Thursday, December 27, 2007

Quick roundup

Juan Cole has an excellent post up on the Top 10 myths of Iraq 2007 cutting through the spin and lies. Does anybody with half a brain cell actually believe that a couple of months of "relative calm" after 5 year years of terrorism against Iraq equal a "new beginning"? I don't. Then again, I was against the war from the start.

As'ad AbuKhalil found the following gem from yesteryear : On February 21nd, 1888, the New York Times carried a story with this headline: "Masters of Mendicants: Syrian Arabs Infesting the Cities. How they squeeze through castle garden-pen; Pictures of the most filthy of immigrants." The reporter then noted the differences between the Swedish immigrants and Arabs: The Swedes, dressed in their best clothes, with earnest, honest faces, impatient to start for their destinations in the West and begin making capital for themselves by honest toil, and the dirty, ragged, shiftless Arabs without stockings, their hands in their pockets, and puffing away at cigarettes, which they roll up themselves from tobacco they managed to beg from their fellow immigrants. When a couple of these fellows were addressed by the reporter in their native Arabic they looked astonished, and then thrust their dirty paws into his hand to shake....the reporter went, and in opening the basement door he was...overpowered by a combination of different kind of stenches, the most pungent being the stench that arises from a crowd of people huddled together and who have not washed themselves or their clothes in which they sleep for at least 12 month..."
(Good to know the NYT has maintained the same high standards of publication)

Seems like Benazir Bhutto will not be on the rigged ballot this year(or any year for that matter). More crocodile tears to follow.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Joke of the month : Mona Eltahawy pretending to "protest"...

.....safely behind hijabis and others. I guess theres only so much a Wolfowitz recommended neocon go-go girl can do.
Looks like she's lost, or just realized how ridiculous highlights on a middle aged woman look. Wheres Egyptian state police brutality when you did need it?
Seriously, does anyone with a pinch of gray matter think a charlatan like Eltahawy actually wants a genuine change of affairs in the Middle East? I don't, not for a second. More like a political face lift to make the illusion believable.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Jinnah

This movie was recommended to me by a Pakistani friend. I could not find it on DVD, but Google video hooked me up. Hollywood gave "Gandhi"(more fiction then fact) wide exposure, but how many people know anything about Muhammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan? Was he an opportunist or a man who despite failing health and extraordinary odds managed to bring about the creation of the largest Muslim nation at the time? Partition is neither glossed over not are the complexities of the relationship between Jinnah, Nehru and Gandhi presented in black and white. I generally don't like learning history through movies but found this film to be a great introduction on Quaid-e-Azam. He would no doubt be disgusted by the criminals running Pakistan today.


Monday, December 03, 2007

How to go from rags to riches the Ayaan Hirsi Magan way

Thats her real name, not Ayaan Hirsi Ali as she claims. This was the documentary which exposed her monstrous lies. Asylym seekers sure have become creative, just ask Wafa Sultan.

The Economist writes:
The facts as Ms Hirsi Ali tells them here do not fit well either with some of the stories she has told in the past or with her tendency in her political writing to ascribe most of the troubles of the Muslim world to Islam…As a young woman, Ms Hirsi Ali’s mother, Asha, does not seem to have inhabited “the virgin’s cage” that the author claims imprisons Muslim women around the world. At the age of 15, she travelled by herself to Aden where she got a job cleaning house for a British woman…Ms Hirsi Ali sounds less frank when she tells the convoluted story of how and why she came to seek asylum at the age of 22 in the Netherlands. She has admitted in the past to changing her name and her age, and to concocting a story for the Dutch authorities about running away from Somalia’s civil war. (In fact she left from Kenya, where she had had refugee status for ten years.)…

However, last May a Dutch television documentary suggested that while Ms Hirsi Ali did run away from a marriage, her life was in no danger…the facts as she tells them about the many chances she passed up to get out of the marriage—how her father and his clan disapproved of violence against women; how relatives already in the Netherlands helped her to gain asylum; and how her ex-husband peaceably agreed to a divorce—hardly seem to bear her out.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is not the first person to use false pretences to try to find a better life in the West, nor will she be the last. But the muddy account given in this book of her so-called forced marriage becomes more troubling when one considers that Ms Hirsi Ali has built a career out of portraying herself as the lifelong victim of fanatical Muslims.
describes herself as a woman who “fights for the rights of Muslim women, the enlightenment of Islam and the security of the West,” Hirsi Ali, according to Lorraine Ali of Newsweek, “is more a hero among Islamophobes than Islamic women”.









From Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu 'anhu) who said that Allah's Messenger (pbuh) said:

There will come upon the people years of deceit in which the liar will be believed, the truthful disbelieved, the treacherous will be trusted and the trustworthy held to be treacherous, and the despicable (ar-Ruwaybidah) will speak out. It was said: Who are the despicable ones (ar-Ruwaybidah)? He said: The lowly, ignoble man who speaks out about the public affairs.