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Naguib Mahfouz Rip Nobel Prize Winning

Naguib Mahfouz, RIP Nobel prize-winning Arabic novelist and short story writer Naguib Mahfouz is dead at 94. Do yourself a favor and read him. If you want a window on Arab culture,…

Bush Maintains Ending Us Occupation Of

Bush Maintains ending US Occupation of Iraq will Infuriate Terrorists Bush says that ending the Iraq occupation will open America to a terrorist attack. I can’t imagine why he says that. If…

Diwaniyah Ceasefire In Doubt Spike In

Diwaniyah Ceasefire in Doubt Spike in Death toll Continues, with over 50 dead Dan Murphy of the CSM writes about the increasing fragmentation of Iraqi politics and militias at the local level.…

Israeli War On Lebanese Civilians

Israeli War on Lebanese Civilians Continues A top United Nations humanitarian official, Jan Egeland, said he was shocked on inspecting southern Lebanon to find it littered with deadly unexploded cluster bombs. These…

Rumsfeld Accuses Critics Of

Rumsfeld Accuses Critics Of

Rumsfeld Accuses Critics of Appeasement of Fascists The LA Times reports that ‘ Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Tuesday compared critics of the Bush administration to those who sought to appease…

Americans Bombed Diwaniyah 26 Bodies

Americans bombed Diwaniyah 26 Bodies found in Baghad On Wednesday morning in Iraq, guerrillas set off a bomb outside a military recruiting center, killing 12 and wounding 38. Two more US troops…

Over 100 Killed In Iraq 100 Wounded

Over 100 Killed in Iraq, 100 Wounded Mahdi Army Clashes in Diwaniyah Bombings Rock Turkey Two more US troops were announced dead on Monday, bringing the total dead among GIs for the…

Civil War Violence Explodes Throughout

Civil War Violence Explodes Throughout Iraq At Least 80 Dead, Dozens Wounded 6 US Troops Killed al-Zaman says that [Ar.] Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has been forced to make alterations in his…

Collier Shaped Charge Bogey Man

Collier: The “Shaped Charge” Bogey Man Military historian and former Green Beret Tom Collier writes: ‘ We have read recently in the press about “sophisticated shaped-charge” mines destroying Coalition vehicles in Iraq.…

Achcar Guest Editorial Situation In

Achcar Guest Editorial: The Situation in Iraq The Situation in Iraq by Gilbert Achcar [The following excerpt is from the Epilogue to Perilous Power: The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, by…

Ahmadinejad We Are Not Threat To Any

Ahmadinejad: We are Not a Threat to Any Country, Including Israel Believe it, don’t believe it, that’s up to you. But at least we should know what exactly he said, which is…

European Force Of 7000 To Be Deployed

European Force of 7,000 to be Deployed Israeli Blockade Strangles Lebanon The illegal Israeli blockade of civilian Lebanese ports continues to inflict massive damage on Lebanon and on ordinary Lebanese from all…

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91.7% of Iraqis Say “US Troops Out” 30 Dead, Dozens Wounded in Civil War Violence On Sunday morning in Iraq, guerrillas deployed a car bomb to blow up the offices of the…

Eu To Send 7000 Peacekeepers To

EU to send 7000 Peacekeepers to Lebanon Israeli Cluster Bombs Menace Lebanese Children European nations have pledged 7000 troops to a peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon. France will lead the force, and…

Amara Base Looted As British Withdraw

Amara Base Looted as British Withdraw Qadiri Sufi Order Declared Jihad on Americans, Shiites Things did not go well in Iraq on Friday according to WaPo. First, the British withdrew from Camp…

Republican Congressional Report On

Republican Congressional Report on Iran Riddled With Errors Here is what the professionals are saying about the Republican-dominated Subcommittee on Intelligence Policy report on Iran that slams US intelligence professionals for poor…

Turkey Strikes Pkk Bases In North Iraq

Turkey Strikes PKK Bases in North Iraq; At Least 29 Dead in Civil War Bombings, Shootings Turkish jets bombed bases in northern Iraq on Thursday of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), which…

South Beiruts Divine Victory Patrick

South Beiruts Divine Victory Patrick

South Beirut’s Divine Victory Patrick McGreevy writes from Beirut: “So . . . I went to Bourj Brajneh and Haret Hreik in the southern suburbs today. No need for words; the pictures…

Interior Minister Narrowly Avoids

Interior Minister Narrowly avoids bombing; Bush faces Choice of Withdrawal or Draft The Bush administration’s call-up of 2500 US Marine reservists who have already given 4 years of service shows how desperate…

Beirut War Diary Rasha Saltis Beirut

Beirut War Diary Rasha Salti’s Beirut War Diary. Syria is threatening to close its borders with Lebanon if UN troops are stationed along the borders of the two countries. Lebanon is extremely…

Mcgreevy Beautiful Beirut Patrick

McGreevy: Beautiful Beirut Patrick McGreevy writes from Beirut: ‘ Beautiful Beirut Is a moment of crisis a time to understand a place? Or only a time to romanticize or demonize because our…

Oil Workers Strike In Iraq Inflation

Oil Workers Strike in Iraq Inflation Rate hits 70% amid stagflation Reuters reports on civil war violence in Iraq. Among the worst incidents: ‘ *MOSUL – Gunmen killed a family of five,…

Helman Guest Editorial Peril In

Helman Guest Editorial: Peril in Lebanon Ambassador Gerald B. Helman writes: ‘ The momentum that was imparted by the Security Council’s cease fire resolution (1701) on August 11, is in danger of…

Bushs Arab Dream Palace Is It

Bush’s Arab Dream Palace Is it Narcissism? Bush said again on Monday that he would keep US troops in Iraq until 2009 and argued that for the US to withdraw would send…

Jonbenet Ramsey And Abeer Al Janabi

JonBenet Ramsey and Abeer al-Janabi Overseas readers who don’t watch US-based cable news may not know that there is a news blackout on the 24 hours news stations, which have shown endless…

Sunni Shiite Conflict Takes New Turn

Sunni-Shiite Conflict takes New Turn CNN reports the civil war violence in the Baghdad-Diyala corridor. Al-Zaman/ DPA report that two members of Iraqi military intelligence were shot dead in the southern port…

Mcgreevy Guest Editorial Lebanon

McGreevy Guest Editorial: Lebanon: The Transnation Patrick McGreevy writes from Beirut: ‘ Some Western leaders are profoundly disturbed that Hezbollah, a non-state entity, should have such autonomy to act within and even…

Shiite Reaction To Massacre Blame On

Shiite reaction to Massacre: Blame on Sunni Mosques Sunnis Allege Reprisals on Mosques, Civilians Narratives of what happened on Sunday, when snipers targeted Shiite pilgrims as they passed through Sunni Arab neighborhoods…

Lebanon War Environtmental Disaster So

Lebanon War an Environtmental Disaster So says Fouad Hamdan writes in the Daily Star: ‘ An environmental catastrophe unfolded on July 12 when war broke out between Israel and Hizbullah. Around 1,000…

Shiite Pilgrims Slaughtered Us Losing

Shiite Pilgrims Slaughtered US losing Battle of Baghdad Guerrillas on rooftops let loose barrages of machine gun fire at Shiite pilgrims on foot as the moved through northern Baghdad to the shrine…

Fallout Of Failed Israeli Raid Al

Fallout of Failed Israeli Raid Al-Sharq al-Awsat reports that the Israeli raid into the Biqa’ was aimed at kidnapping a prominent Hizbullah leader, or possibly recovering captured Israeli soldiers. The official Israeli…

56 Of Americans Iraq War Not Worth It

56% of Americans: Iraq War not Worth it Lockdown Continues amid Shiite Pilgrimage and more Violence US troops found weaponry in an office affiliated with Shiite nationalist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The US…

Israeli Commando Raid Foiled Hizbullah

Israeli Commando Raid foiled: Hizbullah Lebanon says that the Israelis made a commando raid into the Biqa’ valley, attacking a village near Baalbak. The Lebanese maintain that they foiled the raid. The…

Tension Between Iran And Shiites In

Tension between Iran and Shiites In Iraq Iraqi Shiite Attacks on Iran Amit Paley and Saad al-Izzi at WaPo explore anti-Iranian feelings among Shiite sectarian groups in southern Iraq. Louise Roug of…

Jumblatt Blasts Syria Hizbullah Revs

Jumblatt Blasts Syria Hizbullah revs up Aid to Victims Majority in US wants Even-Handed Policy Anthony Cordesman surveys the military pros and cons of the way the war was waged. (PDF). This…

48 Killed Dozens Wounded Basra Tribal

48 Killed, Dozens Wounded Basra Tribal Leader Threatens More Violence 2 US GIs Killed Two more US GIs were announced killed in Iraq on Thursday. Roadside bombings against US and multinational forces…

Hizbullah Rejects Syrian Position

Hizbullah Rejects Syrian Position Lebanese Army Begins reaching South DPA/ al-Zaman report that [Ar.] in Beirut, Hizbullah declined to adopt the position of Syrian President Bashar al-Asad in accusing the reformist politicians…

Blue Jinn Cole In Salon On Iraqi

The Blue Jinn: Cole in Salon on Iraqi Speaker My article in Salon.com on the controversy surrounding the Speaker or President of the Iraqi parliament, Dr. Mahmoud Mashhadani. By the way, a…

Marsh Arabs Attack Basra Governor 22

Marsh Arabs Attack Basra Governor 22 Killed, 93 Wounded in Baghdad Bombings Security Collapses in Mosul The Gulf Daily News writes that bombs killed 22 and wounded 93 in the center of…

Battle Of Speeches Breaks Out In Wake

Battle Of Speeches Breaks Out In Wake

Battle of the Speeches Breaks out in Wake of Lebanon War Israel shot 5 Hizbullah fighters on Tuesday and Hizbullah fired ten rockets inside Lebanon at Israel troops. Emergency workers dug 38…

Civil War Violence Reaches New Heights

Civil War Violence Reaches New Heights in Iraq Religious Group Clashes with Police in Karbala Bush Opposes Partition Faith-based civil war violence killed 110 civilians each day in July, a new report…

Close Building War On Iran Ray Close

Close: The Building War on Iran Ray Close, a retired CIA analyst of Arab affairs, writes: ‘ Despite vehement official assertions to the contrary, indications are increasing every day that the Bush…

Fragile Ceasefire In Lebanon Naharnet

Fragile Ceasefire in Lebanon Naharnet/ AFP report ‘ A ceasefire aimed at silencing the guns in Lebanon remained fragile as thousands of Lebanese streamed back home to the devastated south and Hizbullah…

Guest Comment On Occasion Of Uri

Guest Comment: On the Occasion of Uri Grossman’s Death Todd Hasak-Lowy On the Occasion of Uri Grossman’s Death ‘ About five years ago I had the good fortune of hearing David Grossman,…

Vl Day Patrick Mcgreevy Writes From

VL Day? Patrick McGreevy writes from Beirut: ‘ VL Day? It’s 11 pm in Beirut, and honking cars and motorbikes are cruising the Corniche while their occupants discharge Kalashnikovs into the black…

Cole On Majority Report Im Booked To

Cole on Majority Report I’m booked to be on Air America’s Majority Report Monday evening 7:40 or so EST. Please consider writing to tell the channel’s managers and owners how much you…

Israel Kills 38 Civilians On Eve Of

Israel Kills 38 Civilians on Eve of Ceasefire Hersh: Israeli Campaign Dress Rehearsal for War on Iran 250 Hizbullah Rockets Slam into northern Israel, Kill 1 Seymour Hersh says that sources knowledgeable…

63 Dead 140 Wounded At Zafaraniyah Us

63 Dead, 140 Wounded at Zafaraniyah US Raids Ministry of Health The Associated Press reports that after 7 pm on Sunday, Sunni Arab guerrillas suddenly attacked the Shiite Zaafaraniyah district of Baghdad.…

Mcgreevy Wars Deathbed Patrick

McGreevy: The War’s Deathbed Patrick McGreevy writes from Beirut: The War’s Deathbed ‘ It is 3 am in Beirut. The war is scheduled to keel over and give up the ghost in…

Saving Baghdad Like We Saved Fallujah

Saving Baghdad Like We Saved Fallujah: Guest Comment A reader who was in Iraq recently writes: ‘[Baghdad:] . . . The city is virtually shut down, and the population suffers from collective…

Jill Carroll On Her Captivity

Jill Carroll on Her Captivity The Christian Science Monitor is carrying a serial account by journalist Jill Carroll of her captivity in the hands of Iraqi guerrillas. CSM is one of our…

Khalilzad And Iran Guest Comments

Khalilzad and Iran: Guest Comments An informed observer writes: ‘ Ambassador Khalilzad made statements in Baghdad regarding Iran, perhaps for US and Western consumption and seemingly timed in relation to events in…

Lebanon Accepts Un Ceasefire Hizbullah

Lebanon Accepts UN Ceasefire Hizbullah Kills 24 Israeli Soldiers Despite significant reservations, the Lebanese government on Sunday morning accepted the UN security council resolution. Hizbullah leader Shaikh Hasan Nasrallah also indicated that…

Fuel Crisis In Baghdad Dozens Of

Fuel Crisis in Baghdad Dozens of Bodies Found The Sunni Arab guerrillas have long sought to cut Baghdad off from fuel. Al-Sharq al-Awsat/ AFP say that the strategy may be working. The…

Personal Message On Marjayoun Dr

Personal Message on Marjayoun Dr. Khalil Mouchantaf writes from the US Northeast: ‘Dear Mr. Cole, Today I received very sad and shocking news. Three of the civilians who died out of the…

Qaeda Operative In London Bomb Plot

Qaeda Operative in London Bomb Plot Escapes ‘ Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas said the administration’s “poor management” in Iraq “has created a rallying cry for international terrorists” and “diverted our focus,…

Israeli Response To Un Ceasefire Call

Israeli Response to UN Ceasefire Call: Invades with 30,000 more Troops, Races for Litani The United Nations Security Council finally called for a cessation of hostilities between Israel and Lebanon late Friday.…

Iraq Kurdish Shiite Struggle For

Iraq: Kurdish-Shiite Struggle for Kirkuk Provokes Violence in Shiite South Even though most sermons on Friday in Iraq, both Shiite and Sunni, denounced faith-based violence, tensions over religion continued to run high.…

Shapiro Guest Editorial What Will

Shapiro Guest Editorial: ‘ What will Israel Do? What Will Israel Do? by Adam Shapiro ‘ Each day and night of the week I have been here, I have heard and felt…

Pakistan Connection Pakistani Police

The Pakistan Connection Pakistani police on Thursday arrested a number of UK Muslims within Pakistan who were also suspected of involvement in the “Liquid Bomb Threat.” British authorities say that they have…

Israeli Jets Kill 11 Wound 11 In Sunni

Israeli Jets Kill 11, Wound 11 in Sunni North Naharnet roundup for early Friday morning (summarizes original sources plus AP & AFP): ‘ Israeli jets pounded Beirut’s southern suburbs and two border…

Najaf Bombing Kills 34 Wounds 122

Najaf Bombing Kills 34, Wounds 122 A radical Sunni Arab group claimed responsibility Thursday for a horrific bombing in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, near the shrine of Ali. The bombing…

String Of Attacks That Will Continue

“A String of attacks that will continue and become stronger” The failure of the Bush administration to take the threat of Bin Laden and Zawahiri seriously and to capture them continues to…

More Bodies Found In Shiyah Rubble

More Bodies Found in Shiyah Rubble Hizbullah Kills 15 Israeli Troops Hizbullah Accepts Leb. Gov. Plan Shaikh Hasan Nasrallah, Secretary General of the Hizbullah Party, made a long videotaped statement released on…

Najaf Bombed 60 Percent Of Voters

Najaf Bombed 60 Percent of Voters Oppose War. Dozens of police were wounded and some may have been killed by a suicide bombing in the holy city of Najaf. Najaf has the…

Cheney For Lieberman With Apologies To

Cheney for Lieberman With Apologies to John Donne Lieberman’s selfishness in risking splitting the Democratic vote by running as an independent is breathtaking. He has proved that he is not a Democrat.…

Ghaziyah Shiyah Bombed With Civilian

Ghaziyah, Shiyah, Bombed, with civilian CasualitiesIsraeli Civilians Shelled, Evacuated from North The Israeli air force hit civilians at Ghaziyah in the south on Monday, killing 14. When the victims’ families and friends…

Malikius Military Rift Over Bombing

Maliki/US Military Rift over Bombing Sadr City 33 Dead in Iraq bombings, Assassinations Al-Hayat writes: A series of bombings shook Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 24 Iraqis. AP is reporting Iraq-wide…

Liebermans Defeat It Is Very Important

Lieberman’s Defeat It is very important that Joe Lieberman was defeated in the Democratic primary in Connecticut on Tuesday, for the following reasons. First of all, the man was brain dead on…

Open Country For Civil Resistance For

An Open Country for Civil Resistance FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 8, 2006 Lebanon: An Open Country for Civil Resistance www.lebanonsolidarity.org This is the first press release for the Campaign of Resistance, a…

Bush Islamic Fascism And Christians Of

Bush Islamic Fascism And Christians Of

Bush, Islamic Fascism and the Christians of Jounieh Bush is on vacation, his favorite place to be during a major crisis. The August retreat is the only open admission he makes that…

Lebanon Headlines Massive Israeli Air

Lebanon Headlines Massive Israeli air raids on Lebanon killed 33, mostly if not all civilians, on Monday. The Lebanese government said it would send 15,000 Lebanese troops south to secure the border…

Mcgreevy Facing West From Arab Country

McGreevy: Facing West from Arab Country Patrick McGreevy Writes from Beirut: ’8 August 2006 Facing West from Arab Country US leaders often assert that their policies and actions in the Middle East…

Mashhadani On Americastan In Iraq

Mashhadani on Americastan in Iraq Gilbert Achcar kindly translates a recent article from al-Hayat, interviewing the Speaker of the House of the Iraqi Parliament. I repeat, this is the elected speaker of…

Israeli Air Raids Kill 12 Hizbullah

Israeli Air Raids Kill 12 Hizbullah Rockets kill 15 If we start in the north and work south, here is what the Israel-Lebanon War looked like on Sunday. Israeli air raids on…

Save Lebanese Civilians Faleh

Save Lebanese Civilians Faleh A. Jabar, an Iraqi intellectual resident in Beirut who has been a leading force in promoting a democratic intellectual culture in Iraq, writes from Lebanon: Dear All: This…

Battle For Baghdad Us Troops Clashed

Battle for Baghdad US troops clashed with the Mahdi Army of clerical nationalist Muqtada al-Sadr in Sadr City Monday morning. A car bombing of a large hall being used for a mourning…

Wiping Off Face Of Map Reprint This

Wiping Off Face Of Map Reprint This

Wiping off the Face of the Map (Reprint) This bothered enough of the right people that I thought I’d reprint from Saturday. Note for the humorless: it is an editorial photo-cartoon, not…

One Ring To Rule Them Wholesale

One Ring To Rule Them Wholesale

One Ring to Rule Them The wholesale destruction of all of Lebanon by Israel and the US Pentagon does not make any sense. Why bomb roads, bridges, ports, fuel depots in Sunni…

Lebanon War Grinds On Despite Un

Lebanon War Grinds on Despite UN Diplomacy On Sunday morning, “Six civilians were killed when an air-to-ground missile hit a house in the village of Ansar, near the port city of Sidon.…

Bombings In Baqubah Ambush Near Kirkuk

Bombings in Baqubah, Ambush Near Kirkuk Reuters details guerrilla violence on Saturday (and late Friday. An army checkpoint sprayed with fire, killing 5 soldiers, near Kirkuk. Three bombs in Baqubah wounded 10.…

Israeli Bombers Hit Christian Areas

Israeli Bombers Hit Christian Areas

Israeli Bombers Hit Christian Areas Israeli Massacre of Syrian Workers, Other Civilians Death Toll of 38 Courtesy the Daily Star The Daily Star reports: “Israeli warplanes destroyed five bridges along the main…

Thousands Of Sadrists Rally For

Thousands of Sadrists Rally for Hizbullah in Baghdad Guerrilla Uprising in Mosul Some 100,000 Sadrists rallied against Israel’s war on Lebanon [Ar.] in Sadr City on Friday, their ranks swelled by an…

Israelis Kill 7 Civilians In Massive

Israelis Kill 7 Civilians in Massive Air Raids on Beirut, South, Baalbak Hizbullah Rockets Kill 8 Civilians in Israel Israel resumed a heavy bombardment of South Beirut on Thursday, hitting al-Awza’i 24…

38 Dead Including 2 Sadrists Killed By

38 Dead, including 2 Sadrists Killed by US US, UK Officials Admit Slide toward Civil War : Reuters says that 24 persons were killed or reported dead on Thursday. But 2 of…

Mcgreevy Justice Comes To Qana Patrick

McGreevy: “Justice” Comes to Qana Patrick McGreevy writes from Beirut: “Justice” Comes to Qana ‘ The attacks of 11 September 2001 gave many ordinary Americans a palpable experience of injustice. Addressing both…

Hrw Israel Guilty Of War Crimes Human

HRW: Israel Guilty of War Crimes Human Rights Watch, after extensive investigation, has concluded that the Israeli military is guilty of war crimes. HRW says: Israeli forces have systematically failed to distinguish…

56 Dead In Iraq Violence Spike In

56 Dead in Iraq Violence Spike in Attacks on US Troops out of Anger over Israel It’s Iraq, Stupid, concludes the Trib on the basis of a new Gallup poll that shows…

190 Hizbullah Rockets Rain Down On

190 Hizbullah Rockets Rain down on Israel 21 Wounded There had been some question about whether Hizbullah’s ability to hit Israel with rockets had been degraded, or whether it was just observing…

Karen Hughes Denies Israel Has Blank

Karen Hughes Denies Israel Has Blank Check Fierce Fighting at Aita al-Shaab, Baalbak Karen Hughes, W.’s official in charge of public diplomacy to the Muslim world, must be about the loneliest person…

70 Killed In Civil Violence 45

70 Killed in Civil Violence 45 Pilgrims Kidnapped Grand Ayatollahs Turn on Shiite Government? Amid a wave of bombings and violence on Tuesday, among the more dangerous developments was the kidnapping in…

Brown Guest Editorial From Suez To

Brown Guest Editorial: From Suez to Baalbak Kenneth Brown* writes: SUEZ A HALF-CENTURY ON: THE CONTINUATION OF WAR BY WAR As a visiting American student in Jerusalem in 1956, I became an…

Israeli Ground War Ramps Up Worldwide

Israeli Ground War Ramps Up; Worldwide Rallies; Iraqi Vice President Slams Israel There were widespread protests in the Muslim world on Monday against the Qana massacre. 120 Egyptian MPs marched to demand…

Sistani Fatwa On Qana Fatwa By Grand

Sistani Fatwa on Qana The fatwa by Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani condemning Israel for the Qana massacre and threatening the United States with consequences if it continued to block a ceasefire has…