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1 year on, Angry Anarchist is back....!

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Thu, 31 May 2007 16:57:00 +0000

This blog will no longer be updated (personal reasons).

Nahr el Bared Relief Campaign

Tue, 29 May 2007 14:05:00 +0000


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Did you know? :-)

Mon, 28 May 2007 17:45:00 +0000

1. The armed Salafi group Jund al Sham in Ein el Helwe refugee camp in South Lebanon is referred to by the inhabitants of the camp as "Jund al Sitt". Jund al Sitt Bahiya al Hariri, that is.

2. The bank (Bank al-Bahr al-Mutawassit / BankMed) that was robbed, and through which the Fateh al-Islam people used to withdraw their cheques, is owned by Hariri Empire. Now you will say, why would they rob the bank (or rather, $1,500 from the bank) ? Because Hariri Empire, somehow "discovered" that Syria (someone should write a Syrian version of "Blame Canada"...) has managed to infiltrate and use the Hariri Empire bank to pay the Fateh al-Islam fighters, and duly froze the accounts. BankMed is like a pressure cooker (I never liked it when my mom used pressure cooker, once she forgot to open the 'air' vent thing and the whole thing was about to explode. Now I always say, if I survived the pressure cooker, I can survive anything). It seems the Bank al Madina scandal will pale in comparison to this one. Interesting times indeed...

The plot/conspiracy/Syrian infiltration thickens.
Stay tuned for more fascinating developments, folks.

And now for the best part... I now have added a new label/category on my blog: Blame Syria.

In their own words :-)

Sat, 26 May 2007 11:27:00 +0000

المستقبل - الجمعة 13 أيار 2005 من الذي ركّب ملف أحداث الضنية ومجدل عنجر، وأقنع مراكز القرار الغربية بوجود القاعدة المختلق في لبنان، من أجل المتاجرة بالحالة الإسلامية في بازار الإرهاب الدولي؟ أليس الذي فعل ذلك النظام الأمني اللبناني ـ السوري المشترك، وهو الذي يستمر اليوم في استباحة المسلمين والمسيحيين معاً من أجل الإبقاء على رموزه في السلطة بأي ثمن؟ المستقبل - الثلثاء 10 أيار 2005 التيار السلفي[The Salafi Current/Movement]يعتبر التيار السلفي في لبنان من ابرز التيارات الاسلامية، وان كان لا يشكل اطاراً منظماً وموحداً بل هو خليط من مجموعات وشخصيات ومدارس وجمعيات ومعاهد شرعية تختلف في ما بينها سواء على الصعد السياسية او الفكرية او حتى وصولاً الى الخلافات الشخصية.ويمكن تقسيم التيار السلفي في لبنان بين اتجاهين اساسيين:الاول ما يسمى السلفية الجهادية، وهو يضم المجموعات المتأثرة بتنظيم "القاعدة" وبعض الجماعات الاسلامية الجهادية في مصر والجزائر وحالياً في العراق.والثاني التيار السلفي الفكري ويضم شخصيات ومجموعات متنوعة تعمل في الاطر السياسية والفكرية والتربوية.ويبرز الاتجاه السلفي الجهادي من خلال بعض المجموعات التي تنفذ عمليات عسكرية او امنية ومنها عملية اغتيال الشيخ نزار الحلبي ومتفجرة البلمند ومحاولة اقتحام السفارة الروسية او تهريب الاسلحة الى الاردن وصولاً لمجموعات البقاع الغربي ومجدل عنجر ومجموعة احمد الميقاتي.ا[Angry Anarchist: who gave amnesty to the Majdal Anjar gang?]وليس لهذا الاتجاه اطار معلن وان كان بعض افراده ارتبطوا عملياً بمجموعة "عصبة الانصار" الموجودة في مخيم عين الحلوة، كما برزت بعض المجموعات المنشقة عنها كـ"جماعة النور" وجماعة "جند الشام".[Angry Anarchist: Who funds Jund al Sham? Not Sitt Bahiya al Hariri, by any chance...?]وهذا الاتجاه يبرز في بعض المناسبات أو لتنفيذ عمليات محددة وإن كان نشاطه في لبنان ينطلق من اعتبار هذا البلد "ممراً وليس مقراً" للذهاب الى دول أخرى.وثمة تخوّف كبير من ازدياد نشاط هذه المجموعات في المرحلة المقبلة بعد الانسحاب السوري نظراً للدور الذي كانت تلعبه سوريا في لجم هذه المجموعات أو ضبط تحركاتها.وإن كانت محاولة ربط عملية اغتيال الرئيس رفيق الحريري بهذا التيار من خلال قضية أحمد أبو عدس لم تنجح وأثبتت معظم الوقائع عدم صحتها.أما الاتجاه السلفي الفكري والسياسي فمن أبرز رموزه التاريخية الشيخ سالم الشهال الذي أسس في السبعينات "نواة جيش التحرير الإسلامي"، ثم بدأت تظهر شخصيات ومؤسسات جديدة أبرزها "معهد الدعوة والإرشاد"، و"جمعية دعوة الإيمان والعدل والإحسان" التي يرأسها الدكتور حسن الشهال، و"مركز حمزة لل[...]

Lebanese "Leftism" 101

Thu, 24 May 2007 12:58:00 +0000

These days Lebanese "leftists" seem to be very much into bashing of Palestinians. I think it might have to do with their inability and unwillingness to do much else (except accuse anarchists of being "compulsive" and of "accusing people of things"). I'd be inclined to say that they are not "leftists". They are pseudo-leftists. But then, what is "leftism"? It seems that there are way too many things going under that term these days, so much so that a right-wing nutcase would be able to take shelter under it and still have people cheer for him. "Leftists" are fighting amongst themselves for monopoly over the term/label. As for the content of the label, it does not matter. At all.For example, read the following excerpts from the "analysis" of a Lebanese "leftist":The Syrian connection:Naher el-Bared is located only 7 Kilometers away from the Syrian borders in the North. If you draw that on a small scale on any paper in front of you just now, do not draw anything but a "camp" and then "borders". And trust me... their is NOTHING that can stand between the most convenient armament and supply line for both points. That made a huge difference between Naher el-Bared and the other camps.The proof:This proves Syria's role in giving such primacy to the Islamists through a highly unbalanced presence where no other palestinian group could've opposed or even merely competed. This is why the civilians were caught in the middle considering the surprise attack that started this operation.And now, the "leftism" kicks in:If the civilians have been silent enough to get the militants to entrench themselves and to establish such firm control before the fighting broke out, doesn't that imply that they knew that militancy brings war? what's a damn cannon for? Beautifying the scenery? Or threatening the Israelis not to attack? This doesn't of course mean that the Palestinians are all in on this... Probably i leave this to Amine Gemayyel or Geagea to conclude. But militancy is not done in secret and particularly in the case of Fateh al-Islam people have known about it for 6 months to say the least.Some more "leftism":In defense of the Army, you cannot envision the army of being hitting blindly the whole camp careless of who exactly their shells hit. The army WAS BEING ATTACKED. It was Fatah al-Islam that broke all agreements for ceasefire in order to allow the safe exit of Palestinians. It is not equipped with proper weapons to return fire against specified accurate targets even if it could differentiate between civilian and militant. This opens up a political pandora's box about how much burdens this army carries amidst this endless turmoil. Still, the army hit back with the minimum damage to civilians. Everytime the army stopped shooting it was Fatah that hit first.Be warned: the dosage of "leftism" is increasing as we move along:The whole propaganda about bombing civilians started with the pro-Syrian sources saying that there's a humanitarian crisis in the camp. The humanitarian crisis was trigerred by Fatah without even needing the army. Since if you have militants overtaking your house, you're already in deep shit no? If you are against it, then don't you do something about it?My initial response:Huh???Are you for real?????????????????????Man, I would've never expected such a post from you.But then this proves my theory.That Lebanese "leftists" are a joke.That nationalism blinds even the most (presumably) open-minded and non-racist people of all.Amazing.Excerpts from the reply:Have you seen the civilian death toll? Before you shower me with your "humaine" emotions? Check the Red Cross Official Report: 56 dead - 4 of which are civilians - 3 males who were actually found with the militants. Check for facts, its always important to do so before engaging in debate - u don't want to be a misinformed participant - it's silly trust me.Dulce et Decorum est pro patria mori:I join MFL in Saluting with Honor those who [...]

ابواب الجهنم

Mon, 21 May 2007 07:15:00 +0000

الجيش عمبيقصف مخيم نهر البارد
عمبيرتكب مجازر بحق اللاجئين الفلسطينيين
كلو تحت غطاء محاربة فتح الإسلام

فمين اللي عمبيفتح ابواب الجهنم ع مين؟
ومين اللي وصّل الأمور لهالحالة هاي؟
سوريا سوريا سوريا سوريا
سوريا الجبارة
الها ايد بكل صغيرة وكبيرة بتصير بلبنان

والنداءات من داخل المخيم
ما حدا سامعها الهيئة
ولا حدا شايف القتلى المدنيين
ما اصلاً هني لاجئين
ودمن مش غالي
بدنا الحقيقة
بس مش لنهر البارد
ولا لعيون نهر البارد
ولَو نسيتوا؟ عيب عليكن
بدنا الحقيقة
من اجل لبنان
لعيون الحريري
آخ لو كان الحريري معنا
كان انقذ لبنان
من القوى اللي بدّا تدمر لبنان
بس عالقليلة ابنو سعد الدين
الله يحفظو
عارف مين هي هيدي القوى
"كلنا منعرف"
واذا في ناس ما عارفين
معناتا اوهام
ونحنا معركتنا ضد الأوهام
والأوهام القاعدين بالـ"داونتاون"
او بالأحرى قوات الإحتلال الوهمية
الذين هني أضرب من قوات الإحتلال الصهيونية
لازم يضبوا غراضن ويفلّوا
موسم سياحي
وأهل الخليج ناطرين
بدن يعملوا "شوبينغ"
ويعملوا الإشياء اللي ما فيون يعملوها بالسعودية
وما تنسوا التبضع
تبضع بالنساء
بس لليلة وحدة مش اكثر
يعني معليش نحنا منعرف انو الشعب اللبناني معروف بصموده
فضلكن صامدين
والناس المعترين
يا حرام
بس شوفوا هآ نحنا كمان عنا ناس معترين بالسعودية
يعني منكن لوحدكن
فما تزعلوا

تعميد بالنار
وها قد دخل لبنان الفلك الأميركي
حرب على الإرهاب
ونشر الحرية
وثقافة الحياة
دفاعاً عن النفس
وأكيد لعيون رفيق الحريري
فلم اميركي طويل
"بولد آند بيوتيفول"
واحد بيقتل الثاني
واحد بيفقد ذاكرتو
وحدة بتقتل وحدة ثانية
اغتيالات ، مثل ما بسمّيها مدير مركز الشاي احمد فتفت
اغتيالات بالجملة والمفرق
وإذا بدكن
في "ديليفري" كمان
اذا اشتريتوا البضاعة من اميركا
بيجي عليها "ديسكاونت"
بالإضافة لـ"ديليفري" بظرف ثلاثة ايام

بس اهم شي
برأي واحد شيوعي
(وشو شيوعي يا عيني)
انو الجيش يقضي ع فتح الإسلام
بأية وسيلة كانت
يعني حتى
فتح ابواب الجهنم اذا لزم الأمر
شرط انو باب الجهنم ما ينفتح بالجميزة
او مونو
مخيمات؟ لاجئين؟
يدبروا راسن
تخّنوها هالمرة
يا عهد الأممية

وتحية للجيش اللبناني
ضد الإرهاب
ارهاب فتح الإسلام واللاجئين الفلسطينيين
مش ارهاب الصهاينة
تحية تحية لجيشنا
وما تنسوا قوى الأمن
والميليشيات التي قدمت خدماتها ضد الإرهاب مبارح
وتحية لمدفعيات الجيش
والله يفتح ابواب الجهنم على اعداء لبنان
وما تنسوا شيخ سعد بيعرف مين هني
ووليد عيدو بعدو ما باع دمو ليجيب سلاح؟
يمكن حان الوقت

نهر البارد
وعين الحلوة من قبل شوي
سوريا سوريا سوريا
من الشمال للجنوب
من الشرق للغرب
بعد شوي رح يطلع سعد الحريري
ويعلن انو نظام البعث هو في الحقيقة الله عز وجل

بس اهم شي
انو واحد شيوعي
بيسهر بالجميزة
طالب بتطهير المخيمات من فتح الإسلام
بس بعدو مهووس بدور الجيش بتل الزعتر
آه العماد عون
وصلت الفكرة
يا عهد الأممية
تحية تحية

It IS funny. It is DAMN funny (can't you hear me laughing?)

Sun, 20 May 2007 21:57:00 +0000

I hate to take on such a tone, but sometimes I am left with no other choice. This is one of those times.

You, and your truth, your international tribunal and your masters and your slaves and your blood-selling politicians and your zu'ama and your ta'ife and your tarik jdide and your bcharre and your rabieh and your dahieh and your chouf kingdom, and your shallow, idiotic analyses and finger-pointing and ignorance, are living proof that my Lebanese passport is not even fit to be toilet paper. Though I paid 300 fucking thousand Lebanese liras for it. Your currency by the way is equally unfit to serve as toilet paper.

I will not even waste my time preaching about not repeating the civil war. Go ahead, do it. You deserve all that you bring upon yourselves. Your herd mentality, your sectarianism, your racism, your hatred, your fucking obsession with Hariri (wlak k** emmo la Rafiq al Hariri w kl beit al-Hariri), are beyond disgusting. You call yourself a nation? I call you a joke. And I laugh. Today I will laugh at you, and you can tell me it ain't funny, but I will keep laughing. Because you are a joke. And you are too busy doing your masters' bidding, or coming up with conclusions based on -- you guessed it -- nothing, not one shred of evidence; and building on it an entire empire of ideas and imaginary explanations of a thousand other phenomena in the past and present, as well as predictions of the future. You are a joke, and I laugh out loud as you get slaughtered. So, do not mind my interruption, continue doing your masters' bidding.

لعيونَك ابو بهاء.
ولعيون لينين كمان. قال شيوعي قال.
اذا الشيوعية هيك بفكروا يعني كارثة.ا

You got the point. I hope.
Yes, it is damn funny.


Sun, 20 May 2007 20:50:00 +0000

I think there is an explosion. I heard a very loud blast. I hope it's not all in my head. Maybe it's just that I've been doing too much reading that I've lost touch with reality? Anyone else heard it? I checked the TV, nothing.

Fatfatism of the day

Sun, 20 May 2007 00:15:00 +0000

في المجال الامني، قال وزير الشباب والرياضة أحمد فتفت امس ان المتهمين بجريمة اغتيال الشاب زياد قبلان والفتى زياد غندور "معروفون وهم من بيت شمص. وقد ترك العمل والتحقيق للقضاء اللبناني". واضاف: "هناك معلومات بأن المتهمين موجودون في الضاحية الجنوبية، فيما تشير معلومات أخرى الى انهم هربوا الى الخارج، ولكن من المؤكد ان الجناة لن يفلتوا من يد العدالة ولو بعد 50 سنة".ا
In the security field, Minister of Youth and Sports Ahmad Fatfat said yesterday that the accused [Angry Anarchist: not "suspects"] in the crime of assassination of Ziad Qabalan and Ziad Ghandour "are known and they are from the Shamas clan. And the job and investigation has been left to the Lebanese judiciary." He added: "There are information that the accused are in the Southern suburbs of Beirut, whereas other information indicate that they have escaped the country, but one thing is for sure, the criminals will not get away from the grip of justice, even after 50 years."

"A picture is worth a thousand words"

Mon, 14 May 2007 20:54:00 +0000


Camera moments

Wed, 09 May 2007 20:55:00 +0000

You know those moments you just wish you had a camera at hand to capture a scene? I had two of those moments, today.***On my way home, I take the "north" highway-which-does-not-look-like-a-highway. Today, something extraordinary happened on the highway. And no, it was not the discovery of yet-another-enormous-pothole. I was driving in my lane (well there are no lanes... no need to, really, after all that is the unique Lebanese way of doing things; but by lane I mean line of traffic) at around 40 km/hr (due to moderate traffic) when all of a sudden, a jeep came up right next to me. I turned my head to check out what was the matter as the jeep was keeping up my pace even though it could go faster in its own lane. To my amazement, I saw two guys (aside from the driver), one in the front one in the back, with their windows rolled down, holding RIFLES, staring at me. At first I ignored them. I was so shocked that I turned around again to check out what the hell this was all about. Even by Lebanese standards it is unusual to see people going around in unmarked jeeps, with windows rolled down, and holding rifles. Then, one of them moved the rifle a bit out of the window, to make sure that I saw it. He then put his arm out of the window and gestured that I move to the right. What the hell? At first I did not know what was going on. So I moved a bit to the right. Then, I realized what was actually happening. It was actually a 3-car convoy, with the jeep leading it. All three cars, including the jeep with the armed gunmen, were unmarked in any way whatsoever. The last car in the convoy was a black brand-new Mercedes-Benz. It, along with the other 2 cars, bore standard/regular license plates. The mixture of shock and amusement soon wore off, since the cars actually passed me and disappeared into the traffic. Then, somehow, I don't know how, it so happened that I actually found myself having caught up with the convoy. To my amazement the man sitting in the front gestured again for me to move away, to the right. Being the trouble-maker that I am, I gave him the most disgusted look, shook my head, looked back at him, shook my head again, and not only did I not move away, but actually cut them off.I was told by the person sitting next to me, that I should not be doing such things, that it was risky, and that on another occasion they might actually get out of the car and beat the crap out of me. I had to laugh out loud at that. First: beat the crap out of me?? The last time anyone tried to do that (and no I do not have a martial arts belt) they not only wished they had not thought it a good idea, but that they had not even been born, so as not to think it. Second, I am supposed to take their crap because they might beat the crap out of me??? What kind of twisted logic is this? And who are these people? Their cars are unmarked, their license plates regular, and even if not, then so what? If they are officials, then officials get paid to do their jobs rather than have red carpets rolled out for them on highways as if they are distributing money to the people from their pockets. And what are unidentified gunmen doing going around and threatening people like that???***Speaking of cameras: I passed through a red light today, and I was unlucky enough to have one of those camera thingies (courtesy Hariri, Inc.) snap right at that instant. I thought to myself, what the hell, why do I have to be so unlucky? Then I chuckled, and told the person riding with me in the car that the state of affairs in this country can be summarized when you look at, on the one hand these cameras that are supposed to catch traffic violations and other wrong-doers; and on the other hand the release of Mark Hoayek's shooter.***By the way, have you been noticing the fancy br[...]

The Studio

Sun, 06 May 2007 09:36:00 +0000

The brush jar...

the palette...

the canvas...
(Re-producing Yuroz's "Before Sunset", with some variations)

powered by ODEO
and the music...
(Dimitri Chostakovitch - Valse No. 2)

"احترنا بقى"

Fri, 04 May 2007 13:04:00 +0000

I am being tempted time and again to publish that old angry post of mine (which still sits as a draft in my account).I used to check my mail every morning, looking forward to receiving emails. I used to love getting emails. Now, I don't check my e-mail until late afternoon, and sometimes in the evening; sometimes I don't check it for a few days. I am afraid that it would contain something that will ruin my mood. As usual, I was right in my assessment. Just at a time when I was in no need of a mood-ruining email, given how stressed I am with the amount of work I am expected to hand in, I made the mistake of checking my e-mail. It was an e-mail from one of the professors I work with. I was assigned to him against my will, despite the fact that his main research at the moment has to do with sociology more than political science. I am supposed to work with him only 7 hours per week (2 hours on Monday, 3 hours on Tuesday, 2 hours on Wednesday). At the beginning of the semester, he handed me a stack of (two 300-page) books and some four-five 40+page articles, and told me, given that you are a good student you can probably read all of this in 2 weeks (that's 14 hours of reading time). I rolled my eyes and told him, "we shall see about that". I started reading the book, but soon concluded (not that there was any doubt about it, but I did give his assessment the benefit of the doubt) that not only was 14 hours not enough for that ONE book, but that I could not possibly handle all the books and articles unless I took the whole semester at a rate of 7-hours/week to read them all and write a review of each... He did not bother me for two weeks, and by that time I had finished reading one article and was halfway through one book. One day, 2 weeks after handing me the to-be-read-and-reviewed stack, he came up to me and said, how are the readings going? I told him I had read the article and was halfway through the book. He dropped a hint and asked me if it was because I was too crowded with coursework. At the time I didn't get the hint, I thought that it had nothing to do with his assignment, since I did it from campus and not from home... Now I understand what he meant: he knew it was impossible to read all that he handed me in 14 hours, and he expected me to put in as much work at home as at university. Anyhow, that day I felt there was something wrong with me, and so I took the book and articles home with me, and finished the book and a 150-page article (well, half a photocopied book) in a week's time. As a result of that, I had to skip doing my own coursework readings. The next week I started writing the report and decided I would not take anything home with me that had to do with his research. Last Wednesday, he came to me and inquired about me, again making the coursework hint; I told him I was almost done with the reviews, and he said we should schedule a meeting to discuss where I had reached. I said fine, and he asked me if Friday was fine. We agreed to meet and talk on Friday. After he left, I emailed him my review, and he replied, telling me I had done a great job, but that he was running late on a deadline and needed me to finish everything by next week. On Thursday the bodies of the two kidnapped youths were discovered, and it was officially announced that Friday all schools and universities would be closed. Down the drain went our meeting. This past Monday I went to work for my scheduled hours and continued reading the book, actually skimming it as fast as I could, so that I would finish it by Wednesday. Ditto for Tuesday and Wednesday. I was close to finishing the book on Wednesday, but ran out of time, and thought I would put the finishing touches this coming Monday.A whi[...]

Attention, Montreal activists

Fri, 04 May 2007 09:26:00 +0000

Take note of the following event


The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) and Tadamon call upon you to join a picket against the Chapters-Indigo bookstore chain which funds apartheid in Palestine/Israel.

Saturday, May 5th, 2007, 1:00-3:00 pm
Indigo Bookstore, west of McGill College (McGill Metro)
For more information about the campaign, check out the following leaflet
Or call: 514.941.9792
Or email: endapartheid aaaaat riseup dooooot net

Please circulate widely and inform your friends and relatives.
Even if they might not be interested in attending the picket, they would be aware of where their money is going.

Don't forget to boycott the bar code 729 (made in Israel).

Some Thoughts, in Bullet Form

Thu, 03 May 2007 20:07:00 +0000

No pun intended in the title, of course. I don't have time to blog much and for that I apologize, but I thought maybe I could instead tease you with a share of the observations I have been making to myself these past few weeks (or days, I lost track).Did you notice how subdued (drugged?) Walid Jumblatt looks these days? Apparently, I am not the only one who thinks that. Mind you, as the saying goes, do not judge a man by his looks, especially if he happens to be Walid Jumblatt.Western media as usual does a cosmetic surgery of the ugly reality of the Israeli opposition to Olmert and Peretz; here's a typical headline: "Israelis protest over Lebanon war" (BBC). Of course, the opposition to Olmert and Peretz is not because they went to war instead of choosing the diplomatic track, nor because they killed too many civilians, but solely because they failed to achieve victory. Had victory been achievable, and achieved, would anyone have cared about the price in civilian lives that the "enemy" had to pay, or for that matter, expressed anti-war sentiment (not that they do now)?The Israeli left, or what was left of the Israeli left, i.e, the right of the Israeli left, i.e. the center, which is the left of the Israeli right, which is the same as the Israeli right since the left is always at a loss for directions and somehow always tends to move in the opposite direction, has at last shed its image of "leftism", and officially joined the ranks of the right.Chavez is on a rampage (what's new).People are still arguing about whether Lebanon won or lost the July war...I rarely check out, let alone participate in, the "have your say" section of the BBC website; a few days ago, I saw something on the Winograd commission, and decided to write up and send a reply. They still haven't published my reply. I think my name (Anarchist) turned them off. I wrote about the Winograd Commission, and I said that its purpose was twofold: first, doing cosmetic surgery on Israel's image by emphasizing Israeli "values" of accountability, etc. (but not for war crimes and mass murder) ; second, reassuring its patron (do I have to mention who that would be?) that the mistakes of the July war will not be repeated, and that Israel will be a good partner in the "war against terror" from now on. I did not take into consideration the public opinion factor, and still don't. I do not like public opinion much, especially when theorizing about correlation and causality; it is too tricky and slippery, it is not exactly quantifiable except in rare cases where referendum data is available. I do not think Winograd Commission is specifically for a domestic audience, though it certainly may take on that role, too.On July 20, 2006 Gideon Levy accused Israel of launching "Operation Peace for IDF", in an article of the same title. I love the title (which in case you did not get it, is a play on "Operation Peace for Galilee"), though I do not approve of some of what came in the article.Aoun suggested a one-time break from sectarianism (at face value), by having people vote directly for the president. Only a one-time thing, then we can go back to our neat boxes and profess allegiance to this za'im or that, "a strong Christian figure", "a Sunni za'im", "a heroic Sayyed", "a drugged chieftain", etc.If as many people gathered in Lebanon as there were in the anti-Olmert rally in Tel Aviv, people would have been talking about 1.5 million protesters taking to the streets. Not only that, but people would have immediately monopolized that date, and started arguing about "which date" fielded how many supporters. The Lebanese like playing the numbers game, I guess; except when it come[...]

April 29 ODEO Special

Sun, 29 Apr 2007 09:43:00 +0000

I guess this is as subtle a message as can be,
to all the pro-WSF/WSFers out there. ;)
Hopefully one day, you will get the hint.


Against Me! - "Baby, I'm an anarchist"
(and you're a spineless liberal)

Lebanon Mourns the Ziads

Sat, 28 Apr 2007 11:11:00 +0000


Credit: "Touma" borrowed from Pierre Sadek

Media ethics?

Thu, 26 Apr 2007 23:27:00 +0000

I don't recommend that you check out the front page of Al-Balad newspaper today.

I have to say, even though it is nothing as bad as some of the ghastly pictures I have seen, I find it rather distasteful that they would print such stuff, and on the front page to boot.

Which begs the question of media ethics: how far one should/can go, in the name of media freedoms or even for a much nobler cause such as condemning and spreading awareness against such criminal behavior?

The 2 kidnapped youth

Thu, 26 Apr 2007 16:55:00 +0000

Urm, I was about to post the following when my mother came to me with the news that the bodies of the two kidnapped youth have been found.
I have to say, I am very pessimistic regarding the prospects that the two kidnapped youth (one of whom is a 12 year old and the other 25 years old) are going to be returned alive. In a few day's time, their bodies will probably be found somewhere far away from the kidnapping site. I could go into a long analysis of what the objective behind the act is, but I won't. I do not want to get into the "Lebanon's enemies did it because they do not want the stability of Lebanon" frame of mind. I will only say that for sure this is much more than a mere revenge on the part of the Chamas family.

Photo Thursday

Thu, 26 Apr 2007 11:32:00 +0000


Light passes through me lightless, sound soundless,
smoking nowhere, groaning with sudden birds. Paper
dies, flesh melts, leaving stockings and their useless vanity
in graves, bodies lie still across foolish borders.
I'm going my way, going my way gleaning shade, burnt
meridians, dropping carets, flung latitudes, inattention,
screeching looks. I'm trying to put my tongue on dawns
now, I'm busy licking dusk away, tracking deep twittering
silences. You come to this, here's the morrow of it, not
moving, not standing, it's too much to hold up, what I
really want to say is, I don't want no fucking country, here
or there and all the way back, I don't like it, none of it,
easy as that. I'm giving up on land to light on, and why not,
I can't perfect my own shadow, my violent sorrow, my
individual wrists.

Dionne Brand - Land to Light On


Thu, 26 Apr 2007 11:17:00 +0000

I don't know what's wrong, it seems there is a malfunction in the recent comments on the sidebar (blame Canada), or am I the only one who is not seeing the recent comments appearing there as before??

I have also noticed a dramatic reduction in the quality of photos I've uploaded on blogger above a certain size. There seems to be no announcement about any changes in photo uploading policy or limits, so I will assume this is supposed to be an unannounced "you can't do shit about it" change. Lovely. I guess I will have to stick to photobucket to upload my photos.


Tue, 24 Apr 2007 20:45:00 +0000

The Culprit

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 15:15:00 +0000

I was talking a few days ago with a faculty member, and I don't know how we got into a discussion of the assassination of Rafiq al-Hariri. I was taken aback by his argument. To be honest, I would not have been surprised if it came from an undergraduate student, or the multitudes basing their positions and beliefs on what they hear on their favorite TV station(s). Perhaps I had given too much credit to the academic institution in Lebanon.

Note that the discussion below is not a word-for-word transcript, as I am not in the habit of carrying a tape recorder with me.

Syria the Culprit
~~ or ~~
Prove their innocence or shut the hell up


Me: I have to say, though, that the plausibility that Syria might not be the culprit in the assassination is quite high.
Professor X: Well, no. It isn't.
Me: ...
X: Syria is guilty until proven innocent. Usually it is the other way around, innocent until proven guilty, but in this case it is not.
Me: Why not? What makes it the exception?
X: Because Lebanon was under Syrian occupation and nothing could have gone on without Syria's knowledge.
Me: Oh come on now, that is not true. You are saying there could have been no intelligence agents other than those of Syria?
X: I'm saying that those tons of bombs couldn't have gone unnoticed if it weren't Syria.
Me: Really? Then, by the same token, the Spanish authorities were the ones that carried out the Madrid train bombings?
X: ... the same comparison has been drawn by some people in response to what I have said... but still...
Me: ...

Photo Thursday

Thu, 19 Apr 2007 17:22:00 +0000

The Slaying of St. George

(image) St. George hotel & yacht club
أنا أعتقد أن قول الحقيقة وتسمية الاشياء بأسمائها، أهم من الإمساك بالعصا من النصف، ولذلك كنت أول من أطلق على اعتصام المعارضة في الساحتين اسم «احتلال» لان الصفة القانونية لاستعمال أملاك الغير هي «احتلال».ا
I think that telling the truth and calling things by their name is more important than holding the stick in the middle, and this is why I was the first to have labeled the opposition sit-in in the two squares as "occupation", because the legal term for using the properties of others is "occupation."
Can you guess who said this? The first to guess correctly will receive a generous reward.