Posts Tagged ‘Al-Hayat’

Tens of Thousands of Egyptians Demand end to Military Rule

April 21st, 2012 Comments off

Friday was the Day of Reviving the Revolution in Egypt, writes al-Hayat in Arabic, with tens of thousands of protesters filling Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo. Some 30 political parties participated, including the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis, as did major New Left youth movements such as April 6 and the Movement of Revolutionary Youth. They demanded that the military stick to its promise to return to its barracks by June 30. They also want transparent presidential elections, held on time.

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The Nur Party of the hard line Salafi Muslim fundamentalists was especially vehement, demanding dissolution of the high electoral commission and a quick return to the barracks of the military. Nur’s presidential candidate was disqualified by the Electoral High Commission, a body that Nur wants abolished.

The Muslim Brotherhood, however, did also make demands on the military government. Those who worried that the Brotherhood might do a backroom deal with the military appear to have been mistaken. The Brotherhood’s placards called for a purge of regime hold-overs from the Mubarak era, who are known as fulul or ‘remnants’.

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Judges in Egypt’s NGO case recuse themselves

February 29th, 2012 Comments off

From al-Ahram:

Three judges  in charge of handling the recent case filed by the government against a number of US and Egyptian non-governmental organisation (NGOs), announced Tuesday afternoon that they have submitted their resignation from the case “for reasons of discomfort.” The 14 Egyptian and 29 foreign aid workers face trial for receiving illegal foreign funding and for working without a formal license: they have been accused of posing a threat to Egypt’s national security.

Judge Mahmoud El-Khodairy, lawyer and head of the People’s Assembly Legislative Committee, explained Tuesday night to private TV channel Al-Hayat that a judge stepping down for “reasons of discomfort” could be due to an existing relationship the judge has with any of the defendants, the accused or the lawyers. A judge may also relinquish the case, he added, if the court itself was involved in any details of the case. When a judge does resign from a case, the lawsuit is transferred to another district court within a “brief” time period, El-Khodairy concluded.

Reasons of discomfort? Try talcum powder. But seriously, this either means something fishy is going on or that the trial will take even longer than planned. The next date was meant to be April 26, which is a while away.

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Syria’s Crisis Deepens: Does Internationalization Loom?

January 31st, 2012 Comments off

The events of the past five days in Syria may be a game changer, both domestically and internationally. Last Thursday, opposition forces said, 100 people were killed. Massacres were alleged in two towns. The daily death toll has been rising. On yesterday, Monday, AFP reported another 29 persons killed, including 23 civilians and 6 members of the security forces. Troops moved into the rebel-held town of Rankus north of Damascus, after besieging and shelling it for days. Rebels blew up a gas pipeline. Rebel troops, made up of deserters, ambushed a minivan carry 6 regime military personnel on their way to quell the rebellion.

On Sunday, the al-Hayat writing in Arabic had reported that 66 persons had been killed in violence. Some 22 of the dead were regime troops. That half the dead were combatants suggests a further militarization of the conflict.

Opposition spokesmen said that on Sunday troops killed at least 5 persons inside Damascus in neighborhoods taken over by the opposition. The army then went on to rebel-held Ghuta just east of the city, where at least 26 were dead in clashes after the regime sent in 2000 troops backed by 50 tanks. The fighting neared the capital itself. They described the battles as the fiercest of the whole uprising. “It was urban warfare,” once said. “There were corpses in the streets.”

Units of the armored division were sent to some six cities over the weekend, with the army shelling places such as Homs, Hama, Deir al-Zour, and Idlib. Regime use of tanks and artillery against its own population had provoked international intervention in Libya.

On Saturday, about 50 Syrian troops in the province of Homs had defected.

The contest between the Baath Party in Syria and its opposition over the past year has been surprising in its perseverence and longevity despite a stand-off that has given neither side any real reason for optimism. Usually when a popular movement has no real successes for months on end, it gradually peters out, as happened in Iran in 2009-2010. In contrast to Tunisia and Egypt, the movement had had little success in the capital or the second largest city, Aleppo. Massive crowds in the capital are important because they can be so large that security forces can no longer control them, and they can suddenly move on the party headquarters, the Ministry of the Interior, or the presidential palace. Their lack in Damascus has allowed the regime to survive. Opposition figures argue that the security forces are simply too strong in the capital, and that if there were less repression, the crowds would be out in large numbers. This argument is not entirely convincing. Egypt’s Amn al-Dawlah or state security police were no slouches either, after all.

But the extremeness of the violence in at least part of the capital this weekend marks a new level of challenge to the regime, and the very perseverence of the uprising all these long months, with the violence now spreading to the capital, bodes ill for the survival of President Bashar al-Assad. The high officer corps is loyal to the regime, being either relatives of the president or drawn from the same Allawi, Shiite sect as he. But the more brutal his army’s tactics, the less legitimacy he retains, and the brutality necessary to repress keeps being ratcheted up.

The intensification of the violence comes, as Ian Black at The Guardian notes, as the regional and international politics of the Syrian crisis is coming to a new boil. The Arab League’s observer mission, manipulated by the regime and proven useless, has been withdrawn. Two high Arab League officials are briefing the United Nations’ Ban-ki Moon and the League may go to the UN Security Council for an intervention, as it did with Libya. Russia expressed dismay at the Arab League decision. Russia has a naval base in Syria on the Mediterranean, and has long viewed Damascus as a client, going back to Soviet times, and wants to forestall UN intervention there.

The UNSC is expected to take up the Syria issue again on Tuesday. That the Security Council may become more aggressive in seeking an international resolution of the crisis frightens Bashar al-Assad, since most likely the international community would pressure him to step down and start a transition to a new order in Syria.

So far, Russia and China have run interference for Damascus at the UN. Russia may be especially reluctant to back down on Syria given the upcoming presidential election, in Which Vladimir Putin will want to look strong against the West. The Libya intervention was extremely unpopular in Russia, where it was seen as neo-imperialism, and forestalling American and European meddling in Syria might make Putin look strong at home.

On the other hand, the more brutal the regime becomes, and the more unpopular, the more Russia risks taking a big fall in the whole Arab world if the Baath collapses. Sami Moubayed argues that Russia is now backing an Arab League/ Saudi plan calling for Bashar al-Assad to delegate most of his power to his second in command, Farouk al-Sharaa, who should form a national unity cabinet with members of the opposition Syrian National Council in preparation for moving to new elections. (This plan resembles the Gulf Cooperation Council plan for Yemen, which, while so far implemented, has not worked very well). But that Russia is planning to meet Syrian oppositionists and seems to be content with al-Assad being pushed at least somewhat aside indicates that the president’s days may be numbered.

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Saudi ‘Al Hayat’: "The Lies of the Syrian Opposition!"

January 6th, 2012 Comments off
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No shame?

December 26th, 2011 Comments off
I thought today about the various tributes that Jihad Khazin wrote for Prince Sultan (father of the son who owns Al-Hayat, where Khazin is a columnist).  Among the many things told, Khazin reported how he sat at the edge of Sultan’s hospital bed in Geneva once while listening to him.  Was he not embarrassed to tell that story? Do you lose all sense of shame and respectability once you are employed by Saudi princes?

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Advising the West

November 4th, 2011 Comments off
I like this. I really like it when columnists in Saudi/Hariri media offer advise and sometimes instructions to Western governments.  Here, a Lebanese columnist in the mouthpiece of Prince Khalid Bin Sultan bin Bribe, Al-Hayat, offers advice to the West:
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PS I need a volunteer to translate this section NOW.

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Al Hayat: "After the civil wars in Lebanon, Iraq, Libya & Yemen the West brings to you Syria!

October 10th, 2011 Comments off

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Links 9-12 September 2011

September 13th, 2011 Comments off

Links are a couple of days old as I was on the road. Back to regular activity soon.

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The Lebanese editor of Al-Hayat (mouthpiece of Khalid bin Sultan): Are you ashamed of your words, Ghassan Sharbil?

May 11th, 2011 Comments off
Rudy sent me this: “I am a Political researcher residing in London, and I was working on a study of Arab Media in London when I came across an embarrassing article by al-Hayat’s editor in chief on King Fahd’s legacy. The embarrassing article was translated to English, titled “The Custodian of the Ancestry and the Architect of the Renaissance”, in which he says that “Fahed Bin Abdul Aziz was one of the few that won the people’s medal of love and appreciation, completing the collection of many other medals … King Fahed was infatuated with achievements. His name was associated to gigantic economic measures, as it was linked to political stances that placed the Kingdom on the path of expanding partnership and bolstering the foundations of stability, which stood unfaltering face to the winds of terrorism and suspicion. Perhaps the greatest achievement of any leader is to leave his country in secure hands after his departure, investing the people’s love to facilitate the mission of the man who is now holding the reins, along with his deputy”.   I mean this journalist writes books and gives lectures on Al-Arabiya about journalism, what a joke he is.  Have a laugh, and here is the link

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Tumult inside Hezbollah as only 150 commanders got an ‘Israeli warning’!

April 17th, 2011 Comments off

I mean what type of news is this? Funny that such nonsense is first reported by …Al Hayat!

“According to a report in the London-based Al-Hayyat Arabic-language newspaper Saturday, a senior officer in the IDF’s Northern Command sent a warning to 150 Hezbollah commanders in southern Lebanon against firing rockets into Israel, Israel Radio reported. In his message, the unnamed officer in the Northern Command warned Hezbollah commanders that if they fire one rocket into Israeli territory that they will face a harsh response, according to the report.
Addressing Hezbollah’s use of civilian areas in southern Lebanon as cover for its activities, the message warned that if a rocket is fired from a house or other building, the launch site would be immediately destroyed…”

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