Sunday, August 30, 2009

Notice the Tshirt with Che'.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

AP editoriziling the "news"

New Fatah leadership boosts Mideast peace efforts

By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, Associated Press Writer Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press Writer – Tue Aug 11, 2:57 pm ET
BETHLEHEM, West Bank – Fatah has elected a rejuvenated leadership that will likely bring the mainstream Palestinian movement (bold and color are my emphasis) more in line with President Barack Obama's vision for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement, according to unofficial results released Tuesday.

But a reluctant Israel and militant Islamic Hamas stranglehold on the Gaza Strip pose formidable obstacles (bold and color are my emphasis) on the road toward a peace accord....
Everybody should be breaking out in song and dance because "GOOD" Palestinian Fatah has elected a rejuvenated movement. "BAD" Israel who is linked to the bad Islamic Hamas pose formidable obstacles. Glad to see AP isn't injecting any editorializing in it's "news" articles. What happed to just the 5 W's: Who, What, When, Where and How?

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sit Yasir, Fetch Abbas

Maybe it's time to buy a dog and name it Yasir Arafat or Mahmud Abbas.Muslims believe dogs can violate ritual purity and consider them unclean. Calling someone a dog is one of the worst insults in the Middle East. The problem is I like dogs too much to insult an animal with such a name.

Sadat's daughter takes on Hollywood movie

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press Writer Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press Writer – Sat Aug 8, 11:32 am ET
CAIRO – The daughter of Egypt's former president Anwar Sadat has filed a complaint against the makers of "I Love You Man," a 2009 Dreamworks film, for naming a dog after her father, her lawyer said Saturday.
Egypt's prosecutor will look into the complaint, but it is unclear what sort of action Egyptian courts could take against the Hollywood movie company.
In the movie, actor Jason Segel's character has a dog named Anwar Sadat. When asked if it's because he likes the former president's policies, the character replies it is due to the dog's resemblance to the Egyptian leader.
The name of the dog also appears in the credits as Anwar Sadat, playing himself, the dog.
"This is a disaster, a serious affront," said Samir Sabri, the lawyer for Rokaya Sadat, daughter of the former president and peace Nobel prize winner.
The film, directed by John Hamburg, opened in Egypt last month, but the scene with the dog had earlier been excised by the distributor. Word of the scene only came to light in the last week when it was publicized by an Egyptian Web site.
"This has caused serious psychological and moral damages to the plaintiff, as President Sadat is a prominent figure in the Arab history in general and in Egyptian history in particular," the lawyer's brief said. "Everyone agrees that he is a unique leader who was politically savvy, and has worked hard to serve his country."
Muslims believe dogs can violate ritual purity and consider them unclean. Calling someone a dog is one of the worst insults in the Middle East.
Commentators in Egypt have called the movie, which grossed more than $71 million in the U.S., another in a long series slights against Arabs and Muslims in Hollywood.

Monday, August 3, 2009

More misplaced sympathy and concern

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East, Robert H. Serry, center, visits Palestinian families a day after they were evicted from their house in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, Monday, Aug. 3, 2009. Israeli police evicted two Palestinian families in east Jerusalem on Sunday, then allowed Jewish settlers to move into their homes, drawing criticism from Palestinians, the United Nations and the State Department.(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
So after the world meddles in an internal Israeli matter that went through a free democratic country's legal system - all the way to the Supreme Court - the UN must explicitly show it's misplaced sympathy and concern. When was the last time the UN visited people in Sderot, or victims and families from any of the homicide bombers or... you get my point.