Posts Tagged ‘matter’

Assad’s fall ‘a matter of time’

July 27th, 2012 Comments off

The former head of the UN mission in Syria says President Assad’s fall is “only a matter of time”, as Syrian forces renew an assault on Aleppo.
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New mechanism formed to solve 'mistaken' detention of Indians in UAE

June 5th, 2012 Comments off

Indians, who are mistakenly detained by the United Arab Emirates authorities will now be asked to immediately report the matter to the Indian embassy to get prompt relief, according to a new mechanism
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September 29th, 2011 Comments off

These stories would be funny if the subject matter was not disinformation at the service of yet another Arab country’s dismemberment.

“…deserters fighting the military in al-Rastan destroyed nine to 13 tanks, said Rami Abdel Rahman …
Deserting soldiers, which activists estimate now number in the thousands, … have appeared to put up a formidable fight over the past few days. At least 13 defected soldiers have been killed over the past week—either in fighting or after being pursued by army and security forces—compared with about 100 regular military soldiers killed in clashes with the defectors, said Mr. Abdel Rahman…”

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"Transferring recognition from an established government, no matter how despotic, to a rebel group, goes against longstanding US policy"

June 6th, 2011 Comments off

Grateful and warm to foreign occupation

June 2nd, 2011 Comments off
“Americans and, for that matter, all Westerners are treated hereabouts with a warmth and gratitude rarely seen in any Muslim country — even those with 100,000 American troops — in probably half a century or more.”  This is funny.  That they expect countries under occupation to be warm and grateful to the occupiers. (thanks “Ibn Rushd”)

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Hezbollah … post-Tahrir square…

February 28th, 2011 Comments off

“… Understanding Hezbollah ….. it doesn’t want responsibility for decisionmaking commensurate with its power, as I discovered in conversations with several Hezbollah officials.
I met last week with Ammar al-Mousawi, the top Hezbollah “diplomat,” and several of his subordinates in the organization’s international department. This was an “unofficial” visit, so I can’t directly quote Mousawi or his colleagues. But the discussion illustrated the thinking of the toughest player in the world’s toughest political league.
Hezbollah appears to realize that the revolt sweeping the Middle East has subtly changed the game for them. Officials see the Arab world moving into a more democratic and pluralistic politics with the fall of regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and perhaps Libya. In this new environment, Hezbollah doesn’t want to be seen as a sectarian militia or a wrecker, but as a democratic partner (albeit a potent one that has thousands of missiles pointed at Israel). Because Tunisia, Egypt and Libya are Sunni countries, recent events can be seen in part as a Sunni political resurgence, which Hezbollah must respect.
The first order of business for Lebanon’s Hezbollah-dominated government will be the delicate matter of the United Nations inquiry into the 2005 murder of former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri….. Hezbollah seems assured that the practical effect of any indictments will be blunted and that the matter will be left unresolved in characteristic Lebanese fashion…
So eager is Hezbollah to avoid responsibility for unpopular decisions that officials object to descriptions of the new government as Hezbollah-controlled…
Does Hezbollah see any doors to the West opening in the post-Tahrir Square environment? Is a Middle East “restart” possible that might allow gradual engagement with, say, the United States? I didn’t hear much enthusiasm for that idea …
Hezbollah is a ruthless political player, but it’s a mistake to underestimate the finesse of its tactics. Officials insist that no matter what the West may think, the Shiite militia is logical (meaning self-interested) in pursuing its policies. And the ever-logical Hezbollah seems to realize that even the self-styled “resistance” must make adjustments in this period of Arab upheaval.”

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academic freedom?

December 10th, 2010 Comments off

Ms. Peto responded to the criticism by saying her academic freedom was under attack. “I never could have imagined an MA thesis getting this much attention,” she said. “But given my reputation as a vocal critic of Israel … I am never surprised to be attacked by pro-Israel groups or pro-Israel politicians, for that matter.“” (thanks Regan)

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Israeli writers: it is anti-Semitic not to like them

November 18th, 2010 Comments off

I was thinking this morning as I read yet another favorable review of an Israeli author in the New York Times. Is there ever an Israeli author who is not reviewed favorably in the US press?  Ever?  And do you notice that no matter what an Israeli writes (poetry, fiction, speeches, hate speech), he/she gets enthusiastic and rave reviews in the US.  I mean, I am dying for one Israeli book to be criticized in the US.  Only one.  And do you notice that every review of an Israeli (no matter how war mongering and terrorist the background the author is, or his present) has to say a word or more about his/her “anguish”?  So I get it now.  Is there a notion in the US that it is anti-Semitic to review an Israeli author unfavorably?

PS Do a google search of the word “Israeli” and “anguish” and report to me what you find.

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No matter who wins in US elections, Israel always wins

November 4th, 2010 Comments off

“One prominent pro-Israel lobbying group in Washington is already praising the GOP takeover of the House of Representatives as a net benefit for Israel.  “While Democrats are likely to keep control of the U.S. Senate, Republicans will take over the U.S. House of Representatives following Tuesday’s elections. This is likely to have implications for Israel-related issues such as Israel’s relationship with the United States and the push for sanctions against Iran,” said an e-mail blasted out by The Israel Project only minutes after news stations called the turnover of House control a certainty.  “The takeover of the House by Republicans is great news for Israel and her supporters,” the email quotes Ari Fleischer, White House spokesman under President George W. Bush, as saying. “The House leadership and almost every single GOP member is rock-solid behind Israel. At times like this, Israel needs friends everywhere.””

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Legal ploy

October 16th, 2010 Comments off

“A Saudi prince accused of murdering his servant in Britain could face the death penalty in his homeland over charges of homosexuality, a London court heard Friday.”  Such a lie.  Since when a Saudi prince has been punished for any behavior of any kind, no matter what, and no matter whether it conforms to Wahhabi dorctine or not.  (thanks Olivia)

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