Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Nael Barghouthi is going to enter the Guinness World Record for being the longest-held political prisoner. He has been in an Israeli jail for over 31 years.
He was 22 when he went in.
He will be breaking the record of another Palestinian political prisoner who was held in an Israeli jail for 31 years and 26 days.
Enough. Enough. Enough!
Free Nael Barghouti now.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
We Arabs know better. We have been cured of such assumptions a long time ago. Yes. Before Haifa Wahbe and Dana, who confirmed our belief that looks and talent don't necessarily go together. Before they were even born, there was Umm Kalthoum. She was not known for her good looks, but, boy, did she have talent! Beautiful!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Saudi Arabia's justice minister has declared that the kingdom plans to "regulate" the marriages of young girls. He made this statement after a court refused for the second time to nullify the marriage of an eight-year-old girl to a man fifty years her senior.
How do you regulate the marriage of an eight-year-old child to a fifty-eight-year-old man?
Here are some suggestions.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
So much for all that change!
Mexicans, government and people, are offended by this Burger King add. They object to the stereotypical portayal of a Mexican man (as shorter and uglier than the North American alpha male) and to the disrespectful use of the Mexican flag.
The idea behind this adaptation is to emphasize the fact that although the West Bank and Gaza are under PA "control," they are still occupied by Israel.
I think this begins to address one of the problems that the Oslo Agreement created: making the occupation invisible to the world. It may also mean that the Palestinian Authority, created by Oslo, is realizing its own limitations.
I know there is more to it. But for now, I choose to focus on the occupation part.
Monday, April 13, 2009
"Mr. Oz favored the attack as an appropriate response to the rockets but wanted it called off within a few days rather than the three weeks it lasted."
This sums it up: the definition of an Israeli liberal in the Netanyahu-Lieberman age.
It was right to slaughter the Palestinians for a few days, but not for three weeks. That's liberal principle in a nutshell.
Can someone please give him a peace medal or something?
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Poetry alone may not bring the apartheid wall down. But it will put cracks in it. No act of resistance is small.
"Sendamessage.nl will spray a nearly 2,000 word “Open letter to Israel” on an expected 2,625 meters of concrete separation wall near Ramallah in the coming weeks, organizers say.
The letter, from South African scholar and human rights activist Farid Esack, will be spray-painted by local members of the Send a Message campaign, and the cost of equipment, paint and documentation, estimated at 12,000 euros, will be covered by donations of 20 euros by hundreds of supporters of the campaign. ...the letter testifies 'that the situation for Palestinians is far worse than what was experienced in South Africa under apartheid.'
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The Saudi reporter Samar Rabah wanted to read her paper at a scientific conference in the Happy Kingdom. But because she wanted to read it from the men's podium, she was asked to leave to the women's section. Just another reminder that women should know their place. But she's lucky that they kicked her out in person, as clear from the picture above, and not by texting her.
Rabah's action is a reminder that no matter how oppressive the system is, there are always people resisting.
It's interesting that he doesn't have any explanation why he killed his step mother.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Yet, the article has to end with the suffering of an Israeli man who lives in Sderot. Even though the writer acknowledges that "The experiences of Israelis and Palestinians either side of the Gaza border in December and January were not equivalent," he nonetheless must conclude with the words of the Israeli sufferer.
This is called "balanced reporting."
Or maybe the writer feels that no matter what he writes about the suffering of the Palestinians, the readers will not be moved unless the suffering of a real "human" they can identify with is the last (and only) thing left in their heads once they finish reading.
This is called "obscene balanced reporting."
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Does this mean this one doesn't?
Maybe it has the same standards that the bigger jail called Gaza has.
Not that the Palestinians didn't have their own Gerry Adams. But all fell victims to Israeli assassinations, who made sure that only mediocrities survived. (the list of both groups is too long to include here).
Gerry Adams was in Gaza, which he called a prison. The Israelis gave him a hard time entering because they wanted him to commit not to talk to Hamas leaders. He refused since he himself was once upon a time a member of a group that nobody was supposed to talk to.
Please, just for a year or two.
This is occurring on the same pages that is shedding tears over six years of the American occupation of Iraq. It is easy to advocate for an abstract Iraq and at the same time betray real Iraqis who are being murdered for being themselves.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
The latest killings followed Friday sermons that denounced homosexuality and asked the worshipers to rid the nation of this phenomenon. Read more.