This is Abdullah bin AlHussein, a father and a proud Jordanian. Pleased to be with you on Twitter
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:00 AM
Monday, March 27, 2017
|Harvard’s Belfer Center Establishes Project on Saudi and GCC Security|
March 27, 2017
Cambridge, MA – The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School has announced the establishment of The Project on Saudi and Gulf Cooperation Council Security. The project is made possible through a gift from HRH Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 10:55 AM
There are people who get a 10-year jail sentence for tweets in Gulf countries--all of which supported by those Western media that are feigning outrage
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 10:01 AM
"The most recent atrocity was the killing of as many as 200 Iraqi civilians from U.S. airstrikes this week in Mosul. That was preceded a few days earlier by the killing of dozens of Syrian civilians in Raqqa province when the U.S. targeted a school where people had taken refuge, which itself was preceded a week earlier by the U.S. destruction of a mosque near Aleppo that also killed dozens. And one of Trump’s first military actions was what can only be described as a massacre carried out by Navy SEALs, in which 30 Yemenis were killed; among the children killed was an 8-year-old American girl (whose 16-year-old American brother was killed by a drone under Obama)."
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:42 AM
"Australian firms have secured contracts to supply military equipment to Saudi Arabia, an autocracy accused of ongoing war crimes in a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 civilians." (thanks Amir)
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:39 AM
Notice that when protests occur and are repressed in Russia, they are treated in Western media as a sign of repression and brutality. But when protests occur and are repressed in Western countries, they are treated as a sign of lively democracy. You may ask: am I making an analogy between the lousy Russian regime and Western democracies? You bet I am.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:36 AM
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:33 AM
Sunday, March 26, 2017
In Arabic (but not in English) Marwan Al-Muasher praises Roma Khalaf and supports her characterization of Israel as racism. He would never writes that in English, and he even criticizes the Jordanian regime for ignoring Rima Khalaf.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 11:28 AM
This is the space devoted to the Israeli man who was behind bomb threats against synagogs and Jewish centers
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 10:05 AM
Then you read this sentence: "While North Korea lags developed countries in hacking capabilities". So they are bad but not as bad as developed countries are?
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 10:02 AM
New York Times pays tribute to a right-wing anti-communist who taught Western correspondents Russian
"“On another day,” Mr. Taubman said, “Boris reached into his briefcase and pulled out a real pistol, pointed it at me and started shouting in Russian, ‘Communicate, or die!’”" I hope this teaching technique is no more pursued. Just imagine the international uproar if an Arab who teaches Arabic were to resort to this terrible method.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 9:42 AM
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 9:39 AM
"Almost 1,000 civilian non-combatant deaths have already been alleged from coalition actions across Iraq and Syria in March"
"A non-profit organization that tracks civilian casualties caused by airstrikes in the Middle East said it has shifted nearly all of its resources to track a surge of claims regarding U.S.-led strikes in Syria and Iraq. The group, called Airwars.org, had been tracking deaths caused by both Russian and U.S. airstrikes but said in a statement Friday that it was scaling back its work on “alleged Russian actions in Syria — so as best to focus our limited resources on continuing to properly monitor and assess reported casualties from the U.S. and its allies. Airwars director Chris Woods said the organization will “continue to track Russian civilian casualty allegations on a daily basis,” but will suspend its detailed case-by-case assessments for the near future. “Almost 1,000 civilian non-combatant deaths have already been alleged from coalition actions across Iraq and Syria in March — a record claim,” Airwars said in a statement. “These reported casualty levels are comparable with some of the worst periods of Russian activity in Syria.”"
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 9:29 AM
Some analysts, most prominently Charles Lister of the Middle East Institute, believe that a reconstituted al-Qaeda is now stronger than it has ever been. “With a majority of armed opposition groups holding back on the battlefield due to ongoing attempts to reach a political settlement, HTS’s [Hayat Tahrir al-Sham] insistence on remaining militarily active and in striking back hard at the heart of the regime is buying it invaluable popular credibility…" (thanks Basim)
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 9:21 AM
|Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth)|
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:53 AM
US War crimes and HRW: Look at this guy. He refers to Russian killing of Syrian civilians "slaughter" while he calls US killing of civilians "easing of rules"
|Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth)|
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:51 AM
"On March 6, the zoning board in Bayonne, New Jersey, turned down a request to convert an old warehouse into a mosque. Such denials are happening with increasing frequency in the United States. In the 10 years between 2000 and 2010, the Justice Department intervened seven times against local communities that prevented Muslims from building mosques or other religious institutions. In the six years between 2010 and 2016, that number jumped to 17...Trump’s mere presence in the White House is emboldening Americans who see Muslims not as fellow citizens, but as agents of a foreign threat. According to the ACLU, reports of “anti-Mosque activity”—defined as either public opposition to mosque construction or actual violent attacks—which averaged six incidents per year between 2012 and 2014, rose to 31 incidents in 2015 and 83 in 2016. Opposition to granting Muslims land for cemeteries is growing too."
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:29 AM
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:25 AM
An outcry in Iraq over this picture of Iraqi prime minister (and other Iraqi officials) behind Donald Trump
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:55 AM
Friday, March 24, 2017
When our two cats (Bailey and Aaden) meet there is more intelligence in the room than in this picture
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:58 AM
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:52 AM
From a reader: "Hello Mr. AbuKhalil. I was reading the Telegraph article about the London killer and I spotted a certain fact and thought I'd point it out to you.Please read the article but I'll paste what I thought was interesting.
"Scotland Yard held back key information about Masood. He was born in Kent on Christmas Day 1964 under a different name before changing it by deed poll, but the authorities had refused to release his birth name." Would Scotland Yard call him John Smith if he had changed his name to Smith from Masod? I think not. Here's the full article
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:50 AM
The New York Times offers sympathy for the Israeli terrorist who threatened to bomb synagogues and airlines
Look at the language and notice how many times the word "teenager" appeared in the article: "But officials made it clear that they considered the teenager, who lived in the Ashkelon area of southern Israel, to be the primary source of the threats, though they did not offer a motive. “This is the guy we are talking about,” an Israeli police spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, said." Also: "The teenager, who was born in Israel, has a brain tumor that can affect his cognitive abilities and lead to “irrational” behavior, his lawyer, Galit Bash, said. She would not say whether her client, who she said did not have a criminal record, had admitted or denied involvement. Ms. Bash and the father’s lawyer, Eran Rau, who are both from the Office of the Israeli Public Defender, said the young man was an only child who lived with his parents and had been home-schooled, which is unusual in Israel. While most Israelis are drafted into military service, the teenager was rejected, which Ms. Bash said was because of his medical condition. Israeli news media reported that she had said in court that he had the tumor since he was 14." Stop this bullshit. People who get tumors don't go and threaten to bomb synagogues, Jewish centers and airlines. If someone published this about an Arab terrorist, he/she would rightly be accused of sympathy for terrorism.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:49 AM
Notice that the coverage about this case is minimal. Imagine if he was an Arab and not an Israeli. How different would the coverage have been. And if an Arab is 19-years old he would not be called "a teen" or a "boy" in US and Israeli media. Yesterday, the New York Times quickly moved the story from the top stories section to US section.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 8:43 AM
I posted this on Facebook:"Remember that annoying eye doctor I told you about? The one who asks me every year (whenever I go for an eye exam) about Beirut? Every year whenever I go for my eye exam he asks me: where are you from originally? And I say Lebanon. And then he says: oh, it is terrible there. Oh, it must be violent there. Year after year, I have to go through this, and I can't take it anymore. And every year I realize that he forgot our last conversation a year ago. And I always have to answer him that he is mistaken about his perceptions. But I can't be too firm or too nasty with him because my delicate eyes are in his hands and near his sharp metal objects. But I have had it with him. I was prepared this year. I go in this afternoon and he says: you are from Lebanon, right? I said: yes. He says: it is a mess there, right? I said: not at all. It is safer than any American city. I went on (with plenty of exaggerations): people in Lebanon don't even lock their doors or cars. It is that safe. He then asks: but they did not rebuild Lebanon. I said: no, they did (I did not share my opinion about the lousy reconstruction plans of Beirut). He then stopped. But that was not enough: he goes on to tell me that he worked for five years in Cape Town, South Africa. I braced myself. He said that he visited last year for the first time in 45 years. He said that he was "surprised" that things did not "get worse". He said that he found out that things are the same. I said: they are not the same, Apartheid is gone. He said: oh, yeah, there are political changes. I said: and social changes. He said: yes, there is "black rule" now. I said: no, there is majority rule now. He said: oh, yes. He then felt awkward and asked: have you traveled anywhere recently? I said: i just returned from Morocco and immediately interjected: it is very safe and vary calm--in case you are wondering. I am not seeing this doctor again, and it is high time for him to retire. I am willing to buy his retirement plastic watch for him." And then I heard from one of my former student. It turned out that the same doctor told her recently upon hearing that she was in Hawaii: ""there are no Arabs clubbing you on the head.""
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:29 AM
This one of the most stupid pieces that I have seen. It is dumber than the coverage by Nicholas Blanford and Prothro. As long as you invent a "commander", you can attribute anything to him: "“Hezbollah is like the cane that Iran uses,” says Commander Samir". Basically, commander Samir all but said to him: we are a bunch of lousy terrorists and we are tools of Iran. He then proceeded to tell him that they don't care about the Palestinians. I always wonder this: Ibrahim Al-Amin is close to Hasan Nasrallah and to all the top leaders of Hizbullah: yet, those Hizb commanders choose to divulge their secrets not to Ibrahim Al-Amin but to...Jesse above in the Nation. Journalism. Notice that Jesse thinks that the civil war ended in 1985.
Posted by As'ad AbuKhalil at 7:17 AM