama at UN to make it more pro-Israel), Ben Rhodes, does not hide his admiration for Al-Qa`idah in Syria: "they were fighting for their lives". p. 197.

Obama's foreign policy: Ben Rhodes and his book

In Ch. 16 of his book, The World As It Is, Ben Rhodes (who admits he was a "member" of AIPAC) admits his role in lobbying against labeling Al-Qa`idah in Syria as terrorists because "it would alienate the same people we wanted to help". (can't cite a page number: it is electronic)

My assessment of the Lebanese elections, Part II, for consortium news

My assessment of the Lebanese elections, Part II

Grotesque in Mecca

This is almost unreal. What the House of Saud has done to the scene of Al-Ka`bah. Religion mixed with the aesthetics of Vegas.

Blogging, tweeting, etc

Some readers have asked: I have not been blogging as much as of late.  It is because it takes so much time and I now post in Arabic (and some in English) on Twitter primarily but also on Facebook.  My accounts are public if someone wishes to follow.  Also, I am now writing regularly at consortium.news  so you can read me there.

My blog is now banned from certain places in the US

From a reader in the US: " I tried accessing your blog at my job today (clerkship at ...Attorney General's Office) and at my local Target store. It keeps saying your blog is blocked on account of it being "hate and racism." 
Can you believe that. I'm so sorry for this bullshit you have to go through this crap. But yes, I can't read your blog at work or when I'm out anymore it seems. "

Monday, June 11, 2018

Saudi propaganda now talks about Taliban's Shi`ite clerics

"The Iranians let the Arabs and their Some graffiti in Tehran called for expelling Taliban’s Shiite clerics to Afghanistan because they provided significant support to Arabs in Zahedan and Tehran,” he added." (thanks Basim)

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The professional liars and fabricators of Israeli propaganda industry: the Jerusalem Day in Iran

This Israeli propaganda site (carried over by many in the US media) claim that there was a low turnout in Jerusalem Day in Iran (and look at the picture they use).  The truth is in this source and this.

Nasrallah's unprecedented appeal to Israelis (not only to Jews)

One of the ways in which Zionists controlled the discourse about Arab-Israeli conflict in the West is by insisting on presenting to the West whatever they select (and distort and fabricate) about Arab discourse on Zionism and Judaism.  From the days of Yehoshovat Harkabi (former Israeli director of military intelligence and official expert on Arab statements on Judaism and Zionism) to the days of MEMRI--or even the writings of Bernard Lewis: there is a Zionist industry to produce only the ugly and hateful of Arab political discourse.  There is so much about Arab political discourse that is deliberately not being covered by MEMRI and the likes--because it does not fit into the Zionist political agenda.  On Jerusalem Day, Hasan Nasrallah concluded a long speech about Palestine with a direct appeal to Israelis. This is rather unprecedented from an Arab resistance group.  He said (my translation): "We don't want to kill, we don't want to destroy, we dont want to throw anyone into the sea. We say in a fully civil way, ride your ships and planes and return to your countries where you came from.  As for the indigenous Jews who are part of Palestinian people, those stay in Palestine...This is the message of Islam and this is the message of resistance, and this is the message of the people of the region.  No one wants to perpetrate a new Holocaust or anything like that as Netanyahu says".

Friday, June 08, 2018

Ahmad Sa`id is dead

My obituary of Ahmad Sa`id, director of Nasser's Voice of the Arab.

Features of the Classical Orientalism of Bernard Lewis

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "Features of the Classical (Zionist) Orientalism of Bernard Lewis".

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

This chant in Jordan today is unprecedented

Chants from Jordan (earlier today): O, Abdullah son of Husayn, listen to this couplet If the change doesn’t occur, big heads shall roll O, Majdi son of Yasin, from where are your millions?” (Reference to Yasin is to the family of Queen Rania). (Naturally, these rhyme in Arabic).

Jordanian protesters have not spared the monarchy in their chants this time around

Contrary to what she says: "stopping short of denouncing the monarchy", the protesters this time were explicit in denouncing the King and even the family of his enriched wife.  (See my twitter page for samples of the chants).

It is amazing how Jordanian regime is getting away with repression

Where are those who specialized in the West in mocking the speeches of Arab rulers when they face protests? Notice how respectful the tone of Western media toward the Jordanian potentate.  In this lousy speech, the King says blatantly that Jordan is not ready for parliamentary rule because there are no parties in Jordan.  Same colonial argument.

The same Arab media propagandists who supported Syrian rebel car bombs in Syria, are appalled that a Jordanian security forces was injured

See here.

Look at this benign definition of what the IMF does in developing countries

"IMF, which is seeking to reform Jordan’s deeply indebted economy. "

Saturday, June 02, 2018

My assessment of the Lebonese election, part I

My assessment of the Lebonese election for consortium news, part I. 

Friday, June 01, 2018

Killed in Gaza

Razan Alnajjar, 21 years old, A Palestinian volunteer nurse, She was shot and killed by an Israeli solider today in Khan Younis south Gaza Strip.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Lies and Fabrications of Liz Sly

In the course of the Syrian war, there has been no Western reporter who has fabricated and lied more than Liz Sly of the Washington Post. She ranks among the top propagandists of that awful war. This is her latest example.

Who plotted Saudi "reform" plans?

“It provided psychological analyses of citizenry in places like Libya under Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. Last year, it was hired by the government of the United Arab Emirates, a close Saudi ally, to conduct a social media campaign against its rival Qatar.”"

God wants you to buy me a private jet

“The televangelist went on to say God told him he needed the Dassault Falcon 7X.” (thanks Amir)

The Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon

HE said that Syrian refugees have made Lebanese feel "like they are strangers in their homeland".  Of course, his attitudes to refugees is a function of their religion.

Noah Feldman and Bernard Lewis

"Lewis was chaperoned by the young Noah Feldman, the legal adviser to Paul Bremer, who was the "provisional coalition administrator" of Iraq after the US invasion."

Strike in Jordan

Notice that protests in Jordan rarely get covered in the Western press. I think that the image of Jordan as a virtuous autocracy is well-preserved in the West.  Yesterday, strike in Jordan was quite successful.  The best part was the statement by Minister of Information who said that the origins of 49% of all social media commentaries on events in Jordan came from... Syria.  He means that protests are largely foreign agents.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

My comments on Bernard Lewis

BBC Arabic interviewed me about Bernard Lewis.

"60 Palestinians killed and no one mentions their names but ..."

From Basim: "The military says Sgt. Ronen Lubarsky of an elite undercover commando unit succumbed to his wounds Saturday. The soldier was mortally wounded Thursday when during an arrest near Ramallah a large marble block was dropped on his head from the top of a building."

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Pompeo Speech on Iran

It was an unusual speech, not only because of the substance matter but also the rhetoric. It really reminded me of the 1960s speeches of Ba`thist leaders.

Bernard Lewis

Of course, I have plenty to say about Bernard Lewis. I wrote a long article for Al-Akhbar which will appear next week.  I will also speak about him tomorrow for the Arabic BBC program, `Alam Al-Kutub.

Charlie Hebdo


I grew up drawing caricature and it is an art form that I enjoyed for years in childhood and boyhood and even considered making it a career (before I discovered that I was just mediocre in it).  But I hold special contempt for this disgustingly sexist and Islamophobic magazine.  It is just like the trash media that Goebbels used to vomit against Jewish people.  This is their portrayal of a student leader just because she is a Muslim.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Clashes in Tripoli Lebanon

There are on-going clashes in Tripoli, Lebanon, between an Islamist militia (which is part of what Western media call "pro-Western March 14 coalition) and the Lebanese Army.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Some of the forgotten pearls of wisdom of Bernard Lewis:

""Chairs are not part of Middle Eastern tradition or culture". ("Notes on A Century: Reflections of A Middle East Historian", p. 218).  
PS Naturally, I wrote this post while standing.

Video documentation of Israeli war crimes in Gaza

Viewer discretion is advised: Watch here. (thanks Nicholas)

Bernard Lewis and Henry Kissinger.


Gender segregation and the West

You know what is ironic? Western governments used to complain against any manifestations of gender segregations among Muslims.  Now, Western governments encourage gender segregation. This is about a "women-friendly" (i.e., women-only) garden in Cairo.  It is funded by USAID.  According to this writer, this is unprecedented in Egypt.  

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Israeli terrorism in Lebanon: the war years

"This is an essential account of Israeli record of terrorism in Lebanon while the Israeli occupation army used a fictitious name for its car bombs."

The first two political eulogies of Bernard Lewis

The first was from Middle East scholar, Mike Pompeo, while the second was from the Israeli scholar, Netanyahu. More to follow.

Iranian foreign policy options

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "Limited Options for Iranian Foreign Policy".

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Aras Habib

This is a true story: the US Treasury Department issued a new sanctions list on Iran, which included the head of Al-Bilad Islamic Bank, Aras Habib. Do you know that this guy was head of intelligence for Ahmad Chalabi before the invasion and was the closest figure to US government?

When massacres become "clashes"

“None of the usual media suspects has taken it upon themselves to explain how it is that the term "clash" can possibly apply to a situation in which Palestinian men, women, children, and old people - all of them trapped on a sliver of land with no escape - are attacked by an Israeli military with a monopoly on violence and a penchant for utilising the Gaza Strip as its own personal shooting range.”

U.S. media refuses to say who’s killing the civilians of Gaza

“If you’ve been noticing the headlines about Israeli forces killing Palestinian protesters that seem carefully designed to avoid mentioning who’s doing the killing,” (thanks Amir)

The "mighty" Israeli army

From Dale: ""IMO
the IDF ground forces are nothing like what the average American assumes them to be. They are in fact an army that has been very lucky in the enemies that they have faced. Their present employment in the massacre of Palestinians at Gaza is the kind of thing that they are now good at. The fabled hard assed kibbutzniks of long ago who won against Arab armies are gone, replaced by the Gucci generation. Israel should be wary of committing these people to combat against serious fighters.""

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Comrade Joseph Massad on Nakbah

Comrade Joseph Massad on the Future of Nakbah.

Lebanese elections

My weekly article for Al-Akhbar: "Lebanese elections and its peculiar electoral law".

Part Two of my articles for Consortium News: The (Unrecognized) US Contribution to Bloodshed in Syria, Part Two

"The (Unrecognized) US Contribution to Bloodshed in Syria, Part Two"