Sunday, August 31, 2008

For those who ask, I should explain. I only write in Arabic for Al-Akhbar newspaper and Al-Adab magazine. Both are independent and leftist publications. Yet, as you know, Arabic websites freely lift articles and post them and publish them without authorizations or permissions or agreements, and certainly no royalties. And they publish them without even stating the original place of publication so as to make it appear as if the article was written for them. So I had nothing to do whatsoever with my last article in Al-Akhbar being published on Cham Press (a website close to the Syrian regime) along with a distasteful cartoon.