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Saturday, October 20, 2012
A Lebanese paper: On Friday and then on Saturday
Ad-Diyar is a lousy Lebanese newspaper owned and operated by the vulgar pro-Syrian regime "jouranlist", Charles Ayyub. He was an intelligence link between Syrian intelligence and Rafiq Hariri. He admitted publicly that in 2009 he accepted cash payments from Prince Bandar in order to oppose Gen. `Awn (but refused to go after the Syrian regime or Hizbullah). He has been launching a campaign for weeks against Wisam Al-Hasan: calling him a Mossad agent. Today, his paper appeared with a headline: "I lost you, O Wissam, I lost you, o martyr of Lebanon." (The paper to the left--my left). And he wrote an editorial saying that Al-Hasan was his "best friend" and that he has been attacking him and calling him Mossad agent because he wanted to "revive the friendship" between them. On Friday, the paper had this headline (to my right): "Accusation that Wisam Al-Hasan is distributing weapons. Citizens: The Intelligence Branch is supporting extremists and fundamentalists". You can only have contempt for the Lebanese press.
Comic by Terry Furry, reproduced from "Heard the One About the Funny Leftist?" by Cris Thompson, East Bay Express
As'ad AbuKhalil, born March 16, 1960. From Tyre, Lebanon, grew up in Beirut. Received his BA and MA from American University of Beirut in pol sc. Came to US in 1983 and received his PhD in comparative government from Georgetown University. Taught at Tufts University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Colorado College, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Served as a Scholar-in-Residence at Middle East Institute in Washington DC. He served as free-lance Middle East consultant for NBC News and ABC News, an experience that only served to increase his disdain for maintream US media. He is now professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus and visiting professor at UC, Berkeley. His favorite food is fried eggplants.
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