Israeli military kills nine Palestinian children and a 5-month-old

February 29, 2008 § Leave a comment

(Image of the 5-month-old killed in an Israeli attack from al-Jazeera.)

The heading is not an exaggeration or a misstatement. Over the past 48 hours, the Israeli military launched 30 incursions into Gaza that have left 31 Palestinians dead, including a 5-month-old boy and nine children. Al-Jazeera now reports that Israeli tanks are stationed on the northern border of Gaza signaling the possibility of a widespread Israeli ground incursion.

The photos below are the victims of the Israeli incurisons into Gaza. From al-Jazeera

“Exchange Student Starved While in Egypt”

February 29, 2008 § 1 Comment

A 17-year-old American traveled to Egypt for a year-long exchange program where he stayed with a family of Coptic Christians and claimed that they withheld food from him. Over the course of a year (correction: 6 months), he dropped down to 97 pounds. This is, of course, a story being spread in the English-language media under the above headline as well as, “Emaciated in Egypt: Exchange gone wrong.” Click here for the story and the pictures.

The student’s story seems legit and it does appear that the host family did not provide all the food they should have, but does this constitute “starvation”? It’s slightly ridiculous, but I only posted it because the host father’s reaction to charges of “starving the boy” is priceless. He said:

“The truth is, the boy we hosted for nearly six months was eating for an hour and a half at every meal. The amount of food he ate at each meal was equal to six people,” Hanna said.

I think most people that stay in the Middle East for a year come back practically obese. Plus, a shawarma in Egypt costs about 75 cents! Eating a meal of meat covered in sheep fat is kind of a solution to starvation, no? Markets are also plentiful. And besides, the student’s diet doesn’t seem tantamount to starvation.

He said he never got breakfast and his first food of the day usually was a small piece of bread with cucumbers and cheese that he would take to school for lunch. There was a late-afternoon dinner consisting of beans, vegetables and sometimes fish, and a snack of bread later in the evening.

Late-afternoon? Beans and vegetables, but only sometimes fish? The horror!

Mughniya’s widow blames Syria for assassination

February 29, 2008 § Leave a comment

(Image of Mughniya and Nasrallah from al-Arabiya.)

Al-Arabiya reports that the wife of assassinated Hezbullah military leader ‘Amad  al-Mughniya has accused Syria of playing a role in the assassination of her husband. Al-Arabiya conveniently has the article in English and Arabic. Here’s an excerpt from the English article:

“The Syrian traitors assisted in killing my husband,” the Italian news agency AKI quoted Mughniah’s widow as telling an Iranian website. She asserted that the Syrians’ refusal to allow Iranian investigators to probe the assassination proves their involvement in the murder of Mugniah.

Arba’een

February 29, 2008 § Leave a comment

(Image of the Imam Husayn shrine during Arba’een in Karbala from al-Manar.)

Arba’een means 40 in Arabic and it is the length of time which Shi’i Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Husayn, the son of Ali and the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad. Yesterday was Arba’een and 7-9 million Shi’a visited the Iraqi city of Karbala where Imam Husayn was killed in battle in the year 680.

People wore black. Some hit themselves. Attacks were thwarted. No one was killed.

(Image from al-Rai.)

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February 29, 2008 § Leave a comment

(Above image of the USS Cole from al-Jazeera English.)

Al-Jazeera reports that three U.S. warships, including the USS Cole, have been stationed off the Lebanese coast. One U.S. official is quoted as saying this is a measure which shows the U.S.’s commitment to stability in the region. Here is an article in English.

Are you kidding me? Docking your war ships off the coast of Lebanon is not a stabilizing act — it is a blatant provocation and an attempt to intimidate Syria and Hezbullah a week after Nasrallah said he welcomed an open war with Israel.

Al-Jazeera ran the above photo — which shows the USS Cole after a 2000 bombing off the coast of Yemen — with their story.

They all look the same anyways, right?

February 28, 2008 § 2 Comments

This man —

is not this man —

but some media institutions and “terrorism experts” can’t tell the difference between Abbas al-Musawi (top photo) and Hassan Nasrallah (bottom photo).

Musawi was the second secretary general of Hezbullah and Nasrallah is the current secretary general.

The Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism might have a better shot at preventing “terrorism” if they could actually identify the supposed terrorists. Their information page on Hassan Nasrallah labels the poster below as a “poster of Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah,” but it is actually Ragheb al-Harb on the left and Musawi on the right.

The group took the above image from PBS who also erroneously labeled Musawi as Nasrallah, but it seems PBS is a repeat offender. In this web-version of a FrontLine documentary from 2004, the poster below of Musawi is labeled again as Nasrallah. They have had four years to correct this error!

Fighting the Zionist Enemy with Photoshop!

February 28, 2008 § Leave a comment

Hezbullah’s weekly journal “al-Intiqad” meaning “review” or “critique” publishes political, cultural, and analytical articles. The textual fare is pretty standard, but some of their covers deserve a look.

“Sign of the definitive victory.” From left: Hezbullah military commander ‘Amad al-Mughniya (assassinated 2008); Sayyid Abbas al-Musawi (assassinated 1992); and Shaykh Ragheb al-Harb (assassinated in 1984). Underneath Mughniya, the text reads, “Commander of the Resistance”; Musawi “Sayyid of the Resistance”; and Harb “Shaykh of the Resistance.”

“After August 14th 2006 — a different ‘Middle East’.” August 14th is the day the 2006 July War ended — a day celebrated by Hezbullah as “yom al-intisar” or “day of victory”. The image of Nasrallah in the upper corner of this cover was part of a widespread ad campaign in the summer of 2007 which touted the much-awaited one-year anniversary of Hezbullah’s victory in the July War. Billboards promising a new era of victories popped up all over southern Beirut.

“Defeat.” Most likely in reference to the July War, or possibly a reaction to the findings of the Winograd Commission.

To see more covers, click here.

Here are some posters submitted to the website Wa’ad.

The text reads: Lebanon

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