28 September 2005

Get the Ghostbusters...

"Shabah Irhabi" Profile of the wanted "terrorist ghost" roaming around... Get the Ghostbusters!!! (Annahar 27 Sep 2005)

27 September 2005

Aluta Continua


People who advocate freedom, yet deprecate agitation, are people who want crops without plowing the ground. They want rain without the awful roar of the thunder and lightning. Without struggle, there is no progress. This struggle might be a moral one. It might be a physical one. It might be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. People may not get all that they pay for in this world, but they certainly pay for all that they get. - Frederick Douglas

26 September 2005

May Chidiac

This is the fourteenth terrorist attack in Lebanon if we start our count from the attempt on the life of minister Marwan Hamadah.

But it is the latest in a countless number of terrorist attacks and assassinations directed at journalists, thinkers, religious figures, politicians, innocent citizens, etc. that occurred during the past few decades.

This unpardonable attempt on the life of May Chidiac is an attack against each one of us.

It is directed against our right to listen to a different point of view.

It is directed against our right to simply enjoy a cup of coffee with a little peace of mind.

It is directed against our right to freedom of expression.

It is directed against the peace that we are striving to keep.


21 September 2005

Bishops Suggest Apologies for War on Iraq

England witnessed one of the largest (if not the largest) demonstration opposed to the waging of the “war of liberation” on Iraq by the U.S. and its allies. Continuing in this most appreciated act by the British people the BBC reports that:

Church of England bishops have suggested Christian leaders apologise to
Muslim leaders for the war in Iraq.
And that:

A report from a working group of bishops says the war was one of a "long litany
of errors" relating to Iraq. As the government is unlikely to offer an apology,
a meeting of religious leaders would provide a "public act of institutional
repentance", it said.
This sounds good and maybe long overdue, but the apology should be to the entire people of Iraq regardless of their religious affiliation. Unless this reconciliation and/or apology is intended as a message to appease the Moslems of Europe and to reduce the growing tensions that are building up as a result of the wars.
The bombs did not discriminate the churches from the mosques. Organized and planned looting destroyed the museums, libraries and ministries of all the Iraqis, liberating them from their contents. The governments of the allies that invaded Iraq should offer compensations in addition to their apologies. Equivalents of billions of dollars of wealth were and are still being stolen from Iraq. This is said bearing in mind that nothing can compensate for the tens of thousands of civilians killed during and after the invasion not to mention those injured.
The report goes on to suggest:
...the meeting would be an opportunity to apologise for the way the West has contributed to the situation in Iraq, including the war.
The Church of England has criticised the war, saying it was not a "just war".
But a dilemma now exists for those within the Church - to pull out of Iraq without a
stable democracy in place would be irresponsible, but to stay suggests collusion
with a "gravely mistaken" war, the bishops said.

How can we help with this dilemma? Should we pray? Maybe if the bishops seek the help of the wise advisors of Pres. Bush, they might find some answers.
As for those who might say that the war resulted in the “glorious liberation” of the Iraqis from Saddam the report stated that:
...errors in the West's handling of Iraq included support of Saddam Hussein over many years as a strategic ally against Iran, a willingness to sell him weapons and the suffering caused to the Iraqi people by sanctions.
...the war appeared to be "as much for reasons of American national interest as it was for the well-being of the Iraqi people".

BBC News

19 September 2005

أسبوع يونس وحمية الثقافي

يشترك المؤتمران الصحافيان لحرّاس الأرز وأصدقاء حبيب الشرتوني في تعمّد إهانة مئات آلاف الناس وإثارة غيظهم أثناء متابعة نشرة الأخبار المسائية، ويبرزان مستوى معيناً من الانحطاط الثقافي. لكأن قاتل سمير قصير أراد للثقافة اللبنانية أن تنحدر من نموذج المثقف الملتزم الذي مثّله الباحث الرصين والاعلامي المحترف سمير قصير الى نموذج
المثقف الملتزم حبيب يونس أو صنوه علي حمية.ا
طبعاً، لا يستوي الذين يقاتلون اسرائيل والذين يتعاملون معها. وكاتب هذه السطور يدعم بقوة أي تحرّك من أجل العفو
عن حبيب الشرتوني لا من أجل سيامته قديساً أو استعراضه بطلاَ، بل من منطلق يرى ضرورة العفو عن كل جرائم الحرب الأهلية دون استثناء. كما يرى كاتب هذه السطور في تبني ضباط في دولة اسرائيل لمشعوذ مثل اتيان صقر فضيحة ثقافية وأخلاقية لدولة اسرائيل ككل، فضيحة لو علم بها ثيودور هرتسل لتاب عن الفكر الصهيوني. لكن هذا شيء، والابتذال الذي شهدناه مؤخراً في المؤتمرين الصحافيين المشبوهين شيء آخر. ثمة ثقافة وضيعة وبالية ينهل الطرفان منها، ثقافة مدّعي النبوة في قراهم، ثقافة تتشدق بالحضارات وتخشى المدنية. هؤلاء بالمناسبة يدرّسون ويربّون الأجيال في مدارس وجامعات لبنان.ا
أما كان بحركة الشعب، ونأسف لاستقبالها المؤتمر الأخير، أن تنظّم ندوة تقييم لظاهرة بشير الجميّل، بعين المؤرخ أولاً؟ فبمجرد انتهاء الحرب أصبحت هذه الظاهرة جزءاً من التاريخ. أما كان الأجدى نقد البشيرية من منظار مدني ديموقراطي؟ وعندها فإن عتاة البشيرية سيقفون عراة وسيقرّون بطريقة أو بأخرى بأن زعيمهم لم يكن نموذجاً يحتذى في الديموقراطية. ألا نحتاج فعلاً الى فهم الشروط والأسباب التي حدت بالمناطق المسيحية الى تبني ما يشبه الفاشية في السبعينيات، أي في العقد الذي انهارت فيه شبه الفاشية المتوسطية، في اليونان واسبانيا والبرتغال؟ ألا نحتاج فعلاً الى فتح ملف الإغراء الفاشي والنازي المستقر في الثقافة السياسية اللبنانية منذ الثلاثينيات مروراً بالسبعينيات، والى يومنا؟
ثم ينبغي تحديد ما الذي نريده: توسيع رقعة المدنيين الديموقراطيين العلمانيين والمعنيين بقضايا محيطهم العربي والاسلامي بين مسيحيي لبنان أو العكس؟ شرط الحرب أن نتحارب كأعداء، وإن كان المتحاربون لا يتساوون من حيث السوء. كانت المناطق المسيحية ترزح تحت شكل مخيف من أشكال الفاشية الميليشياوية، في حين لم تصل الانكشارية والظلامية في المناطق الأخرى الى هذا المستوى، كما أن الطرف المسيحي ارتكب خطيئة العمر يوم استقوى على الباقين بالاجتياح الاسرائيلي وبمناحيم بيغن، في ظرف لم يكن يتهدد المسيحيين أي خطر وجودي مثلما كان عليه الحال، افتراضاً، في حرب السنتين. بيد أن مناقشة ذلك تختلف في أثناء الحرب وبعد خمسة عشر عاماً من انقضائها، وبعد أشهر من الرابع عشر من آذار بالتحديد. فالسلم تصنعه مع أعداء لك. لا يمكن أن تقول اني أريد السلم ثم تستثني منه من قتل والدك، وإلا حكمت على نفسك بالابتذال.ا
يبقى ضرورياً في هذا الاطار النقد والنقد الذاتي من جانب المتحاربين السابقين، مدعماً بالتأريخ والتحرّي الفكري والأخلاقي من جانب المختصين والمؤهلين. أما المشكلة فهي أن أنبل المحاربين هم الذين أقدموا على النقد الذاتي -جورج حاوي ومحسن ابراهيم- في حين يستمر الآخرون في المكابرة، خصوصاً في الوسط الماروني السياسي، ولو برزت مقدمات النقد الذاتي في كتائب مرحلة اتفاق الطائف مع جورج سعادة، وهي مقدمات جرى تقويضها لاحقاً مع الانتقال الى مرحلة المصادرة الأمنية لحزب الكتائب. ثمة إغراء فاشي في الثقافة اللبنانية يذكرنا به مؤتمرا "الحرّاس" و"الأصدقاء". ثمة ثقافة رجعية وعنصرية تنقل الى جيل جديد. بالمناسبة، ماذا يفعل "بروتوكولات حكماء صهيون"، إنجيل أعداء السامية، في مكتبة الفيرجين؟ هلا تحرّك الأمن العام، أم كتب علينا انتظار أحد الجنرالات الموقوفين الأربعة كي يهبط علينا بنسخة جديدة من "كفاحي"؟ا

14 September 2005

Our "Unique Lebanese Formula"

Look at who just came out of one of those old and dusty closets in the basement of the Lebanese National Museum.
Hear that stinking racist ideology disguised in the nasty sectarian robe claiming to be the protector of the unique Lebanese way of life.

Don’t panic for we are now secure. No harm will ever happen to our ultimate and supreme tabbouli, fattoush and kibbi-nayyi.

The Guardians are back.

What does a bowl of Fattoush have to do with the the "unique formula" of the Lebanese? You ask! The answer is simple: In the twisted minds of the Guardians of the Cedars, and some others, we the Lebanese are not one people in one nation but a coarse gathering of different peoples with different “flavors” co-habiting a piece of land. Just like the vegetables in a plate of fattoush.

In these minds we should be happy and preserve this “unique formula” for which we are envied by everybody including G.W. Bush.

Aspiring to form one Lebanon with one people is treason!!

The Guardians of the Cedars have spoken, and hatred, racism and violence came out.
Eerie calls to deport and/or kill foreigners and seize their possessions were heard. Enemies were named.

But some of us have studied this “unique formula” in specialized labs and have found it to be highly explosive, highly unstable and not even as good tasting as our precious fattoush. It was found to be hazardous to human and animals alike.

The “unique formula” is sectarianism, and sectarianism here is racism.

The “unique formula” is not good for peace.

Assafir

Acts of Defiance

These two images, in two different ends of the globe, manifest single acts of courage that thousands of words can not describe.

These two individuals are the personification of courage and resistance.
They are examples of the power of one.

Name: Unknown
Age: Unknown
Place: Tiananmen Square, China
Date: 1989
Act: Resistance (Passive)
Objective: Liberty, Equality, Human Dignity…
Fate: Unknown


Name: Fares Awdi (Odeh)
Age: 14 yrs
Place: Palestine
Date: 2000
Act: Resistance (Active)
Objective: Liberty, Equality, Human Dignity…
Fate: Martyred (shot in another moment of defiance)

08 September 2005

Not So Good Comments

The Worst Comment about Hurricane Katrina

The worst comment that was uttered regarding the catastrophe caused by Katrina hurricane in New Orleans - (why are disasters named after women?) - was made by Shas spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

In his weekly sermon, the rabbi said: “There was a tsunami and there are terrible natural disasters, because there isn’t enough Torah study… black people reside there (in New Orleans). Blacks will study the Torah? (God said) let’s bring a tsunami and drown them.”
“Hundreds of thousands remained homeless. Tens of thousands have been killed. All of this because they have no God,” said the rabbi, who already found himself in hot water in the past following controversial remarks of one kind or another.
Yet Rabbi Ovadia was not done there, and proceeded to explain in detail why Americans deserved the Hurricane.
“Bush was behind the (expulsion of) Gush Katif,” he said. “He encouraged Sharon to expel Gush Katif…we had 15,000 people expelled here, and there 150,000 (were expelled). It was God’s retribution ..God does not short-change anyone.”

“He (Bush) perpetrated the expulsion. Now everyone is mad at him…this is his punishment for what he did to Gush Katif, and everyone else who did as he told them, their time will come, too,” the rabbi said.

It is amazing how his god gets back at Pres. Bush by killing thousands of poor innocent people.

But then, what do we, simple and naive sinners, know about the ways of the all powerful “Yahweh” who only allows the all wise Rabbi to know the secrets of his divine plans for humanity?!

We poor sinners are naïve enough to believe that God is all compassionate, benevolent and loving. Allah yihddina! (= May God bestow his grace upon us and show us the path of righteousness!)

And may He help the poor people of New Orleans.

sources: Assafir , Ynet , another Ynet


A Bugging Comment: Who is ruling Lebanon?

Mohammed H. Haikal in his historical program on Al-Jazira made a very disturbing comment. He stated, “Let no one tell me that Pres. Lahoud is ruling Lebanon, the person ruling Lebanon today is Shimon Perez through Terry R. Larson.”*

Why the hell did he say that?!

*Assafir

01 September 2005

Webster's Statement Regarding Definitions & Other Developments

Webster’s have issued a statement regarding the protested definition of the words “Arab” and “Anti-Semitism” found it its dictionaries-(check my posts on Jun26, Aug13, Aug16 & Aug23)-which ended as follows:

“We apologize for any unintended offense caused by these entries. Our goal in our dictionaries and other references is to provide users with an accurate and comprehensive record of the English language, and that can sometimes mean including words and senses that many people may find offensive. Please be assured that we will continue in the constant process of reviewing the accuracy and currency of the entries in all our books, and we will make appropriate changes when we prepare new editions of those books.We hope these comments are helpful. Thank you for writing and giving us this opportunity to address your concerns.”
Sincerely,
Kory Stamper,
Associate EditorMerriam-Webster, Inc.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/
http://www.wordcentral.com/
http://www.merriam-websterunabridged.com/

For the complete text of the Statement from Merriam-Webster, Inc. click here.

In a previous development:
Derogatory synonyms for the word "Arab" have been pulled from "Thesaurus.com", as of Monday, August 22, 2005. Details can be found on ABCnews.

Currently:
The National Council for Arab Americans, NCA, is searching for other words (example: philistine) as well as other dictionaries for entries that are offensive.

It should be noted that the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, ADC, has tackled this issue back in the year 2002.

Three Cheers:
Congratulation and good work to all who were involved in making these changes especially the BLOGGERS who stirred-up and followed-up the issue.
Quoting from AquaCool's post on Aug. 27: "In Jordan Unions called for boycott of Webster Dictionaries, it was mentioned that bloggers were the ones to draw attention to the matter."

 

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