Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
And this: "Not only is he a dues-paying member of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful Israeli lobby in Washington..."
PS I swear, after posting this I saw another item in that newspaper. Their obsession with Lebanese ranking and mythical greatness knows no bounds. They claims that a Lebanese ranked first among 168 countries in designing a poster. Let me advise all the Lebanese who live outside of Lebanon: if you ever feel nostalgia for Lebanon, just read An-Nahar or watch LBC-TV. It will inoculate you against nostalgia.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
"There is an enormous amount of land in Arab control all over the Middle East. And to say that it has to be on the West Bank or that it has to be in the Golan Heights, I think, limits the capacity to bring some type of resolution...This conflict isn’t new. It has been going on since all the way to the time of Abraham." (thanks Shaker)
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
ومن الشباك لارميلك حالي ومن الشباك
ومن الشباك, لارميلك حالي, ومن الشباك
Saturday, November 24, 2007
ومن الشباك, لارميلك حالي...
Friday, November 23, 2007
قديش كنا يا عيوني نلعب تحت الزيتوني
نغمض عينينا ونقول من نقفك يا زيتوني
(O my eyes, how we played under the olive tree; we would close our eyes and say: who struck [there is no way on earth you can translate the word naqafa--which only proves the richness of the Arabic language] o olive tree?). As soon as the chorus started singing, Ms. Kusa listened carefully and said that somebody is singing off, the whole tune. She asked us to sing again, and the same error was detected. This time she zeroed in on me and said: "As`ad. Leave the chorus. You don't sing well." I left home crying. I cried more at night--but not as much as Sanyurah cried when Israel invaded Lebanon).
PS It is such a small world. Murphy later worked as a "consultant" for Rafiq Hariri, and his wife worked for Hariri Foundation. (thanks Mick)
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
"QUESTION: Sean, do you link that case to sort of the broader issue of reforms in Saudi Arabia which you've been pushing for in the past several years, not only in Saudi Arabia but in the whole region, in Egypt and other countries? You've talked about democracy. This is more about human rights, I suppose. But do you link these -- this case to the broader issue of the reforms in the Kingdom at all?
MR. MCCORMACK: The process of change in Saudi Arabia is one that's going to take place over time. And we have talked about the importance of changes within the -- changes in the ability of all citizens of the region, including Saudi Arabia, to participate in the formulation of the laws, the direction that the Kingdom will take, the direction that countries in the region are going to take. Once you have that, once you have the able for all the citizens to participate and have a say in that, then they are going to have to really navigate the various issues that are before them. And they're going to have make some -- make decisions about very basic societal issues and what their norms are. It's going to vary from country to country. So we're not going to try to dictate social norms to various countries. We think it's essential that every individual enjoy basic universal rights that we believe every person on the planet should enjoy, and those include freedom of expression, freedom to choose freely one's leaders. The Saudi Government has committed itself to a pathway of reform, as have other states in the region. That pathway of reform is going to -- each of those states is going to go down that pathway at its own pace, though.
QUESTION: Is your comment about this particular case, though, driven by a desire not to offend Saudi Arabia as a close ally, particularly on the eve of the --
MR. MCCORMACK: No, it's -- no, that's not it at all. Look, you have a situation that I think most individuals, for example in our country, just don't understand. We don't understand how something like this could happen. That said, these kinds of decisions are going to have to be decisions that the people of that country, in this case Saudi Arabia, are going to have to take for themselves. We can express our views about that, but ultimately it's going to be up to the individual countries to decide whether or not they are going to take into account the views from the outside world.
QUESTION: When you say, Sean, we have expressed our astonishment, does that -- is that just from you from the podium or has a representation been made to the Saudi Government that --
MR. MCCORMACK: I am not aware of any direct contact with the Saudis on this issue.Yeah."
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
PS But he is one of the most impressive experts on Arabic cuisine. He can describe to you in great detail how Mulukhiyyah should be prepared.