The new findings that were announced today with regards to the investigations to find the TRUTH behind the assassination of the late PM Harriri are mind stimulating.
BBC's Update (Lebanese release Hariri suspect, Qandil released)
31 August 2005
23 August 2005
"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.” Samuel P. Huntington
Rachel Corrie (1979 – 2003) bravely stood in front of an Israeli bulldozer trying to protest against the policy of demolishing Palestinian homes. The bulldozer just carried on its “duties” and she died there and then. Does any body remember her?
Six-teen thousand (16 000) is the number of Palestinians (women & children included) who were thrown out of their homes in Rafah alone (in Gaza) with their homes demolished to the ground without warnings, without time to even pack and without a place to go.
The bulldozers came during the day or during the night, no difference. They would simply declare that they were going to demolish the house, waited for five minutes and then carried on their “work”.
No tears, no sympathy and no media coverage for the Palestinian suffering.
Yet our sensitivity and humanness is being judged today because we do not show sympathy for a group of colonizers with whom negotiations to dismantle their colonies have been going on for the past two years, and for whom the police and army have been trained for six month on how to handle them with care while removing them, from a land illegally occupied, in a theatrical show which makes us believe that it had been staged and rehearsed before. And for whom Sharon is asking the U.S. to give him more than two billion dollars.
What other price are we going to pay for the “precious” tears shed by the colonizers?
Will it be more land taken away in the West-Bank?
The shameful wall of separation alone has so far cut about 450 sq.km. away from the West-Bank, remember the whole of Gaza is 360 sq.km.
Will it be eternal gratitude on our part?
“Jews do not evict Jews” this slogan was shouted over and over. What about Prime Minister Rabin? Who killed him and why? And does this mean that Jews can evict non-Jews?
The questions do not end. The pain does not end.
Peace cannot be with injustice.
Glad to share the following message regarding Roget's offensive definitions of the word "Arab".
I am happy to report that we have convinced Roget's to remove the offending
definitions. See our website www.americanarabforum.org
All the best,
Dr. Aref Assaf
18 August 2005
Ben Gurion in 1948 addressed his fellow Zionists saying: “We must do everything to ensure they (the Palestinians) never do return.” adding “THE OLD WILL DIE AND THE YOUNG WILL FORGET.”
About 8000 settlers supported by their government, unlawfully occupied 30% of a strip of land that is 360 sqkm in area, utilizing most of its resources while more than 1,300,000 Palestinians, who are the rightful owners of the land, were squeezed into what is left with little resources, making their lives a living hell.
The settlers today are being compensated with millions of dollars, part of which is U.S. money, for leaving the occupied land in Gaza, because of a change of policy or tactics of their government, while the Palestinians whose livelihood was destroyed, not to mention those killed, during the past decades are not given even an apology.
The evacuation gets more media coverage than it even needs, while the daily suffering of the Palestinians goes unnoticed.
As if the tears of the settlers are more precious than the blood of the Palestinians.
Is this the high price that Sharon mentioned he would have to pay for the “painful but necessary withdrawal?” Painful tears and psychological stress?!
Maybe he is paving the way for more compensation, and some might be in the form of land from the West Bank.
This evacuation is just a cosmetic cover-up for occupation.
No real peace can exist with occupation. The young do not seem to forget.
Let me quote Ben Gurion once more: "If I were an Arab leader, I would never sign an agreement with Israel. It is normal; we have taken their country. It is true God promised it to us, but how could that interest them? Our God is not theirs. There has been Anti - Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They see but one thing: we have come and we have stolen their country. Why would they accept that?" Quoted by Nahum Goldmann in Le Paraddoxe Juif (The Jewish Paradox), pp121.
17 August 2005
Parliamentarian S. Jaja in the Parliament with members of the previous government ministers in the background. (source: The Angry Arab News Service )
16 August 2005
Aqua Cool posted a well developed and carefully researched article on the topic of the Merriam-Webster's definition of Arab and Anti-Semitism. The article includes the response of Merriam-Webster to the clarifications requested by the "World Arab Translators' Association" (WATA). I quote the following definitions from the mentioned post.
Until acts and philosophies treating and believing that some races are superior and others are inferior have been totally discredited and abolished, there will be no peace.
Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged Collegiate Thesaurus has enlisted in the 3rd Edition an entry that reads:
Main Entry: an•ti-sem•i•tism
Pronunciation GuidePronunciation: () -
Usage: usually capitalized S
1 : hostility toward Jews as a religious or racial minority group often accompanied by social, economic, and political discrimination -- compare RACISM
2 : opposition to Zionism : sympathy with opponents of the state of Israel
Source: Unabridged Merriam-webster(You will need to subscribe)
And it also has:
Entry Word: arab
Text: 1 Synonyms VAGABOND, clochard, drifter, floater, hobo, roadster, street
arab, tramp, vag, vagrant
2 Synonyms PEDDLER, duffer, hawker, higgler, huckster, monger, mongerer,
outcrier, packman, vendor
Source: Unabridged Merriam-webster(You will need to subscribe)
13 August 2005
beggar, bum, bummer, castaway, dawdler, delinquent, drifter, floater, good-for-nothing, grifter, hobo, leper, loafer, lounger, ne'er-do-well, outcast, pariah, remittance man, renegade, scumbag, skid-row bum, slimeball, stiff, street arab, stumblebum, tramp, untouchable, vag, vagabond, vagrant, wastrel, prostitute, slut, stiff…
The list just goes on and on…
Check the Webster’s dictionary in its latest edition and you get almost the same results (Annahar) [also check my post on June 26th].
In addition to this, you also find biased, discriminating, politically wrong, you just name it, definition of Anti-Semitism which includes anti-Zionist (making some non-Zionist Jews anti-Semitic, believe it or not) and any supporter of those considered the “enemies” of the “State of Israel” also anti-Semitic (meaning that all Arabs and non-Arab supporters of the Palestinian cause are anti-Semitic too, go figure that out!)
It does not matter whether one is an Arab or not, this is an act of RACISM. It is inexcusable to say the least. The statement issued by the union of Arab lawyers denouncing these definitions is not enough(Annahar) . I also heard of French to English dictionaries doing the same.
What should we expect next? Collecting all Arabs (or those looking like Arabs, as in the incident of the shooting of the young Brazilian in London) and putting them in CONCENTRATION CAMPS? Consider them sub-humans and enslave them? Declare racial cleansing to rid the planet of this “disease”?!!!
I hope this has nothing to do with the "WAR ON TERRORISM"!!!
11 August 2005
... Far more rational, now that the occupation has turned Gaza into a hell-hole, is to get out and leave it as a prison in which the population can rot. The “Gaza disengagement plan” is, in fact, a US-Israeli West Bank expansion plan, designed to incorporate valuable land and resources of the West Bank into Israel, and leave Palestinians in a few unviable Bantustans which the US and Israel can call a “state”—rather as South Africa called the Bantustans “independent states.” ... for complete article click here
The "Israeli settlers" occupying the Gaza strip of "Palestine" are by "International Laws" and all other considerations occupying a land not theirs. The CNN has the audacity to describe the decision of the Israeli government to "withdraw" from the strip as: the settlers are to be "KICKED OUT OF THEIR HOMES"; and it goes on interviewing some of these settlers, who always show their fire arms, not as a sign that they are staying by force, but to convince us that they have to "protect" themselves against the "terrorists", the worst part was when one of the settlers, with a baby in her hand of course (watch "Wag the Dog") proclaims that the "Bible" states that the land is for the "chosen people" and that it was promised by "God" to them!! IT IS 2005 FOR GOD'S SAKE!!!!
CIA Fact-book on GAZA
Population :1,376,289 note: in addition, there are more than 5,000 Israeli settlers in the Gaza
Area: 360 sq.km
THE STRIP IS SIMPLY A LARGE PRISON FOR THE PALESTINIANS
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07 August 2005
"Scientists say they have been able to monitor people's thoughts via scans of their brains. "
The prospects of this breakthrough is very scary indeed!!!
Makes me think and wonder,
oops, did they catch my thoughts?!
Former foreign secretary Robin Cook, a rebel with a cause, a man who stood by his principles and resigned over the Iraq war.
Robin Cook dies aged 59.
Tributes, (add yours)
The 7th of August, the 8th of July, everyday on the calendar is a special date for us, this is why we are a great people...
مواليد 1962 ، عبيه - جبل لبنان
اعتقل في 2 نيسان 1978
مدة الحكم 542 سنة !ا
المكان: سجن نفحة الصحراوي - فلسطين المحتلة
02 August 2005
The Prime minister (Mr. Sanioura) paid Damascus a visit, right after the vote of confidence, and as expected the Lebanese – Syrian borders are now open for business as usual.
The government is NOT only formed of “forces” belonging to the 14th of March “camp” but also of “forces” from the 8th of March (Riad al Sulh demonstration sometimes intentionally ignored).
In fact 14/3 splintered and a major part of it forged an alliance with 8/3 (all for the sake of wihda wataniya, may it prosper)
The debates in the parliament were intended to discuss the government’s manifesto and plan or strategy (Bayan Wizari) but they took a drastic turn when disputes over major issues broke out between parties who were together in 14/3. The strong language used added spice to the somewhat boring debates. [Gen. Aoun] [I. Kinaan] [W. abuFaour]
Funny was the constant referral by the parliamentarians to the unity that manifested itself on 14/3 without reference to 8/3 especially by those who were strongly allied with 8/3. A politician explained on TV the other day that 14/3 also means and includes 8/3!! I wonder?
The arguments in parliament were a manifestation of democracy, as long as the areas where people of all sects and parties meet to party and interact (Ain el Rummani & Chiah, Monot, etc.) are not closed by bombs or violence as a result.
Ms. C. Rice made a surprise visit to Lebanon, fine, but what was this joke she told Gen. Aoun that if he mis-calculates this time his exile will not be to France but to the U.S.?
Were the youth of “Camp Freedom” at “Freedom Square” or “Martyrs’ Square” represented in this political system in any way? Where are they?
Condolences to the Saudi people on the death of "Khadem al Haramein al Sharifein" King Fahd.