Category: Lebanon

Fisk on Fadlallah

 Robert Fisk’s commentary on CNN’s firing of Octavia Nasr for a tweet praising Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah (who died this week): Poor old CNN goes on getting more cowardly by the hour. That’s why no one cares about it any more. That can’t be said about Fadlallah. The Americans put it about that he had blessed …

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Another curmudgeon comments

 Ralph Nader, another “American of Lebanese descent” comments on the departure of Helen Thomas:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z_dcD5ebPQ  During this interview, Paul Jay mentions his own opinion piece, titled “In Defense of Helen Thomas — On Apologizing to Apologists.”  Here’s an important part of it: At any rate, we all know what’s going on here. The hyper-pro-Israel lobby, …

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A toast to Helen

 Where else but in America can you pillory the career of an old woman for the mere crime of having the audacity to speak her mind? The purge of the screeching castrati of our fourth estate is now nearly complete – any reporter who dared consider the improbable narrative that always justifies all that Israel …

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A brief encounter

 I met Helen Thomas several years ago at a Washington DC restaurant. When I made the mistake of addressing her as a Lebanese-American (hard to recall now if my vocals were likewise hyphenated), she quickly corrected me. “I am an American of Lebanese descent!” I think she even wagged her finger at me as she …

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Haiti: the Lebanese and the bat-crap crazies

 Curious about the origins of Pat Robertson’s outrageous comments about Haiti’s latest agony, my research turned up this interesting nugget in Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiti):  “In 1912 Syrians residing in Haiti participated in a plot in which the presidential palace was destroyed.”  Syrians in Haiti?  My spider-sense for all things Levantine was tingling, so I digressed from …

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Gideon Levy: Waltz with Bashir

 Since this movie has been much talked about, on this list and among Oscar buzzers, today’s review by Gideon Levy in Haaretz offers a perspective I’ve not seen elsewhere: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1065552.html  “…the film is infuriating, disturbing, outrageous and deceptive. It deserves an Oscar for the illustrations and animation – but a badge of shame for its …

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The Brainwashington Post

 Posted 1/1/2009 3:59:06 PM in response to “Hard Truths About the Conflict” by Robert J. Lieber, a professor of government and international affairs at Georgetown University, is most recently the author of “The American Era: Power and Strategy for the 21st Century.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/31/AR2008123102773.html?hpid=opinionsbox1 Such precision! The splattered brains and entrails of only 1 in 5 …

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