Friday, February 24, 2017

The comments of Jonathan A.C. Brown

No, not only right-wing commentators are condemning the comments of Brown.  I for one, condemn his apologia of Islamic slavery or his philosophizing of non-consensual sexual relations.  I know that Brown has tried to explain his comments but they are familiar to anyone familiar with the Islamic apologia of...slavery.  As for the non-consensual sexual relations, I don't know what he is talking about but the idea is repulsive regardless of intentions.  I should point out that Talal bin `Abdul-`Aziz (father of the funder of the Center of Christian-Muslim Understanding, after whom it was named) and his brothers owned slaves, not to mention that they engaged in non-conseual sexual relations.  

Johny Abdu

My weekly article in Al-Akhbar: "Testimonies of Johny Abdu: Israel's Candidate to Succeed Bashir Gemayyel".  

"No human being is illegal": a brief comment

I understand the noble sentiments behind the slogan but please don't cite Elie Wiesel as its coiner. This is a statement that does not require originality.  Elie Wiesel the endorse of war crime and ethnic cleansing of Palestine and the apartheid state of Israel should not be our authority on humanitarianism.  Also, I have seen where people out of sympathy with Arab refugees are printing Arabic translations thus: لا يوجد إنسان غير قانوني
I think that the Arabic version should be translated as: لا يوجد إنسان غير شرعي. This carries the sentiment much better. 

Shocking: Gorka hates more than one group

"But an investigation by the Forward into Gorka’s activities from 2002 to 2007, while he was active in Hungarian politics and journalism, found that he had close ties then to Hungarian far-right circles, and has in the past chosen to work with openly racist and anti-Semitic groups and public figures."

Le Pen and Mahmoud Abbas in one week in Beirut

Beirut never stunk that bad; not even when the trash was accumulating on the streets.

The silly Washington Post motto

It is ridiculous.  And I suspect all along that the Washington Post's campaign against Trump reveals something else: perhaps a feud between two billionaires (the owner of Post and Trump).  

The Washington Media Consensus against Trump

I see now the tweets by mainstream journalists: all are in agreement on Trump.  I saw the other day one New York Times correspondents warning about the dangers of Trump.  I don't get that: 8 years of Bush and 8 years of Obama, and those same people never saw dangers of their policies, but after one month of Trump they see danger?  This is not in defense of Trump but in opposition to the media biased consensus forming.  

Western silence about Mosul civilians

From Basim: "You asked: How come they are silent about the plights of more civilians in Mosul?

My answer: because the city is held by IS, not al-Qaidah-affiliated rebel groups."

Obama and the Washington playbook in US foreign policy

"For those in search of a progressive alternative, the risk is that opposition to Trump's unconventionality will morph into embrace of what President Obama referred to as the “Washington playbook”".  But when and where did Obama defy the Washington Playbook in foreign policy except on Syria, and only partially?

Rumor-mongering versus war-mongering

"French journalists suspect a Kremlin hand in recent rumor-mongering about Emmanuel Macron".   Of course, the US engages in neither.

India approves $2.5bn missile deal with Israel

"India on Friday approved a $2.5 billion deal with Israel to develop medium range surface-to-air missiles for the Indian army, The Hindu reported.
The deal to build the missiles, reported to have a range of 50-70 kilometres, was approved during a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the daily reported."

Gen. McMaster on DC think tanks

"Without naming names, McMaster ticked off a few case studies of why he believes the funding of think tanks matters.
“There is a think tank now, for example, that’s about to publish a report on the future of the Army, and it’s bankrolled by a defense firm whose business model is the integration of high technology capabilities and selling them to the Department of Defense,” said McMaster. “What do you think that answer is going to be?”"

Muslims hated more than atheists in the US

"Muslims are the least popular religious group in the U.S. They’re disliked even more than atheists".   In my case, I would be doubly hated: hated for being Muslim-born, and hated for being an atheist.  Too bad I am not transgendered to add more layers of hate.

Veteran spewing racial slurs shoots Indians he thought were Muslims

"Witnesses told local media that Purinton had spewed racial slurs and shouted, "Get out of my country!" before attacking the men. Purinton, a 51-year-old Olathe resident and Navy veteran, was arrested early Thursday morning while drinking at a bar in an Applebee's in Clinton, Missouri." "In Michigan, in December, a man shot a store clerk of Indian descent in the face. The shooter, who also appeared to be a U.S. military veteran, called the clerk a "terrorist," insisted he was a member of ISIS and shouted that he "used to kill people like him in Iraq."

U.S. abandonment of NPT which requires disarmament

"The tough rhetoric against the Iran nuclear deal and the tweeted promise to “greatly strengthen and expand (U.S.) nuclear capability” imply a rejection of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as the globally legitimate framework for regulating nuclear policy. Trump might prove receptive to the recommendation from a blue ribbon Pentagon panel to expand U.S. nuclear options by developing an arsenal capable of “limited” nuclear wars, which further undermine the NPT." "Without the NPT, for example, Iran as a sovereign nation would have the same right to develop and test nuclear weapons and missiles as the U.S."

What about Israeli interference in domestic politics of countries? This is bigger than the "Russian scandal"

"The strategy, articulated among others by influential Israeli think tank the Reut Institute, calls for pro-Israel groups to attempt to co-opt so-called soft critics of the state to separate them from “hardcore” critics – principally supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement." "Speaking at the Big Tent For Israel conference in 2011, Newmark encouraged pro-Israel activists to join unions to be “a voice for Israel” and combat boycott motions." (thanks Amir)

Who will speak for the civilians in Mosul?

Western correspondents in Beirut used to tweet around the clock faking tears about the civilians in East Aleppo.  How come they are silent about the plights of more civilians in Mosul? Those don't count in their propaganda campaign? 

militants using hospitals and schools

"Militants often use hospitals, schools and religious buildings in the hopes that coalition forces will be reluctant to bomb them. In this instance, American officials said they had determined that no civilians were present."  Do "militants" in Syria also use schools and hospitals or are militants in Syria different because they are "moderate" and "vetted"?

Saudi embassy in DC put out this visual


Look at the mild reaction of HRW director to Israeli ban? This is a guy who insults Russia and Syrian regime daily

Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth)
Israel joins an unsavory group in denying access to an @hrw researcher: Cuba, N Korea, Sudan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela. hrw.org/news/2017/02/2…pic.twitter.com/RmbbGj3AS8

Human Rights Watch responds to Israeli visa ban by reminding Israeli government of its close cooperation with it

"Human Rights Watch said the decision was particularly surprising given that the organization regularly meets and corresponds with Israeli government officials, including representatives of the military, the police, and the Foreign Ministry. Last year, the Foreign Ministry asked Human Rights Watch to intervene in a case involving Israeli victims of human rights abuses."  This is quite revealing: imagine if Human Rights Watch were to respond to an Iranian or Syrian regime ban by reminding the government of its longstanding relationship with it.  Also, the last reference to a "case involving Israeli victims of human rights abuses" could be explosive.  We know that this could not be a reference to Israeli repression of Arabs who hold Israeli citizenship.  So what is the reference about?  Is this a reminder that Human Rights Watch helped in cases involving Mossad agents operating in some countries?  I don't know that this is the case, but this requires further explanation especially that it refers to some secret cooperation between Israel and HRW.  Where are those "Israeli victims of human rights abuses"? Who are they? The statement by Human Rights Watch then provided a defense of Israeli government: "The Israeli government is hardly the only one to disagree with our well-researched findings".  

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Compare the headline and the text of the story itself: how Saudi regime media operate

The headline: "Khamenei threatens Palestinians: ‘Continue the resistance’".
The text of the story: "The supreme leader of Iran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urged the Palestinians to “continue the resistance” on the ground and “breakaway from the consequences of the Oslo Accords." (thanks Basim)

Both Marine Le Pen and the Lebanese Mufti are charlatans and hypocrites

Pictures have surfaced of the Lebanese Mufti meeting with a Western diplomat who had no head cover, and of Le Pen with a head cover.  Both were grandstanding to their own communities.  

How Muslims can be accepted in the West

They have to take trash of their non-Muslim neighbors; they have to one son die in a Western war against a Muslim-majority country; they have to condemns all those Muslim majority countries which are not aligned with the US; they have to support Western policies in the Middle East and beyond; they have to act passive and obedient with the White Man; they have to prove that they are not anti-Semitic; they have to state that they consider Israeli occupation of Palestine to be justified and that they would accept whatever solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict envisioned by George W. Bush and his neo-conservatie clique; they have to condemn any act of terrorism and violence by any Muslim anywhere in the world; they have to not speak Arabic or Urdu or Persian in the presence of Westerners; they have to avoid eating their native food around Westerners; they have to stick to their own race and ethnic groups when dating or marrying; they have to spy on Muslims they know to make sure that they don't pose a danger to others. And if they do all that, they will be accepted as conditional citizens with full second-class citizenship.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Harrison Ford

A hypothetical question: if Harrison Ford were to convert to Islam would he still be allowed to fly planes at the age of 74?

Bill Maher's atheism

His idea of equal opportunity attacks on religion: Muslims are all terrorists and rapists, and Jews can be talkative and Mormons can be boring.

I am so glad that Marine Le Pen humiliated the Lebanese Mufti

When I was growing up, Muftis and Muslim clerics in general had no problem in meeting with unveiled women.  My mother dressed Western style and in sleeveless dresses and it never offended Musa As-Sadr when he visited us or her cousins Abdullah Al-`Alayli or his brother Mukhtar Al-`Alayli (the latter was a candidate for Mufti in Lebanon).  The notion that you have to be veiled to meet a cleric is an import from lousy Saudi Wahhabi regime.  This Mufti deserves only humiliating for agreeing to meet with an anti-Islam, anti-Semitic far right politician.  Shame on him, and I wish she slapped him.  

Bono, as an international joke

I don't know one song by Bono, and I don't like one political stance by Bono.  This guy just likes to be in the proximity of US politicians.  

Some Arabs and their complaints about tyrants

Don't you like it when some Arabs who live under Gulf tyrannies and they complain about the tyranny in North Korea and Zimbabwe? I mean, do they think we don't notice?

Do you notice that Jewish Fatwas don't get mocked like Muslims Fatwas? Rabbinical Council of America

"Notes that Jewish law restricts Jews from most forms of physical contact with members of the opposite sex who are not closely related.

Declares that the proper norm, when in an airplane, is to comply with the ruling of leading decisors of Jewish law (including R. Moshe Feinstein; Iggerot Moshe, Even Ha’ezer 2:14) that Jews are permitted to sit next to a member of the opposite sex who is not a relative even when this unintentionally causes physical contact between them. Accordingly,"

Bill Maher's track record of hate

Here is a good compilation of Bill Maher's record of hate.

When it comes to Israeli war crimes, this guy suddenly becomes polite, restrained and diplomatic

Short sentence aside for soldier's execution of Palestinian, Israeli leaders should repudiate shoot-to-kill rhetoric

Who is more dangerous to the world? Milo or Thomas Friedman or Nicholas Kristof?

I say that Friedman and Kristof do so much more damage than Milo.

Breitbart about the persecuted Christians of Lebanon

Historically (after the founding of modern Lebanon after WWI) it would have been more accurate to speak about persecuted Muslims of Lebanon.  Lebanese have been mocking this since yesterday.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

This just in: Kenneth Roth is attempting humor--and very original. Only thousands of people said this already

 "Trump was right after all about Sweden. Just awful." Stop, please. You are way too funny. I can't take this anymore. I am on the floor already.

US-backed war plunging Yemen into famine

"President Donald Trump may be on the brink of sparking a full-blown famine in Yemen ― all because of a subtle shift in messaging that risks effectively cutting off humanitarian relief to the war-torn nation." “The coalition’s been bombing the hell out of that country for two solid years now,” the second former official said."

Israelis post anti-Arab racism online every 46 seconds, study finds

"Every 46 seconds an Israeli Jew publishes a racist or inciting comment against Arabs on Facebook and other social networks, a new study finds." "According to the study, the Israeli media serves as the main inspiration for racist posts against Arabs."

Why is that? "Jewish Federations in Canada oppose motion condemning Islamophobia"

"On the heels of the Quebec City mosque shooting, which left six worshippers dead, and then a hate-filled protest outside of a Toronto mosque last Friday, a private member’s motion to condemn Islamophobia was introduced in parliament. Regrettably, CIJA (the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the organized lobbying arm of the Jewish Federations in Canada) is opposing the motion, at least in its current form." "In the wake of the mosque massacre and the hateful protests on Toronto’s usually peaceful streets, coupled with the shadow of Trump’s xenophobic policies, the time is now for Canadians to stand together against Islamophobia. That’s the word we have, that’s the member’s motion being proposed, and that’s the wave of hatred — one prominent wave among many, sadly — that we urgently need to address." (thanks Amir)

This is one of the worst books that i have read in the last four years--by far

The New Sectarianism: The Arab Uprisings and the Rebirth of the Shi'a‑Sunni by Geneive Abdo: And I don't say that because of the factual mistakes or because it is a crude pro-Gulf regime propaganda.  It fails at every front.  I will be writing about it at length in Arabic soon.

Lindsay Lohan for Al-Azhar

If it is up to the Qatari regime, Lindsay Lohan would be appointed Mufti of Al-Azhar.

Saudi regime's foreign minister

"Donald Trump 'is a friend to everybody', says Saudi foreign minister"

Syrian Network for Human Rights: on the documentation methods of Western human rights organizations and media

All Western human rights organizations and media now rely on the Western/GCC-created and supported Syrian Network for Human Rights. Have you read their reports?  Do you realize how non-credible they are? They claim that they have "documented" (but they don't tell us how) 89 cases of chemical attacks by regime ONLY between March and August of 2015.  89 cases and no one knows about those cases except them.  And you know that Amnesty International and HRW work closely with this group?  They also claim that chemical attacks by the regime after passage of resolution 2118 killed 87 civilians and only 45 Syrian rebels.  In their tallies, the Syrian regime always manage to kill more civilians than rebels for some reason, and the number of Syrian rebels is always rather small in their tallies.  When will someone produce a study on Fabrications and Propaganda: Western media and human rights organizations in coverage of the Syrian war.  The tragedy is that here you have a brutal regime which certainly committed war crimes--just as the Syrian rebels have--and yet the fabrications by his enemies help him in fact because he can point out to their record of lies and fabrications.  The same thing happened with Saddam Husayn: no one disputed that Saddam Husayn was a brutal dictator and yet the US government managed to vomit so many lies and fabrications about his regime (remember those satellite picture which the lousy Madeleine Albright used to brandish at the UN, and in which it claimed that Saddam was constructing 78 new castles for himself during the war? Or do you remember US media and Western human rights organizations when they lied about how many people died in Libya by Qadhdhafi's gunfire only to justify the NATO intervention)?  The old Babylonian Talmudic saying applies to Western media and human rights organizations: you are not believed even when you tell the truth.  

How can you take Jordanian opposition seriously?

How can you take Jordanian opposition seriously when demonstrators during protests against the government carry portraits of the buffoonish king and chaats slogans of loyalty to his rule?

US influence on Arab politics: take Libya

Libyan government now requires that a woman needs a male guardian's permission to travel.  This never was the case in Libya.  This proves once again the horrible influence of American government on Arab politics: in every country where the US intervened or invaded, the politics of the country always became more sectarian and less secular.  If the the US were to invade Saudi Arabia, they are cable to make even more sectarian and more anti-secular--if that is possible.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Al-Azhar

If Al-Azhar devotes its curriculum to teaching Middle East cooking it would finally become beneficial.