Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Stupid Western media theories about the origins of the Saudi-Qatari rift

Of course, it will start now: that Iran will be blamed for hacking the Qatari News Agency website and starting the rift between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  Only those who don't know a word of Arabic and who has not read or watched the media of the two regimes in the last 12 hours will believe this.  It was clear that Saudi regime was prepared for this in advance: the column already appeared in the morning papers against Qatar, and the guests were already lined up to voice criticisms of the Qatari regime and its Emir.  It makes more sense that the Saudi regime was behind the hacking if there was any hacking. The statements of the Emir sounded true to me, and they are in line with the previous stances of Qatar.  So either there was an inside sabotage within the Qatari regime or the Saudis were behind the hacking with the assistance of their friends the Israelis.  And if Iran was behind the hacking, why were the statements about Iran not far more favorable?  

This is what you see if you try to access Aljazeera from UAE


Is there a power struggle in Qatar?

I wonder. 

What is happening in Qatar?

Qatari foreign minister now says that his statements were misinterpreted and that he did not call for recall of Qatari ambassadors in GCC countries (except Oman) and Egypt.  

Trump of Arabia

All kidding aside, who can deny that Trump managed to unite the pro-US Arab regimes? Haha

Al-Arabiyya talks about "currents" in Qatar

Nothing bothers those regimes than to talk about "currents" inside the regime.  The Al-Arabiyya broadcaster just asked his guest: tell us about currents in Qatar, or words to that effect. 

Saudi regime bans Tayyar.org

Saudi regime today banned Tayyar.org (the official website of the `Awni movement in Lebanon) to punish them because Jubran Basil said that he was not consulted before the release of the Riyadh statement. Donald: what have you done?

I only wish for more feuds and conflicts between Arab regimes

I hate them united.  I want them divided and in conflict.  

Qatari Emir addressing the nation in two hours

According to the Qatar News Agency.  

What the f??

Al-Arabiyya is now airing tape of a phone conversation between the former Emir of Qatar and Qadhdhafi in which the overthrow of Saudi regime was discussed.  

Fruits of Trump trip

Well, the fruits of Trump's trip to Riyadh are quickly visible.  It split the GCC countries after one day of his visit.  

Qatar withdraws ambassadors from GCC countries

Qatar withdraws ambassadors from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, and Kuwait.

Aljazeera is ignoring the Saudi-UAE campaign

For some reason, Aljazeera in its (lousy) news broadcast is ignoring the Saudi-UAE campaign against the Qatari regime.

This is hilarious: Aljazeera TV

I have not been watching Aljazeera at all in recent years. It is not watchable really.  Such crude and vulgar propaganda.  They are airing a report on the Iranian lobby in the US: and they invoiced Vali Nasr in that categorization.  The hilarious part: they invited an expert from WINEP to speak about the dangers of the Iranian lobby.  

Aljazeera TV

Aljazeera TV is broadcasting a "documentary" on the "Iranian lobby in the US".  I think that they want to prove to UAE-Saudi Arabia that they are still anti-Iranian.  

UAE joined the Saudi war on Qatar

UAE media now have joined Saudi regime in attacking Qatar.  UAE has just banned all application and sites of Al-Jazeera.  

Al-Arabiyya TV says that Qatari Emir has mental problems

Al-Arabiyya TV (see below) is hosting Egyptian Saudi propagandists to attack the Emir of Qatar. I am told that Qatari regime Al-Jazeera is responding in kind but I am watching Al-Arabiyya.  One guest said that the Emir is mentally ill.

Al-Arabiyya's attack on Qatari regime

Al-Arabiyya's attacks on Qatari regime (see below) center on two elements: 1) that Qatari regime is too reliant on the US; 2) that it is too close to Israel.  

Gulf enmity toward Israel

It is funny that Gulf regimes when they attack one another they still accuse the other of being close to Israel.  Of all the "false"? statements attributed to Emir of Qatar, the Al-Arabiyya TV attacks on Qatari regime (see post below) are headlined: Emir of Qatar says that we have good relations with Israel". 

ISIS claim of responsibility for the Manchester terrorist attack

I noticed that the speaker couldn't even pronounce the words Allahu Akbar in the statement.  Those criminals in Western capitals who are drawn to the kooky ideology and terrorism of ISIS don't even bother to learn two Arabic words?  

Qatari-Saudi feud out in the open

So what happened today: the Qatari News Agency was hacked and it posted statements by the Qatari Emir in which he criticized US policies and declared that Hamas and Hizbullah are resistance movement and had warm words about Iran.  Al-Arabiyya TV (owned by the deputy Crown Prince) went berserk:  it unleashed on the Qatari regime and hosted various guests to attack the Qatari regime even AFTER the Qatari regime issued a statement denying that the Emir made those statements.

PS Wow.  Al-Arabiyya can't stop.  They are still unleashing against the Qatari regime.  More fun in inter-Arab relations is ahead of us.

Gay parade in Lebanon

By the way, despite what you may read by advocates of Saudi and Qatari regime in English or Arabic, the cancelation was due to pressures from pro-Saudi Sunni clerics in Lebanon.

Podcast Interview

Jeremy Scahill conducted a podcast interview with me for the Intercept (regarding Trump's adventure in the Middle East).  It should become available tomorrow.  

Is there someone more crude and more obnoxious and more unrefined than Trump?

Yes, Mr. and Mrs. Netanyahu.

King Abdullah's speech in Riyadh

Did you notice? He began his speech with his halting Arabic, and then continued in English, and then finished it in Hebrew.

Shadi Hamid explains to the Post the entire basis of Muslim grievances vis-a-vis the West

He explains that all what they want is a nice tone, that is all: "Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and an expert on U.S. relations with the Muslim world, said the speech could help reset the Trump administration’s relationship with Muslims — if he sticks to the same tone."

What strikes you about the phrasing of this sentence in the Notre Dame speech of Mike Pence?

"the murder of innocent Muslims, the oppression of women, the persecution of Jews and the slaughter of Christians.""

The bottom line in Trump's relations with GCC regimes

"“One of the things that we will discuss is the purchase of lots of beautiful military equipment, because nobody makes it like the United States,” Trump told reporters ahead of his talks with the Qatari leader. “And for us that means jobs, and it also means, frankly, great security back here, which we want.”"

This is how Western media critically covers Gulf tyrannies

How they are so easily impressed with oil luxuries: "Trump gave his remarks in an opulent hall of the King Abdul Aziz International Conference Center, where crystal chandeliers hung from the gilded ceiling and attendees sat in plush armchairs. "  That is what I call investigative journalism.  

When you sing the tunes of GCC regimes

The same people who bashed Trump daily during his campaign and after his election, suddenly changed their tunes once criticisms of Trump were banned by GCC rulers: "“Very candid, very articulate,” said Abdulla, who was especially heartened that Trump had singled out Iran for criticism. He worried, though, that Trump’s mercurial personality might mean a sudden change in course. And Trump’s refusal to mention the lack of freedom in the Arab world was a “valid criticism,” he said."

How Saudis responded to Netanyahu's wish to visit Saudi Arabia

Haha.  Netanyahu asked for it.  Saudi citizens responded to Netanyahu and said that a visit to Saudi Arabia is only possible AFTER the liberation of Palestine.

The Saudi-Qatari feud is now represented in the DC think tank scene

If you read a criticism of Qatari regime in DC think tank, the person is often an advocate of the Saudi regime. And if you read criticisms of the Saudi regime--as rare as it is--the writer is often an advocate of the Qatari regime.

Saudi regime wants to keep the presence of a Saudi branch of ISIS a secret

And the US complied with the cover-up.

By the way, Bush also danced with the sword in Riyadh


When it comes to depth and originality, look for Fadlo Khuri

There are the aphorisms of Adorno, Nietzsche and, of course, Fadlo Khuri.  When will someone collect the sayings of this man? When?


Dr. Fadlo Khuri (@DrFadloKhuri)
Hanna M. "Jean" Khoury: April 24, 1967-May 22, 2017. A great man's life is defined by its impact and not its lengthpic.twitter.com/1jGGb3TIhV

Israeli occupation officers

Israeli occupation officers make it clear: they prefer ISIS.

Bahrain got the message from Trump

As Trump assured Bahrain tyrant that relations wouldn't be strained anymore, Bahrain regime forces attack village.

Comrade Joseph Massad on Israeli apartheid week

Comrade Joseph Massad's talk during Israeli Apartheid week at Harvard.

An Israeli Museum

What would a museum for a state founded (as an occupation project) only in 1948? Like a table from 1954, or a chair from 1960 or a glass container from 1968?  

Monday, May 22, 2017

The prince to the left

By the way, I don't know what you may have heard, but the Saudi prince to the left, is extremely funny and is known as a great conversationalist in the tradition of Isiah Berlin.  Just don't tickle him. It is his weakness.

So Trump assembled the idols of the Arab youth


What did the Trump family say about Arabs privately in Saudi Arabia? Eavesdropping of an Arab butler

As the Trump family was having dinner privately in their residence in Saudi Arabia, an Arab butler decided to eavesdrop on their private conversation.  He relayed to his friend this (my translation from Arabic): "At night as they were all in the Trump family sitting around and eating from the "mountain" of rice in front of them, he heard their conversation clearly.  They were badmouthing us (Arabs) and saying that we are dumb and has no personality or brain".

"... في الليل وبينما كانت كل عايلة ترامب جالسة مع بعضها تلقمش من جبل الرز الموضوع أمامها، وضع أذنه على باب غرفة الجلوس وسمع حديثهم بوضوح. كانوا "يركبون مقلاتنا" ويقولون أننا هبل ومساطيل وبلا شخصية وبلا مخ..."

Trump on Islam

So basically, Trump and his clique believe that Islam is an evil and dangerous religion, but that Wahhabiyyah is a peaceful religion.  Trump wants all Muslims to follow Wahhabiyyah in order to stem out fanaticism and extremism in the region. That should work.  

Who can spread moderation, democracy, and human rights more than those there clowns?