Friday, May 31, 2013
You have to say this about US troops overseas: wherever they are they are always engaged in acts of "liberation", even in strip clubs
" Each year, a maximum of 1,800 exemptions will be granted to boys who are considered Torah prodigies out of the roughly 8,000 eligible annually for service. Ultra-Orthodox girls will not be conscripted. They follow strict rules of modesty, and many marry in their late teens."
Anne Barnard and Neil MacFarquhar report on serious concerns for Israel. This should be dubbed "Poor Israel Feature"
Walid Jumblat wants to modernize Islam at the feet of Saudi princes. If there is a man of principle, it is this man
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Monday, December 17, 2012
Now I know what democracy in the Middle East is: serving US and Israel. A US Congresswoman praises UAE democracy--kid you not
"How do you assess the roles of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq in the Syrian crisis?
I don't want to assess them." (thanks Ahmad)
- كيف تقيم دور كل من قطر والسعودية والأردن ولبنان وتركيا والعراق في الأزمة السورية؟
لا أريد أن أقيمه.
PS I know that Al-Manar is considered (by me at least) dumb media, but don't they have something better to do? I mean, really?
I am certain that if this were a Muslim ritual, it would have been banned by the Security Council of the UN, and NATO would have dispatched its bombers to liberate the babies
After slipping into Syria for a few minutes--literally--Sen. McCain scientifically determines the percentage of the "bad elements" in the Syrian rebel force
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Rebels would systematically loot the neighborhoods they entered. They had very little regard for the lives and property of the people, and would even kidnap for ransom and execute anyone they pleased with little recourse to any form of judicial process. They would deliberately vandalize and destroy ancient and historical landmarks and icons of the city. They would strip factories and industrial zones bare, even down to the electrical wiring, hauling their loot of expensive industrial machinery and infrastructure off across the border to Turkey to be sold at a fraction of its price. Shopping malls were emptied, warehouses, too. They stole the grain in storage silos, creating a crisis and a sharp rise in staple food costs. They would incessantly shell residential civilian neighborhoods under regime control with mortars, rocket fire and car bombs, causing death and injury to countless innocent people, their snipers routinely killing in cold blood unsuspecting passersby. As a consequence, tens of thousands became destitute and homeless in this once bustling, thriving and rich commercial metropolis."
"“It depends who they will arm,” Yadlin told FoxNews.com. “The rebels can be split into three groups; most of the FSA are secular Syrians -- arming them would be a positive move. There is the Muslim Brotherhood -- a medium risk group; we can still hope they will join the positive post-Assad forces."And then there’s the dangerous part, represented by the Al Nusra Front, which I hope will not be armed.”"
This picture was taken of a grenade found by a Hizbullah fighter in Qusayr. It shows a grenade with this inscribed on it: "Produced by the blood of the martyrs: Not for sale". By the way, I know I am innocent, but is "the blood of martyrs" a euphemism for Qatari and Saudi funding? Just asking.
This picture was taken only a few days ago by a Hizbullah fighter in Qusayr. Hizbullah fighters are under strict instructions to not take pictures but many do and many are sending messages through Whatsup. I have received the information and pictures from Qusayr from a sister of someone who was there, who shall not be identified. Here is what I know: that the first two days of fighting was rather easy for the fighters but then they were slowed down. As they continued their advance, they were met by heavy resistance mounted mostly by Chechnyan fighters. The most deadly weapon used against Hizbullah fighters was the method used by Chechnyan fighters: they dig a hole in the ground at the doorstep of the house (as in the hole seen above in the picture), and then they shoot from below at the fighters as they enter. They then shoot them in the head when they fall down. Most Hizbullah casualties were suffered in those encounters (a stupid sleazy--literally in the case of this one--Hariri website did mention that oddly many Hizbullah fighters were shot in the foot, and it stupidly speculated that they were deliberately doing that to themselves to be pulled out from battle, while in reality the party has been receiving more volunteers than it can accommodate). Hizbullah fighters, I am told, were shocked at the state of the Syrian army: that they are so ill-equipped and ill-prepared and ill-supplied. They now say that matters improved for the "battle" and that they now control some 45% of the area. Personally, I don't know how this will go. Nasrallah spoke about "victory" in his last speech, but what is victory for the party in Syria? How would it be defined? I write about this in my weekly article in Al-Akhbar this Saturday.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
“The International Criminal Court will not be reacting to African Union resolutions,” ICC spokesman Fadi El Abdallah told AFP after the pan-continental bloc urged the Kenyans’ trials be taken out of the ICC’s hands."
She won't be made famous. Her name is Yara `Abbas and she was a reporter for Syrian regime TV. She was shot by the heroes of the Syrian "revolution" and there was no coverage of her death: neither in the Arabic press or the Western press. Imagine if she was shot by the other side. Imagine if she worked for a pro-Syrian "revolution" TV. This is her last report.
When Kanaan Makiyya first started to support American wars in the Middle East, Harvard was quick to extend an invitation to him as a fellow, even though he does not carry a PhD and has not finished his studies at MIT--although he uses the name in all of his CVs. When Sadiq Al-Azm was a Marxist supporter of the Palestinian resistance, he never was invited by an American University. As soon as he started attacking Edward Said and advocating colonial democracy, the Zionists at Princeton took notice and invited him, followed by the Wilson Center in DC. Now Harvard has took notice and invited Al-Azm there. What do you expect from a university that extended a fellowship to Amin Gemayyel and to Amram Mitzna.